HOWLAND, OH- The South Range Girls Basketball team opened up the season with some unfamiliarity Friday night at Howland vs Cleveland Shaw as part of the Toni Ross Tournament.
2 new additions to the starting lineup walked on the floor, one a senior Marlaina Slabach and one a freshman Lexi Giles. On top of new faces head coach Tony Matisi was unable to be on the sidelines serving a 2 game suspension for his ejection out of the 2018 regional semifinal last season. Through the adversity, the Lady Raiders stood tall and earned a trip to the tournament championship with a 62-46 win over Cleveland Shaw.
In the 1st quarter, the Raiders scored right out of the gate as Marlaina Slabach buried a three in their offensive possession. The rest of the quarter, however, was lethargic for the Raiders offense. Not for a lack of execution the Raiders got to the free throw line 11 times in the frame but only put in 3 shots. They trailed after 1 9-8.
In the 2nd quarter, Izzy Lamparty took control. Scoring 8 points in a row and opening the Raiders offensive attack. Lamparty’s ability to score inside made room for Bri Modic and Marlaina Slabach to put in a couple of threes. The Raiders outscored the Cardinals 21-7 in the frame to take a 29-16 lead into halftime.
The Raiders kept rolling in the 3rd quarter as Bree Kohler turned quick hands on defense into easy buckets on offense. The Cardinals stayed in the game with some exceptional perimeter shooting from their guards but the Raiders were able to maintain a 46-36 lead after 3.
The perimeter shooting that kept the Cardinals close in the 3rd was non-existent in the final frame. The Raider offense kept on the attack and pulled away with a 62-46 victory.
Izzy Lamparty who missed all of the volleyball season with an injury came back on the court with a vengeance. She dropped a career-high 30 points and also snagged 14 rebounds and 5 steals. Bree Kohler also had a strong outing scoring 17 points 4 rebound and 4 steals. The Lady Raiders will play Howland Saturday night at 7:30 for the tournament championship.