Howland girls knock off unbeaten Geneva
¯ HOWLAND 53, GENEVA 41: HOWLAND — The Tigers did it again.
Howland became a roadblock for another previously undefeated team. This time, it was Geneva. Earlier this week, Howland sent Poland away with its first loss.
The Tigers (7-3), which won their fourth straight game, was led by Mackenzie Maze’s 22 points. She leads Howland with 15.5 points per game.
Gabby Hartzell added 12 for the Tigers.
Howland shot 11 of 12 from the foul line. The Tigers are shooting 71 percent from the line, currently the best free-throw shooting team of coach John Diehl’s career at Howland.
Howland’s only setback on Saturday was Geneva on rebounding. The Eagles (7-1) dominated the board 40 to 18. Geneva has one 6-footer and a couple of 5-11 girls, which kept the Tigers out of the paint.
Hailey Peoples, a 5-10 senior, had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, while Abby Carter led her team with 11 points.
This coming Saturday, Howland travels to Louisville.
¯ CARDINAL MOONEY 51, BROOKFIELD 50: YOUNGSTOWN — The Warriors outscored the Cardinals 26-20 in the second half, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Cardinal Mooney (3-4), which snapped a three-game losing streak, took a 18-9 lead after one quarter where CJ Sapp had eight of her 14 points.
Camden Hergenrother led Cardinal Mooney with 15 points.
Bailey Drapola, who shot 7 of 8 from the foul line in the second half, led all scorers and Brookfield with 19 points. Chloe Willrich added 10 points.
Brookfield shot 17 of 26 from the charity stripe, while Cardinal Mooney was 8 of 10.
¯ AUSTINTOWN FITCH 65, TWINSBURG 63, 2OT: AUSTINTOWN — Sabria Hunter had 18 points, while Jada Lazaro added 17 as the Falcons held off the Tigers in double overtime.
Fitch improved to 6-2, while Twinsburg dropped to 3-5.
¯ CANFIELD 45, POLAND 34: CANFIELD — Serena Sammarone and Grace Managapora combined for 31 points as the Cardinals beat their U.S. Route 224 rival Bulldogs.
Sammarone led with 16 points, while Managapora added 15 for Canfield (5-2), which only had four players in the scoring column.
Poland (6-2) lost its second straight and was led by Jackie Grisdale’s 11 points.
¯ COLUMBIANA 63, WESTERN RESERVE 62: BERLIN CENTER — Alexis Cross had nine of her 21 points in the first quarter as the Clippers got out to a 21-7 lead and eventually held off the Blue Devils.
Kayla Muslovski added 15 points, while Taylor Hall added 13 for Columbiana.
Western Reserve (7-2) rallied from a 52-30 deficit to start the fourth quarter with a 32-11 final stanza to cut the Clippers lead to one at game’s end.
Alexis Hughes led the Blue Devils with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Kennedy Miller added 15 points, while Laura Sigworth put in 10.
¯ GARFIELD 81, CARDINAL 31: MIDDLEFIELD — Grace Mills was three assists away from a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the G-Men dominated the Huskies from start to finish.
Garfield (8-0) took a 22-9 lead after one quarter as Kiley Carey added 16 points and Makenna Lawrence put in 13.
The G-Men had 16 steals as Cardinal (7-3) committed 21 turnovers.
Garfield also dominated the rebounds with a 35 to 17 advantage.
¯ JACKSON 70, BOARDMAN 51: ALLIANCE — Jackson went on a 10-2 run to start the second quarter to pull away from Boardman in the sixth annual Alliance Christmas Classic at the University of Mount Union.
Jackson (5-1) shot 53.7 percent from the floor, to 43.9 percent for Boardman (3-3).
The Polar Bears had 22 assists to the Spartans’ 11.
Ethan Stanislawski led a quartet of double-figure scorers and Jackson with 17 points. Anthony Mazzeo and Will Hyde each had 14 points, while Jaret Pallotta had 10 points and seven assists.
Ryan Archey paced Boardman with 17 points, while Holden Lipke added 11.
¯ CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 50, URSULINE 26: CANTON — Stone Sirpilla had 12 points to lead the Crusaders past the winless Irish.
Vince Armeni paced Ursuline (0-6) with a game-high 16 points — including three 3-pointers.
Canton Central Catholic improved to 3-1.