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Mangapora scores 28 points in Canfield victory



Published: Thu, February 14, 2013 @ 12:10 a.m.

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Lowellville’s Rachel Durbin (31) defends Canfield’s Sabrina Mangapora (44) during the first quarter of their basketball game Wednesday at Lowellville HIgh School. Mangapora scored 28 points for the Cardinals, who routed the Rockets, 67-25.

Canfield wins; Lowellville’s Solak gets 1,000

By Joe Catullo Jr.

sports@vindy.com

LOWELLVILLE

After 20 years of friendship, Canfield coach Pat Pavlansky and Lowellville coach Tony Matisi were forced to become rivals for an hour Wednesday night in the teams’ season finales.

“It wasn’t just the last game of the season for us,” Pavlansky said.

Pavlansky got the upper hand with a 67-25 victory, paying back his friend after losing at home last year by a double-digit margin.

The Cardinals (21-1) handed the Rockets (19-3) their third home loss in the past five seasons, and Matisi couldn’t be more appreciative.

“He’s the only one that stepped up to play us,” Matisi said. “Division II isn’t going to come down at Division IV because it’s a no-win situation for them, and he’s the only one that stepped up. A lot of schools wouldn’t play us.”

Pavlansky was happy to see his team shoot 44.8 percent from the field, stating Monday’s 50-33 victory over Warren Harding was a dry spell.

“Coach, we’re going to shoot the ball tonight,” said Canfield assistant coach Matt Reel before the game.

“All right; sounds good to me,” Pavlansky said back to Reel.

Sabrina Mangapora led all players with 28 points and 10 rebounds. She finished Monday with 14 points, and Pavlansky said her focus in practice Tuesday got her shooting form back.

“I told coach Matisi [before the game] ‘Coach, Sabrina went 4 of 16 Monday night.’ She’s ready to go tonight,” Pavlansky said.

The Cardinals are the No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional-district at Austintown Fitch. The Rockets are also the first seed when they begin the Division IV sectional-district at South Range. Nobody thought Wednesday night’s game would be a blowout.

“We came in thinking that it was going to be a close game and play hard defense because last year was a close call,” Paige Baker said. “This year was a lot different, and we’re just happy about it.”

One bright spot for Lowellville was Kaye Solak’s layup with one minute remaining in the third quarter, giving her 1,000 career points. Matisi said it took “a lot of the stings out.”

“It really did mean a lot to me because I worked really hard for it, and because I pretty much missed my whole sophomore year,” Solak said. “It was actually really nice to get it with them [Canfield] because they’re all really nice girls, and they’ve all been my friends since we were younger.”

The Rockets took a step back on Wednesday after many successful nights, including a 55-1 mark when Emily Carlson, Ashley Moore and Taylor Hvisdak graced the court.

“We’ve got the horses, the big, strong kids,” Matisi said. “We don’t have any finesse that we had last year. We don’t have the drivers for those horses this year. Last year we had the jockeys that could get on and drive us, and it showed tonight skill-wise.”

Even though Lowellville lost their “jockeys,” the Rockets are still 16 games above .500. Matisi said the reason is heart.

“These kids have a chip on their shoulders because after we lost three 1,000-point scorers last year, nobody really gave them a chance to be where they’re at,” he said.


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1clog1760(12 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Seems the coach is the one who doesnt have confidence in this years team considering every article written this year has either been about himself and his.health or last.years girls. Those girls.are gone give this years team the praise they deserve without mention of girls from the past.

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2lucielou5(3 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Clog, Im from Canfield and was able to attend last nights game and I have to say that last years team was MILES ahead of this years and it showed by the score. Canfield could have named the score. This comment certainly doesnt teach these younger girls to admire last years team. It is what it is, Lowellville lost some pretty talented young ladies and their shoes are going to be hard to fill. Not many teams can say they had this many 1000 point scorers. Asking Lowellville to forget about last years team is like asking ESPN to forget about Barry Bonds

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3lucielou5(3 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

And Im sure we will hear about Mangapora for years to come. The younger girls should aspire to be like her and work to be as successful!

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4clog1760(12 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Im not from either city that played im just stating that every article written about Lowellvilles 2013 team has been about last years team. I feel this years team has proven they are a team that can hold their own in their division, this is true as they won the TCL. Also remember Canfield is Div 2 and Lowellville is Div 4. I feel this team who wasnt given any chance should be built up for what they have accomplished and not constantly compared to 2012s team.

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5lucielou5(3 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Point well taken, however, you must remember that we were Div 2 last year too when we played Lowellville at our house and they beat us. I think the point here is that this is not the balanced team that it was last year. I dont care, just thought I'd throw in my opinion since I attended both games.

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6Upandout(3 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I think also that the three seniors on this years team were an important part of last years team success so these articals are not disrespecting them in anyway. When last years team is thought of these girls are part of it.

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7clog1760(12 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

While it is true this years seniors were part, of last years team, they are this years team and last years team should not be the focus of every interview. This years seniors didnt get the recognition they deserved as being part of last years TEAM. It is a team sport and three doesnt make a team. Good Luck Lady Rockets as you go into the tournaments.

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8Upandout(3 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Not being from the community you seem to care about this more than anybody else???? Something tells me you are not going to lke todays article.. All I know is that when I think about last years team these girls are included in it.

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