Kennedy boys, Newton Falls girls win
¯ KENNEDY 71, CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 65: WARREN — The Eagles fired off a 22-point fourth quarter to come back against Canton Central Catholic.
Kennedy trailed 50-43 heading into the final frame, but the Eagle offense exploded for the team to storm back and pull away.
Cam Hollobaugh led Kennedy with 27 points. Saba Svani scored 16 points and TJ Hardin added 14.
The Eagles close the year out Friday at Gilmour Academy.
¯ URSULINE 59, SOUTH RANGE 44: NORTH LIMA — A second-quarter surge gave the Irish the cushion it needed in a non-league clash with South Range.
Six different players scored in the second quarter as Ursuline (9-11) went on an 18-5 run that led to a 33-19 halftime lead. South Range (11-8) closed within 43-33, but the Irish closed the game by making 10-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Vince Armeni and Brady Shannon led a balanced Ursuline offense with 11 points apiece. They were two of eight players to score for the Irish.
¯ CARDINAL MOONEY 57, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 44: YOUNGSTOWN — A huge fourth quarter allowed Cardinal Mooney to rally past the Falcons in a non-conference contest.
The Cardinals (10-10) trailed, 42-36, entering the fourth quarter before ending the game on a 21-2 run. Michael Pelini led Mooney with 8 points, while Thomas Fire and Devon Jenkins each added 13. Mooney was 19-of-23 from the free-throw line.
Todd Simons scored a game-high 24 for the Falcons (10-10).
¯ STRUTHERS 78, HUBBARD 60: HUBBARD — Struthers needed a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Eagles in a Northeast-8 Conference tilt Friday night.
Hubbard’s Cam Resetar matched Ryan with 23, and he sank five of the Eagles’ 11 3-pointers. Chanze Kelley contributed 15 points, and Ryan Laird put in 11 more for Hubbard.
Girls regular season
¯ NEWTON FALLS 41, SOUTHEAST 32: NEWTON FALLS — Madison Haidet tossed in 18 points and Bree Hutson added eight points, as the host Tigers defeated the Pirates in a non-league affair.
The Tigers led 15-12 at halftime and gradually incresed their lead as they improved to 14-8.
¯ BADGER 56, CONNEAUT 44: VERNON — Grace Popovich and Lauryn Hamilton combined for 34 points as the host Braves downed the Spartans in a non-league game Friday night. Popovich had 18 points and Hamilton supplied 16 on the strength of five 3-pointers. Celena Jablonski and Paige Kramar added eight points apiece for the Braves, 12-9.
¯ McDONALD 43, CRESTVIEW 29: COLUMBIANA — A big fourth quarter allowed the Blue Devils to rally past Crestview in a non-conference matchup.
McDonald (18-2) led, 26-21, after three quarters and then outscored the Rebels, 17-8, in the final 8 minutes to seal the victory. Maddy Howard scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter, and Sophia Costantino netted five of her 13. Molly Howard led all scorers with 19 points.
¯ CHALKER 44, NEWBURY 38: NEWBURY — The balanced scoring attack of the Wildcats wasn’t enough to put away Newbury after a 38-point performance from Grace Laster.
Mia Russomanno led Chalker with 16 points and Nancy Wolfe scored 14. Wolfe had three 3-pointers on the evening. Chalker falls to 4-17 and 4-12 in the league,
¯ KIRTLAND 65, URSULINE 36: YOUNGSTOWN — The Hornets buzzed to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in downing the host Irish in a non-league contest.
Paris Gilmore’s 20 points paced Ursuline, which fell to 7-14.
¯ CRESTWOOD 40, WINDHAM 20: WINDHAM — Tara VanSteenberg scored nine points for the host Bombers, who fell to 4-18. Kayla Ladd added six points and Zahra Cunningham grabbed 15 rebounds.
¯ STRUTHERS 61, NILES 34: STRUTHERS — The seventh-seeded Wildcats broke away from the 10th-seeded Red Dragons with a strong second half in a Division II first-round sectional contest.
Emma Elia netted 21 points and Renee Leonard supplied 15 as Struthers improved to 14-9. Chloe Neider and Heike Kaurschill added nine points apiece for the Cardinals, who will play at second-seeded Poland in a section.
Aneziah Fryer scored 17 points to pace Niles, which finished 5-18.
¯ CARDINAL MOONEY 53, HUBBARD 22: YOUNGSTOWN — Katie Hough scored 14 points and four teammates were a basket away from double-digit scoring as the fifth-seeded Cardinals downed the 12th-seeded Eagles in the first round of a Division II sectional.
The hosts blanked Hubbard 7-0 in the first quarter, led 19-9 at halftime and pulled away to a 41-14 lead entering the fourth period.