St. Ignatius stymies WGH; Devils stay perfect
≤ ST. IGNATIUS 56, WARREN G. HARDING 37: CLEVELAND — A slow first half doomed the Raiders in a nonconference clash with St. Ignatius.
The Wildcats (5-2) held a 32-20 lead at halftime, outscoring Harding, 16-11, in the first quarter and 16-9 in the second. They pulled away with a 13-7 edge in the third quarter.
Tyre Marlowe paced the Raiders (2-4) with 10 points. Harding plays next at Canfield on Jan. 5.
≤ McDONALD 90, NILES 66: NILES — A big third quarter was exactly what McDonald needed to defeat Niles.
McDonald (8-0) remained undefeated behind big games from Zach Rasile and Braeden Poole. Rasile had 30 points with six 3-pointers while Poole had 25 points.
Niles (1-8) is now on an eight-game losing streak. Cyler Kane-Johnson led the Red Dragons with 27 points on 13-of-14 shooting from the free throw line. Da’Jon Motley had 22 points, including Niles’ only 3-pointer.
Riko Rodriguez also hit three 3-pointers for McDonald.
≤ GARFIELD 47, BROOKFIELD 26: GARFIELD — Brookfield didn’t score more than nine points in a quarter as Garfield got the win.
Workman led Garfield with 17 points, and Smith put in 14.
Brady Richart paced the Warriors with nine points. Brookfield hit just eight shots all night and has now lost seven straight to start the year.
≤ CARDINAL 86, CHALKER 46: MIDDLEFIELD — Cardinal brought the energy and the scoring early and often in a decisive win over Chalker.
Chalker (1-6) has now lost six in a row as it struggled to defend the Huskies.
Robbid Bruncak led Cardinal (4-4) with 21 points (five 3-pointers), and Robbie Mulh poured in 17 points.
Dylan Dye paced Chalker with nine points on three 3-pointers.
Cardinal hit more free throws than Calker, 10-2.
≤ MINERAL RIDGE 75, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 61: COLUMBIANA — A great defensive first quarter by Mineral Ridge gave it the win, its second of the year.
Mineral Ridge (2-5) used a 30-5 first quarter to get on top and never looked back. Joe Rozzi led the Rams with 18 points, and Maurice Clark registered 17, including five 3-pointers.
Heartland Christian (1-8) couldn’t recover, but Steven Baker had 20 points for the Lions. Cade Roth also helped with 16 points.
Mineral RIdge got away with poor free throw shooting as it shot 6-of-17.
≤ CANFIELD 58, STRUTHERS 48: CANFIELD — Canfield used a great first half to defeat Struthers.
The Cardinals (6-1) got a balanced scoring attack as Serena Sammarone had 19 points while McKenna Carey had 12 points on four 3-pointers. They helped Canfield jump to a 36-24 halftime lead.
Struthers (7-2) just couldn’t make up the score after a bad second quarter. Kahylah Brown led the WIldcats with 18 points while Kaesia Chism had 11 points.
The Wildcats’ downfall became the free-throw line as it shot 7-of-16 from the stripe.
≤ POLAND 48, BOARDMAN 22: BOARDMAN — Poland took advantage of Boardman’s inability to hit shots to get a dominating road win.
Poland (7-2) got the win despite key girls out. Sarah Bury was out with a knee injury while Camryn Lattanzio was out with a foot injury. Nontheless, Poland’s Maggie Sebest had 14 points, and Kat Partika had nine points.
Boardman (2-6) is now on a six-game losing streak. The Spartans were led by Katelyn Sawyer with nine points. Boardman hit one more 3 than Poland.