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Canfield boys, West Branch girls post close victories

¯ CANFIELD 63, MARLINGTON 62: YOUNGSTOWN — The Cardinals pulled out a squeaker of a win against Marlington at Chaney High School.

Canfield outscored the Dukes 22-11 and were able to pull off the victory. Four Cardinals reached double-figures with Joe Bruno’s 20 points leading the way. Brayden Beck scored 14 points and both Brent Herrmann and Chase Lowry scored 10 points.

¯ McDONALD 80, VALLEY CHRISTIAN 51: LISBON — Zach Rasile scored 40 points for the Blue Devils as they win the Lisbon Tournament finals over Valley Christian.

Scoring was dominated by Rasile and Jake Portolese who combined for 68 of the team’s 80 points in the contest. Eli Street added five points.

Leading the Eagles was Lohron Brown who scored 19 points and Mark Revere who scored 11.

The Blue Devils move to 2-0 while Valley Christian falls to 1-1.

¯ MINERVA 65, CRESTVIEW 45: COLUMBIANA — The Rebels were outscored by 12 in the first quarter, putting themselves in a hole they were unable to get out of as they lost to Minerva.

Anthony Cusick led Crestview as the only player to reach double-figures, scoring 10 points. Brandon Yanssens scored nine points. Cusick also scored two from beyond the arc.

Up next for the Rebels is Southern Local as they look to get their first win of the year.

¯ SEBRING 73, LEETONIA 41: LEETONIA — The Trojans started their season off right with a big win over Leetonia on Friday.

Jake Hunter and Carson Rouse led Sebring with 17 points each. Connor Shepherd added 14. The Trojans put up 26 points in the fourth quarter, turning a comfortable lead into an insurmountable lead.

Jordan Baker paced the Bears with 11 points.

Leetonia won the JV game in a close battle, coming out on top 41-38.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

¯ LIBERTY 70, BRISTOL 49: LIBERTY — Sharda Williamson reached 1,000 points in the Leopards’ victory over Bristol.

Williamson led the team with 20 points. Demi Watson added 15, with Cianna Smith and Delia Watson contributing 12 and 11 respectively.

Liberty stormed out in the first quarter, scoring 25 points. They slowed the pace throughout the rest of the game, but had amassed a comfortable lead, ending with a 21-point victory.

Tara Burggraf led the Panters with 20 points. Brittany Mooney contributed 13.

¯ WEST BRANCH 50, LOUIS-VILLE 48 (OT): NORTH CANTON — After the Leopards battled back in the fourth quarter to take it to overtime, West Branch held strong and were able to come out with a win.

Peyton Alazaus led the Warriors (1-1) scoring 19 points.

Louisville stromed back in the fourth quarter, outscoring West Branch 17-8 in the final quarter to knot the game at 42. The Warriors were able to get one extra bucket and come out with a win.

¯ CHIPPEWA 53, URSULINE 44: DOYLESTOWN — Making the trip to Doylestown, the Fighting Irish starting their season with a challenge taking on powerhouse Chippewa.

Anisah Moorman led the team with 13 points and Paris Gilmore added 10. Ursuline led after the first quarter, but a strong effort in the middle quarters by the Chipps gave them the edge.

Ursuline falls to 0-1 on the year and looks to recover against Columbiana.

¯ SOUTH RANGE 58, SHAW 23: HOWLAND — After a loss to Nordonia to open the Toni Ross Spirit Foundation Tournament, the Raiders responded in the colsolation game with a big win over East Cleveland Shaw.

Izzy Lamparty led the team with 18 points with Gabby Lamparty and Lexi Giles each scoring 10. Hannah Heikkinen added seven.

South Range outscored the Cardinals 21-2 in the first quarter.

The Raiders move to 1-1.

¯ NORDONIA 52, HOWLAND 40: HOWLAND — The Tigers suffer their first loss of the season in the Toni Ross Spirit Foundation Tournament finals to an undefeated Nordonia team.

Madison Cluse led the Knights, scoring 16 points. They outscored the Tigers 21-7 in the second quarter.

Leading Howland on the scoreboard was Alyssa Pompelia who had 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Maria Dellimuti and Courtney Clark each added seven points.

Howland gets back at it on Saturday against Niles.