BOARDMAN, OH- In a display of defensive prowess and offensive precision, the Boardman girls’ basketball team secured another impressive win, defeating Marlington with a commanding scoreline of 54-22. The Lady Spartans showcased their resilience and team chemistry to continue their positive start to the season.

Boardman’s suffocating defense proved to be a game-changer, holding Marlington in check throughout the matchup. Despite a slow start that kept the game close in the first half, the Lady Spartans unleashed a barrage of timely shots in the second half to establish control.  Boardman’s strategic adjustments during halftime were evident as they outscored Marlington 19-4 in the third quarter, effectively sealing the victory.

Once again, Mackenzie Riccitelli led all scorers with an impressive 17 points, including three successful three-pointers. Her contribution extended beyond scoring, with 5 steals, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Sarah Bero recorded another double-double, showcasing her prowess with 14 points and an impressive 12 rebounds. Her defensive assignment, guarding Chelsea Evanich, demonstrated her versatility and impact on both ends of the court.

Sam Duble ignited the offense with her sharpshooting from behind the arc, knocking down three long-distance shots to finish with 11 points. Duble also showcased her defensive skills with 3 steals.   M.C. Werth’s well-rounded performance included 8 points, two successful three-pointers, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.  Contributions from Freshman Mikayla Rivera, Ava Freeborough’s floor generalship, and valuable minutes from Tori Strines off the bench highlighted the cohesive team effort.

Boardman’s total team performance saw Jocelynn Torres, Janessa Prisby, Amira Mousa, Lily Ison, Emma Terlesky, Olivia Combis, and Ava Gaps all play crucial roles in securing the victory.

With this win, the Lady Spartans improve their season record to an impressive 4-1. Looking ahead, Boardman will host Aurora and Tallmadge at Spartan Gymnasium this week, aiming to build on their early-season success and maintain momentum in the competitive high school girls’ basketball landscape.

The victory was also special to the team because it was win number 100 for Jeff Hammerton in his illustrious career.  Congratulations, and many more to Coach Hammerton in the future!