Champion and Brookfield girls post big wins
≤ CHAMPION 42, NEWTON FALLS 35: NEWTON FALLS — Champion mounted a huge fourth-quarter rally to shock the Tigers in a vital All-American Conference, Blue Tier showdown.
The Golden Flashes erased an 12-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 23-4 run. Champion had 19 total points before the final quarter began. Five different players scored in the fourth quarter for the Flashes. Emma Gumont paced Champion with 14 points, and Allison Smith added 10. Champion (8-1, 5-1), winners of six straight, moved into a sole possession of first place with Liberty’s loss to Brookfield.
Newton Falls (7-5, 3-2) led 31-19 after three quarters, but Izzy Kline was the only Tiger to score in the fourth, scoring four of her game-high 23. Newton Falls was 0-of-7 from the free-throw line in the final stanza and just 4-of-16 for the game.
≤ BROOKFIELD 62, LIBERTY 52: BROOKFIELD — Brookfield snapped the Leopards’ five-game win streak, riding a strong start to pick up a big AAC, Blue Tier victory.
Brookfield (6-3, 4-1) took a 14-6 first-quarter lead, and while Liberty inched closer over the next two quarters, the Warriors pulled away in the fourth. Brookfield, which is now just a half game behind Champion for first place in the conference, had three players with at least 15 points, with Dana Sydlowski leading the way (16 points), and Bailey Drapola and Tori Sheehan each adding 15.
Liberty (8-3, 5-2) pulled within six to start the fourth quarter but was outscored 20-16 in the final eight minutes. Delia Watson (13), China Tate (12), Nysa Gilchrist (11) all reached double figures for the Leopards.
≤ CANFIELD 53, HOWLAND 49: CANFIELD — Canfield rallied in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth battle with Howland, seizing a critical AAC, Red Tier victory.
Canfield (10-2, 7-0), which beat the Tigers in double overtime earlier this year, took a two-game lead over Howland with the victory. Jill Baker came through with eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to spark the late rally (the Tigers led, 38-36, entering the fourth). Serena Sammarone tied Baker for the team-high with 14 points.
Three players scored in double figures for Howland (11-4, 5-2), which led 11-6 after the first quarter but allowed 21 second-quarter points. Alex Ochman and Gabby Hartzell each scored 14 to lead the Tigers. Ochman grabbed 15 rebounds to record a double-double. Mackenzie Maze put in 12 more points for Howland, which missed a 3-pointer in the final minute that could have tied the game.
≤ MINERAL RIDGE 60, SEBRING 29: MINERAL RIDGE — Taryn Kolesar scored 21 points, and Mineral Ridge dominated a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference contest with Sebring.
The Rams (4-8, 2-6) led 27-12 at halftime and were never threatened in the second half. They made 26-of-49 free throws to pull away. Alexa Harkins followed Kolesar’s big day with 13 points.
Emma Whaley paced the Trojans with 12 points.
≤ BRISTOL 50, ASHTABULA ST. JOHN 39: ASHTABULA — A fourth-quarter run lifted Bristol in a nonconference clash with Ashtabula St. John.
Two players sparked the rally by the Panthers. Brittany Mooney scored nine of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Kendyl Switzer put in eight of her 12 as Bristol outscored the Heralds, 19-11, in the decisive frame. The Panthers led, 31-28, before pulling away in the fourth.
Madyson Paradie scored a team-high 17 for St. John, which sank eight 3-pointers.