WARREN OH- In an impactful home opener on Thursday, Champion made a statement with a 51-39 victory over Poland, marking the first win over Poland in Head Coach Michael Cole’s career. The matchup showcased Champion’s resilience and determination, especially after last season’s 51-22 loss to the Bulldogs. The turning point came in the third quarter, where Champion outscored Poland 18-12, establishing a crucial 12-point lead heading into the final frame.

Bella Meyer led the scoring charge for Champion with a game-high 17 points, including three three-pointers, and contributed 4 rebounds. Kayla Haynie added 11 points, showcasing her three-point shooting prowess, while Carlie Easterday contributed 8 points and 5 rebounds. Kennedy Caldwell chipped in with 7 points.

On the Poland side, Kylee Hudran led the scoring with 16 points, making four three-pointers, followed by Mary Brant with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Elliana Thompson added 5 points to the Bulldogs’ total.

Champion’s impressive win sets the stage for their upcoming matchup against Warren JFK on Saturday. Poland, on the other hand, will return home to host Springfield on Monday.