WGH finds tough luck in Lorain, 68-43

LORAIN – After losing in double-overtime to Bedford Friday night, the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team went on the road to Lorain Saturday but was unable to get back on track in a 68-43 setback.

Cheers led Lorain with 17 points, and Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich stated he was the difference maker in the match-up against the Raiders, characterizing Cheers as “Big, long, atheletic, and physicial.” Minshe and Howard both scored 10 points to help the Titans get the victory

Anthony Bell led Harding with 15 points and Mik’Quan Dorsey chipped in with eight points.

In regards to rebounding from back-to-back losses, Vlajkovich identified a couple of things his team needs to work on in order to be successful.

“We have to handle pressure better and we have got to keep the ball moving offensively,” Vlajkovich said. “We have to recognize our weaknesses and not allow the other team to attack those (weaknesses)”

Harding (5-4, 2-4) seeks their sixth win of the season as they host Cleveland Heights on Friday night. With a difficult schedule ahead, Vlajkovich said it will only help his team come playoff time.

“We have a tough schedule with a young basketball team,” Vlajkovich said. “We’re preparing for March. We’re going to have growing pains, but in the long run, if we continue to work and grind, we’re going to be there come March (playoffs).”

MINERAL RIDGE 72, SOUTHINGTON 36: MINERAL RIDGE – Mineral Ridge got its sixth win of the season and beat Southington with ease.

Mineral Ridge (6-4) had a great scoring barrage that led the Rams to victory. Four players scored in double digits for Mineral Ridge. Corey Phillips was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points, Zac Hagy scored 19 points, Nathan Palmer poured in 16 points, and Ryan Nutter added 10 points for the Rams.Tommy Hall led the way for Southington with 11 points. Eric Wilson and Jacob Zolna added six points for the Wildcats.

Mineral Ridge looks to continue its winning ways as they host East Palestine on Tuesday. Southington looks to rebound as it faces Bloomfield on the road on Tuesday.

YOUNGSTOWN EAST 68, STREETSBORO 65: YOUNGSTOWN – Behind a great performance from Deontary Scott, Youngstown East was able to get its ninth win of the season.

Scott recorded a double-double for the East, scoring 22 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Taylor Johnson scored 18 points and Terrell McClain added 17 points for the Panthers.

Streetsboro’s Jordan Matusik was difficult to defend, scoring 27 points and making seven 3-pointers in the loss. Devin Pencher scored 11 points for the Rockets.

GIRARD 66, SPRINGFIELD 60: GIRARD – Girard hit seven of its nine 3-pointers in a big first half of a non-conference victory over Springfield.

Girard (6-3) took a six-point lead in the first quarter thanks to four 3-pointers. The Indians continued their hot shooting with three more from long range in the second, leading to a 10-point halftime advantage. Four players scored in double figures for Girard, led by Craig Randall’s 20 points (three 3-pointers). Dylan O’Hara contributed 14 points (three 3-pointers), while Evan Standohar added 12 and Jim Standohar 10.

Eoghan Bees led all scorers with 27 for Springfield (6-2). Mark Schuller added 11 for the Tigers, who trimmed the final deficit to six on a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Girls basketball

SMITHVILLE 61, LORDSTOWN 31: LORDSTOWN – Smithville got hot early and handed Lordstown its first loss of the season.

Smithville started the game 7 of 7 from 3-point land and jumped out to a 25-10 first-quarter lead and never relinquished that lead. The Smithies also bottled up Sarah Cash from Lordstown. Cash, averaging 26 points per game this season, was held to 11 points. Kiley Frizzle led the way for Smithville, scoring 22 points, hitting five 3-pointers in the contest. Olivia Besanocon added 14 points and Macy McKelley chipped in with 11 for the Smithies

Cash was the leading scorer for Lordstown (9-1). Marlena Liming and Sami Heverly both scored five points for the Red Devils. Lordstown looks to get its 10th win of the season as they face Badger on the road.

NEWTON FALLS 44, CRESTVIEW 31: NEWTON FALLS – Brooke Barreca had nine of her game-high 15 points in the third quarter as the Tigers pulled past the Rebels.

Newton Falls (9-1) outscored Crestview (9-4) 16-5 in the third to pull away. The Tigers held a 19-16 lead at the break.

Hannah Zelle had 12 points for Newton Falls, which hosts Jefferson this Thursday.

Ashley Harrison paced the Rebels with 12 points.

BEDFORD 43, WARREN G. HARDING: BEDFORD – The Bearcats rallied from a 31-29 third quarter deficit to outscore the Raiders 14-7 in the final quarter.

Aliyah Wright led Bedford with 10 points.

Maya Bell and Chelsea Dipaolo each had nine points for Harding.

YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 50, SPRINGFIELD 48: BOARDMAN – The Eagles outscored the Tigers 19-13 in fourth quarter to win this non-conference battle.

Kayla Rios led Youngstown Christian (5-5) with 14 points.

Baylee Felger paced Springfield (2-7) with 15 points, while Jillian Tabaka added 12.

URSULINE 64, BROOKFIELD 45: BROOKFIELD – Tanya Beachm and Sydney Beasley combined for 52 points to lead the Irish past the Warriors.

Beachum had a game-high 27 points for Ursuline (4-7), while Beasley added 25.

Ashley Kirlia led Brookfield (4-4) with 15 points, while Tori Thompson had 12.