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LEETONIA, OH- The Lady Bears Basketball Team have heard all the hype about where teams will shake out win 2020, and on Thursday night, they added their name to the list of teams to keep an eye on.  Leetonia controlled the game from the tipoff against East Palestine and were able to run away with a 61-49 victory over their EOAC rivals.

Leetonia Senior Anna Buffone led the way with 14 points and kept her team composed throughout the night.  Buffone’s supporting cast consisted of Taran Ferry with a dozen points, and Ella Gregorino with 10, including some huge buckets down the stretch to keep the Lady Bulldogs at bay.  Perhaps the most impressive player on the court was sophomore Allison Francosky who battled her way to 13 points in the paint while keeping East Palestine shooting jumpers instead of working the lane.

The Bulldogs had four players in double figures including Payton Sherry, and Joclyn Fristik with 11 apiece while Patience Champney and Morgan Rutledge dialed in 10 each, respectively.  It was a tough night from the field for EP as they weren’t able to cash in a single bucket from outside the arc.  Something they’ve done better than most to start the year!

The Bears (2-3, 1-1) will now look to keep the flow going against Heartland Christian on December 19 with JV’s starting at 5:30.

East Palestine (2-3, 1-1) will match up with another EOAC team in Southern on Monday, December 16th around 7pm.  That game will be live on YSN from The Dog Pound.



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