GREENFORD - Crestview's girls basketball team set a Bear trap on Saturday in opening round action of the South Range Division IV sectional tournament.
Employing an aggressive half-court trap in the first quarter, the Rebels blanked Leetonia through the first nine minutes en route to a 59-23 victory.
Crestview, the third seed in the tournament, improved to 15-6 and will take on Jackson-Milton at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the sectional final. Jackson-Milton beat Youngstown Christian 37-33 in the first game of the day at South Range.
Led by junior Ashley Harrison's 23 points and seven rebounds, the Rebels had no trouble in almost replicating the same result as the two team's regular season meeting on Dec. 22. In that game, Crestview won 57-23.
"Practice has been going really well and we're peaking at the right time," Harrison said.
Crestview scored the game's first 18 points. During that span Leetonia (4-17) committed 18 turnovers.
"We came into the game wanting to be aggressive on defense," Crestview coach Rick Gates said. "We trapped at half court, got in the passing lanes and got off to a good start."
Leetonia, which was 8 for 50 from the field, never got any significant offensive attack established. Crestview led 29-6 at the half.
"It's rough," Leetonia coach Kelly Paxson said. "We worked on dealing with the trap all week in practice. I think we just get so nervous out there that we do everything we're not supposed to do."
Leetonia, which started the season 0-9, has scored in the 20s seven times this season.
Crestview, which saw every player score against Leetonia, has its sights set on making it to the district final where top-seeded Lowellville should await baring any major upsets.
"We've wanted to play Lowellville for the last three years," Harrison said.
Gates said the Rebels have tried to get the Rockets on the regular season schedule, but Lowellville has mostly used its non-league games to play teams from outside the Inter-Tri County League.
"To get there though we still have to beat a pretty good Jackson-Milton team and possibly a very good Western Reserve team," Gates said. "It's not going to be easy."
Gerie Sickle had nine points and five rebounds for the Rebels. Morgan Newbauer had five steals.
Kinzie Smith had six points to top the Bears. Nicole Mann added four points and six boards.
Paije Kiraly led Jackson-Milton with 18 points in the Bluejays win.
Western Reserve got 17 points from Sissy Stubbs in its 57-46 win over Mineral Ridge in the day's final game.
LEETONIA: 0- 6- 6-11-23
CRESTVIEW SCORING: Ashley Harrison 10-1-23, Morgan Newbauer 1-0-2, Alexis DeMaria 2-0-6, Gerie Sickle 4-1-9, Annie Hardenbrook 2-2-6, Tristan Huff 1-0-2, Marissa Leon 1-0-2, Alexys Brooks 1-2-4, Taylor Chamberlain 0-1-1, Alexis Marnejon 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 7-18: 57.
LEETONIA SCORING: Delaney Gardner 1-0-3, Abbie Kopcsak 0-3-3, Alexis Summers 0-0-0, Mara Newton 1-0-3, Kinzie Smith 3-0-6, Emily Schneider 0-0-0, Bethany Basich 0-0-0, Kelsie Valentine 1-0-2, Haley Scoville 0-2-2, Autumn Champney 0-0-0, Nicole Mann 2-0-4. TEAM TOTALS: 8-50, 5-11: 23.
Three-point goals: Crestview 2 (Harrison 2, DeMaria 2), Leetonia 2 (Gardner, Newton).