Badger uses fourth-quarter comeback to upset Lordstown
KINSMAN – Badger rallied from a 36-30 deficit to start the fourth quarter and took the lead with a minute left on Taylor Kramar’s transition basket.
Lordstown, which is ranked 15th in Division IV, couldn’t foul the Braves often enough to force Badger to go to the line for a one-and-one. Badger took a four-point lead with 30 seconds remaining.
Lordstown, sitting at six fouls on Badger in the second half, couldn’t catch the full-court pass that ended the game as the Braves upset the Red Devils Monday, 45-43.
“This couldn’t have been more huge for our program,” Badger coach Dusty Karr said. “We’ve been having a tough time trying to find a rotation. We had lost three games we should have won. Hopefully this spring boards us into the future. We have a tough January.”
Karr said he noticed Sarah Cash was favoring her an ankle and hobbling to the bench in the final minute – leaving the game with a game-high 25 points and 11 of 11 from the line. Lordstown drops to 9-2, 4-1 Northeastern Athletic Conference).
Harlee Logan led Badger (3-9, 1-6) with 15 points, while Kramar had 10 – four in the fourth.
Thursday, Badger is at Maplewood.
GIRARD 50, STRUTHERS 46: GIRARD – Bree Bishop did a little bit of everything against Struthers – including win the game.
The junior scored the go-ahead bucket with 45 seconds left to give Girard a 48-46 lead and then made two free throws to seal the victory over Struthers. Bishop finished with a huge double-double of 25 points and 23 rebounds. She also went 7 of 7 from the free-throw line, dished out four assists and helped spark a fourth-quarter comeback by scoring the first seven points of the quarter. Girard (8-2) also received 11 points from Miranda Boyle.
Struthers (10-3) held a 35-30 lead going into the fourth quarter but was outscored 20-11 in the final period. Three different players scored in double figures for the Wildcats, led by McKenna Shives 17 points. Shives hit five 3-pointers in the game. Ashleigh Ryan and Ashley Hefferon each contributed 10 points for Struthers.
PV 75, ASHTABULA EDGEWOOD 30: ANDOVER – Heather Brant and Kelsea Brown fueled a dominant first quarter for the Lakers in a non-conference victory over Ashtabula Edgewood.
Brant scored 16 in the first quarter, and Brown added 13 to provide 29 of PV’s 30 first-quarter points. PV (9-2) was up, 30-4, after one and 53-12 at the break.
Brant finished with a game-high 25 (21 coming in the first half), and Brown tallied 23 for the Lakers, who are at Grand Valley on Thursday.
Taylor Diemer led Edgewood with nine points.
LIBERTY 40, NILES 30: LIBERTY – Liberty used a strong first half to beat Niles in a non-league clash.
Liberty held Niles to just one field goal in the first quarter and was up 21-7 at the half. Leah Leshnack paced Liberty with 11 points, and Kim Staples wasn’t far behind with 10. Rachel Crum scored seven of her eight points in the big first half.
Katrina Harris led Niles with eight points. Megan Morris and Braley Hale each added six.
POLAND 66, EAST LIVERPOOL 45: POLAND – The Bulldogs’ Kasie Serich hit six 3s to help Poland pull away in the second half of a non-conference battle with East Liverpool.
Serich finished with a game-high 22 points, while teammate Aleah Hughes registered a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The tandem helped Poland (10-3) outscore the Potters, 40-21, in the second half. Rachael Robertson added 10 points, three steals and three assists.
East Liverpool’s Nikayla Edgell recorded a team-best 10 points. The Potters trailed 26-24 at halftime but were outscored, 14-5, in the third quarter.
MATHEWS 63, LEDGEMONT 55: VIENNA – Dayna Ellis has nine of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mustangs past the Redskins in this Northeastern Athletic Conference game.
Mathews (7-4, 4-2) outscored Ledgemont (6-6, 3-4) 17-6 in the first quarter and never surrendered the lead.
Ellis was one of four players in double figures for the Mustangs – Natalie Halavick (12), Jacki Rhine (11) and Dana Omerzo (10).
Olivia Sidley and Carissa Cantrell each led the Redskins with 12.
Next Monday, Mathews is at Pymatuning Valley.
CHAMPION 42, BROOKFIELD 32: CHAMPION – The Golden Flashes took advantage of trips to the charity stripe in their win over the Warriors.
Champion (7-4) shot 32 free throw attempts and drained 21 of them, half of Champion’s point total. Jordyn Skaggs, Gabby Lamont and Mackenzie Kiser each recorded at least six points from the free throw line and led the Golden Flashes with 12 points apiece.
Tori Thompson led Brookfield (4-5) with 15 points, while Ashley Kirila added 11 points.
SALEM?INVITATIONAL: Hubbard men’s and women’s swimming teams participated in Saturday’s Salem Invitational at Youngstown State University.
Taking first for the Eagles were: Julia Castner (50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle), boys 200 freestyle relay (Spencer Ladig, Hunter Herzberger, Robbie Dixon, and Joe Spurio), girls 400 freestyle relay ( Danielle Evans, Leah McConnell, Justine Castner, and Julia Castner) and the boys 400 freestyle relay (Ladig, Herzberger, Dixon and Spurio).