CANFIELD OH- In continuing a very tough, independent schedule, The Louisville Leopards traveled to South Range High School to take part in The South Range Holiday Tournament. Slated to participate in both days of the event on Wednesday and Thursday, Louisville met another quality team in The Beavers from Painesville Riverside. Both teams came in with a winning record on Wednesday, but Riverside was winners of six straight after dropping their first two contests of the season. Louisville, after a loss to Canton McKinley, looked to get back on track after having their four game winning streak snapped.
The first quarter saw the two teams exchange leads off of scoring runs; however, a battle ensued for both teams trying to control the tempo of the game. The fight and effort knotted the ball game up 25-25 going into the half! With the two teams even after the first 16 minutes, they would look to make the adjustments necessary to emerge victorious.
Out of the third quarter, The Beavers Savana Laurenty came out with a fury! Scoring in bunches, she helped Painesville Riverside capture a seven point lead at the end of the third off the back of 29 total points on the night for Laurenty. Bella Bozic was also a sniper for The Beavers, with 19 points total and five shots finding the mark from distance, she helped spread the floor for Riverside.
However, the resilient Leopards never showed any quit despite trailing several times throughout the ballgame. Taylor McCully started dropping in shots from the arc with more regularity in the fourth quarter and Taryn Miglich also found some distance shots. Courtney Barwick was the facilitator for Louisville, dishing out multiple buckets to a variety of players
The Player of The Game was Taylor McCully,not only for her scoring presence, but for rebounding ability as well as sealing the game with the final shot that put The Leopards up by five! Both teams will be in action again on Thursday, December 29th for the second day of The South Range Holiday Tournament!
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell