Harding bounces back from loss, beats McKinley in overtime
CANTON – Going into the fourth quarter facing an 11-point deficit, the Raiders came charging back and won in overtime against Canton McKinley on Satruday night, 69-60.
The WGH seniors scored 28 points for the Raiders (6-5) in the second half and overtime. Mik’Quan Dorsey led the push for Harding (6-5) in the final two periods, dropping 10 points in the team’s fourth quarter comeback and four during overtime.
Shondell Jackson added four points in the fourth quarter, O’sha Jackson went 6 of 10 from the free throw line in the overtime period and Jautice McDonald set for two charges down the stretch that made a difference in the game.
“My seniors were awesome all night,” Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich said. “My seniors were really special and really tough and kind of guided us and led us.”
Dorsey and Jackson combined for 67 percent of Harding’s offensive output, totaling 46 points. Ortiz led McKinley with 17 points.
Harding returns to action Tuesday against Youngstown East.
NEWTON FALLS 47, EDGEWOOD 35: NEWTON FALLS – Holding a six-point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Tigers doubled their lead in the final 8 minutes to pull away for a non-conference win.
Newton Falls (5-6) increased the lead down the stretch despite struggling from the charity stripe. The Tigers went 13 of 26 on free throws for the game.
Ozzie Hawkins paced Newton Falls with 17 points and five assists, while Connor McLaughin and Andrew Konczak led Edgewood (8-4) with 11 points each.
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS 60, WARREN G. HARDING 38: CLEVELAND – The Tigers jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back against the Warriors in a Lake Erie League encounter.
Harding had no answer for Cleveland Heights’ A. Abshaw, who amassed a game-high 21 points. A. Harris added three 3-pointers for the Tigers to record all nine of her points.
Chelsea Dipaolo drained three from beyond the arc and led the Raiders with 11 points. Harding returns to action Jan.19 at home against Bedford.
CANFIELD 82, YOUNGSTOWN EAST 43: CANFIELD – The Cardinals’ Abby Baker and Sabrina Mangapora put on an offensive clinic in the first half as Canfield thrashed Youngstown East.
Baker drained six shots from beyond the arc in the first half en route to a 21-point performance, while Mangapora scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the first 16 minutes. Because of these players’ offensive output, Canfield (12-1) took a 56-22 lead into halftime.
Chmicka Kennedy paced the Panthers with 25 points.
LAKEVIEW 48, CONNEAUT 18: CORTLAND – Lakeview’s Allie Pavlik scored 10 of her 18 in the first half and the Bulldogs took advantage of 30 turnovers by Conneaut for the non-conference victory.
The biggest quarter for Lakeview was the 18-3 third quarter. In the second half, the Bulldogs held the Spartans to six points.
Along with Pavlik, Calli Schmitt added 10 points. The Bulldogs are now 9-4 on the season.
WEST MIDDLESEX 56, HUBBARD 46: HUBBARD – The eagles’ offensive power outage doomed them against the Big Reds on Saturday.
Hubbard recorded three points in the first quarter and could only muster nine more in the second. The Big Red used that and a 22 of 37 effort from the foul line to lead from start to finish.
Alena Burzynski paced the Eagles with 17 points. A. Summers led the Big Reds with 21 points.
NEWTON FALLS 52, SPRINGFIELD 29: NEWTON FALLS – Following a tied first quarter, Newton Falls eventually pulled away for a rout of Springfield.
Newton Falls (11-1) held a big advantage over Springfield (3-9) from the foul line. While the away team didn’t attempt a single free throw, Newton Falls went to the foul line 30 time and made 16 of them.
Brooke Barreca led Newton Falls with 17 points, while Kennedy richey led Springfield with 13 points.
MAGNIFICANT 57, URSULINE 32: YOUNGSTOWN – Magnificant dropped 22 points on the Fighting Irish, which proved to the difference in a non-conference showdown.
With the game tied at eight apeice after one quarter, Ursuline (5-8) struggled to score and to hold Magnificant (10-5), going into halftime with an 18-point deficit.
Tanaya Beacham paced Ursuline with 15 points.