Golden in the record book
LEAVITTSBURG — It was a great night all-around for the Crestview boys basketball team Tuesday.
Senior Drake Golden set the Rebels’ career scoring record, sophomore Kirkland Miller a career night and the Rebels made their free throws down the stretch to beat LaBrae, 56-48.
Golden totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds to raise his career total to 1,318 points, breaking the school mark of 1,307 set by Brad Gecina from 1992-9.
“I’m extremely happy for Drake,” Crestview coach Rick Gates said. “I know it was hugely important to him and helps cap off a good halfway point of his senior year.”
Crestview improves to 5-7 overall and 3-1 in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier.
“I was extremely glad we got that win in,” Gates said. “Newton Falls beat LaBrae by five last week and they are the top picks in our league with Champion. Our league is a coin toss. It’s such a basketball league, night in and night out there are good teams.”
The game was stopped briefly after Golden set the record in the third quarter.
“Drake getting the record and having 18, it was a good all-around game,” Gates said. “He puts too much pressure on himself. It’s nice to see him relax after he got that.”
Trailing 39-37 after three quarters, the Rebels closed out the game on a 19-9 run thanks to 7-of-8 free throw shooting.
“Down the stretch, we really hit free throws and made a couple of clutch baskets,” Gates said.
Miller totaled a career-high 19 points and 13 rebounds in the winning effort.
“It was his best game of the year,” Gates said. “He was in the middle of the zone and found some gaps and hit short jump shots.”
Tony Perorazio contributed six assists.
LaBrae got 15 points from standout point guard Connor Meyer and 14 from Adian Stephens.
The Vikings are 5-2 overall and 2-2 in league play.
LaBrae won the junior varsity game, 48-37. Nick Novak topped Crestview with 12 points.
Crestview will play at Champion on Friday.
• Crestview was missing one of its top players, Jack Yerkey. He tweeked his knee while snowboarding Sunday.
Gates said Yerkey went to a doctor Tuesday instead of the game and is expected to be out two weeks.
Brandon Yanssens started in his place.
• Gates was Gecina’s junior varsity coach as a freshman. Gecina’s three varsity seasons were Gates’ first as the head coach.
• The three other Crestview boys to surpass 1,000 career points are Toby Neiheisel (1,285 points from 1985-88), Jim Kress (1,117 from 1960-63) and Steve Neiheisel (1,066 from 1973-76).
CRESTVIEW: 9- 2-16-19–56
LABRAE: 11-11-17- 9–48
CRESTVIEW SCORING: Drake Golden 7-4-18, Kirkland Miller 8-2-19, Brandon Yanssens 1-0-2, Tony Perorazio 2-2-6, Anthony Cusick 3-0-7, Connor Hughes 2-0-4. TEAM TOTALS: 23, 8-11: 56.
LABRAE SCORING: Connor Meyer 7-0-15, Landen Kiser 4-2-11, Aidan Stephens 6-0-14, Tre’Von Drake 1-1-4, Jacob McCartney 1-0-2, Derin Carter 0-0-0, Caleb Simons 0-0-0, Aiden Kiser 0-0-0, Stephen Hemberger 0-0-0, Blake Kahne 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 19, 5-12: 48.
Three-point goals: Crestview 2 (Miller, Cusick), LaBrae 5 (Stephens 2, Meyer, L. Kister, Drake).
Leetonia 53, Sebring 44
LEETONIA — Ian Davis and Dylan Lennon both hit a pair of three-pointers and Jaedon Finley added another in a 22-point first quarter that gave Leetonia a 53-44 win Tuesday.
Leetonia improves to 3-6, while Sebring drops to 3-11.
The Bears had a balanced attack with Lennon scoring 15 points, Davis 14 and Marco Ferry 11.
Dylan Johnson paced the Trojans with 17 points. Matt Byrd and Frankie Lozoya each had five rebounds.
Both teams play Friday as Leetonia hosts East Palestine and Sebring travels to Waterloo.
SEBRING SCORING: Elijah Frederick 0-0-0, Connor Shepherd 2-0-6, Anthony Calderone 1-0-3, Andrew Lamp 2-0-4, Dylan Johnson 7-1-17, Matt Byrd 2-2-6, Frankie Lozoya 3-1-8. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 4-5: 44.
LEETONIA SCORING: Jaedon Finley 2-0-5, Dylan Lennon 5-3-15, Joe Guido 1-2-4, Marco Ferry 2-7-11, Timmy Finch 2-0-4, Ian Davis 5-2-14. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 14-20: 53.
Three-point goals: Sebring 6 (Shepherd 2, Johnson 2, Calderone, Lozoya), Leetonia 5 (Lennon 2, Davis 2, Finley).
Urban Academy 58, East Palestine 41
EAST PALESTINE — Urban Academy of Scholars had a 25-8 in field goals to beat East Palestine, 58-41, Tuesday.
George Peeples scored a game-high 21 points for the winners.
Dominic Wycoff topped the Bulldogs with 17 points, hitting 12 of 17 free throws. Weston Jones added 13 points and Tyler Bistarkey 10.
East Palestine drops to 0-3 heading into Friday’s game at Leetonia.
There was no junior varsity game.
URBAN ACADEMY: 9-18-16-15–58
EAST PALESTINE: 6-14- 9-12–41
URBAN ACADEMY SCORING: Elijah Solomon 3-0-6, Brian Thomas 2-0-6, George Peeples 9-3-21, Nick Grier 4-0-8, Jemel Edward 2-0-6, Keonte Brooks 0-0-0, Anthony Wallace 0-0-0, Kamarion Peeples 0-1-1, Riccando Carasquill 0-0-0, Raheen Traylor 4-0-8, Thomas Nickerson 0-0-0, Deric Hunter 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 25, 4-12: 58.
EAST PALESTINE SCORING: Tyler Bistarkey 3-2-10, Ryan Rosen 0-0-0, Weston Jones 3-5-13, Zion Figley 0-0-0, Dominic Fertsch 0-0-0, Dominic Wycoff 2-12-17, Landon Price 0-0-0, Thomas Shasteen 0-0-0, Evan Smith 0-1-1, Aidan McTrusty 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 8, 20-32: 41.
Three-point goals: Urban Academy 4 (Thomas 2, Edwards 2), East Palestine 5 (Bistarkey 2, Jones 2, Wycoff).
Southern 65, Heartland 47
SALINEVILLE — When Southern freshman Ashley Shroades scored 38 points in her first game, the Indians knew what was coming.
Shroades tied the school record with 51 points in a 65-47 win over Heartland Christian on Tuesday night.
“She is a top-notch young lady,” Southern coach Michael Skrinjar said. “She is probably one the most relentless players I’ve ever coached. She is humble and a team player. She always want to get better.”
Shroades also had 17 rebounds, seven steals, two assists and two blocks while shooting 7-of-13 from the foul line for the Indians, who improve to 4-6.
She matched the school record set by Lana Corbisello in 1982.
“In order for any type of record to be broken, it takes a team effort,” Skrinjar said. “In the fourth quarter when she was close, we let them know. Not only did she have a phenomenal effort by Ashley, everyone contributed to the effort defensiveley. That’s what makes it special.”
Elizabeth Mostella added a career-high 14 rebounds and Olivia Kerns had nine points, six rebounds and six blocks. Kya McCulley contributed 10 rebounds and five assists.
The Indians led 24-20 at halftime before outscoring the Lions 41-27 in the second half.
Shroades outdueled Heartland junior Madi Matthews, who totaled a school-record 32 points on a school-record six three-pointers. She was 8-of-17 from the foul line.
Sophia Stambaugh added 11 points for the Lions.
The Indians are scheduled to play at Valley Christian on Thursday.
HEARTLAND: 15- 5-11-16–47
HEARTLAND SCORING: Madi Matthews 9-8-32, Sophia Stambaugh 4-1-11, Jorden Webb 1-0-3, MacKenzie Lightly 0-0-0, Zoe Matthews 0-1-1. TEAM TOTALS: 14, 10-24: 47.
SOUTHERN SCORING: Ashley Shroades 21-7-51, Jessica Lafferty 1-0-3, Olivia Kerns 4-1-9, Elizabeth Mostella 0-0-0, Esther Forbes 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 27, 8-19: 65.
Three-point goals: Heartland 9 (M. Matthews 6, Stambaugh 2, Webb), Southern 3 (Shroades 2, Lafferty).