Steubenville Beats East Liverpool

Photo by Joe Catullo Steubenville’s Jillian Haney passes the ball to a teammate during Thursday’s game.

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville girls basketball team got off to what coach Jeff Lombardo described as a slow start Thursday facing East Liverpool on the the second day of the Chuck Watt/ John Nese Holiday Classic, but got on a roll in the second quarter and carried it to a 45-27 victory inside the Crimson Center.

“It was nice to get a win,” Lombardo said. “I thought the pace of the game was little bit slow. We came out slow.

“I told the girls we have got to create our own energy. It is quiet in the gym, how do we make it not quiet? Talk to one another. Be loud and communicate and it creates energy and creates enthusiasm.

“These girls are 15, 16, 17 years old.

“When I was that age I could have played every day. I don’t think (playing on back-to-back days) had anything to do with it. I just think there are times in a game where you get into kind of a funk.”

Off to the slow start, Big Red (4-5) needed someone to get the team going, and according to Lombardo that someone turned out to be senior Sarah Brown, who finished with four points, three assists and five rebounds.

“It’s up to someone on the team to step up and get the energy level going,” Lombardo said.

“I thought that was Sarah Brown. She only had four points, but sometimes it’s more than just scoring points.

“She was involved in a lot of what we did. As coaches we noticed the things she was doing. I thought she was our MVP today.”

Sophomore Madison Fields won the player of the game award, finishing with a game-high 16 points, an assist and seven rebounds.

“Madison did a great job,” he said. “She scored and played well and was able to get the MVP.”

The Potters (0-9) turned the ball over 25 times in the contest compared to Steubenville’s 17 turnovers, something coach Bryian Burson attributed to being a young squad.

“We are very young and we played (Wednesday), too,” Burson said. “I’m obviously not happy with the result but I thought the kids played hard and competed the entire game. Overall I am pretty happy with (Thursday). Steubenville is a good team and they’re well coached so we knew we would have a tough time. We’re gradually getting better. For us right now it’s just about getting better possesion by possesion, quarter by quarter.”

After leading 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, Big Red went on a 14-2 run to open up a 23-8 lead late in the second quarter before leading by 13 at the break.

“When you make shots, things tend to start going your way,” Lombardo said. “We were just a little lackadaisical in the first quarter but in the second quarter we started hitting some shots. Once you start to see the ball going in the basket you’re usually able to score a little bit more going forward.”

Both sides scored seven in the third quarter, before both clubs put up their highest offensive totals in the final eight minutes, with Big Red out-scoring East Liverpool 15-10 in the fourth to pull away even further for the win.

“It’s a great event,” Lombardo said. “Every team that comes I know enjoys it and asks to come back next year. It’s a time for us to honor two great coaches and bring recognition to basketball in the valley.”

Also for Big Red, freshman Makayla Abram scored nine points, an assist and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Leah Ferguson finished with two points, three rebounds and a game-high six assists all of which came in the first half. Senior Seana Ragusa hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc and finished with 11 points.

East Liverpool was led by seven points, an assist and three rebounds from sophomore Makenzie McKinnon. Mikayla Reed, Emma Ludwig and Ciara Peachey each finished with six points.

East Liverpool is at home Saturday to face East Palestine. Big Red faces Weir at home next Thursday.

Sunshine Classic

Atlantic (Fla.) 63, Cameron 47

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Atlantic scored 27 points in the third quarter and pulled away in the second half to secure a victory over Cameron. Kelsie Meintel paced the Dragons with 24 points while Courtney Walker was solid with 11.

Regular Season

Edison 49, Martins Fery 48

RICHMOND — Kayla Huff posted a career-high 38 points as Edison edged Martins Ferry. Huff also grabbed seven rebounds for the Wildcats.

For the Purple Riders, Madison Ging contributed with a team-high 22 points.

Buckeye Trail 46, Barnesville 28

BARNESVILLE — Ashleigh Wheeler secured 18 points while Jenni Carmichael tallied 11 as Buckeye Trail defeated Barnesville. The Warriors also held the Shamrocks to single digits in three quarters.

Sarah Powell paced Barnesville with 11 points while Dulcie Christman netted 10.

Bellaire 71, Buckeye Local 41

RAYLAND — Bellaire scored 27 points in the first quarter en route to a victory over Buckeye Local. Four players on the Big Reds scored in double figures as Natalie Stoner led the way with 15 points while Cierra Davis contributed with 14. Katrina Davis and Michaela Flaherty both netted 12 points.

For the Panthers, Maddie Gill had a team-high 13 points while Emily Holzopfel secured 10.


Steubenville 59, Cambridge 53

STEUBENVILLE–James Roundtree bucketed 14 points and Dajuan Jones tallied 12 as the Big Red edged visiting Cambridge.

Connor Leppla paced the Bobcats with 24 points.



Marins Ferry Wins Brooke Winter Invitational

WELLSBURG — Martins Ferry scored 101 points to secure a victory in a nine team field at the Brooke Winter Invitational. Rylee Reis won the 50 freestyle as the senior timed in at 26.26. Reis also claimed first place in the 100 freestyle as she clocked in at 58.38.


Three Local Swimmers Win Two Individual Events

WELLSBURG — Brigeport claimed the boys’ side in a tight race as 19 points separated first to fifth place. Brooke’s Ethan Robey, Martins Fery’s Jarrett Bolinger and Weir’s Wil Visnic both tallied victories in two individual events. Robey, a freshman, claimed the 200 freestyle (2:02.91) and 500 freestyle (5:29.76).

Bolinger also impressed as the sophomore swam to victory in the 100 freestyle (50.25) and 100 backstroke (59.45).

Visnic secured wins in the 200 IM (2:12.48) and 100 butterfly (57.29).

Martins Ferry’s Vincente Bussyguin also claimed a victory in the 100 breaststroke as he timed in at 1:05.53.

Both Bolinger and Bussyguin were also on the winning 200 medley relay team for the Purple Riders. Along with Ethan Beale and Tristen Blatt, they swam to a time of 1:52.94.