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Lady Lions knock Louisville from atop the NBC standings

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: February 7, 2017 2:45 PM
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League-leader Louisville hosted Minerva last week in an NBC girls basketball showdown.

The Lady Lions knocked the hosts out of first place in the league standings with a 46-43 win.

Minerva played a dominate first half, leading 12-4 after the opening eight minutes and 26-13 entering intermission.

Louisville got back into the game with a 16-6 third quarter, but were unable to overcome its slow start.

Madi Pearson led the winners with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds.

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Bri Gassman added 14 points and eight boards, Kayla Kinsey had six points and eight rebounds; and Lauren Frigyes had six caroms.

"It has been three years since our last win against Louisville," stated Head Coach Heather Frigyes. "I felt the girls executed our game plan very well. We limited their dribble penetration, did not allow them to get out in their transition offense, and we controlled the boards. Offensively, we did a much better job of taking care of the ball by limiting ourselves to 11 turnovers.

"Tonight our girls were focused and composed, yet still played with intensity."

Carrollton 39

Minerva 32

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Leading 19-12 at halftime against Carrollton, the Lady Lions had a rough third quarter on their way to a 39-32 defeat.

Minerva was outscored 10-1 in the third stanza.

Gassman had nine points, four rebounds and four blocks; Frigyes had eight points and five boards; and Pearson had seven points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

"Offensively, we could not get anything going in the third quarter," noted Coach Frigyes. "The Warriors outscored us 10-1 with our only point coming from a Madi Pearson free throw. We regained the lead at 24-22 early in the fourth quarter, but just could not swing the momentum in our favor."

Minerva (11-9, 7-6) was to face Salem on Feb. 8, before closing out the regular season hosting Canton Central this Saturday, Feb. 11.

Tournament Draw

The Division II East District Tournament draw was held this past Sunday. Minerva received the eighth seed and will take on either Beaver Local or St. Clairsville on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. If Beaver Local wins, it will host the game versus the Lady Lions. If St. Clairsville wins, the game will be played at Minerva.


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