Howland’s Diehl reaches 500 victories

HOWLAND — Howland coach John Diehl was already done celebrating shortly after capturing his 500th career victory.

That may be part of the reason he has 500 wins.

The longtime Tigers girls basketball coach continued to add to his legacy as Howland rocked Lakeside, 89-40, in an All-American Conference, Red Tier game.

A gracious deal deflected credit to others.

“It’s a huge number,” admitted Diehl, who is now 393-185 at Howland, with his other victories coming as the Bristol boys coach in the early 1990s. “I never thought I’d be around or survive long enough to get 500. We’ve had some great fathers and mothers at the fourth and fifth grade levels (who are coaches), people who have been coaches in college, and I’ve had great assistants over the years. So, they kind of come to me ready to go.”

His 500th came easier than most.

The Tigers (14-6, 7-2) had three players score at least 18 points, led by Alex Ochman’s 22. Kayla Clark and Alyssa Pompelia each added 18. Howland held the Dragons to two points in the first quarter and then went off for 31 points in the second. The Tigers led, 50-7, at halftime.

With Howland in the thick of the race for a league title, Diehl, now 500-276 in his career, said he didn’t spend much time celebrating. Fitch has one conference loss, but the Falcons still have to play Canfield on Friday.

“It’s over,” he said of his celebration. “Right now I’m interested in the Fitch-Canfield game Friday night. We have Niles on Monday and Canfield Wednesday. That’s where our focus is now.”

¯ FITCH 76, HARDING 75: AUSTINTOWN — Daria Williams and Sabria Hunter each had 23 points to lead the Falcons past the Raiders in overtime in this All-American Conference, Red Tier battle.

Fitch (14-5, 7-1 AAC Red) outscored Harding 17-16 in overtime with Mia Jackson, who had 19 points, adding seven in the extra session.

Kamarah Bender paced Harding (10-8, 1-6) with 25 points, while Indea Phillips had 19 and Diamond Phillips put in 13 for the Raiders, who outscored Fitch 24-17 in the fourth quarter.

¯ HUBBARD 31, LAKEVIEW 26, OT: HUBBARD — The Eagles made 16-of-24 from the foul line to pull away and sweep the season series from the Bulldogs in overtime.

Hubbard’s Kelsey Tingler, who had eight points, made 1-of-2 from the line with 15 seconds left to tie the game at 23. Madison Casey added eight for Hubbard (5-14, 3-10 Northeast-8).

Lakeview (0-18, 0-13) missed two free throws with 2.1 seconds left as the game went to overtime. Melanie Wolff led the Bulldogs with seven points.

¯ JOHN F. KENNEDY 51, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 46, OT: WARREN — Caitlyn Condoleon hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go in regulation, and then she took over in overtime to help lift the Eagles.

Condoleon scored 14 in the fourth quarter and seven in overtime, making up 21 of her game-high 31 points. After her 3-pointer tied, she nearly hit a shot from three-quarters the length of the court to win it. The Eagles (9-9) outscored St. Thomas Aquinas, 25-13, in the fourth quarter and over time after trailing by seven after three quarters.

Danielle Bradley added nine points and eight assists for John F. Kennedy.

Duplin paced the Knights (6-13) with 25 points.

¯ CANFIELD 49, BOARDMAN 39: CANFIELD — Canfield took over in the fourth quarter to pull away from Boardman in an AAC, Red Tier battle.

The Cardinals held a 39-37 lead going into the final quarter, but they held the Spartans to just two points while scoring 11 of their own. Marissa Ieraci paced Canfield with 13 points, while Grace Mangapora added 12.

Boardman’s Raegan Burkey led all scorers with 22.

¯ LaBRAE 55, LIBERTY 40: LEAVITTSBURG — LaBrae’s big second half propelled the Vikings to an AAC, Blue Tier victory over Liberty.

The Leopards used a 12-5 run in the second quarter to take a 23-21 halftime lead, but LaBrae (14-5, 7-5) outscored Liberty, 34-17, in the second half to pull away. Three players scored in double figures to power the Vikings. Olivia Williams led the way with 19 points, while Alexis Huscroft added 14. Marissa Roberts followed with 12.

Shadra Williamson and Nysa Gilchrist each scored 12 for Liberty (11-8, 5-6).

¯ BROOKFIELD 57, CHAMPION 54: BROOKFIELD — Brookfield’s Bailey Drapola scored a game-high 26 points, and the Warriors’ huge second-quarter run helped them hold off Champion.

Brookfield trailed, 15-13, after the first quarter, but the Warriors (13-7, 7-5) went on a 22-4 run in the second quarter to take a commanding 35-19 lead. Drapola scored 12 of her 26 points in the big second quarter and hit four 3-pointers. Audrey Reardon added 14 points and also sank four 3s.

Allison Smith scored a team-high 14 for Champion (14-5, 8-2), while Emma Gumont put in 12 more.

¯ NEWTON FALLS 79, EDGEWOOD 24: ASHTABULA — The Tigers nailed 11 3-pointers and held Edgewood to just seven first-half points in a dominating AAC, Blue Tier victory.

Allison Sembach hit six 3-pointers and led Newton Falls (14-5, 9-3) with 20 points. Madison Haidet added four 3s and finished with 18 points, while Breeana Hutson put in 10 points. The Tigers led, 47-7, at halftime.

Sidney Melaragno paced the Warriors with six points.