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Junior Vitez stars for Revere

By Tim Rogers Plain Dealer Reporter 
on January 30, 2008 10:34 p.m.
  • 01/30 - 7:30 PM Girls BasketballFinal
    Green
    41
    Revere
    48
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It was Senior Night at Revere High on Wednesday, but it was a junior who stole the show. Revere junior forward Emilee Vitez scored nine of Revere’s 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Minutemen held off Green, 48-41, in a game that will extend the Suburban League season down to the wire. The victory kept Revere in a tie with Wadsworth for first place and knocked Green into a tie for second with Copley with one game remaining. Wadsworth defeated Copley by one point to keep pace with Revere. Revere and Wadsworth are both 11-2. Green fell to 10-3. Revere has the toughest final game as it plays at Copley (9-4). Wadsworth plays Tallmadge. The league season ends on Wednesday. “It will be a tough last game, on the road and everything,” said Revere coach Kory Malkus. “But they are our biggest rival and it still burns in our stomach that Copley beat us three times two years ago.” Revere honored its five seniors — Casey Nance, Michele McCauley, Allie Knorzer, Kelly Rohrich and Allison McDannel — before the game and Malkus continued the school tradition of starting the five seniors in their final home game. The five rewarded their coach by streaking to a 12-5 lead as McDannel and McCauley each scored six of their eight points in the first quarter. But, when push came to shove in the fourth quarter it was Vitez, the daughter of former Maple Heights star Joe Vitez, who made her acquaintance known to Green. “It was great to be able to get in there and help the seniors in their final game,” said Vitez, who finished with 13 points and had four rebounds. “I just tried to make my bunnies [layups] because if I didn’t Michele [McCauley] would have had a heart attack. Michele and I make a promise to one an other that we’ll always make our bunnies.” Nance, a McDonald’s All-American candidate, finished with 10 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. Green was led by sophomore guard Selana Reale, who finished with 16 points and Kaitlin Shultz had eight. Green fought its way back and took a 19-18 lead but it didn’t last long as Knorzer and Vitez scored back-to-back baskets to put Revere back on top. Green tied it, 24-24, early in the third on a 3-pointer by Shultz, but Rohrich countered with her only basket to make it 27-24. Revere extended its lead to six points on its first possession of the fourth quarter when Vitez scored off a nice feed from sophomore Khadijah Young and Green was unable to draw closer. 