Reserve bests Clippers
BERLIN CENTER — In a season-ending matchup of league champions, Western Reserve showed who is the best.
Danielle Vuletich totaled 37 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Blue Devils over Columbiana, 75-47, Thursday.
Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference co-champion Western Reserve finishes the regular season with an 18-4 record. East Ohio Athletic Conference champion Columbiana lost its third in a row to drop to 16-6 on the season.
Western Reserve, ranked 11th in the Division IV state poll, led 19-6 in the first quarter and 42-21 at halftime.
Vuletich scored 35 points through three quarters to give Western Reserve a commanding 62-38 lead.
Olivia Pater added nine points and Laura Sigworth eight points to the winning effort. Alyssa Serensky collected seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, Kennedy Miller six rebounds and six assists, and Brooke Morris had four assists.
Grace Hammond topped the Clippers with 13 points. Kayla Muslovski added 10 points.
The Western Reserve junior varsity team also won, 41-14, to finished its season with a 19-2 record.
Kayla Owen led the Blue Devils with 13 points. Jade Duvall added nine points and Jenna Heater eight.
COLUMBIANA: 6-15-17- 9–47
COLUMBIANA SCORING: Tori Long 2-0-5, Karissa Tringhese 1-0-3, Grace Hammond 4-2-13, Grace Witmer 3-1-8, Madison Moser 2-0-4, Kayla Muslovski 4-0-10, Camille Zentner 2-0-4, Madison Burbick 0-0-0, Tomi Ross 0-0-0, Addison Zohnd 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 18, 3-5: 47.
WESTERN RESERVE SCORING: Brooke Morris 0-0-0, Laura Sigworth 2-2-8, Danielle Vuletich 16-5-37, Kennedy Miller 1-0-3, Alyssa Serensky 3-0-8, Emma Heater 2-0-5, Olivia Pater 3-1-9, Brooke Schantz 1-3-5, Madison Leone 0-0-0, Jenna Heater 0-0-0, Olivia Altiere 0-0-0, Kayla Owen 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 28, 11-13: 75.
Three-point goals: Columbiana 7 (Hammond 3, Tori Long, Tringhese), Western Reserve 8 (Sigworth 2, Serensky 2, Pater 2, Miller, Heater).
West Branch 44, Marlington 24
BELOIT — State-ranked West Branch left no doubt about being the top team in the Eastern Buckeye Conference.
The Warriors pounded second-place Marlington, 44-24, Thursday.
West Branch wrapped up the regular season at 19-3 overall and 12-0 in the EBC, three games ahead of Marlington. The Dukes are 17-5 overall and 9-3 in league play.
Eight Warriors scored, led by Peyton Alazaus with 13 points. Anna Lippiatt and Jessica Bock added eight points apiece.
West Branch opened up a 10-3 lead in the first quarter and 19-9 advantage by halftime.
Marlington won the junior varsity game, 24-18.
West Branch will host the Ravenna-Youngstown East winner in a Division II sectional final next Thursday.
MARLINGTON: 3-6-8- 7–24
W. BRANCH: 10-9-9-16–44
MARLINGTON SCORING: Mary Mason 3-0-8, Maria Warner 2-0-5, Allison Lacher 1-2-4, Nia Lamdin 1-0-3, Leah Springer 1-0-2, Elizabeth Mason 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 9, 2-6: 24.
WEST BRANCH SCORING: Emma Egli 1-0-3, Jillian Pidgeon 2-0-6, Carly Scarpitti 1-0-2, Sammie Tuel 0-2-2, Riley Tuel 1-0-2, Maddie Showalter 0-0-0, Anna Lippiatt 3-0-8, Peyton Alazaus 5-0-13, Jessica Bock 4-0-8. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 2-5: 44.
Three-point goals: Marlington 4 (M. Mason 2, Warner, Lambdin), West Branch 8 (Alzaus 3, Pidgeon 2, Lippiatt 2, Egli).
United 45, J. Milton 34
NORTH JACKSON — United firmly has a winning record heading into the tournament after a 45-34 win over Jackson-Milton on Thursday.
The Eagles are 13-9 and host Springfield on Wednesday in the Div. III sectional opener on Wednesday.
Bailey Boosz posted a strong game for the Eagles with 15 points. Morgan Hovorka backed her up with 10 points.
United’s jayvees finished off an impressive season with a 34-30 win. Michaela Shasteen had 10 points for the Eagles, 15-1.
J. MILTON: 2-9-5-14–34
UNITED SCORING: Morgan Hovorka 4-1-10, Kyleigh Daggy 0-0-0, Celeste Powers 1-0-2, Bailey Boosz 5-3-15, Morgan Briceland 1-1-3, Destiny Hill 1-0-2, Savannah Burton 1-0-2, Kendyl Daggy 1-1-3, Celeste Hofmeister 4-0-8. TEAM TOTALS: 18, 6-11: 45.
J. MILTON SCORING: Grace McDevitt 3-2-8, Chelsea Williams 0-2-2, Carly Mercer 2-0-6, Kelsey Taylor 1-0-2, Julia Bogden 1-0-3, Abigail Spalding 5-3-13. TEAM TOTALS: 12, 7-8: 34.
Three-point goals: United 3 (Boosz 2, Hovorka), Jackson-Milton 3 (Mercer 2, Bogden)