Quakers overcome rough first half

ALLIANCE — No one told the Salem girls basketball team it was going to be easy.

The Quakers led one-win Alliance 14-12 at halftime before picking it up in the second half for a 50-25 Eastern Buckeye Conference win Wednesday.

Salem improves to 12-4 overall and 7-1 in the EBC. The Quakers will host co-leader West Branch on Saturday with the junior varsity game starting at noon.

Kyla Jamison led the Quakers with 13 points — 12 coming in a 22-4 run in the third quarter that put Salem control — and six rebounds. Jaden Hamilton added nine points, Echo Mayer-Kutz eight and Ellie Davidson six points.

Alliance, coming off a 37-28 win over Akron Coventry on Monday, is 1-15 overall. The Aviators will play at Marlington on Jan. 30.

SALEM: 5-9-22-14–50

ALLIANCE: 4-8- 4- 9–25

SALEM SCORING: Jessica Slocum 2-0-4, Casey Johnson 1-0-3, Taylor Troy 1-0-2, Annie Davidson 0-0-0, Ellie Davidson 3-0-6, Paige Bailey 1-0-3, Hayden Carner 1-0-2, Echo Mayer-Kutz 3-2-8, Jaden Hamilton 4-0-9, Kyla Jamison 6-1-13. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 3-4: 50.

ALLIANCE SCORING: Mackenzie Fletcher 3-0-8, Valencia Davis 0-0-0, Maci Tolley 1-0-2, Hannah Runion 0-0-0, Cayla Mandy 2-1-5, Megan Brooks 1-0-2, Kayla Martin 0-0-0, Raelynn Thomas 4-0-8. TEAM TOTALS: 11, 1-2: 25.

Three-point goals: Alliance 2 (Fletcher 2), Salem 3 (Johnson, Bailey, Hamilton).

West Branch 55, Hathaway Brown 34

BELOIT — West Branch’s junior class is showing what the future holds for the Warriors.

The Warrior juniors combined for 43 points, including a career-high 27 points by Peyton Alazaus, as state-ranked West Branch routed Hathaway Brown, 55-34, Wednesday.

West Branch improves to 12-4.

Maddie Showalter added eight points, while Sammie Tuel and Carly Scarpitti each had six rebounds.

Alazaus, who surpassed her previous best of 24 points against Canfield earlier this seson, also grabbed six rebounds.

The Warriors jumped ahead 16-4 in the first quarter and 31-8 by halftime.

Six-foot junior Ava Warcaba led Hathaway Brown with 12 points.

The Blazers, dropping to 1-14 on the season, have fallen on tough times since winning five state tiles from 2009-13.

West Branch also won the junior varsity game, 56-15.

The Warriors will play at Salem on Saturday in a matchup of Eastern Buckeye Conference leaders.

H. BROWN: 4- 4-10-16–34

W. BRANCH: 16-15-12-12–55

HATHAWAY BROWN SCORING: Jai Duval 3-2-8, Kennedy Kostos 3-1-7, Mary Lux 1-1-3, Ava Warcaba 4-4-12, Bridget Kennedy 1-0-2, Josie Kennedy 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 8-10: 34.

WEST BRANCH SCORING: Emma Egli 0-0-0, Carly Scarpitti 0-1-1, Grace Heath 1-0-2, Sammi Tuel 1-2-4, Maddie Showalter 3-2-8, Anna Lippiatt 2-0-5, Jillian Pidgeon 2-0-5, Peyton Alazaus 10-3-27, Jessica Bock 1-1-3. TEAM TOTALS: 20, 9-15: 55.

Three-point goals: West Branch 6 (Alazaus 4, Lippiatt, Pidgeon).

Minerva 77 St. Thomas 32

LOUISVILLE — Minerva upped its mark to 11-3 with a 77-32 win over Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday.

The Lions led 22-3 in the first quarter and 43-16 at halftime.

Gina Slentz led the way with a game-high16 points. Nelle Yankovich contributed 14 points, Maddie Foutz 11 points, Coletta Miller nine points and Hannah Wayts eight points and six rebounds.

No junior varsity game was played.

The Lions will host Carrollton on Saturday.

MINERVA: 22-21-22-12–77

ST. THOMAS: 3-13- 6-10–32

MINERVA SCORING: Maddie Foutz 4, 2-2, 11; Nelle Yankovich 5, 2-2, 14; Ella Kendrick 1, 0-0, 2; Jenna Walton 2, 0-0, 4; Hannah Wayts 3, 0-0, 8; Coletta Miller 4, 0-1, 9; Jenna Cassidy 1, 2-4, 4; Shelby Wheeler 1, 0-0, 2; Addie Rhodes 3, 1-2, 7; Gina Slentz 8, 0-0, 16. TEAM TOTALS: 32, 7-11: 77.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS SCORING: Samblanet 1, 0-0,2; Moeglin 1, 0-0, 2; Duplin 3, 14-21, 20; Knoft 1, 0-0, 2; Overdorf 1, 1-2, 3; Bussey 0, 1-5, 1; Simonetti 0, 2-2, 2; TOTALS: 7, 18-30: 32.

Three-point goals: Minerva 6 (Yankovich 2, Wayts 2, Foutz, Miller).

Liberty 56, Crestview 35

COLUMBIANA–The Crestview girls basketball team was defeated by Liberty 56-35 in All-American Conference Blue Tier action Wednesday.

Crestview falls to 10-3 overall and 5-3 in the AAC. Liberty improves to 10-5, 4-3.

Tanner Hoffer led the Rebels with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Krista Perry added 9 points and seven rebounds. Mara Halas had four assists.

Crestview won the jv game 31-20. Emily Hill and Shelby Rambo each scored eight points for the Rebels.

Crestview hosts Champion Saturday.

LIBERTY: 5-21-20-10–56

CRESTVIEW: 20-2-2-11–35

LIBERTY SCORING: Sharnay Williamson 9-6-25, Nevaeh Dixon 1-0-2, Delia Watson 5-3-13, Sydney Duncan 1-0-2, Nysa Gilchrist 7-0-14. TEAM TOTALS: 23, 9-15: 56.

CRESTVIEW SCORING: Mara Halas 1-0-3, Haley Eskra 0-0-0, Payton Huff 1-0-2, Shianna Mathes 3-0-7, Tanner Hoffer 5-2-12, Addison Bandy 0-0-0, Krista Perry 3-2-9, Stephanie Dickey 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 6-8: 35.

Three-point goals: Liberty 1 (Williamson), Crestview 3 (Halas, Mathes, Perry)

Heartland Christian 31, Southern 29

SALINEVILLE–Heartland Christian defeated Southern 31-29 in girls basketball action Wednesday.

Sydney Ogden led the Lions with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Julia Reynolds had 11 rebounds and three blocks.

Riley Felton led the Indians with 11 points five blocks and five rebounds. Aubrianna Mellott added 10 rebounds.

Southern is now 4-12 overall and is at East Palestine today.

HEARTLAND: 6-9-7-9–31

SOUTHERN: 12-2-10-5–29

HEARTLAND SCORING: Hannah Rossi 0-0-0, Madison Mathews 3-1-7, Jeanna Morgan 1-2-4, Sydney Ogden 5-3-14, Julia Reynolds 3-0-6, Sarah Adkins 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 12, 6-20: 31.

SOUTHERN SCORING: Hannah Hayes 3-0-7, Kayla McCulley 0-0-0, Aubrianna Mellott 2-1-5, Lindsay Ingledue 3-0-6, Riley Felton 2-7-11. TEAM TOTALS: 10, 8-16: 29.

Three-point goals: Heartland Christian 1 (Ogden), Southern 1 (Hayes).