By Ty Bartell

ORWELL, Ohio — The Western Reserve Blue Devils girls basketball team secured a decisive
victory over the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders, emerging triumphant with a 40-19 win in the district semi-final clash at Grand Valley High School on Wednesday night.

In a slow-paced first quarter characterized by stout defensive play from both teams, Reserve managed to seize an early lead, edging ahead 6-2 after the opening eight minutes of play. Quincy Miller emerged as a pivotal figure for the Blue Devils, showcasing sharpshooting prowess with three successful shots from beyond the arc. Miller’s contributions fueled Reserve’s offense, propelling them to a dominant 19-4 second quarter, establishing a commanding 25-6 halftime lead.

As the teams returned from halftime, the pace of play intensified, with both sides displaying more balanced efforts in the third quarter. The Devils maintained their advantage, outscoring the Crusaders 10-9 in the period to hold a 35-15 lead heading into the final quarter.

Senior standout Alyvia Hughes assumed the role of closer for Reserve, delivering a stellar performance in the second half and making crucial baskets to seal the victory with authority, ultimately securing a 40-19 triumph for the Blue Devils.

Quincy Miller and Alyvia Hughes earned recognition as Players of the Game for their impactful contributions. Miller provided an explosive opening act, notching nine points in the first half, while Hughes showcased her prowess with 11 points, notably excelling in the latter stages of the contest.

With the victory, #8 Western Reserve (16-9) advances to vie for their third district championship in four years. They are set to face off against #3 Richmond Heights (18-4) on Saturday, March 3rd, at Grand Valley High School in Orwell, Ohio, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

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