Medina Journal-Register — Foul trouble and turnovers proved to be a fatal combination as No. 3 seed Medina was upset 50-46 by visiting No. 6 Cleveland Hill Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B-2 girls basketball playoffs.
Setting an ominous tone for the afternoon, Medina had thee starters including scoring leader Alba Perez, Abby Button and Tanisha Robinson all on the bench with three fouls in the second quarter. Perez and Button both picked up their fourth in the third period and both fouled out in the first five and a half minutes of the final stanza as Cleve Hill rallied from a nine point deficit in the final four minutes to claim the narrow win.
Medina did jump out to a 13-7 first period lead as Perez scored seven in a row on a lay-up, a three and a rebound bucket and Robinson followed up with a jumper and a lay-up.
Buckets by Button, Kendra Hill and Robinson kept Medina up 19-14 midway through the second period before the foul trouble took its toll.
Cleve Hll scored the final six points of the period to take a 20-19 lead at the half.
There were then four ties and thee lead changes in the third period which ended with the visiting Eagles up 33-31.
Led by Perez, the Medina offense got rolling at the outset of the final period putting together a 13-2 run to rally into a nine point, 44-35, advantage with four and a half minutes to go. Perez tallied 11 during that key stretch including a three, a lay-up off a steal and a rebound bucket before fouling out.
However, the last rally belonged to Cleve Hill as the Eagles outscored the Mustangs 15-2 over the final four minutes to claim the win.
Blanked from the field during that decisive stretch, the Mustangs had the final three of their two dozen turnovers which came during the last 1:10 seal their fate.