BROOKFIELD – Pymatuning Valley stayed unbeaten with a 43-35 win thanks to big runs in the second and third quarters in a non-conference showdown with Brookfield.
Geena Gabriel and Kelsea Brown combined to score 33 for the Lakers, the third-ranked team in Division III, according to The Associated Press’ state poll. Gabriel tallied a game-high 18, while Brown poured in 15. PV (13-0) led by one after the first quarter, but the Lakers started to pull away in the second quarter with a 13-7 run. They added to their 20-13 halftime edge in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors, 10-5.
Ashley Kirila scored a team-high 14 for Brookfield (10-4). The Warriors held PV to 26-percent shooting (10-38), while Brookfield shot 14 of 43 (32 percent). Yet the Warriors made 16 less free throws than PV.
SOUTH RANGE 57, JACKSON-MILTON 55: NORTH JACKSON – Morgan Czopur made two free throws with 5 seconds to go to lift South Range past the Blue Jays in an Inter Tri-County League, Division I thriller.
The Raiders (11-1, 8-0) narrowly held off a rally by Jackson-Milton (6-6, 4-4), which tied the game with 5 seconds remaining but was called for a foul on the ensuing inbounds pass.
Madison Tomaino led the Blue Jays with 15 points, and Rebecca Jones added 12. Jones scored six in the fourth, when Jackson-Milton rallied from seven points down to tie the game.
Czopur led all scorers with 18, and Sara Durr contributed 12 for the Raiders.
Jackson-Milton plays at Girard on Saturday.
URSULINE 56, CARDINAL MOONEY 37: YOUNGSTOWN – Four players scored in double figures as Ursuline rolled past Cardinal Mooney in the Holy War.
The Fighting Irish (5-7) ran out to a 25-14 first-half lead and pulled away with a 15-6 advantage in the third quarter. Tanaya Beacham paced Ursuline with 13 points. Simone Cormer added 11, and Gabby Miklandric and Megan Cross netted 10 apiece.
Jaclyn Yankle led the Cardinals with 15. Mooney (5-5) struggled offensively, scoring 20 points in the first three quarters.
BEAVER LOCAL 55, POLAND 51: POLAND – Beaver Local held off a big comeback by the Bulldogs in a non-conference clash.
Poland (5-9) rallied from an 11-point deficit to pull within four. Korinna Sherman led the Bulldogs with 17. A 14-4 first-quarter hole was too much to overcome despite Poland outscoring the Beavers, 47-37, in the final three quarters.
Courtney Ricciardi led three Beaver Local players in double figures with 15 points.
SOUTHERN LOCAL 46, McDONALD 39: McDONALD – Southern was nearly perfect from the line in the fourth quarter and pulled away from McDonald in an Inter Tri-County League, Division II matchup.
The Indians were 6 of 7 from the line in the fourth quarter, quieting a hot streak by the Blue Devils (1-14, 1-7). Brittany Webber and Beckah Phillis combined to score 28 of Southern’s points. Webber netted 15, while Phillis added 13.
McDonald, which trailed 14-6 at intermission, scored 33 points in the second half. Sara Joseph recorded a team-high 13 points.
NEWTON FALLS 49, JEFFERSON 29: JEFFERSON – It was all Newton Falls as the Tigers handled Jefferson in an All-American Conference, National Division, contest.
Newtoon Falls’ Brooke Barreca and Gabby Kline shared the top-scorer title, each putting in 12. Barreca also led the team with nine rebounds. Alissa Abraham added 10 points. The Tigers are now 11-4 (6-1).
Emily Smock scored 12 of Jefferson’s 29 points. The Falcons are now 3-10 (1-5).
MAPLEWOOD 58, CHALKER 42: SOUTHINGTON – Miranda Sloan got the Rockets off to a hot start as Maplewood picked up the Northeastern Athletic Conference win over Chalker.
Sloan scored 10 of Maplewood’s 18 points in the first quarter. By halftime, the Rockets built a 30-17 lead. Sloan finished the contest with 14. Brooke Dawson added 10 points for the 11-2 Rockets.
Shelby Cameron paced Chalker (2-8) with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Wilson added 13 points while Brittany Sherwood scored 12.
LaBRAE 75, LIBERTY 53: LEAVITTSBURG – Three Vikings scored in double figures, including a double-double from Lauren Rutherford, to lead LaBrae past Liberty in an AAC National showdown.
Rutherford, a sophomore, put down a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. She scored 11 of those 20 points in the second quarter. Angelica Parker dropped in 17 points for LaBrae (7-4) while Maddie Kiser chipped in 16.
Leah Leshnack paced Liberty (11-4) with 20 points.
AUSTINTOWN FITCH 83, NILES 20: AUSTINTOWN – It was all Austintown in this AAC American contest.
Fitch led 24-7 after the first quarter and Niles never scored in double figures during a period.
Fitch’s Megan Sefcik led all scorers with 15 points. She also recorded 12 assists and eight rebounds. Sarah Melfe added 13 points and Alysoun Mukaabya scored 11. The Falcons are now 13-0.
Amanda Blank led NIles with 7.
GIRARD 70, CAMPBELL 20: GIRARD – Bree Bishop recorded a double-double to lead Girard past Campbell in an AAC National game.
Bishop recorded a game-high 18 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. Alasjia Dykes added 15 points to help the Indians improve to 8-5 on the season.
Ta’Shonna Craft led Campbell with seven.
YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 57, EAST 43: YOUNGSTOWN – Despite trailing after the first quarter, the Eagles rallied back to come away with the victory.
The Panthers led, 12-2, after the first quarter, but Youngstown Christian led, 22-18, by the half and never looked back.
Daria Shavers led Youngstown Christian with 22 points. Courtney Turner and Z. Brown each scored 10 for East.
BRISTOL 64, GRAND VALLEY 59: BRISTOLVILLE – The Panthers blew up for 25 points in the third quarter and held on for a Northeastern Athletic Conference win over the Mustangs.
Lindsey Elza led the way for Bristol (7-7, 3-5 NAC) in the third frame, as she dropped 11 of her 15 points in that quarter. Kylie Stoneman’s 31-point performance overshadowed that, with the points spread out throughout the game, and Stoneman also grabbed 13 rebounds. Lauren Elza also contributed 14 points.
Despite being down 10 points going into the final quarter, Grand Valley (8-5, 3-5 NAC) pulled to within four at one point in the fourth, but the Mustangs could come no closer. Jessica Vormelker amassed 28 points for the Mustangs in the losing effort.
STRUTHERS 67, HUBBARD 32: HUBBARD – The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-point lead after one quarter and cruised to a big win over the Eagles.
McKenna Shives set the tone early, scoring 13 of her game-high 23 points in the first 8 minutes for Struthers, and she hit four 3-pointers throughout the game. Holly Kane was the only other Wildcat player to reach double figures with 10.
Emily Manion paced the Eagles with 12 points in the losing effort.
SPRINGFIELD 60, EAST PALESTINE 19: NEW MIDDLETON – The Tigers routed the Bulldogs in ITCL, Division action.
Three Springfield (12-2) players reached double figures, starting with Callie Ford’s 16-point performance. Baylee Felger and Jillian Tabaka contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Hannah Hall paced East Palestine with eight points.
COLUMBIANA 38, WESTERN RESERVE 29: BERLIN CENTER – During a game in which both teams struggled to put up points, the Clippers pulled away late to beat the Blue Devils.
Tied going into the fourth quarter, Columbiana outscored Western Reserve, 15-6, in the fourth quarter, with eight of those 15 points coming from the charity stripe.
Rachel Maslach paced the Blue Devils with 12 points, while Aleah Hughes added 11 in the loss.