BERLIN — This was as impressive as it gets.
The Wadsworth girls basketball team played a near-perfect first half Saturday in a 61-37 victory over Berlin Hiland.
The Hawks (19-3) are ranked second in the Division IV state poll, but the Grizzlies (19-2) made 16-of-22 field goals, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range, to take a 44-19 halftime lead.
“We’re very fortunate to have such a quality non-league game this close to tournament time,” Wadsworth coach Andrew Booth said.
Reigning Gazette MVP Rachel Goddard led the way with 21 points and four assists. Fellow senior McKenzie O’Brien added 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Hannah Centea had 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Regina Hochstetler had 12 points for Hiland, whose other losses came to Twinsburg (No. 1 in D-I) and Wooster.
In other games:
Cloverleaf 44, Norwayne 35
WESTFIELD TWP. — Seniors Brittany Piper (11 points, 5 rebounds), Kendall Yuhas (5, 5, 6 blocks) and Rebecca Polchek (5 rebounds) had key roles as the Colts (8-13) took care of the Bobcats (10-11) in this non-league game. Emily Civittolo had a team-high 14 points for Cloverleaf, which also received four points, five rebounds and three steals from Lauren Gokey.
Highland 76, Akron North 44
GRANGER TWP. — A 33-point second quarter by the Hornets (13-8) helped them run away with this non-league win over the Vikings. Seniors AnnMarie Kirchner (13 points, 13 rebounds), Haley Roddy (12) and Julia Choueiri (13 rebounds) led the way for Highland, which also received 11 points apiece from junior Anna Rose Wiencek and freshman Marlee Profitt.
New London 72, Black River 25
SULLIVAN TWP. — The Pirates (0-19) fell behind 25-4 against the Wildcats (15-2) after the first quarter in this non-league game. Freshman Allan Benson led Black River with nine points in his second career start, while Tyler Potter added five points and five rebounds.