McDonald trips up Reserve
BERLIN CENTER — Western Reserve has the toughtest time against McDonald.
McDonald held Western Reserve to 12 points in the second half and posted a 34-33 win Thursday in a battle of state-ranked girls basketball teams.
McDonald, ranked 12th in the Division IV state poll, improves to 11-1 overall and 7-0 in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, while 11th-ranked Western Reserve drops to 10-2 and 6-1 in the MVAC.
Last year, McDonald won both regular-season contests on the way to the MVAC title before losing to Western Reserve in the Division IV district title game.
Sophia Costantino paced McDonald with 10 points, eight in the first half. Maddy Howard added nine points, Lucy Wolford seven and Molly Howard had all of her five points in the fourth quarter.
Danielle Vuletich topped Western Reserve with 10 points, eight coming in the first quarter, along with seven rebounds. Olivia Pater contributed nine points, Alyssa Serensky seven points, Kennedy Miller seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, and Laura Sigworth three assists and two steals.
Western Reserve scored 13 points in the first quarter and led 21-17 at halftime. McDonald closed the gap to 27-26 after three quarters and rallied in the fourth quarter.
Western Reserve won the junior varsity game, 43-22, as Madison Leone scored 16 points and Kayla Owen 11.
Western Reserve hosts Jackson-Milton on Monday.
W. RESERVE: 13-8-6-6–33
MCDONALD SCORING: Taylor Tuchek 1-0-2, Lucy Wolford 3-0-7, Molly Howard 2-0-5, Maddy Howard 3-2-9, Sophia Costantino 4-2-10, Brooke Lewis 0-1-1, Carley Stitt 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 5-8: 34.
WESTERN RESERVE SCORING: Brooke Morris 0-0-0, Olivia Pater 3-0-9, Danielle Vuletich 5-0-10, Kennedy Miller 0-1-1, Alyssa Serensky 3-0-7, Laura Sigworth 1-0-3, Brooke Schantz 1-0-3, Kayla Owen 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 13, 1-2: 33.
Three-point goals: McDonald 3 (Wolford, Molly Howard, Maddy Howard, ), Western Reserve 6 Pater 3, Serensky Sigworth, Schantz).
East Palestine 44
EAST PALESTINE — Lisbon is doing more with less — getting only three players in the scoring column for a 56-44 win over East Palestine on Thursday.
Izzy Perez was all over the court for a game-high 25 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Blue Devils.
Maddie Liberati totaled 20 points and 19 rebounds, while Bryanna VanGiesen scored 11 points and Parker Henthorne grabbed five rebounds.
Lisbon improves to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference. The Blue Devils trail league-leading Columbiana by two games and will visit the Clippers at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a 13-8 first quarter behind eight points from Liberati. They led 20-19 at halftime and pulled away to a 42-31 lead with 23 points in the third quarter, including 10 from Perez and eight from VanGiesen.
Lisbon put the game away in the fourth quarter as Perez made all six of her free throws and VanGiesen added a three-pointer.
Joclyn Fristik paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 19 points. Paige Snyder contributed 12 points.
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LISBON: 13- 6-23-14–56
E. PALESTINE: 8-12-11-15–46
LISBON SCORING: Izzy Perez 8-8-25, Maddie Liberati 9-2-20, Bryanna VanGiesen 4-0-11, Tabby Ketchum 0-0-0, Parker Henthorne 0-0-0, Chloe Davis 0-0-0, Madison Haifley 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 10-13: 56.
EAST PALESTINE SCORING: Payton Sherry 2-0-4, Paige Snyder 6-0-12, Kenzee Johnston 1-0-3, Jocelyn Fristik 8-1-19, Morgan Rutledge 3-2-8, Bailey Davis 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 20, 3-4: 46.
Three-point goals: Lisbon 4 (VanGiesen 3, Perez), East Palestine 3 (Fristik 2, Johnston).