Basketball roundup


CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS 52, WINDHAM 21: ORWELL – The Redskins outscored the Bombers 27-8 in the first half as Cuyahoga Heights won this Division IV district semifinal at Grand Valley High School.

Jenna Stegmaier paced the Redskins with 18 points.

Windham, who was led by Brittany Knight’s seven points, committed 18 turnovers in the loss.

Cuyahoga Heights plays the winner of tonight’s Maplewood-Villa Angela-St. Joseph game in Saturday’s district final.

PYMATUNING VALLEY 52, GARFIELD 32: RAVENNA – Geena Gabriel had a game-high 29 points as the Lakers rolled past the G-Men in this Division III district semifinal at Ravenna High School.

Megan Stech had 14 points and 14 rebounds for PV (24-0).

Grayson Rose led Garfield (16-9) with 15 points.

PV plays the winner of tonight’s Rootstown-Hawken game in Saturday’s district final.


MENTOR 86, HOWLAND 45: MENTOR – The Cardinals canned nine 3-pointers in the second quarter as Mentor beat the Tigers in this Division I sectional semifinal at Mentor High School.

Mentor (13-10) outscored Howland (6-17) 33-15 in the second.

Caleb Potter had 17 of his 21 points, including all five of his 3-pointers in the second quarter.

Connor Krizancic added 11 points, while Joey Zaugg put in 10 for Mentor, which now hosts Cleveland John F. Kennedy in Saturday’s sectional final.

Reece Bogan paced Howland with 14 points, while Julian Lanier had 10.

Evan Steele didn’t play for the Tigers. Steele suffered a torn meniscus from Saturday’s Warren John F. Kennedy game in Howland when Steele hit the bleachers on an out-of-bounds play to end the first quarter.

Steele will have an MRI next Wednesday.

STRUTHERS 71, WEST BRANCH 58: STRUTHERS – The eighth-seeded Wildcats outscored the 10th-seeded Warriors 24-15 in the first quarter and never looked back in this Division II sectional semifinal.

Ray’Quan Phifer had nine of his 20 points in the first quarter. Dalton Moore (12), Kyle George (11) and Austin Yemma (10) as scored in double figures for the Wildcats.

Jerian Thomas led West Branch with 21 points, while Dustin Greenawalt added 11.

Saturday, Struthers travels to top-seeded Poland for a sectional final.

CARDINAL MOONEY 53, LAKEVIEW 30: YOUNGSTOWN – Danny Martin had 12 points, all in the first half, to lead the third-seeded Cardinals past the 11th-seeded Bulldogs in a Division II sectional semifinal.

Martin had three of his 3-pointers in the second quarter as Cardinal Mooney (12-9) outscored Lakeview (4-19) 20-3.

Jake Pishotti led the Bulldogs with nine points.

The Cardinals host 12th-seeded Crestwood Saturday in a sectional final.

MEDINA 89, BOARDMAN 37: MEDINA – The Spartans had 28 turnovers during their Division I sectional semifinal loss to the Bees at Medina High School.

Former Girard High School standout Craig Randall had 18 points to lead Medina past Boardman.

Branden Wilkins and Jon Teske each had 12 for Medina (17-6).

Brian Fryda led Boardman (2-21) with eight points.

Saturday, Medina hosts Wadsworth in a sectional final.



NILES – The Red Dragons took care of business at the free-throw line to beat Hubbard, 65-56 in an All-American Conference, American Division matchup.

Niles went 30 of 35 at the charity stripe, including a 12-of-12 mark posted by sophomore Cameron Kane, who finished with a team-high 17 points. Marcus Hill was 7 of 8 from the line with 16 points, while James Tate went 5 of 6 and finished with 15.

Derek Kopanic hit five 3-pointers and collected a game-high 19 points to lead Hubbard. Rocco Jones added another 14 in the losing effort.

POLAND 92, HOWLAND 49: HOWLAND – Four Bulldogs scored in double figures as Poland easily picked up the All-American Conference, American Division, victory.

The score was knotted at 14 after one, but Poland outscored the Tigers, 54-20 in the second and third quarters to seal the victory.

Kyle Dixon paced Poland (19-2) with 19 points – 15 of those came from 3-point range. Danny Black scored 12 and Jacob Wolfe added 11. Jared Burkert scored 10 points, all coming in the third quarter.

Reece Bogan led Howland (5-15) with 22 points.

CAMPBELL 54, LAKEVIEW 36: CORTLAND – Lakeview kept it tight through the first quarter, but Campbell bounced back in the second and third to pick up the All-American Conference, National Division, victory.

The score was 9-8 after one, but the Red Devils took a 27-17 lead into the half. That margain was extended to 45-23 heading into the fourth.

Darren Clinkscale led Campbell (13-6) with 15 points.

The Jakes – Rosowicz and Pishotti – each had eight points to lead Lakeview. The Bulldogs are now 3-17 (1-9).

URSULINE 56, BOARDMAN 31: YOUNGSTOWN – The Fighting Irish jumped to a 24-7 lead after the first quarter and led the rest of the way.

Boardman had a rough night shooting, only converting eight of 31 field goals. Ursuline also had a 33-22 rebounding advantage.

Greg Parella led Ursuline with 18 points. Mark Hughes chipped in 11 for the Irish (13-6).

Jon-Michael Dana led Boardman (4-13) with six points.

WINDHAM 71, BADGER 56: VERNON – Windham’s Parker Rickey led the charge for the Bombers as they easily defeated the Braves in a Northeastern Athletic Conference contest.

The junior scored 36 points on the night – 21 in the second half – to lead all scorers. Stephen Kacenski added 10 for the Bombers.

Brandon Bates scored 24 points to lead Badger (6-14, 4-9). Vince Mathia chipped in with 10.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH 62, STRUTHERS 54: STRUTHERS – Austintown Fitch’s Jessie Driver scored 12 of the Falcons 17 points in the first quarter, and continued to have the hot hand on the night, leading the Falcons over the Wildcats.

Driver finished with 34 points, including 15 from 3-point range. He also went 9 of 10 from the charity stripe.

Temeko Holness led Struthers with 18 points, while RayQuan Phifer had 14.

PYMATUNING VALLEY 78, MATHEWS 67: ANDOVER – Quintin Ratliff had 27 points to lead the Lakers past the Mustangs in this Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup.

Chase Thurber had 14 for PV (11-8, 9-4), while Cory Mercer put in 10.

Wyatt Ford and Cobie Pratt each had 27 in the loss for Mathews.

CARDINAL MOONEY 63, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 29: BOARDMAN – Joe Cunningham and Andrew Armstrong each had 15 points to lead the Cardinals past the Eagles.

Marcus Penza added 13 for Cardinal Mooney, which outscored Youngstown Christian 15-0 in the first quarter and 11-2 in the third.

Ryan Houston and Shawn Staples paced Youngstown Christian with nine points each.

GIRARD 72, CHAMPION 45: CHAMPION – The Indians jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and cruised to an All-American Conference, National Division win over the Golden Flashes.

It was a team effort for Girard (15-3, 7-2 AAC National), as nine different players made the scoresheet. Dylan O’Hara’s 16 points led the way, Chaston Williams contributed 12 and Tyler Kilbourne added another 11.

MAPLEWOOD 81, GRAND VALLEY 50: MECCA – Leading by just seven at halftime, the Rockets pulled away from the Mustangs in the second half for a Northeastern Athletic Conference, Stars Division win.

Maplewood (15-4, 12-1 NAC Stars) outscored Grand Valley (7-12, 6-8 NAC Stars) in the third period, 25-11, to make the lead insurmountable. Kevin Jones scored all nine of his points in the frame, while Nate Spitler recorded six of his team-high 16 points in the third.

Solomon Yoder also contributed16 points for the Rockets.

With Maplewood holding Jake Vormelker to just eight, Gabe Kovats blew up and posted a game-high 21 points in the losing effort.

The Rockets return to action today at Lordstown in an important NAC matchup.

BRISTOL 62, LEDGEMONT 41: BRISTOLVILLE – The Panthers held the Redskins to 12 points in the first half in a NAC rout on Friday night.

Bristol (15-6, 10-4 NAC Stripes) had the scoring spread out, as 10 players made the scoresheet. Brandon Lee’s 11 points topped the scoring, while Logan Koeth was the only other Panther to reach double figures with 10.

Justin Young totaled a game-high 15 points.

LORDSTOWN 58, CHALKER 40: SOUTHINGTON – The Red Devils outscored the Wildcats, 31-14, in the second half to record the NAC, Stripes Division win on the road.

Preston Sutton scored 11 of his game-high 16 points in the third quarter, as he connected on three 3-pointers. Jake Jones accumulated all 15 of his points in the final three quarters to complement Sutton, while Jimmy Cross added another 12.

Eric Wilson paced Chalker with 13 points.

BROOKFIELD 68, SOUTH RANGE 45: BROOKFIELD – The Warriors used a 19-point second quarter to pull away and cruise to a non-conference win over the Raiders.

Davon Sims led the way for Brookfield (12-7) with 16 points, connecting on four shots from downtown. Nate Johnson added another 12 in the win.

Mark Vennetti paced South Range, recording 12 points, and Jonah Wilson and Garrett Anderson chipped in with 11 and 10, respectively.


RAVENNA 65, CANFIELD 55: CANFIELD – Despite a big night from Rachel Tinkey, the Cardinals couldn’t hold off a furious Ravens comeback in a non-conference contest.

Canfield (13-7) led, 43-38, heading into the fourth quarter, but Ravenna (16-6) proceeded to drop 27 points in the final 8 minutes. The Cardinals couldn’t match it, totaling just 12.

Tinkey scored 10 of her team’s 12 points in the final frame and amassed a game-high 8 points in the losing effort. She was on fire from beyond the arc, draining eight 3-pointers throughout the game.

No other Cardinal scored more than seven points.



JOHN F. KENNEDY 78, EAST PALESTINE 57: WARREN – The Eagles’ stretched their winning streak out to five games with a non-conference win over the Potters.

Luke Keck led the way for Kennedy (7-10), dropping nine of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter. Zackary Usher carried the load in the second quarter, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the frame, and Isaac Carrino added another 10.

Steve Parker paced East Palestine with 14 points, while Nick Monteleone and Billy Bibby contributed 11 and 10 in the losing effort.

Kennedy plays Cleveland Central Catholic today.

BROOKFIELD 76, CHAMPION 47: CHAMPION – Four different Warriors scored in double figures as Brookfield pulled away from Champion in a non-conference matchup.

The Warriors held a one-point led at the end of the first, but had a 12-point advantage by the half. A big reason for that was Nate Johnson, who scored 12 of his game-high 25 points in the second.

Davon Sims and Marc Kraml each scored 11 points for Brookfield, and Jamar Tarver added 10.

Despite trailing most of the game, the Golden Flashes (1-18) had the touch from 3-point range. Ten of Champion’s 16 field goals came from outside the arc. Michael Turner, who had four 3s, led Champion with 17 points. Lucas Nasonti added 14.

WINDHAM 77, CRESTWOOD 38: WINDHAM – The Bombers shot 52 percent from the field and 11 different players scored as Windham eased past Crestwood.

The Bombers took a stranglehold on the lead in the second quarter, when they outscored the Red Devils 34-6. In all, Windham was 30 of 57 from the field.

Parker Rickey led Windham (13-5) with 24 points and six rebounds. Stephen Kacenski had 14 points and four assists.

LaBRAE 83, BERKSHIRE 47: LEAVITTSBURG – The Vikings drained 37 field goals – six from 3-point range – allowing LaBrae to easily get its 15th win of the season.

Peyton Aldridge started it off for LaBrae, scoring 11 of the team’s 24 first-quarter points. The Vikings really pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Badgers 27-9. Grant Sprague led the charge with 13 in the period.

Aldridge finished with a game-high 20 points, but Sprague was right behind with 18. Marcell Richardson added 10 points for the Vikings (15-3).

McDONALD 83, CRESTVIEW 63: COLUMBIANA – McDonald jumped to an early lead and held on the rest of the way, beating Crestview in a non-conference tilt.

Matt Seitz led the way for the Blue Devils, dropping in 32 points. Kenny Greaver and Anthony Pugh each contributed 15. Jake Reckard also scored 10.

McDonald jumped to a nine-point lead after the first quarter and outscored Crestview, 39-27, in the second half for the victory.

ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 78, URSULINE 65: AKRON – Ursuline pulled to within six points with 3 minutes left in the contest, but that was the closest it could get in a loss to the 12th-ranked team in the state in Division II.

The Irish from Akron jumped to a 16-8 lead, which was extended to 39-26 lead at half.

Ursuline’s Mark Hughes led all scorers with 28 points. Ursuline is now 12-6 on the year.

Three players scored 13 points for SV-SM, including V.J. King, Josh Williams and Jalen Hudson. Henry Baddley led SV-SM with 15 points.

LOWELLVILLE 72, MATHEWS 60: LOWELLVILLE – Lowellville won its second-straight game, defeating Mathews, in a non-conference showdown.

With the game knotted at 45 after three quarters, the Rockets used a 27-point fourth period – keyed by Paolo DePasquale’s 14 points – as the Rockets improved to 9-1 this season at home.

DePasquale led Lowellville (15-3) in scoring with a game-high 28 points. Nick Ballone added 12 points and Cole Beatty chipped in 10.

Wade Sharp led Mathews (7-10) with 19 points, which included five buckets from beyond the arc while Wyatt Ford (16 points) and Bryan Oatridge (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Mustangs.

SOUTH RANGE 58, LEETONIA 37: CANFIELD – South Range’s Garrett Anderson had 20 points to lead the Raiders past the Bears.

Greg Dunham added 13 for South Range.

Josh Faulkner and Drew Turney each added nine for Leetonia.

NEWTON FALLS 94, GARFIELD 55: NEWTON FALLS – The Tigers made 16 3-pointers in a dominating non-conference performance against Garfield, their fifth-straight victory.

It’s the fifth time this year Newton Falls (11-5) has made 10 or more 3s in a game. Six different players contributed to Tuesday’s total, led by Derek Walton, who made six from long range and poured in 22 points. Ozzie Hawkins added two from beyond the arc and netted a game-high 23 points. The Newton Falls’ school record for 3-pointers in a game is 18.

The Tigers led by 11 at halftime and put the game away with a 29-15 advantage in the third quarter. Jaden Walton added 13 points for Newton Falls.

Anthony Workman paced Garfield and tied Hawkins with 23 points. Mason Butler registered 13.

BEDFORD 72, WARREN G. HARDING 59: BEDFORD – The third quarter doomed Warren G. Harding and ruined a career night for Shondell Jackson in a Lake Erie League matchup.

The Raiders (10-9, 4-7) trailed by one at halftime but were outscored, 14-5, in the third quarter. Jackson scored a game- and career-high 29 points, but it wasn’t enough as Bedford used an 8-0 run in the third quarter to pull away. No other Raider scored in double figures.

Shamar Jeffrey led Bedford (11-7) with 13 points. He was one of three Bearcats to reach double figures. Mike Smith scored seven of his nine points in the second half, when Bedford outscored the Raiders, 36-24.

Harding hosts Lorain at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for senior night.

HOWLAND 60, LAKEVIEW 45: CORTLAND – A 24-10 run in the third quarter allowed Howland to blow open a close game with Lakeview.

Reece Bogan led the Tigers’ charge with 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter. Evan Steele chipped in 16 for Howland (5-14), which led by two at halftime. The Tigers shot 45 percent from the field and made 15 of 17 free throws.

Jake Pishotti registered team highs in points (12), rebounds (7) and assists (3) for Lakeview (3-16). Brandon Keller added 11. The Bulldogs host Campbell on Friday.

WESTERN RESERVE 48, LORDSTOWN 44: LORDSTOWN – An intentional foul in the final minute allowed Western Reserve to edge Lordstown in a battle of the Devils.

The score was tied at 44 when a Western Reserve player was fouled driving to the hoop. The Blue Devils made both free throws, got the ball back and was fouled again – making two more to seal the victory.

Western Reserve’s Tristan Bova led all scorers with 20 points. Lance Dezee and Nolan Snyder provided 10 points apiece.

Lordstown (12-6) came back from a five-point, fourth-quarter deficit. Nick Johnson paced the Red Devils with 15 points. Lordstown plays at Chalker on Friday.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH 61, MARLINGTON 40: AUSTINTOWN – Austintown Fitch held Marlington to two points in the second quarter to pull away in a non-conference victory.

The Dukes scored 12 total points in the first half compared to Fitch’s 24. The Falcons’ Jessie Driver netted 11 of his 14 points in the first half. Alex DiFrancesco recorded 12 points, and Anthony Pangio added 10.


HOWLAND 69, HUBBARD 36: HUBBARD – The Tigers exploded for 30 points in the first quarter in a rout of the Eagles in an All-American Conference, American Division contest.

Lexi Ross went for nine points, and Sara Price accumulated six in the first frame to led the way. Ross finished with 15 points, with the other six coming in the second half, while Price totaled a game-high 19.

Melissa Thomas led Hubbard with 11 points in the losing effort.

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YOUNGSTOWN – John F. Kennedy is picking the best time of the year to be playing its best basketball.

Behind three players scoring double figures, the Eagles from Trumbull County took down Youngstown Christian, 59-31, to win its fourth-straight contest.

Kennedy jumped to a nine-point, first-quarter lead, which it extended to 32-11 at the break. In all, nine different players scored for Kennedy (6-10).

The biggest scorer for the night was James Burney, who has ignited the play of Kennedy since joining the team just a few weeks back. He scored a game-high 13 points. Zachary Usher added 11 and Isaac Carrino added 11.

Paris Bennett led Youngstown Christian with seven.

CARDINAL MOONEY 72, NILES 57: NILES – Joe Cunningham had five 3-pointers to pace the Cardinals past the host Red Dragons.

Andrew Armstrong paced Cardinal Mooney with 19 points, while Mark Handel had 13 and Marcus Penza added 11.

Marcus Hill led Niles with 19 points, while Cameron Kane added 14.

JEFFERSON 82, CHALKER 52: SOUTHINGTON – Eric Wilson had a game-high 21 points for the Wildcats, but the triple threat of the Falcons proved too much.

David Chase and James Jackson each had 14 points, while Sage Cantini added 12.

Tommy Hall put in 10 for Southington, which hosts Lordstown on Friday.

NEWTON FALLS 76, GRAND VALLEY 43: ORWELL – Chris Greathouse canned seven 3-pointers for a game-high 21 points as the Tigers rumbled past the host Mustangs.

Ozzie Hawkins added 17 points, while Jaden Walton had 16 for Newton Falls (10-8).

Jake Vormelker led Grand Valley with 13 points, while Gabe Kovats added 12.

Tuesday, Newton Falls hosts Garfield.

ALLIANCE 65, HOWLAND 48: HOWLAND – J.J. Kukura led Alliance, which won the Northeastern Buckeye Conference title on Friday, with 27 points.

The Aviators senior had 1,500 career points.

Kordelle Phillips added 12, while Dale Dickson had 10 for Alliance (17-2).

Tommy Carnifax and Reece Bogan each had 12 points for Howland (4-13).

Tuesday, Howland travels to Lakeview.

EAST LIVERPOOL 62, HUBBARD 52: HUBBARD – Kade Reynolds had 22 points to lead the Potters past the Eagles.

Austin Emmerling had 11 points, while D.J. Austin and Hayden Cunningham each had 10 for East Liverpool.

Brennan Wassil led Hubbard with 14 points, while Rocco Jones with 11.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH 51, LAKE 49: AUSTINTOWN – Jessie Driver had 25 points to lead the Falcons past the Blue Streaks.

Anthony Pangio added 10 points for Fitch (14-3).

Alex Belinsky paced Lake with 20 points, while Mitchell Spotleson with 14.


McDONALD 45, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 18: McDONALD – The Blue Devils started a bit slow, but bounced back in the second half to easily defeat Heartland Christian.

At the intermission, McDonald only had a 13-9 advantage on the Lions. However, the Blue Devils outscored them 32-9 in the second half.

Brenna Rupe led the McDonald charge with 17 points. Sara Joseph added 10 for the Blue Devils (2-19).

TRINITY 54, JOHN F. KENNEDY 40: WARREN – The Eagles started off slow, so despite a second-half rally, the Eagles couldn’t overcome the Trojans in a North Coast League contest.

Kennedy outscored Trinity, 34-23, in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overtage the 15-point deficit it faced at the half.

Calli Kowach paced Kennedy with 21 points.

BEDFORD 46, WARREN G. HARDING 39: WARREN – Maya Bell had 17 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to carry the Raiders past the Bearcats.

Gariana Bercheni added 10 for Harding.

Chambers paced Bedford, which outscored the Raiders 20-9 in the second quarter, with 12 points.

CANFIELD 65, UNITED LOCAL 43: CANFIELD – Erin Riser had 11 of her game-high 29 points in the first quarter as the Cardinals rolled out to a 24-11 lead over the Golden Eagles.

Rachel Tinkey added 19 points for Canfield (12-6).

Mackenzie Gatchel led United Local with 16 points.

URSULINE 41, BROOKFIELD 39: YOUNGSTOWN – Simone Comer had 21 points and was 13 of 18 from the line to lead the Irish past the Warriors.

Lauren Hawley led Brookfield (14-6) with 14 points.

Ursuline improved to 9-9.

LORDSTOWN 64, LaBRAE 58: LEAVITTSBURG – Sarah Cash led a trio of double-figure scorers as the Red Devils beat the Vikings.

Talia Tobin scored 14 points, while Ally Hajnosz added 13 for Lordstown.

Maddie Kiser paced LaBrae with 18 points, while Lauren Rutherford had 12 points and 12 rebounds for LaBrae.

JACKSON-MILTON 44, MINERAL RIDGE 41: MINERAL RIDGE – Madison Tomaino had 11 points to lead the Blue Jays past the Rams.

Peyton Allen and Alyssa Harkins each had 13 points for Mineral Ridge.

SOUTHEAST 60, CRESTWOOD 41: PALMYRA – Danielle Norquest had 20 points to lead the Pirates past the Red Devils.

Brittany Butcher had 12 points, while Jillian Fesemyer added 10.

Hoffman led Crestwood with 10 points.

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PARMA HEIGHTS – John F. Kennedy’s Isaac Carrino scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter, so it was fitting that his final basket was at the buzzer.

With no time on the clock and the score knotted at 49, Carrino put back his own miss, giving the Eagles the 51-49 win, upsetting the Green Wave on their home floor.

With just less than 2 minutes to play, the Eagles trailed, 49-43, but went on an 8-0 run to finish the game. Carrino made a 3 to cut the score to three, then Zachary Usher tied the game on a 3-point play. The final two were by Carrino’s make at the buzzer.

Usher finished the game with 27 points to lead all scorers. The Eagles are now 5-10 on the year.

Holy Name falls to 11-5.

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS 75, WARREN G. HARDING 50: WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS – The Tigers jumped all over the Raiders early for a rout in Lake Erie League action.

Warrensville Heights was on fire in the first, going 11 of 15 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Couple that with forcing Harding (10-7, 4-6) into committing turnovers, and the Tigers jumped out to a 14-point lead.

The Raiders managed to cut the deficit in half by halftime, but the Tigers outscored Harding, 39-21, in the second half to pull away.

Derek Culver led the way for Harding, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH 58, HUBBARD 40: HUBBARD – The Falcons outscored the Eagles, 31-20, in the second half to pull away in an All-American Conference, American Division matchup.

Quincy Higgins paced Fitch with game-high 16 points. Anthony Pargio added 12, Jake had 11 and Alex DiFrancesco chipped in 10.

Only one Hubbard player reached double figures, as Derek Kopanic recorded 10 points.

BROOKFIELD 55, CONNEAUT 39: CONNEAUT – The Warriors took a 13-point halftime lead and never looked back in a non-conference win over the Spartans.

Eight Brookfield players made the scoresheet, but only one managed to reach double figures. Brian Hiner recorded a game-high 14 points spread out over the four quarters.

Conneaut had two players score double digits in points, starting with Jacob Spees’ 13. Ryan Oatman added another 11.

STRUTHERS 57, HOWLAND 51: STRUTHERS – Despite a big night from Reece Bogan, the Tigers fell short in an AAC, American Division game against the Wildcats.

With Howland trailing by two points going into the fourth, Bogan went off, scoring 11 of his game-high 23 points and connecting on three of his six 3-pointers in the final 8 minutes.

Struthers matched Bogan’s output and managed to increase the lead by the end thanks to Ray’Quan Phifer and Austin Yemma. Phifer went five of six from the charity stripe and scored nine of his 21 points in the fourth, while Yemma went 4 of 4 at the free-throw line and scored seven of his 19 points in the final frame.

To complement Bogan’s performance, Connor Antinone recorded 10 points in the losing effort.

LOWELLVILLE 71, MINERAL RIDGE 52: LOWELLVILLE – A poor first-quarter scoring performance by the Rams sunk them in an Inter Tri-County League, Division II, game against the Rockets.

Mineral Ridge (10-8, 6-6) went down 14 points after the first 8 minutes, as the Rams managed just five points in the quarter. The Rams couldn’t recover and struggled throughout the game from beyond the arc, going 2 of 16 on 3-pointers.

Zac Hagy accounted for more than half of Mineral Ridge’s offensive output, amassing a game-high 28 points in the losing effort.

Nick Ballone paced Lowellville (14-3, 9-3) with 24, while Pat Mangine and Alex Harklerode chipped in with 12 each.

POLAND 50, CANFIELD 49: POLAND – In a tight, AAC, American Division game, the Bulldogs managed to squeak by the Cardinals.

Poland (15-2, 10-1) trailed by two heading into the final frame, but the Bulldogs won the quarter, 18-15, to seal a one-point victory. Dan Black was the only Poland player to reach double figures, totalling a game-high 19 points.

Mike Yourstowky paced Canfield (14-4, 7-3) with 11 points, Jarret Vrabel scored 10 points and snagged 12 rebounds for a double-double and Andrew Midgley contributed 10.

LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 72, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 54: YOUNGSTOWN – Leading by one at halftime, the Eagles fell apart in the second half against the Tigers.

Lake Center Christian outscored Youngstown Christian, 42-23, in the second half to pull away. The Eagles couldn’t keep up despite draining 9 3-pointers in the game.

Darien Townsend paced the Eagles with 16 points, while Shawn Staples and Malik Ross added another 11 each.

NEWTON FALLS 53, LAKEVIEW 47: NEWTON FALLS – The second and fourth quarters were the difference for Newton Falls defeating Lakeview in an All-American Conference, National Division, contest.

After trailing by eight at the half, Lakeview rallied in the third to close the gap to one-point. However, the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs, 14-9 in the fourth to seal the victory.

Ozzie Hawkins led Newton Falls (9-8) with 20 points. Jaden Walton followed with 15.

Brandon Keller paced Lakeview with 13.

McDONALD 83, JACKSON-MILTON 34: McDONALD – Anthony Pugh, who leads the county in assists, led the Blue Devils in points on Friday night, dropping in 22 to lead the Blue Devils in an ITCL Division II matchup with Jackson-Milton.

He wasn’t the only one to put up big points. Teammates Matt Seitz and Kenny Greaver both put up 20 points each in the win.

Nick Woloshak led Jackson-Milton with nine points.

JEFFERSON 78, CHAMPION 57: JEFFERSON – Jefferson jumped to an early lead and held on to defeat Champion in an AAC National tilt.

David Chase had a lights-out night, scoring 36 points – and a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Eric Karafa led Champion (1-16) with 16 points. Michael Turner added 15.

WELLSVILLE 81, WESTERN RESERVE 54: BERLIN CENTER – Wellsville jumped to an early lead and cruised from there to defeat the Blue Devils in an ITCL, Division II, showdown.

Nate Scott led the way for Wellsville with 28 points, followed closely by Jordan Sloan with 24.

Lance Dezee led Western Reserve with 16. Joe Falasca chipped in 11.


GLENOAK 51, BOARDMAN 42: BOARDMAN – Trailing by one point at the end of the third quarter, the Spartans couldn’t slow down the Golden Eagles’ offense in the fourth during a Federal League matchup.

GlenOak accumulated 22 points over the final 8 minutes, 12 of which came at the charity stripe, and Boardman couldn’t match that total, scoring just 14 points in the fourth.

Kelly Tomscanyi led the Spartans with 14 points.


GIRARD 62, LIBERTY 43: LIBERTY – Girard dominated the first half and cruised to a victory over crosstown rival Liberty in an All-American Conference, National Division showdown.

Bree Bishop was the catalyst for Girard, scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for a double-double. Alasija Dykes scored 21 points to pace the Indians, who shot 22 of 52 (42 percent) from the field and outrebounded Liberty, 40-24.

The Leopards’ Leah Leshnack led all scorers with 23 points. Marcy Dykes added 12 for Liberty (12-7).

CHALKER 50, BERKSHIRE 39: SOUTHINGTON – Chalker built a 23-12 halftime lead and held on to beat Berkshire in a non-conference matchup.

Rachel Wilson paced the Wildcats (4-13) with 18 points, including 11 in the second half. Berkshire (2-14) played even with Chalker in the final two quarters, with Peyton Neumore leading the Badgers charge with 15 points.

GRAND VALLEY 59, BADGER 51: ORWELL – A hot start helped Grand Valley hold off Badger in a Northeastern Athletic Conference clash.

The Mustangs (12-7, 4-6) led 35-26 at halftime and pushed its lead to 12 by the start of the quarter before holding to win by eight. Jessica Vormelker paced Grand Valley with 17 points, while Alexis Cassessa added 13 and four steals.

Badger’s Taylor Kramar led all scorers with 21 points, and she also grabbed nine rebounds and six steals for the Braves (11-9, 3-9). Harlee Logan registered 18 points.

PYMATUNING VALLEY 67, WINDHAM 41: ANDOVER – A dominating second quarter allowed top-ranked Pymatuning Valley to easily pull away from Windham in a NAC showdown.

The Lakers (19-0, 10-0) outscored Windham, 26-9, in the second frame after leading by four after one quarter. Kelsea Brown poured in 28 points for Pymatuning Valley to lead all scorers. Geena Gabriel added 17 points and nine assists for the Lakers, ranked No. 1 in the state in Division III.

Jessica Isler led Windham (12-5, 7-5) with 15 points and four assists. Brittany Knight registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

EAST PALESTINE 41, MINERAL RIDGE 38: EAST PALESTINE – The Potters won a back-and-forth Inter Tri-County League battle with Mineral Ridge.

The lead changed in each of the first two quarters, and East Palestine held a one-point edge going into the fourth. The Potters edged Mineral Ridge by two in the final 8 minutes to secure the win. Courtney Webber and Hayley Hall scored 17 and 14 points, respectively.

Alyssa Harkins paced the Rams with 16 points.

HOWLAND 56, POLAND 36: POLAND – The Tigers battled back from a first-quarter deficit to take down Poland in an All-American Conference, American Division, matchup.

While Howland took the lead by half, the Tigers extended it in the second half, outscoring Poland, 30-15.

Sara Price led Howland (11-9, 5-6) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Gabby Cvengros added 13 points.

Theodora Constantine led Poland (7-13, 3-8) with 15 points.

LORDSTOWN 60, LEDGEMONT 40: THOMPSON – Sarah Cash was back to her old ways on Thursday night in a NAC showdown against Ledgemont.

Cash drained 10 field goals, was a perfect 10 of 10 from the line, for 31 points. She also grabbed a team high 21 rebounds, had five steals and five blocks.

Talia Tobin added 12 points and seven steals for Lordstown (14-3, 9-0).

EAST 55, WARREN G. HARDING 53: WARREN – The Panthers tried to rally for the win on the road, but came up just short, giving the Raiders the victory.

At the half, Harding led, 28-20. By the start of the fourth quarter, the lead was trimmed to four. East outscored Harding, 18-16, in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.

Maya Bell recorded another double double for Harding, scoring 25 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Gariana Bercheni added 10 points.

Larea Hilton paced East with 18.

URSULINE 37, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 35: YOUNGSTOWN – It was a tight game throughout, but the battle of the turnovers was the deciding factor between the Fighting Irish and the Knights.

Ursuline turned the ball over 13 times, while Aquinas committed 23 turnovers.

Tanaya Beacham led Ursuline (9-9) with 20 points and nine rebounds.

MAPLEWOOD 44, MATHEWS 32: MECCA – Maplewood led from start to finish in this Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup.

The biggest charge for the Rockets came from Brooke Dawson, who scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Miranda Sloan added seven points and four assists. The Rockets are now 17-2 (10-2) on the season.

Maddie Williams led Mathews with 13 points.

COLUMBIANA 75, McDONALD 40: COLUMBIANA – Three Clipper players scored in double digits en route to the victory over McDonald.

Baylie Mook led Columbiana with 21 points.

Jaydin Stellmar and Sara Joseph combined for 32 of McDonald’s 40 points, scoring 17 and 15, respectively.

CHAMPION 40, CAMPBELL 27: CAMPBELL – The second half was the difference for Champion as the Golden Flashes pulled away from the Red Devils in an AAC National matchup.

Champion had the three-point lead at the half, but outscored Campbell 26-16 in the second half.

Izzy D’Urso led Champion (5-15, 2-8) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kelly Robinson added 11.

WESTERN RESERVE 70, WELLSVILLE 48: BERLIN CENTER – Western Reserve continued its hot streak through the Inter Tri-County League, Division II, handling Wellsville in league action.

By the half, the Blue Devils led, 38-21. A big reason for that was the double-double of Aleah Hughes, who registered 20 points and 11 rebounds. She also had eight steals. Western Reserve is now 14-5 (12-1).

BROOKFIELD 47, YOUNGSTOWN CHRISTIAN 32: YOUNGSTOWN – Brookfield slowly, but surely, pulled away from the Eagles, ending up with a 15-point victory.

Delaney Saxton paced Brookfield (14-5) with 14 points and four rebounds.

Youngstown Christian, which falls to 5-13, trailed by four at the end of the first and could never rally back. Darai Shavers led the way with 10 points.

NILES 50, HUBBARD 36: HUBBARD – Niles led from the start and never trailed in an AAC American matchup.

By the half, the Red Dragons had taken control with a 23-8 lead.

Niles’ Amanda Blank led all scorers 16 points. Emily Manion paced Hubbard with nine.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH 52, STRUTHERS 45: AUSTINTOWN – Struthers led in the first, but couldn’t hold on to that lead, as Fitch rallied to pick up the conference victory.

Trailing by four heading into the second quarter, the Falcons outscored the Wildcats 18-7 in the second quarter to take a lead they didn’t relinquish.

Megan Sefcik led the way with 19 points for Fitch, followed by Maura Bianco with 12 points. The Falcons are now 18-1.

McKenna Shives led Struthers (14-5) with 24 points.

LAKEVIEW 71, JEFFERSON 38: JEFFERSON – Six different players scored at least eight points for Lakeview as it cruised past Jefferson in an AAC, National Division matchup.

The Bulldogs’ Alli Pavlik led all scorers with 20 points. She also handed out a team-high eight assists. Lakeview (19-1, 10-0) led 42-22 at halftime and never looked back.

Emily Smock and Jessica Becker each scored 10 for the Falcons (6-13, 2-8).