Four Lions' players have signed early letters of intent to play Div. I.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mount de Chantal came to town for the second time this month, and once again, made a local team its victim with a resounding 89-54 win over The Rayen School.
Gabriele Marginean put the Wheeling team on top 2-0 with the game only 18 seconds old, but Rayen senior Taniesha Holland hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds later to put the Tigers ahead.
It was the only time Rayen had the lead in the contest.
Marginean, a 6-foot-2 junior from Romania, followed a free throw by Britney Hodges with three field goals and before Rayen coach Holly Seimetz called a hurried timeout, the Lions led 9-3.
Holland, with a 28-point scoring average, put Rayen back to 9-5, but Mount de Chantal took off, with Marginean outscoring Holland 12-7 as the Lions led 21-11 after the first quarter.
Marginean scored 24 points and pulled down 10 of her team's 39 rebounds.
"I ran the court well and thought I did a good job of finishing my shots," said Marginean.
Another junior, 5-5 guard Britney Hodges, led the Lions with 25 points. She was 3-of-4 on 3-pointers and 9-of-17 from the field overall.
"We shot the ball well and I had some real good looks," said Hodges.
Then there was 6-4 senior Sylvie Tafen, who scored 18 points and grabbed 13 boards as a force inside the Lions (10-3).
& quot;I had good inside position and my teammates set me up well," said Tafen, who will play at the University of Pittsburgh.
Tafen is one of four seniors who have signed early letters of intent to Division I schools.
Point guard Ivanna Catic, also a double figure scorer Thursday night with 11 points, is going to Kansas. Catic added 11 assists.
Two other seniors, Chantelle Handy and Anca Popovici, who was out with an injury Thursday night, are headed to Marshall and Penn.
The Lions extended their lead to 49-21 at the half as they were 21-of-36 from the floor, while Rayen was only 7-of-36.
At the end of three quarters de Chantal's led by 42 points (75-33), before Rayen (11-2) outscored the Lions 21-14 in the final period.
Holland finished seven points below her average, scoring 21, and grabbed 10 of the Tigers' 27 rebounds.
Rilonda Neal, a 5-11 senior, scored 16 points and Brittany Taylor had 13 for the Tigers.
Rayen's veteran coach Holly Seimetz said, "This [de Chantal] is one of the best teams I have ever seen since I have been coaching."
Seimetz said the Lions reminded her of the Cleveland East Tech teams with Barbara Turner, who now plays at Connecticut.
This was the second visit to Youngstown for de Chantal, which defeated Ursuline 68-43 on Jan. 4. Saturday, the Lions will play West Branch in "The Classic in the Country" at 10 a.m.
"We wanted to come in and play well to be ready for the tournament Saturday," said de Chantal coach John Rowan. "Tonight we attacked offensively to get good inside shots and defensively we did a good job of anticipating their passing lanes."