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SALEM OH – As basketball season has seen its end, there have been countless remarkable team and individual performances. The name of the game of basketball is being able to put the ball through the hoop more than the other team can. Some teams and players do it better and more often than others. During the 2023 season, the Salem Quakers averaged close to 50 points per game, a season in which they went 22-3. A huge part in the Quakers success as a team, particularly on the offensive end of the floor, was the play of senior point guard Abbie Davidson.

Point guards are viewed as the quarterback of basketball, the floor general, the one who gets their teammates involved and the player who has the most opportunities to score the ball. Davidson did just that as she averaged 15 points per game, 3 assists, and led the Quakers with a 45% field goal percentage and shot 75% from the free throw line. Her leadership on the floor was also a factor in winning this honor.  Salem was just plain different with Abbie on the floor.  In the few close games Salem had to play this season, Abbie has come up huge on the stat book.  Even in their final game against Canfield, Abbie did all she could scoring 16 points in the Quakers loss.

Everyone at YSN would like to congratulate Abbie on an outstanding season leading the Salem offense to the year it had. It is with our pleasure to announce that Abbie is our recipient of the 2023 YSN Offensive Player of the Year.

*Contributed By YSN’s Michael Wolfgang


STREETSBORO, OH- The Canfield Cardinals and the Salem Quakers survived the district semifinal round to advance to the district title. The Cardinals got past the Warriors with a second half push outscoring West Branch 22-13 in the second half to win the district semifinal 44-28.

West Branch came out with an early advantage leading 8-5 after the first quarter. The Warriors had the lead throughout the second quarter until Canfield went on a 10-1 run in the final three minutes of the second quarter to lead 22-15 at halftime. The Cardinals would hang on in the second half to win it 44-28. Canfield was led by sharp shooter Carlie Harmon who knocked down four three-pointers in the contest. Behind Harmon was Camie Dill with 11 points and Kate Sahli with 10 points. For West Branch, Youngstown State commit Sophie Gregory scored 14 points to lead all scorers, while forward Livvie Showalter contributed 7 points in the game.

Canfield improves to 23-1 on the season and have now won 15 consecutive games into the postseason. West Branch finished the year 13-12 after stunning number 6 ranked Edgewood in the sectional final by a score of 50-44. The lady Warriors finished the year winning 9 out of there last 11 games.

As for the number two ranked Salem Quakers, they used a second half push as well to win by 31 points over the Howland Tigers in the district semifinal. The Tigers came out with a 2-3 zone which slowed down the Quakers offense in the early going, but Salem was able to force steals which led to transition points with a 10-7 advantage after the first quarter. The Quakers defense locked up the Tigers in the second quarter, only allowing 4 points to take a 21-11 lead at the half. Salem was shot out of a cannon in the second half showing there true self on the offensive side putting up 21 points in the fourth quarter as Salem won the ballgame 53-22 to get to the district final in back-to-back years.

The Quakers were led by Rylee Hutton who weaved to the basket all night long scoring 15 points, while Abbie Davidson was clicking on both offense and defense to score 13 points for the Quakers. Howland was led by Gia Hoso who scored 6 points on the night, while Salem did a fantastic job of limiting Howland’s best scorer Alyssa Masucci to just 3 points, all coming in the first half.

Salem is now 22-2, and will take on the Canfield Cardinals in a regular season rematch for the district title, where the Quakers beat Canfield on the road 47-33 on December 21st. Howland finished 12-13 on the campaign. The district title game will be played in Streetsboro on Saturday at 6 P.M.


SALEM OH- Last season Salem got further in the tournament than any other girls basketball team in the YSN family. Their senior leadership was a huge factor in their success. The Quakers excelled on defense, which comes from effort, and buying in to plan.  If seniors don’t do that for the coaching staff, the team probably will follow suit. The Quakers never had to worry about that. Every player on the team bought every part of what coach Hamilton was selling. Now as we enter 2022, those seniors have graduated. A lot of outsiders hear that and might think a down year is coming in Quaker country.  However new senior Abbie Davidson is not allowing their to be any let down in leadership. Early in the off-season when she was asked by her coach what she thought her team needed to be disciplined. She took that and ran with it. Her leadership has guided the Quakers to a great preseason, and now a fantastic start to the new campaign.

Last season when we sat down with Abbie there was a lot of talk about her health, and trusting her knee to be strong. This year, that discussion is a thing of the past. She has been cleared to lose the knee brace and can make all the cuts and turns she could before her injury. The brace being gone was great for her mentality. Imagine having a constant reminder that your knee wasn’t strong enough to hold up.  You can tell her game is different this year. She’s led the team in scoring in each game Salem has played so far.  Her defense also hasn’t missed a beat. The coaching staff gives her the wheel, and Davidson drives the team home.

YSN’s Anthony Hartwig had the chance to speak with Abbie recently about her senior season. They talk about being 100% this season, how she has grown into a leader, and so much more. Be sure to check out the latest Salem Girls Basketball Player Profile only on YSN!


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SALEM OH- Salem is on the path to regionals! For the first time since 2004 the Quakers have won a district championship and will travel to Barberton for regionals. One of the biggest reasons that Salem has been able to persevere through a long basketball season is emotional is their emotional, and mental leader Abbie Davidson. She’s not a senior, but she’s been asked to act as one of the teams strongest pillars of leadership.

Abbie has been dealing with a knee injury all season long. Suffered in soccer, she has worked her way all the way back. Like most injuries, the biggest obstacle for Abbie was the mental toughness. Being able to trust her knee and trust that it’s okay. However, watching her go through this journey of getting through knee pain, and wearing a brace has done nothing but strengthen the respect her teammates have for her. She had been a shining model of the right way to deal with adversity. Everyone on Salem’s roster, and everyone close to the program has been shown a strong lesson by Abbie Davidson.

Abbie took the time to join YSN’s Running Point this week to talk about her basketball season. She chats with Anthony Hartwig, and Ty Bartell about her journey through adversity, her excitement for the regional games, and much more. Before you head to Barberton, check out the latest Salem player profile.

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SALEM OH- South Range came in to Thursday’s game at Salem fresh and ready for a battle. They had not played since Saturday when they lost to division 2 power house Laurel. Salem on the other end was coming off an already busy week. They beat United on Monday, and fought to the end to take home a close win over Poland on Wednesday. The Raiders used their freshness to jump out in front of Salem early and never look back. The Raiders had to deal with a scrappy Salem team in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. The Raiders won 69-54.

The Raiders offense got off to a great start, scoring 43 first half points and leading by 18 at the break. Izzy Lamparty has 16 first half points propelling the Raiders offense.

The game was much more even in the second half, as Salem tightened up on defense and held South Range to 10 third quarter points. The Quakers needed a bit more offense to close the gap though, they only scored 14 points in the frame.

The Raiders finished well scoring 16 fourth quarter points and not giving the Quakers any room to mount a comeback.

Izzy Lamparty led the Raiders with 27 points. Gabby Lamparty added 15. The Lamparty sisters were both on their A-game. Lexi Giles was also in double figures with 13 points.

Kyla Jamison put together 19 points to lead the Quakers offense. Abbie Davidson added a strong 13 point performance. Abby Perry was also in double figures with 10.

The Raiders look ahead to their home opener on Monday as they host Struthers.

Salem will travel to Minerva on Wednesday.


POLAND OH- Salem faced their first big test of the season on Wednesday night as they traveled to Poland to take one of the more dominant programs in our area. Salem used a strong 3rd quarter to secure a 46-41 victory.

Poland controlled the first half with strong defense. The Bulldogs and their trade mark trapping forced the Quakers into plenty of turnovers in the first two frames. Jackie Grisdale also put together a strong two quarters scoring 11 points.

It was Salem ray came out strong though after halftime. They forced a turnover on the first three Poland possessions on their way to a 12-2 run. The Quakers would eventually outscore the Bulldogs in the third frame 17-5. However, Bulldog Freshman Mary Brant came up with some big plays in the fourth quarter. With Poland trailing 39-36, Grisdale buried a three tying the game late at 39-39. Those were Grisdale’s only points of the second half. Salem closed the game on a 7-2 run including Kyla Jamison’s 20th point that gave Salem a 43-41 lead. It also push Jamison over the 1,000 point mark in her career. She managed to stay in the game with four fouls needing just one bucket to reach the career milestone.

Jamison led the Quakers with 20 points. Abbie Davidson added 10 for the Quakers. Casey Johnson finished with 8.

Grisdale led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Brant added 9. Sarah Forsyth     had 5 big 2nd quarter points during Poland’s run before the half.

Salem will have their home opener on Thursday hosting South Range. Poland travels to Waterloo.