BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: LaBrae survives Champion, claims another AAC title
CHAMPION – Champion sank 11 3-pointers and was tied with LaBrae in the fourth-quarter, but the Vikings pulled away late to claim a share of their fourth straight All-American Conference, National Division title with a 69-57 victory.
Champion (1-20) tied the game midway through the fourth quarter, but Peyton Aldridge led a late LaBrae surge, scoring 11 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter. The Vikings (16-5, 8-2) tied with Campbell and Girard for the AAC title.
Chris Miller scored 24 to lead Champion, which led 32-31 at halftime but was outscored 38-25 in the second half.
LaBrae plays at Cardinal on Friday in their final regular season game.
ALLIANCE 63, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 59: ALLIANCE – The Falcons let a six-point lead going into the fourth quarter slip away in a non-conference loss to the Aviators.
Alliance (19-2) outscored Fitch (17-4), 20-10, in the final frame, thanks to big efforts from Parrish Martin and J.J. Kukura. Martin scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth, while Kukura dropped eight of his game-high 26.
Fitch’s Jessie Driver connected on five 3-pointers en route to a 17-point performance, but he only recorded three in the final 8 minutes. Anthony Pangio and Alex DiFrancesco chipped in with 16 and 13, respectively, but in the fourth, they totaled two points each.
CANFIELD 60, LIBERTY 48: LIBERTY – Canfield rebounded from a slow start and pulled away from the Leopards in the fourth quarter of a non-conference clash.
Liberty held a 16-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Cardinals led by four by halftime. The Leopards stayed within four at the start of the fourth quarter, but Canfield outscored Liberty, 18-9, in the final 8 minutes.
Andrew Midgley led the Cardinals with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Cole Pryjma provided 17 points, and Jarret Vrabel provided 14.
Asim Pleas scored a game-high 23 points and also grabbed nine rebounds for the Leopards, and Cameron Clark recorded 11 points. Liberty is at Fitch on Friday.
WINDHAM 69, BLOOMFIELD 25: NORTH BLOOMFIELD – Windham held the Cardinals to eight points in the first half and cruised to a Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.
The Bombers led 38-8 at the half, hitting four of their five 3-pointers in the second quarter, when they outscored Bloomfield, 22-2. Parker Rickey paced Windham (15-5) with a game-high 14 points. Thirteen players scored for the Bombers.
D’Angelo Ledger led the Cardinals (0-18) with eight points.
JACKSON-MILTON 65, LOWELLVILLE 34: NORTH JACKSON – Madison Tomaino got the Blue Jays off to the right start as they rolled past Lowellville in a Division IV sectional semifinal.
Tomaino scored 12 of the team’s 18 first-quarter points as Jackson-Milton had an eight-point lead after the first quarter.
Tomaino finished with a game high with 19 points. Rebecca Jones had 14 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. Jackson-Milton travels to Western Reserve on Saturday for the sectional final.
NEWTON FALLS 34, CHAMPION 25: NEWTON FALLS – The Golden Flashes slowed down the normally faced-paced Tigers in a Division III sectional semifinal, but although it lowered the point total, the Tigers still managed to come away with the tournament victory.
Newton Falls took an 11-3 lead after the first quarter, which proved to be a big enough margin to get the win. Alissa Abraham paced the Tigers with eight points.
Izzy D’Urso led Champion with 12 points. The Golden Flashes finished the season at 5-18.
Newton Falls (19-4) now advances to the sectional final on Saturday, when it hosts Rootstown.
YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 52, SOUTHERN 30: YOUNGSTOWN – The Eagles held the Indians to just two points in the first quarter and cruised to a Division IV sectional semifinal win.
Destinee Snyder amassed a game-high 23 points to lead Youngstown Christian, while Kayla Rios added another 15 for the cause.
The Eagles will face Columbiana on Saturday in a sectional final. The game starts at 7 p.m.
MAPLEWOOD 71, JOHN F. KENNEDY 31: MECCA – Maplewood created 21 steals en route to a dominant Division IV sectional semifinal win over John F. Kennedy.
Three players scored at least 14 points for the Rockets (19-4), led by Brooke Dawson’s 18. Ryley Urchek contributed 17, and Miranda Sloan registered 14 points and eight assists. Maplewood, which hosts Bristol at 7 p.m. on Saturday in a sectional final, led 35-15 at the half.
Antonella LaMonica paced Kennedy (3-20) with a game-high 19 points. She nailed five 3-pointers.
PYMATUNING VALLEY 79, WATERLOO 17: ANDOVER – Kelsea Brown and Geena Gabriel combined for 53 points in Pymatuning Valley’s Division III sectional semifinal rout of Waterloo.
Brown scored a game-high 27 points, and Geena Gabriel poured in 26. The Lakers (22-0) led 45-15 at the half and allowed just two points in the second half. Megan Stech added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Mallory Moss scored five points to lead Waterloo (1-22).
WINDHAM 61, CHALKER 44: WINDHAM – Windham’s Brittany Knight scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, and the Bombers ran out to a big first half lead in a Division IV sectional semifinal victory over Chalker.
The Bombers led 31-14 at halftime, paced by Knight’s double-double. Jessica Isler added 16 points and eight assists for Windham, which hosts Badger on Saturday in a sectional final.
Rachel Wilson paced Chalker with 19 points, and Shelby Cameron contributed 15 points and eight boards.
WESTERN RESERVE 49, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 24: BERLIN CENTER – Western Reserve raced out to a 20-3 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a Division IV sectional semifinal.
Eight different Blue Devils scored, led by Aleah Hughes’ 18 points and eight rebounds. Western Reserve added to its lead and led 29-11 at halftime.
Ginny Burgers paced Heartland Christian with 10 points.
GARFIELD 42, GRAND VALLEY 37: GARRETTSVILLE – An 11-2 third-quarter run by Garfield vaulted the G-Men to a Division III sectional semifinal victory over Grand Valley.
Garfield (15-8) led 24-22 at halftime, but its run in the third gave the G-Men an insurmountable lead. Grayson Rose nearly recorded a triple-double for Garfield with 13 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocks. The G-Men host Cardinal in the sectional championship at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Abby Paskey paced Grand Valley (14-9) with 12 points. The Mustangs outscored Garfield, 35-31, in the first, second and fourth quarters.