On December 28th Canfield went in to Poland and handed the Bulldogs their 2nd loss of the season 46-42. It was a loss that stayed with Coach Blanch for a while. He felt they left the win out on the court. The Bulldogs have gone a 13 game winning streak since that loss and they came in to Canfield Thursday night and avenged their early season loss with a 48-38 victory.
Poland jumped ahead quickly leading 9-2 out of the gates. Canfield stabilizes a bit to end the first frame, only trailing Poland 13-8. The second quarter is where Poland would flex their muscles. Their offense hit timely shots, and their defense locked the Cardinals down. The Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 28-14 lead thanks to a three in the final seconds by Connie Cougras.
With clear momentum out of the half Poland kept their foot on the gas. They kept pace with a Canfield team that seemed to figure things out a bit on offense. Poland won a competitive third frame by just a point, not letting Canfield gain any ground. They would have to endure one last gasp from the Cardinals in the fourth quarter but it was too little too late, and the Bulldogs came away with a ten point win.
Jackie Grisdale has a huge 23 point performance to lead the team. Brooke Bobbey started to get shots to fall and finished with 8.
Poland now can focus on their first tournament game. The sectional final against the winner of Struthers vs Niles will be on Thursday February 20th at Poland.