West Branch wins another NBC title
ALLIANCE — The West Branch girls clinched their third Northeastern Buckeye Conference title in five years with a dominating 76-11 win over Alliance on Saturday afternoon.
West Branch — ranked eighth in the Division II state poll — has won 16 straight games to improve to 18-2 overall and 12-1 in the NBC, just ahead of Louisville at 11-2. The Warriors wrap up league play Wednesday when they host Canton South.
The Warriors jumped on Alliance 31-2 in the first quarter and 49-4 by halftime.
Brenna Rito guided the Warriors with a game-high 16 points. Natalie Zuchowski had 12 points and four rebounds, Kayla Hovorka 12 points, Hannah Ridgway eight points and four rebounds and Kirsten Plocher added four rebounds.
Alliance drops to 1-16 and 0-13 NBC.
West Branch also won big in the junior varsity game, 35-1.
Alliance travels to Marlington on Wednesday.
W. BRANCH: 31-18-15-12–76
ALLIANCE: 2- 2- 5- 2–11
WEST BRANCH SCORING: Brenna Rito 6-3-16, Grace Heath 2-0-5, Kirsten Plocher 2-0-5, Hannah Ridgway 4-0-8, Emma Rankin 1-0-3, Kayla Hovorka 6-0-12, Sarrah Tennefoss 1-0-2, Peyton Alazaus 3-0-7, Shannon Wolfe 0-2-2, Natalie Zuchowski 6-0-12, Jessica Bock 2-0-4. TEAM TOTALS: 33, 5-13: 76.
ALLIANCE SCORING: Morgan Davis 1-0-3, Morgan Brooks 2-0-4, Raelynn Thomas 1-0-2, Char’metria Threats 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 5, 0-4: 11.
Three-point goals: West Branch 4 (Rito, Heath, Plocher, Rankin), Alliance 1 (Davis).
ALLIANCE — Marlington opened with a 26-6 run and it was all the Dukes would need for a 77-57 win over Salem on Saturday afternoon.
Marlington moves to 14-6 overall and 9-4 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. Salem is 9-10 and 5-8 NBC.
Alivia Lepley led the Dukes with a game-high 31 points, followed by Robin Campbell with 22 and Bre Hoopes with 20.
Lepley and Hoopes combined for 33 first-half points as Marlington took a 39-21 lead.
For Salem, Chloe Cheresne had 15 points and seven rebounds. Allee Davidson-Chuck added 11 points and five rebounds, Leah Menegos nine point sand six rebounds and Jaden Hamilton nine points.
Salem also won the junior varsity game, 21-8, which was shortened to one half due to Marlington injuries. Jaden Hamilton led the Quakers with nine points.
On Wednesday, the Quakers will host Minerva and the Dukes will entertain Alliance.
SALEM SCORING: Elly Exline 0-0-0, Ellie Davidson 0-0-0, Allee Davidson-Chuck 4-1-11, Chloe Cheresne 6-2-15, Helene Shontz 3-0-6, Leah Menegos 4-1-9, Jessica Slocum 0-0-0, Echo Mayer-Kutz 1-2-4, Jaden Hamilton , 3-2-9, Hayden Carner 0-3-3, Taylor Troy 0-0-0, Katie Moore 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 11-19: 57.
MARLINGTON SCORING: Robin Campbell 9-2-22, Bree Hoopes 8-0-20, Alivia Lepley 8-11-31, Leah Springer 1-2-4, Brooke Brodenski 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 26, 15-21: 77.
Three-point goals: Salem 4 (Davidson-Chuck 2, Cheresne, Hamilton), Marlington 10 (Hoopes 4, Lepley 4, Campbell 2).
Columbiana 53, Mooney 36
COLUMBIANA–The Columbiana girls basketball team capped off the first perfect regular season in school history by pulling away in the fourth quarter to defeat Cardinal Mooney 53-36 Saturday.
The Clippers, ranked fourth in the Division III state poll, finish the regular season with a record of 22-0. They will now have two weeks off to prepare for the postseason.
The Clippers trailed 15-7 after one quarter but rallied to tie the game at 22 by halftime.
Columbiana led 35-32 going into the fourth quarter before tightening the screws defensively and outscoring the Cardinals 18-4.
Alexis Cross scored a game-high 14 points for the Clippers to go with four rebounds and three steals. Kayla Muslovksi and Mariah Rovnak each added 13 points, with Muslovksi recording four assists and Rovnak four steals.
Muslovksi and Rovnak took over down the stretch as they combined to score 15 of the Clippers 18 fourth-quarter points.
The Clippers were sharp from the free throw line in the final frame, sinking 14 of their 16 attempts. Rovnak was 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth.
Also contributing for the Clippers were Kennedy Fullum with 11 rebounds and Brittany Mook with five rebounds.
MOONEY SCORING: Cameryn Olrish 0-0-0, Carolyn Kay 3-0-6, Courtney Koken 2-0-4, Taylor Martin 3-1-7, Camden Herbenrother 2-0-6, Lauren Prommelt 0-0-0, Lexi Saunders 0-1-1, Caitlyn Sapp 4-1-10, Conghetta Rinaldi 1-0-2, Caitlyn Perry 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 15, 3-6: 36.
COLUMBIANA SCORING: Karissa Tringhese 0-0-0, Kayla Muslovski 4-5-13, Tessa Liggett 1-0-3, Grace Hammond 0-0-0, Taylor Logan 0-0-0, Mariah Rovnak 2-8-13, Kennedy Fullum 1-4-6, Alexis Cross 4-6-14, Danielle Yanssens 0-0-0, Brittany Mook 1-2-4, Annalise Quigley 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 25-37: 53.
Three-point goals: Mooney 3 (Herbenrother 2, Sapp), Columbiana 2 (Liggett, Rovnak)
Mineral Ridge 56, Springfield 52, 2OT
MINERAL RIDGE — Mineral Ridge outlasted Springfield 56-52 in two overtimes Saturday.
Alexa Harkins led the Rams with a game-high 19 points, while Taryn Kolesar had 12.
For the Tigers, Taylor Coy led with 12 points. Haley LaMorticella recorded 10 points. Mariah Johnson and Makenzy Capouellez added eight apiece.
Springfield won the jayvee game 22-19. Taylor Thorpe led the Tigers with eight points. Mineral Ridge’s Riley Ladd had six.
MINERAL RIDGE: 16-14-10-6-2-8–56
SPRINGFIELD SCORING: Marlie Applegarth 1-2-5, Makenzy Capouellez 2-2-8, Haley LaMorticella 2-5-10, Ellie Centofanti 1-1-3, Sara Chaszeyka 1-1-3, Nikki Bovo 1-0-3, Taylor Coy 4-2-12, Mariah Johnson 0-8-8. TEAM TOTALS: 12, 21-34: 52.
MINERAL RIDGE SCORING: Nevaeh Cruz 0-0-0, Kalyn Starklin 1-0-2, Anna Bodo 0-0-0, Taryn Kolesar 3-6-12, Angelique Bartscher 2-1-6, Noelle Bukovina 3-1-7, Fran Kesner 0-0-0, Alexa Harkins 5-9-19, Hannah Breedlove 5-0-10. TEAM TOTALS: 19, 17-26: 56.
Three-point goals: Springfield 7 (Applegarth, Capouellez 2, LaMorticella, Bovo, Coy), Mineral Ridge 1 (Bartscher).