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January 26, 2012
STEPHANIE ELVERD - Staff Writer ( , Salem News

CANFIELD - Lisbon came into Thursday's game at South Range searching for a sweep. The Lady Raiders came looking for a split. After 32 minutes on the court, it was South Range that accomplished its mission with a 48-32 win.

"I was proud that we got them after losing at their place earlier in the season," South Range coach Wayne Johnson said. "Lisbon is a good team. We're happy to get the win tonight."

The Raiders fell to the Blue Devils 50-49 in double overtime on Dec. 15, but no overtime would be needed to avenge that loss.

"You have to give it to South Range," Lisbon coach Jason Thompson said. "They played tough. They decided they weren't going to lose this game and they didn't."

If a decision was made, it was likely made in the third quarter. The Raiders took control of the game by scoring 20 points to Lisbon's four in the period, including an 11-1 run. Alexis Naples - the game's high scorer with 18 points -notched eight in the third. Steve Taylor added six points in the frame and Kelsey Maynard scored four.

Lisbon was held to just a field goal and free throw and committed nine of its total 28 turnovers in the in the quarter.

"We definitely converted turnovers in the third quarter," Johnson said. "We scored 20 points, but we more importantly we had six assists. We started to find each other."

The Blue Devils had trouble handling the ball in the first half, but were able to dominate the glass and keep the game close. Lisbon had 11 rebounds throughout the first two quarters. The Raiders came up with just two - one offensive and one defensive.

Despite eight first-quarter turnovers, the Blue Devils were down just 10-6 after one quarter. Lisbon turned the basketball over seven more times in the second quarter, yet trailed just 18-17 at the break. But the third quarter proved just too much.

"We had too many mental breakdowns." Thompson said. "We had breakdowns in the first half, but in that third (South Range) was able to convert and the game got out of hand real quick."

After trying to force too many things in the third, the Blue Devils started to take good shots and make good baskets in the fourth, but by that time the Raiders' lead proved to much to overcome.

"We can't decide when we want to play," Thompson said. "We can't take breaks. We have to play all four quarters."

Johnson echoed Thompson's sentiment.

"We stood around a lot in the first two quarters," Johnson said. "We can't do that. We have to perform for 32 minutes."

Aside from her 18 points, Naples also finished with six steals and 11 assists. Taylor added 12 points and five assists. Allison Oliver had a Raider-high five rebounds.

Lisbon's Lindsey Hayko and Pam Pierce tied for a team-high 10 points. Hayko, who scored all of Lisbon's first-quarter points, had five field goals on the night. Pierce hit three from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the line. Pierce and Hayko also led Lisbon in rebounding with each nabbing five. Tiffany Ketchum chipped in four points and three assists.

The Raiders improved to 9-5 overall and 8-2 in the league. They host United on Monday. The Blue Devils are 9-6 and 6-4. They play at East Palestine on Monday.

In J.V. action, South Range came out on top of a 56-18 final. Holly Heck scored 14 points for the Raiders, while Sara Boyd had nine for Lisbon.

LISBON: 6 11 4 11 - 32

SOUTH RANGE: 10 8 20 10 - 48

LISBON SCORING: Adri Sanchez 1-0-3, Cami Jackson 1-0-2, Julie Gauntt 0-3-3, Tiffnay Ketchum 1-2-4, Lindsey Hayko 5-0-10, Pam Pierce 3-4-10. TEAM TOTALS: 11, 9-12, 32.

SOUTH RANGE SCORING: Lisa Stewart 2-0-4, Starla Sharp 2-0-4, Kelsey Maynard 2-2-6, Stevie Taylor 6-0-12, Alexis Naples 6-5-18, Kristin Robinson 1-0-2, Holly Heck 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 20, 7-13, 48.

THREE POINTERS: Lisbon 1 (Sanchez), SR 1 (Naples).



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