In a collision of the Metro League's top girls teams, second-ranked Cleveland blew out the No. 7 Cougars behind suffocating pressure defense.

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The result wasn’t indicative of the quality of the two teams. At least, the Holy Names Cougars hope so.

In a collision of the Metro League’s top girls basketball teams, second-ranked Cleveland blew out No. 7 Holy Names 63-30 Friday night.

Cleveland (18-2, 15-0 Valley Division) put pressure on Holy Names (17-3, 13-3 Mountain Division) from the outset, applying full-court press from the opening tip until halftime, when the Eagles led 40-16. Cleveland’s suffocating defense helped produce 12 steals, often leading to fast-break baskets.

“We pride ourselves on working hard defensively and allowing that to be the catalyst for our offense,” Cleveland coach Stephenie Wheeler-Smith said.

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The Eagles had three players in double figures, led by Makayla Roper with 15 points, Jayde Christopher with 12 and Myzhanique Ladd with 11.

The only low point for Cleveland came when 5-foot-9 forward Donniesha Webber went down with a knee injury in the third quarter. Wheeler-Smith said the Eagles’ only senior will be OK for the Metro League tournament next week.

“She’s one of our toughest kids,” Wheeler-Smith said. “She’s our grit. She’s the one that helps other players play tough and hard.”

Webber entered the game averaging 7.1 points, and finished Friday’s contest with eight.

Cleveland had already clinched Metro’s No. 1 tournament seed.

“We wanted to finish the regular season off well,” Wheeler-Smith said.

Holy Names will be the No. 3 seed in the Metro tournament.

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