INTER-COUNTY LEAGUE South Range breaks game open, uses early run to beat Lowellville
The Raiders had four players in double figures and remained unbeaten.
By JOE SCALZO
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
NORTH LIMA -- Two minutes into Tuesday's game against South Range High, Lowellville freshman Tami Nero scored to give the Rockets their first lead of the contest, 2-0.
It was also their last lead.
Lowellville made just one of its first 12 shots and South Range opened a big lead to roll past the visiting Rockets, 71-48.
"I think we played really well in spurts," Raider coach Don Feren said. "We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but we finally put some points on the board."
Running away: South Range started the game with two turnovers and two missed shots, but quickly recovered, going on a 16-0 run to give the Raiders a 16-2 lead. South Range led 20-7 after one quarter.
"We were sort of on and off," senior Crystal Schuler said. "But we put it together."
The two teams entered Tuesday's game undefeated in the Inter-County League, and South Range (7-0, 3-0) wanted to jump on Lowellville (5-3, 2-1) early, Schuler said.
"They came in with a four-game winning streak and we knew they were really good at shooting 3s," Schuler said. "We definitely tried to get an early lead. Our defense was really good."
The Rockets shot just 15-for-56 (28 percent) for the game, including 3-for-13 in the first quarter. Lowellville began the second quarter with an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 22-15, but Raider senior Becky Skowron responded with a 3-pointer to make it 25-15.
Lowellville never again got within single digits.
"They're a really good shooting team," Feren said. "We felt we needed to get some pressure on them and we took [Amanda] Nero out of the game. Becky Skowron did a real nice job guarding her."
Leaders: Schuler scored 20 points to lead South Range, which had four players in double figures. Skowron scored 14 points, Kelly James had 13 points and six rebounds and Jessie Clayton added 12 points and four steals.
Jodi James added three steals for South Range, which shot 29-for-52 (56 percent).
Danielle Hvisdak led Lowellville with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Amanda Nero, who entered the game as Lowellville's leading scorer, had eight points and two steals.