Thursday’s girls basketball roundup
TWINSBURG 74, WARREN G. HARDING 31: AKRON – Brooke Smith had a game-high 20 points to lead the Tigers past the Raiders during this Division I sectional final.
Ashley Morrissette had 16, while Baleick Reid added 12 for Twinsburg (24-0), which plays Aurora, which beat Boardman in another sectional final, during Thursday’s district semifinal.
Patrai Murray paced Harding with 12 points, while Maya Bell added 10 for Harding (4-19).
POLAND 44, SOUTHEAST 28: AUSTINTOWN – Rachael Robertson had a game-high 17 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs past the Pirates in this Division II sectional semifinal.
Aleah Hughes put in 11, while Kasie Serich added 10 for Poland, which now plays Ravenna in Saturday’s sectional final that starts at 4 p.m.
Shana White paced Southeast with 13 points.
STRUTHERS 69, CRESTWOOD 51: AUSTINTOWN – Struthers had five players in double figures as the Wildcats beat the Red Devils in a Division II sectional final at Austintown Fitch High School.
Brittaney Zupko paced Struthers with 18 points and Ashley Hefferon added 13 for Struthers, which plays the winner of Saturday’s Canfield-Niles sectional final in Thursday’s district semifinal.
Ashleigh Ryan and McKenna Shives each had 11 points, while Halle Smrek had 10.
LORDSTOWN 52, MATHEWS 39: ROOTSTOWN – Only up six points going into the final quarter, the Red Devils outscored the Mustangs by seven points to clinch a sectional final win.
Sarah Cash led the way for the Red Devils (19-4) once again, scoring six of her game-high 20 points in the fourth. Marlena Liming had 14 points for Lordstown, and Ally Hajnosz added 11
Tess Dickerson scored three of Mathews’ five points in the final quarter and finished with a team-high 15 points, while Dayna Ellis added 10 for the Mustangs (10-14).
Lordstown moves on to the district semifinal next Thursday to face Cornerstone Christian at 6 p.m. in Rootstown.
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 57, WINDHAM 54: ROOTSTOWN – The Patriots made their free throws down the stretch to hold off the Bombers in their sectional final matchup.
Cornerstone Christian (16-3) put on a 12-of-17 performance from the charity strip, making up 75 percent of the team’s points seven in the final quarter. Payton Buell and Jordan Cloonan paced the Patriots with 21 and 17 points, respectively.
The duo of Brittany Knight and Jessica Isler led the Bombers (13-11), combining for 32 points in the losing effort.
PYMATUNING VALLEY 68, SPRINGFIELD 42:?MINERAL RIDGE – Kelsea Brown scored 22 points to lead the Lakers past the Tigers in a Division III sectional final.
Overall, the Lakers (21-2) shot 70-perfect from the field on just 10 field goal attempts in the opening quarter and for the game finished at 58.7 percent.
Callie Ford led Springfield (7-14) with 16 points.
Geena Gabriel scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Lakers.
Thursday’s girls basketball roundup
NEWTON FALLS 62, CAMPBELL 19: CANFIELD – Newton Falls played keep away on the boards Thursday night against Campbell.
The Tigers had a whopping 59 rebounds to Campbell’s 22.
Brooke Barreca, who had 17 points, was two shy of her school record with 16 rebounds. She set the school record of 18 last season.
Newton Falls (16-1, 8-0 All-American Conference, National Division) took advantage on the scoreboard as well.
Alissa Abraham had all of her five points in the first quarter as Newton Falls rolled out to an 18-2 lead.
Hannah Zelle added 15 points for the Tigers, while Johanna Villanueva paced Campbell with (0-17, 0-8) with 10.
Newton Falls can win a share of the AAC National title Monday if it can beat Champion in Newton Falls. Thursday, the Tigers might be going for the entire title when it hosts Lakeview.
PYMATUNING VALLEY 62, MATHEWS 21: MATHEWS – Pymatuning Valley went out of 32-3 halftime lead and never looked back in this Northeastern Athletic Conference game.
Four of the PV starters scored in double figures – Heather Brant (10), Michealia Skleres (14), Geena Gabriel (11) and Kelsea Brown (14).
Megan Stech led the Lakers (17-2) with 13 rebounds.
Brianna McClurg led Mathews (8-9, 5-2) with six points.
Saturday, Mathews travels to Champion. Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m.
LEETONIA 42, McDONALD 37: LEETONIA – Nicole Mann scored 14 points to guide Leetonia past McDonald.
The Bears improve to 8-10 overall and 5-6 in the Inter-Tri County League, Lower Tier.
Leetonia led 19-5 in the first quarter and 26-14 at halftime.
However, McDonald surged back with a 18-5 fourth quarter to make it close.
Jaydin Stellmar led McDonald with 11 points, while Brenna Rupe added 10.
CRESTVIEW 41, SPRINGFIELD 31: COLUMBIANA – Ashley Harrison and Morgan Newbauer each had 12 points to pace the Rebels past the Tigers in this Inter Tri-County League, Upper Tier game.
Callie Ford led Springfield with 11 points, while Kennedy Richey added 10.
STRUTHERS 63, NILES 15: STRUTHERS – Ashleigh Ryan led the Wildcats with 15 points in their AAC American Division win.
Makayla Butler, Kristen Cvengros and Tricia Marz all led Niles (3-16, 1-8) with four points.
Struthers improved to 16-4, 7-2.
HUBBARD 37, BEAVER LOCAL 35: HUBBARD – Beaver Local tried to rally from a 31-26 lead after three quarters.
However, Hubbard held the Beavers off, despite being outscored 9 to 6 in the final quarter.
Alena Burzynski led Hubbard with nine points, while Sam Bishop paced Beaver Local with nine as well.
BROOKFIELD 49, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 38: BROOKFIELD – Kayla Boyer had a game-high 21 points to lead the Warriors past the Eagles.
Toi Brown paced Youngstown Christian (10-7) with 10 points.
Brookfield improves to 6-8.
JACKSON-MILTON 41, MINERAL RIDGE 29: MINERAL RIDGE – The game was tight through three quarters, but Jackson-Milton used a big fourth quarter to get an Inter Tri-County League, Upper Tier, victory over Mineral Ridge.
The score was 25-24 in favor of the Blue Jays heading into the final frame. But Jackson-Milton outscored the Rams 16-5 in the fourth to get the win.
Paije Kiraly paced Jackson-Milton with 12 points. Rebecca Jones added 10 points and a team high 10 rebounds. The Blue Jays are now 13-5 (8-4) on the season.
Alyssa Harkins led Mineral Ridge with seven points, seven rebounds and two assists.
LORDSTOWN 55, SOUTHINGTON 36: SOUTHINGTON – Three Red Devils reached double figures as Lordstown beat Southington in a Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup.
Sarah Cash once again led the way for the Red Devils with 24 points, while Mary Bennett added 14 points and Marlena Liming had 11.
Shelby Cameron paced the Wildcats with 10 points.
SOLON 74, WARREN G. HARDING 31: WARREN – The Raiders couldn’t get into the game when the Comets came into town on Thursday.
Harding (3-15) fell behind by 11 points before the first quarter ended and went into halftime 24 points. Maya Bell led the way for the Raiders with 11 points.
Kristen Conroy paced Solon with 19 points, while Alexis Gray and Jordan Bekelja added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
WESTERN RESERVE 58, SEBRING 40: BERLIN CENTER – The Blue Devils jumped all over the Trojans to earn a definitive Inter Tri-County League, Lower Tier win.
Western Reserve (7-10, 7-5) scored all of its points from inside the arc in the first half and all but two of its points came from 2-point field goals. The Blue Devils balanced the scoresheet, with 10 players scoring and no player recording more than 10 points.
Sebring’s Kelsi Settle paced all scorers with 18 points.
The Blue Devils return to action on Monday against Wellsville, while Sebring travels to Leetonia on Monday.
LaBRAE 41, CHAMPION 38: LEAVITTSBURG – Down seven points at halftime, the Viking came roaring back in the third quarter and held on for a three-point win over the Golden Flashes.
LaBrae outscored Champion 13-5 in the third to take a lead and 12-10 in the fourth quarter to keep the slim margin at game’s end. Ashlee Stubbs led the way for the Vikings, recording a double-double. She dropped 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the game.
Champion’s Mackenzie Kiser also recorded a double-double, scoring a game-high 17 points and pulling down 19 rebounds).