Mooney wins, McDonald has fast start; Poland girls top WR
¯ CARDINAL MOONEY 57, CANTON CATHOLIC CENTRAL 42: CANTON — Mike Pelini exploded for 36 points, connecting on a half-dozen 3-pointers, to help the Cardinal move to 7-1 with a non-league victory.
Mooney led by just three points entering the fourth quarter, but outscored the hosts 18-6 in the final eight minutes.
Mick Hergenrother contributed 10 points and Thomas Fire added seven for the Cardinals.
¯ MINERVA 53, WEST BRANCH 48: BELOIT — West Branch got 23 points from Jaxon Hendershott and 15 from Dru DeShields in an Eastern Buckeye Conference home loss. The Warriors trailed 24-22 at halftime, but took a 35-33 lead into the decisive final quarter. Hendershott made six 3-pointers.
¯ MCDONALD 84, SALEM 59: SALEM — McDonald did not look rusty in its first game of the season, blasting Salem behind 33 points from Miles Culp and 19 from Jake Portolese. Anthony Ragazzine added 10 points and Eli Street had nine for the Blue Devils who led 23-12 after one quarter, 39-32 at halftime and 60-48 after three quarters.
Salem was paced by Jon Null with 14 points, Drew Weir with 13 and Hunter Griffith and Brock Young with eight apiece.
¯ LABRAE 64, MINERAL RIDGE 7: LEAVITTSBURG — LaBrae put together a 21-10 fourth quarter to win in the opener for both teams. Trumbull County schools were not permitted to practice from Nov. 22 to Dec. 22 and all games in that period were postponed or canceled.
Connor Meyer scored six of his team-high 17 points in the final quarter and Devin Carter tallied all seven of his points. The Vikings led 28-21 at halftime and 43-37 after three quarters. Landon Kiser contributed 14 points for LaBrae and Trayvon Drake added 12.
Mineral Ridge was paced by Tristan Weiss with 18 points, Austin Governor with 12 and Zack James with eight.
¯ POLAND 51, WESTERN RESERVE 39: Jackie Grisdale exploded for 30 points as the Bulldogs (7-1) outlasted Western Reserve (6-1) in the South Range Holiday Classic. Danielle Vuletich scored 17 for the Blue Devils and Kennedy Miller added 10.
After a 10-10 tie after one quarter, Poland opened a 21-17 halftime lead and extended it to 38-28 after three quarters. The teams combined to shoot an outstanding 20-for-24 at the free throw line.
¯ SALEM 44, URSULINE 41: Salem (6-2) put together a 17-6 final quarter to offset Ursuline’s 16-7 advantage in the first quarter in their meeting in the South Range Holiday Classic. The Irish (3-3) took a 35-27 lead into the final quarter.
Kyla Jamison scored 14 points and Abbie Davidson added 11 for the Quakers. Cara McNally led Ursuline with 12, Alayna Smith had 10 and Anisah Moorman tallied nine.
¯ AKRON HOBAN 87, BOARDMAN 51: A 25-4 deficit in the second quarter put the Spartans in a hole too deep to climb out from, trailing 43-22 at halftime.
Boardman was paced by Regan Burkey with 12 points. Mackenzie Riccitelli and Katie Stamp added nine points each and Paige Snyder added eight.
¯ NORDONIA 45, SOUTH RANGE 40: The Raiders held an 18-15 lead after one quarter but scored just 22 points the rest of the way. South Range trailed 24-22 at halftime and 33-31 after three quarters.
The Raiders got 11 points each from Gabby Lamparty and Lexi Giles, and 10 points from Izzy Lamparty.
¯ LEETONIA 53, WELLSVILLE 18 (Monday): LEETONIA — Leetonia shut down the Tigers in a lopsided Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference victory on Monday night. The Bears outscored Wellsville, 18-3, in the first quarter and never looked back, taking a 26-5 hafltime lead.
Leetonia’s Ella Gregorino scored a game-high 18 points, and Taran Ferry added 16. The Bears doubled up Wellsville, 52-26, on the boards and had 24 steals.
¯ HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 38, LISBON 35 (Monday): The Lions won a close game on Monday night, getting 16 points and nine rebounds from Madi Matthews, nine points from Sophia Stambaugh and five assists and five steals from Jorden Webb.
Heartland led 14-11 after one quarter, 22-19 at halftime and 30-29 after three quarters.