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Fast start propels South Range past Salem for seventh win

GREENFORD –South Range scored the first nine points and rolled past Salem, 52-38, Saturday night.

Salem had turnovers of its first five possessions and South Range had four players score — highlighted by Jake Gehring’s conventional three-point play — as the Raiders jumped out to an early 9-0 lead.

The Quakers took their first shot 3 1/2 minutes into the game and didn’t get closer than five points the rest of the way.

South Range improves to 7-3, while Salem falls to 1-9.

Chris Brooks sparked the Raiders with 15 points. Dante Digaetano added eight points.

The Raiders led 28-15 at halftime and 45-26 after three quarters.

Hunter Griffith led the Quakers with 15 points.

South Range also won the junior varsity game, 56-47. Brock Young scored 17 points and Logan Blissenbach 10 for the Quakers.

Both teams play Tuesday as South Range hosts Girard and Salem welcomes West Branch.

SALEM: 7- 8-11-12–38

S. RANGE: 12-16-17- 7–52

SALEM SCORING: Hunter Griffith 5-4-15, Kalb Caldwell 1-1-3, Davin Koskinen 1-0-2, Dillon Monroy 1-3-5, Jaren Snyder 0-0-0, Sam Walter 2-0-4, Drew Weir 2-0-6, Jon Null 1-0-3, Kaden Russell 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 8-11: 38.

SOUTH RANGE SCORING: Kris Scandy 3-1-7, Nate Brown 0-2-2, Dante Digaetano 4-0-8, Chris Brooks 6-3-15, Jake Gehring 3-1-7, Brandon Miller 2-0-6, Eli Taylor 2-0-5, Justin Marrie 0-0-0, Matt Lucas 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 20, 9-13: 52.

Three-point goals: Salem 5 (Weir 2, Griffith, Null), South Range 3 (Miller 2, Taylor).

Columbiana 48, Liberty 38

LIBERTY — The Columbiana Clippers are playing like they can’t lose.

A night after handing Southern Local its first loss, the Clippers broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and beat Liberty, 48-38, Saturday.

With the score tied 35-35, Ryan Fahs made a pair of baskets to give Columbiana a 40-36 advantage and a lead the Clippers didn’t relinquish. Matthew Mazei, Dalton Whitehair and Sean Whitehead also had baskets to finish off the scoring.

The Clippers improve to 10-2 overall.

Fahs led the way with a game-high 16 points. Whitehair added 12 points and four rebounds, Whithead nine points, Mazei four rebounds and Hunter Zentner four rebounds.

For the Leopards, Micah Dukes scored 15 points and Jameer Weaver 12.

Liberty won the junior varsity game, 51-38. Rashad Chambers scored 14 points for the Leopards. Carter Murphy had 12 for the Clippers.

Columbiana will host Lisbon on Tuesday for a girls-boys doubleheader.

COLUMBIANA: 10-5-14-19–48

LIBERTY: 13-9-10- 6–38

COLUMBIANA SCORING: Hunter Zentner 1-3-5, Carter Pasco 0-0-0, Ryan Fahs 7-1-16, Dalton Whitehair 4-1-12, Sean Whitehead 4-0-9, Matthew Mazei 3-0-6, TEAM TOTALS: 19-44, 5-9: 48.

LIBERTY SCORING: James Davis 3-3-9, Sean Robinson 0-0-0, Micah Dukes 6-3-15, Jameer Weaver 5-1-12, Antwan Brown 0-0-0, Tyler Austin 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 15-38, 7-15: 38.

Three-point goals: Columbiana 5 (Whitehair 3, Fahs, Whitehad), Liberty 1 (Weaver).

Minerva 57, Sandy Valley 53, 2OT

MAGNOLIA — Minerva scored 10 points in the second overtime to beat Sandy Valley, 57-53, Saturday night.

The game was tied 44-44 at the end of regulation and 47-37 after the first overtime.

Minerva improves to 5-7, while Sandy Valley drops to 4-7.

Noah Sallade and Cole Maley led the Lions, each with a team-high 15 points. Owen Swogger added 11.

Demetrius Evans topped Sandy Valley with a game-high 23 points.

Sandy Valley won the junior varsity game, 61-38.

Minerva will play at Marlington on Tuesday.

MINERVA: 14-12- 8-10-3-10–57

S. VALLEY: 9- 9-13-13-3- 6–53

MINERVA SCORING: Owen Swogger 4-0-11, Steve Place 0-2-2, Koby Kinsey 2-1-6, Noah Sallade 7-0-15, Brayden Costea 3-2-8, Cole Maley 6-3-15. TEAM TOTALS: 22, 8-13: 57.

SANDY VALLEY SCORING: Brodie Kelly 1-0-2, Demetrius Evans 9-2-23, Logan Leichtamer 1-0-3, Brady Russell 1-0-2, Cam Blair 2-0-4, Jaden Betz 1-1-3, Elijah Eyster 0-3-3, Keegan Offenberger 6-0-13. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 6-10: 53.

Three-point goals: Minerva 5 (Swogger 3, Kinsey, Sallade), Sandy Valley 5 (Evans 3, Leichtamer, Offenberger).

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