Mathews, Lordstown get NAC victories
¯ MATHEWS 56, NEWBURY 48: VIENNA — Mathews made clutch free throws in the final minutes to thwart a fourth-quarter rally by Newbury in a Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup.
Newbury trailed, 43-26, entering the fourth quarter, but a 22-7 run pulled the Black Knights within three. The key play came after Mathews’ Emily Strama made one of two free throws but got her own rebound after the miss, was fouled and made two free throws to push the lead back to six. Strama finished with a game-high 20 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds. Carlie Pratt added 12 points for the Mustangs (4-5).
H. Grubbs paced Newbury (4-7, 1-3) with 14 points.
¯ LORDSTOWN 47, GRAND VALLEY 42: ORWELL — Lordstown forced three straight turnovers in the final 1 minute, 30 seconds to pull away from Grand Valley in a NAC battle.
The game was tied at 40 with less than two minutes remaining when Lordstown (8-3, 5-1) created the aforementioned turnovers. The Red Devils made their free throws, sinking 10 of 15 in the final quarter, to edge the Mustangs.
Kellee Applegate paced a balanced Red Devils’ attack with 11 points, and Kaylynn Higinbotham put in 10 more.
Abby Triskett scored a game-high 18 for Grand Valley, which shot 15 of 28 from the free-throw line.
¯ WESTERN RESERVE 80, SEBRING 20: BERLIN CENTER — Eleven players scored in the Blue Devils’ Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference rout of Sebring.
Alexis Hughes led all scorers with 25 points for Western Reserve (10-3) and also snatched a team-high nine rebounds. The Blue Devils led 39-13 at halftime (Hughes had 14 points at the break). Laura Sigworth put in 14 points for Western Reserve.
Sebring’s Olivia Woods registered a team-best 10 points for the Trojans.
¯ VALLEY CHRISTIAN 73, MOGADORE 64: MOGADORE — Valley Christian erased a five-point, fourth-quarter deficit with a huge fourth-quarter run that overwhelmed Mogadore.
The Eagles trailed, 56-51, after three quarters but outscored Mogadore 22-8 in the final eight minutes. Four players scored in double figures for Valley Christian, led by Kristen Gill’s 22 points. She was followed by Nesyiah Taylor (16 points), Imane Snyder (13) and India Snyder (12).
Preslie Halliwill scored a game-high 24 points for the Wildcats.