POLAND OH- The anticipated matchup between South Range and Poland finally came to be on Thursday night in Poland. With a top spot in the NE8 on the line, both teams came out with high energy. Poland stayed atop though with a 45-35 win.
The Raiders jumped out to a 5 point lead 5-0, but after a Bulldog timeout the game evened out quickly. The Raiders held a 16-14 lead at the half.
The Raiders came out of the locker room with another run, and went up by 5 again 24-19. Poland cut it to 24-22, then freshman Mary Brant buried a corner three to five Poland a 25-24 lead. Jackie Grisdale hit a buzzer beating three at the end of the third to give the dogs a 30-26 lead after 3. Poland never looked back. They led the whole fourth quarter and won 45-35.
Grisdale led the way for Poland with 14 points. Brant was also in double figures with 10. Morgan Kluchar chipped in 9 points. Both Kluchar and Grisdale had 7 rebounds.
Izzy Lamparty had a stellar night with a game-High 20 points, and 21 rebounds to go along with it for a double double. Lexi Giles finished with 10.
Poland will look to keep their win streak rolling on Saturday as they travel to Girard. The Raiders will try to bounce back Saturday as they host Niles.