Boardman boys finish perfect AAC season
¯ BOARDMAN 59, CANFIELD 43: BOARDMAN — The Spartans closed out their conference schedule with another win, solidifying a perfect record this season in the All-American Conference taking down Canfield.
Ethan Andersen was crucial for Boardman, posting a double-double with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Hightower scored 13 points.
The Spartans have now won 28 consecutive league wins in a row and sit at 14-5 (8-0) on the season. They travel to Ursuline Saturday.
¯ EAST 71, URBAN SCHOLARS 58: YOUNGSTOWN — Both teams had two players over the 20-point mark, but the Golden Bears had a 29-13 edge in the second quarter that proved decisive in the non-conference win. The big quarter put East ahead 45-27 at halftime and the Bears held on from there. East also had a big edge at the foul line, making 25 of 36 attempts, compared to 5-for13 for the Urban Scholars.
Ramir Bledsoe scored 21 points and John Clay had 20 for the winners. Bledsoe also had 11 rebounds. Xavion Leonard added nine points, Reuben Talley contributed eight points and eight assists and DJ Waller scored eight points for East.
The Academy of Urban Scholars was led by Jemel Edwards with 22 points and George Peoples with 21.
¯ JEFFERSON 63, GIRARD 51: GIRARD — Nick Cario led the Indians with 15 points in a loss to Jefferson.
Gus Johnson tacked on 13 points for Girard.
Jefferson outscored the Indians 21-13 in the second quarter to pull away.
Robert Ray led the Falcons with a game-high 24 points.
¯ KENNEDY 78, HUBBARD 68: HUBBARD — Cam Hollobaugh scored his 1,000th point in a win for Kennedy over Hubbard.
Hollobaugh finished the night with 30 points, a game-high and was aided by T.J. Harden who scored 15 and Gabe Green who tacked on 11.
Riley Heckert led Hubbard with 27 points and Nick Hendrix scored 13.
¯ COLUMBIANA 60, EAST PALESTINE 38: EAST PALESTINE — The Clippers held East Palestine to six first half points in a win over the Bulldogs.
Dalton Whitehair led Columbiana with 15 points. Anthony Hall scored 12 and Nick Million added 11.
Dom Wycoff guided East Palestine with 18 points.
¯ NILES 74, MATHEWS 51: VIENNA — Doug Foster led the Red Dragons with 18 points in a road victory over Mathews.
Foster was aided by Alleni Fryer who scored 14 points and Kross Naples who added 13.
Vinny Sharp led Mathews with a game-high 22 points.
The Mustangs (12-8) close out the year with Chalker on Friday.
¯ CARDINAL MOONEY 41, EAST 19: YOUNGSTOWN — Katie Hough led the way with 16 points as Cardinal Mooney (12-6) easily won their Division II sectional first-round game against No. 20 seed East. The ninth-seeded Cardinals host No. 11 West Geauga on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a sectional bracket final.
East was led by Samair Colon with nine points.
¯ STRUTHERS 48, ASHTABULA EDGEWOOD 40: STRUTHERS — The 12th-seeded Wildcats had good scoring balance in beating the No. 22 Warriors and advancing in a Division II sectional first round game. Struthers will travel to No. 7 Canton South on Saturday afternoon for a sectional bracket final.
Ella Croyle led the Wildcats with 14 points. Taylor Susany added 10 points, Chloe Neider ad nine and Heike Kaurschill scored eight.
¯ WEST BRANCH 67, CHANEY 9: BELOIT — The Warriors took the first step in their quest to return to the state tournament with an easy Division II sectional first-round victory over No. 24 seed Chaney. West Branch, seeded fifth, hosts No. 26 Alliance on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a sectional bracket final.
Sydney Mercer had nine points and seven rebounds for West Branch and Anna Lippiatt added nine points. Sophie Gregory and Amanda Davidson contributed eight points apiece.
Chaney was led by Cazhia Jackson with five points.
¯ WESTERN RESERVE 63, WELLSVILLE 12: BERLIN CENTER — Danielle Vuletich scored 19 points and three teammates added seven points each as the second-seeded Blue Devils advanced with an easy Division IV sectional first-round win over the No. 23 Tigers. The Devils will host No. 21 Ashtabula St. John in a sectional bracket final on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Vuletich was supported by Olivia Pater, Brooke Schantz and Kennedy Miller with seven points each. Miller also had seven assists, Schantz had six steals and Alyssa Herron grabbed 10 rebounds.
¯ McDONALD 82, KENNEDY 11: McDONALD — Top-seeded McDonald cruised past No. 22 Kennedy in a Division IV sectional first-round game as Molly Howard scored 16 points and Maddy Howard and Sophia Costantino added 15 apiece. The Blue Devils will play at home on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a sectional bracket final agianst No. 24 seed Chalker.
Taylor Tuchek and Alivia Morrison added eight points apiece for McDonald.
Kennedy was paced by Faith Hollobaugh with 11 points.
¯ COLUMBIANA 56, PYMATUNING VALLEY 37: COLUMBIANA — Tori Long poured in 24 points to lead the 12-seeded Clippers past No. 16 Pymatuning Valley in a Division III sectional first-round game.
Long got help from Grace Witmer with 12 points, 11 assists and 11 steals, and from Cassie Spaite with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Addie Zohnd contributed eight points for Columbiana which plays at No. 4 Champion on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a sectional bracket final.
Pymatuning Valley was led by Ellie Struna with 16 points and Cass Clute with 10.
¯ LEETONIA 58, MIDDLEIELD CARDINAL 48: LEETONIA — The Bears had four players score in double figures and opened a 37-28 halftime lead in winning the Division IV sectional first-round game against No. 11 seed Middlefield Cardinal. The 10th-seeded Bears travel to No. 4 East Canton on Saturday afternoon.
Taran Ferry had 16 points and nine rebounds, Allison Francosky contributed 12 points, Haleigh Brock scored 11 and Ella Gregorino added 10 points and five assists for Leetonia.