CANFIELD OH- Poland came in to Saturday looking to complete another season going undefeated in the NE8. Their 12-0 record coming in to the night put them on a 40 game NE8 win streak dating back to the conception of the conference. Over the years, South Range has been their toughest challenge, but to this point the Raiders hadn’t been able to crack the Poland code. In their first matchup of the season 10 days prior Poland won by 10. On this night however, it would be the Raiders who closed out the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to win 35-25 over Poland and not only end their NE8 win streak but also their 19 game win streak on the season.
Leading the way for South Range was Lexi Giles who scored a game-high 11 points. Emma Cunningham contributed 9 points to the offense. Raiders leading scorer Izzy Lamparty was held to just 5 points by Poland’s defense.
Jackie Grisdale paced the Bulldogs with 10 points. Ella Harrell was behind her scoring 6. Connie Cougras hit a pair of threes and finished with 5 points.
Both teams end the regular season, the Raiders finish 18-4 (13-1) and Poland finishes 19-2 (12-1). Because not all games could be played in the league the NE8 has said they will not name an official champion for the 2020-2021 season, but the Raiders and Bulldogs share the top spot.
South Range opens tournament play Wednesday as they will host Crestwood at 7:00. Poland has a first round bye and will await the winner of Jefferson vs Harvey. Poland will host that game Saturday at 1:00.