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East boys top Liberty; Poland, SR girls win

¯ EAST 73, LIBERTY 62: LIBERTY — The Golden Bears used a 23-8 scoring advantage in the third quarter and held off the Leopards from there.

Ramir Bledsoe scored 23 points and John Clay added 22 points to fuel East, which led 34-29 at halftime.

James Davis and Jameer Weaver tallied 14 points apiece for Liberty and D’Andre Venters added 12.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

¯ POLAND 49, LAKEVIEW 27: POLAND — The battle of the Bulldogs went to the host squad, as it held Lakeview to under 10 points in three of the four quarters.

Nine players scored for Poland, led by Ella Harrell, Mary Brant and Morgan Kluchar, who all scored eight points, one more than Jackie Grisdale.

Lakeview scored 15 of its points in the third quarter after trailing 29-9 at halftime. Melanie Wolffe scored a game-high 11 points and Maggie Pavlansky added seven for Lakeview.

¯ SOUTH RANGE 38, STRUTHERS 17: STRUTHERS — Izzy Lamparty and Lexi Giles combined for 35 points as the Raiders rolled past the host Wildcats.

Lamparty scored 19 points and Giles added 16 to lead South Range, which led just 14-12 at halftime.

Heike Kaurschill had 10 points to lead Struthers.

¯ HARDING 67, LIBERTY 52: — The Raiders utilized a strong 1-2 punch from Faith Burch and Kamarah Bender to pull away from the Leopards in the second half.

Burch netted 23 points and Bender scored 21 to fuel Harding, which outscored Liberty 43-32 in the second half after leading 24-20 at intermission. Makaila Powell added 12 points.

The Leopards got balanced scoring, with Cianna Smith and Aaliyah Foster scoring 12 apiece, Ally Jones adding nine points and Demi Watson chipping in with eight points.

¯ GIRARD 54, NILES 25: GIRARD — The Indians built a 29-13 halftime lead and coasted past the Red Dragons. Siesia Triplett led Girard (3-2, 3-2 Northeast-8) with 12 points, Sophie Griffith scored 11 and Emily Fitzgerald chipped in with nine.

Niles (0-5, 0-5) was led by Katie Heinsleman with six points.

¯ SPRINGFIELD 64, WATERLOO 57: NEW MIDDLETOWN — The host Tigers pounced early and it paid off, outscoring the Vikings 22-11 in the first quarter and hanging on for victory.

Jacey Mullen (21) and Kylee Kosek (17) combined for 38 points to spark Springfield. Abby Joseph added 13 points and Peyton Kleim had nine points.

Rose Couts and Kaita English tallied 18 points apiece for Waterloo and Brooke Waldeck supplied 16 for the Vikings.

¯ WESTERN RESERVE 79, SEBRING 29: BERLIN CENTER — Three Blue Devils scored 20-plus points as the hosts devoured the Trojans.

Danielle Vuletich poured in 24 points and Olivia Pater and Brooke Schantz scored 21 apiece as Western Reserve improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the MVAC-Scaret Tier.

Vuletich added seven rebounds and Brook Kennedy supplied 12 assists to go with her seven points, as the Blue Devils led 26-2, 39-7 and 65-18 at the quarter stoppages.

Emma Whaley scored 16 points for Sebring.

¯ LOWELLVILLE 38, MINERAL RIDGE 24: LOWELLVILLE — The Rockets had a 15-3 scoring advantage from 3-point range and outscored their guests 16-5 in the middle quarters.

Sammie Moore scored 14 points and Francesca Lellio netted 13 for Lowellville.

Candice Miller paced the Rams with 13 points.

¯ VALLEY CHRISTIAN 46, LEETONIA 44: — Kristen Gill erupted for 27 points and DiAndra Tensey added 10 as Valley Chrisian escaped the Bears.

The contest was tight throughout, with Valley Christian leading 27-22 at halftime and 32-31 entering the final quarter.

Ella Gregorino netted 14 points to lead Leetonia, with Taran Ferry adding 11 and Megan Rosko 10.

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