Rootstown upsets Newton Falls in sectional

NEWTON FALLS – With .5 seconds left on the clock, Rootstown’s Monique Jackson took an inbounds pass, turned and shot a 3-pointer as time expired that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. The clutch shot gave the Rovers the 53-52 upset victory over the second-seeded Tigers in a Division III sectional final. Rootstown was seeded eighth in the district.

Newton Falls held the 27-24 lead at halftime, but the Rovers came back in the third, and had the 44-41 advantage.

The Achilles’ heel of the Tigers, who finish the reason at 19-5, was their numbers from the foul line (4 of 13). Gabby Kline led Newton Falls with 21 points.

Rootstown (7-16) now face Hawken at Ravenna High School on Friday.

URSULINE 52, UNITED 31: YOUNGSTOWN – The Fighting Irish jumped to a 15-point lead in the opening quarter to roll to a victory in a Division III sectional final.

The win advances them to the district semifinal against Springfield on Thursday at the Struthers Fieldhouse.

Tanaya Beachum led Ursuline (11-10) with 15 points and eight rebounds. Megan Ross added 11 points, including three straight 3-pointers in the first quarter.

SOUTH RANGE 46, GIRARD 40: CANFIELD – The Indians led South Range heading into the fourth quarter, but Girard couldn’t hang on as the second-seeded Raiders advanced to the district semifinal.

They will now face Brookfield on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Struthers Fieldhouse.

Girard led, 28-22, heading into the final frame, but South Range outscored the Indians 24-12.

Alasjia Dykes led Girard with 15 points. Bree Bishop closed her stellar career with 12.

  • MAPLEWOOD 65, BRISTOL 42: MECCA – The Rockets jumped out to a nine-point lead and cruised to a Division IV sectional final win over rival Bristol on Saturday.

Brooke Dawson led the way for Maplewood (20-4), scoring eight of her game-high 19 points in the first period. She also corralled 16 rebounds to get a double-double. Miranda Sloan added 16 points, and Morgan Hansel and Jordyn Patterson contributed 10 each.

Lindsey Elza and Kylie Stoneman paced Bristol with 12 points apiece, while Lauren Elza chipped in with 11.

Maplewood moves on to the district semifinal and will face the winner of the Villa Angela-St. joseph-Fairport Harding game next Thursday at Grand Valley High School. Game starts at 7 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD 48, MINERAL RIDGE 45, OT: NEW MIDDLETOWN – The Rams pushed the top-seeded Tigers to overtime but fell short of completing in the upset in a Division III sectional final.

Mineral Ridge erased a 12-point halftime deficit by outscoring Springfield (21-2) in the third quarter, 14-5, and winning the fourth quarter, 12-9. In the extra period, the Tigers managed to squeak by for the win.

Alyssa Harkins carried the Rams with a game-high 25 points, which included making three shots from beyond the arc. Peyton Allen chipped in with 11.

Callie Ford totaled 18 points to led the Tigers, who face off with Ursuline a district semifinal Thursday at Struthers.

WINDHAM 65, BADGER 49: WINDHAM – The Bombers led by seven points heading into the fourth quarter, where they pulled away from the Braves in a Division IV sectional final.

Jessica Isler had a big night, connecting on five 3-pointers and amassing a game-high 31 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and recorded six steals. Brittany Knight scored 11 points and collected 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Badger’s Harlee Logan produced a double-double performance herself, dropping 16 points and snatching in 11 rebounds. Taylor Kramar paced the Braves with 19 points in the losing effort.

HAWKEN 64, LaBRAE 49: LEAVITTSBURG – The Vikings led by four after the first quarter, but the Hawks outscored LaBrae by 19 the rest of the way to pick up the Division III sectional final win.

Turnovers killed the Vikings, as they lost the turnover matchup, 24-11. Only five of those 24 turnovers came from Hawken steals. Somer McCoy was the only LaBrae player to reach double figures, scoring 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

O’Day paced the Hawks with a game-high 25 points.

LORDSTOWN 59, SEBRING 41: LORDSTOWN – The Red Devils took an eight-point lead out of the first quarter and went on to beat the Trojans in a Division IV sectional final.

Sarah Cash’s double-double performance led the way for Lordstown (19-3), which will face Western Reserve in a district semifinal Thursday at Mineral Ridge High School. Cash dropped a game-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while also collecting seven steals. Junior Talia Tobin complemented her senior teammate with another 12 points.

Murphy Flowers paced Sebring with 14 points, and Kelsi Settle contributed 12 in the losing effort.

WESTERN RESERVE 56, JACKSON-MILTON 44: BERLIN CENTER – A three-point game at halftime, the Blue Devils outscored the Blue Jays by nine in the second half to pick up the Division IV sectional final win.

Aleah Hughes and Rachel Maslach led the way for Western Reserve in the second half, as Hughes recorded 11 of her 19 points and Maslach nine of her 11 in the second half. Hughes collected 18 rebounds to finish the game with a double-double. Tory White did most of her damage in the first half, added another 17 to the cause.

Jackson-Milton’s Becca Jones dropped 19 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Madison Tomaino chipped in with another 11.

The Blue Devils return to action next Thursday against Lordstown at Mineral Ridge High School in a Division IV district semifinal game.

GARFIELD 63, CARDINAL 26: GARRETTSVILLE – The G-Men advanced to the district semifinal round for the first time since 1997 with a Division III sectional final win over the Huskies.

Maddison Geddes led Garfield (16-8) with 16 points, Becky Kirk came off the bench and connected on four 3-pointers to total 14 and Grayson Rose added another 15. Lauren Jones dished out 10 assists to help the G-Men rout the Huskies.

Morris paced Cardinal with 14 points.

The G-Men will face top-seeded Pymatuning Valley, which beat Berkshire on Saturday, 72-22, Wednesday at Ravenna High School. Game will start at 7 p.m.