Harding tops Liberty; Falls, Girard get wins
¯ HARDING 67, LIBERTY 52: — The Raiders utilized a strong 1-2 punch from Faith Burch and Kamarah Bender to pull away from the Leopards in the second half.
Burch netted 23 points and Bender 21 to fuel Harding, which outscored Liberty 43-32 in the second half after leading 24-20 at intermission. Makaila Powell added 12 points.
The Leopards got balanced scoring, with Cianna Smith and Aaliyah Foster scoring 12 apiece, Ally Jones adding nine points and Demi Watson chipping in with eight points.
¯ HOOVER 50, HOWLAND 30: CANTON — The Tigers fell behind early, trailing 13-6 after one period and 26-10 at halftime. Despite playing nearly equal with Hoover (8-4) in the second half, they could not overcome the slow start in the non-league contest.
Courtney Clark scored 10 points for Howland (1-3). Taylor Lawrence added seven points.
¯ NEWTON FALLS 52, LaBRAE 35: LEAVITSBURG — The visiting Tigers heated up from beyond the 3-point arc, outscoring the Vikings 24-9 from beyond.
Bree Hutson tallied 18 points and Madison Haidet added 11 for Newton Falls, which led 24-12 at halftime. Hutson made a pair of 3-pointers. Morgan Bryner tossed in a trio of3-pointers and both of Natalee Albert’s baskets were 3-pointers.
The Vikings were led by Jenna Reppart’s 11 points and Laura McCoy’s 10 points.
¯ GIRARD 54, NILES 25: GIRARD — The Indians built a 29-13 halftime lead and coasted past the Red Dragons. Siesia Triplett led Girard (3-2, 3-2 Northeast-8) with 12 points, Sophie Griffith scored 11 and Emily Fitzgerald chipped in with nine.
Niles (0-5, 0-5) was led by Katie Heinsleman with six points.
¯ POLAND 49, LAKEVIEW 27: POLAND — The battle of the Bulldogs went to the host squad, as Poland held Lakeview to under 10 points in three of the four quarters.
Lakeview scored 15 of its points in the third quarter after trailing 29-9 at halftime. Melanie Wolffe scored a game-high 11 points and Maggie Pavlansky added seven for Lakeview.
¯ MAPLEWOOD 67, LORDSTOWN 16: MECCA — Marissa Ventura outscored the entire Red Devils’ squad and got help from her Rockets teammates to cruise to the Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.
The Rockets kept Lordstown from scoring in double digits in any quarter, as they moved to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in league play. Ventura netted 26 points, Baylie Starcher scored 11 and Brook Smith added nine.
Alexandra Drewek scored 12 for Lordstown (0-2).
¯ JEFFERSON 63, HUBBARD 27: JEFFERSON –The host Falcons won the battle of the birds, flying to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter and keeping the Eagles to single-digit scoring in every quarter.
Sophie Murphy scored 11 points to pace Hubbard. Peytyn Slovesk and Grace Narkum added five points apiece.
¯ WINDHAM 48. CHALKER 34: WINDHAM — The host Bombers got 16 points and 15 rebounds from Zarah Cunningham as they downed the Wildcats in a Northeastern Athletic Conference contest
Ka’neese Cunningham added 10 points and six rebounds and Mariah Woods supplied nine points and six rebounds for the Bombers (2-2, 2-2 NAC). Briah Daniel grabbed nine rebounds. The Wildcats are 0-6.
¯ LOWELLVILLE 38, MINERAL RIDGE 24: LOWELLVILLE — The Rockets had a 15-3 scoring advantage from 3-point range and outscored their guests 16-5 in the middle quarters.
Candice Miller paced the Rams with 13 points.
¯ VALLEY CHRISTIAN 46, LEETONIA 44: — Kristen Gill erupted for 27 points and DiAndra Tensey added 10 as Valley Chrisian escaped the Bears.
The contest was tight throughout, with Valley Christian leading 27-22 at halftime and 32-31 entering the final quarter.
¯ EAST 73, LIBERTY 62: LIBERTY — The Golden Bears used a 23-8 scoring advantage in the third quarter and held off the Leopardsfrom there.
James Davis and Jameer Weaver tallied 14 points apiece for Liberty and D’Andre Venters added 12.