July 23, 2016

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Grizzlies pull away from pesky Wildcats

WADSWORTH — The Lima Bath girls basketball team was not the slightest bit intimated.

Wadsworth trailed the defending Division II regional qualifier in the second half Saturday before pulling away to take a hard-earned 41-29 non-league victory.

“There’s no doubt about it. This game helps us out,” Grizzlies coach Andrew Booth said. “It gets us ready for the second half. Bath is well-coached and a tradition-rich program.”

Taylore Robinson (team-high 10 points) gave the Grizzlies (11-1) the lead for good with a pair of free throws with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter. They came during a 16-3 run that ended with Wadsworth up 32-22 early in the fourth.

Overall, the Grizzlies outscored the Wildcats (8-3) 23-10 in the second half.

“We scored on our last six offensive possessions, so we were able to close well,” Booth said. “We wore them down.”

Rachel Goddard had eight points, while Jodi Johnson and McKenzie O’Brien added six.

Wadsworth’s junior varsity lost 35-32 to snap an 18-game winning streak.

In other games:

Brunswick 42, North Royalton 38

NORTH ROYALTON — Defense was the name of the game as the Blue Devils (6-5, 3-2) stunned the Bears (8-4, 2-3) in this Northeast Ohio Conference River Division affair. After being outscored 10-2 in the second quarter, Brunswick won the second half 25-18 while holding one the NOC’s top scorers, Alison Smolinski, to just four points. The Blue Devils’ Bri Moss continued her recent hot streak with 17 points, while Courtney Laudato and Gabrielle Bulic each added 10.

Buckeye 38, Keystone 28

LAGRANGE — The Bucks (3-8, 3-4) snapped a five-game losing streak with this Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win over the Wildcats (3-5, 3-3). It was Buckeye’s first win over Keystone since Feb. 3, 2007. Julia Sekerak led the way with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Sarah Dash added six points and 10 rebounds, while Hannah Hartley had eight points and tied Katie Kelly with a team-high two assists. “It got sloppy at times, but we played hard,” Bucks coach Randy Haury said. “Our defense was intense. It was a big win for our program. It doesn’t matter what (Keystone’s) record is right now.” Kayla Glancy’s 18 points led Buckeye’s junior varsity to a 33-17 win.

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