WARREN - The yearly game is always a battle, and this year's installment proved no different between Howland and Harding.
Behind a big night from Gabby Cvengros, the Tigers took the game, 53-47.
The Tigers jumped on top quickly, taking a 25-19 advantage into halftime. Those six points proved to be the difference as both teams scored 28 in the second half.
Howland, which improves to 2-1 on the season, was led by Cvengros' 22 points. Helping her was Trisha Ginnis' 13 points. In all, the Tigers were an impressive 19-of-22 from the free-throw line.
Harding, which falls to 0-3, was led by Maya Bell's 12 points and Patrai Murray with 10 points. They both had double-doubles, as Bell grabbed 14 rebounds and Murray had 10.
LaBRAE 47, BROOKFIELD 43: LEAVITTSBURG - Somer McCoy connected on a three-point play with 15 seconds remaining in overtime and hit a key free throw on the ensuing possession to help lift LaBrae past the Warriors.
McCoy hit a 12-foot jump shot and was fouled in the extra session to put the Vikings up three. Brookfield turned the ball over on the next possession, and McCoy again was fouled. She sank the free throw to put the Vikings up four and seal the victory.
Ashlee Stubbs led the Vikings with game-highs in points (18) and rebounds (11). McCoy and Lauren Rutherford each scored 10. Rutherford also grabbed eight boards. LaBrae came back from an early 10-point deficit and trailed by one at halftime. The Warriors retook the lead in the third, but Stubbs, who was 12 of 16 from the charity stripe, went 5 of 6 from the line in the fourth to help the Vikings again come back.
Jeaylea Boyer paced Brookfield with eight points.
MINERAL RIDGE 39, McDONALD 19: McDONALD - Mineral Ridge's Alyssa Harken scored all of her game-high 11 points in the first half, and the Rams cruised to a non-conference victory over McDonald.
Harken and Peyton Allen (10 points) outscored the Blue Devils (0-4) by themselves as Mineral Ridge held McDonald to just two first-half points, leading 25-2 at the break.
The Blue Devils cut into the lead in the third quarters, going on an 11-6 run, but that's as close as they'd get. Tory Ross paced McDonald with six points. She also grabbed six boards. Alyssa Streb added 11 rebounds and four points.
MATHEWS 65, WESTERN RESERVE 51: BERLIN CENTER - Mathews outscored Western Reserve 25-9 in the first quarter then cruised to the victory.
Maddie Williams was a big part of the first-quarter surge. She scored nine of her 11 points in the frame, and had four steals. She also had five assists during the game.
Leading all scorers and Mathews was Dayna Ellis with 12 points. The Mustangs are now 1-2 on the season.
Western Reserve was led by Linley Mamonis' 13 points and seven rebounds.
NEWTON FALLS 57, JOHN F. KENNEDY 32: WARREN - Brooke Barreca and Destinee Hutson both scored 10 points to lead Newton Falls over Kennedy in a non-conference matchup.
The Tigers jumped to a 12-7 lead after the first quarter, which was extended to 24-12 by halftime. The Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Eagles (0-3) were led by Lauren Lee's 13 points. Calli Kowach added 10.
BADGER 55, SOUTHINGTON 24: KINSMAN - After a slow first quarter, the Braves outscored the Wildcats 21-6 in the second, en route to the non-conference victory.
The second half was all Badger, as it put up a 29-10 half to get its first victory of the season. Southington falls to 1-3.
Leading Badger was Harlee Logan's 21 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Kramer added 19 points.
Southington was paced by Shelby Cameron with eight points.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 52, GIRARD 17: GIRARD - It was all Fitch on Monday night as the Falcons cruised past the Indians.
The score was 36-8 at the half in favor of Fitch. Megan Sefcik led the Falcons with 12 points. Fitch is now 3-0 on the year.
Girard was led by Alasjia Dykes and Shymara Dykes, each with four points. The Indians are now 1-2.
BRISTOL 48, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 30: BRISTOLVILLE - Allyson Jones had 19 points and 16 rebounds as Bristol pulled away for the win.
The Panthers (4-0) only led 26-22 at halftime, then outscored Youngstown Christian 22-8 in the final two quarters.
Kylie Stoneman had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Bristol.
NILES 51, CAMPBELL 20: NILES - Niles led 29-6 at halftime and cruised to victory over Campbell.
Tricia Marz led the Red Dragons with 16 points and Ashley Cline put in 10.
Williams scored 13 of Campbell's 20 points.
POLAND 39, SOUTH RANGE 32: CANFIELD - Poland used a 16-3 third quarter to rally for the win over South Range.
Liz Suess led the Bulldogs (3-0) with 12 points and Aleah Hughes scored 11.
Lexi Naples had a game-high 17 points for South Range (1-3).