LaBrae's foul shooting topples Girard, 67-45



The Vikings connected on 18-of-25 free throws.
LEAVITTSBURG -- The LaBrae High basketball team made 18 of 25 free throws Tuesday in a 67-45 victory over Girard.
"We took the ball inside and that drew fouls," first-year coach Chad Kiser said. "We went to hole aggressively."
Senior Eric Hart had 19 points, Mike Ryan 14 and Cory Hinzman 11 for the Vikings (8-4, 4-2 Trumbull Athletic Conference).
"He had some points off the dribble and quite a few while cutting," Kiser said of entry passes from Ryan, a 6-6 center, to Hart, his point guard.
When Ryan wasn't double-teamed, Hart found his teammate inside.
"They found each other," said Kiser, a Windham graduate.
Ryan, a senior, had 10 rebounds.
Doug Starr's 16 points paced Girard, while Andrew Schenker had eight rebounds for the Indians, who converted five of eight free throws.
Friday, LaBrae plays at Liberty.
Champion 63, Lakeview 54
CHAMPION -- The Golden Flashes put three players in double figures in posting the victory and handing the Bulldogs their first TAC defeat.
Katrell Jones paced the Golden Flashes (6-5, 2-4) with 19 points. Joe Svengros added 13 and Tyler Kish finished with 12.
Dustin Opalka led the Bulldogs (9-3, 5-1) with 15 points.
Brookfield 78, Hubbard 68
HUBBARD -- Kevin Martin scored 10 of his 15 points in the final quarter as Brookfield rallied past Hubbard.
Martin was one of five Warriors in double figures. Bobby Thompson led the way with 16, while Billy Hogue added 15, Dave Nehlen 14 and Chad Kostrer 10. Frank Rosile led all scorers for Hubbard with 24 and Corey Hitt added 20.
Mathews 66, Bristol 65
BRISTOLVILLE -- With 23 seconds remaining in the game, Rick Sommers made the first of a one-and-one free throw situation for the victory.
The Mustangs (1-10, 1-5) handed Dan Campana his first victory as a varsity coach. Mathews held a 56-48 lead after three quarters, then held off a late surge by Bristol.
John Scudier sparked Mathews with 20 points. Jesse Hardval and Luke Weymer each had 12 and Sommers 10.
Kennedy Catholic 79, Cochranton 37
HERMITAGE -- Marsell Holden had 17 points, Kyle Randall 12 with six assists, Mike Ponzurick 12 points and Phil Kaikis 11 to lead Kennedy Catholic (10-5, 6-0 Section 1 A). Dallas Hartman added seven rebounds and two blocks while Jake Allison had seven rebounds for the winners.

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