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SALEM OH- After a much deserved week of rest for the Lady Quakers, Salem was able to dismantle Minerva 63-34 on Wednesday night in their EBC opener.

Kyla Jamison led the balanced Quakers offense with 14 points on the night. Casey Johnson also put together a strong performance scoring 13.  The Quakers got six players to score at least six points. Their defense was also up for the task, holding Minerva to just 11 first half points.

Salem moves on to another challenge traveling to Canfield on Saturday. That game will be available on YSN.



CANFIELD- The Salem Quakers took a non-conference visit to Canfield on Saturday night. Salem lit it up from 3, and continued their dominant 2020 campaign.

The Quakers and Cardinals went back and forth in the first half, as both teams went to the locker room at halftime, with Salem leading 25-24.

Salem came out of the halftime shooting the lights out, as Casey Johnson had 10 points in the third quarter, and pushed the Quakers to a 40-37 lead at the end of 3 quarters. In the fourth quarter, Salem pulled away on an 18-8 run, and beat Canfield by a final score of 58-45. The Quakers made 10 three pointers throughout the entirety of the ballgame, and improved to 4-1 on the season. Canfield is now 1-4, and will host Cardinal Mooney on Tuesday at 7 P.M.

Casey Johnson led the way for the Quakers, scoring 22 points, with 6 three pointers. Canfield was led by Alyssa Dill, who had 17 points for the Cardinals.

*Contributed by YSN’s Richie Juliano


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.



Jenna Riccardo (Beaver Local)


Aaron Blatch (Crestview)



Jenna Riccardo Sr. Beaver Local

Maddie Liberati Sr. Lisbon

Joclyn Fristik Jr. East Palestine

Kayla Muslovski Sr. Columbiana

Krista Perry Jr. Crestview

Izzy Perez Sr. Lisbon

Kyla Jamison Jr. Salem

Emma Ludwig Sr. East Liverpool


Grace Hammond Sr. Columbiana

Bailey Boosz Sr. United

Tanner Hoffer Sr. Crestview

Sydney Ogden Sr. Heartland

Anna Buffone Sr. Leetonia

Casey Johnson Jr. Salem

Cameron Carlevale Sr. Wellsville

Grace Witmer Jr. Columbiana


Madison Cline (Beaver Local); Tori Long (Columbiana); Mara Halas (Crestview); Ciara Peachey (East Liverpool); Payton Sherry (East Palestine); Madi Matthews (Heartland Christian); Taran Ferry (Leetonia); Bryanna VanGiesen (Lisbon); Jaden Hamilton (Salem); Erin Boyle, Olivia Kerns (Southern Local); Morgan Hovorka (United); Hunter Weekley (Wellsville).


SALEM OH- The Quakers and the Cardinals earned the right to play for a spot in the district semis. Having not played each other during the season, it would be a fresh challenge for both sides. The tension was high, an opportunity to play West Branch at stake. And both teams would put on a show for a near capacity crowd.

The action started as many would expect, a back and forth affair between two physical teams. Salem’s defense showed up to play in the early goings especially. They would force four Mooney turnovers using their full court press, all of which resulting in points. Kyla Jamison for Salem would make her presence felt, leading the charge with 6 first quarter points. And despite Mooney shooting well from 3 in the quarter, the Quakers finished out the first on a 7-0 to take a 17-11 lead.

Jamison would continue to dominate the paint in the second, 6 more points a big offensive rebound, but Coach Baker’s group responded quickly. The 7-0 run that Salem had in the first was neutralized by a 14-4 run put on by the Lady Cardinals. Sophomore Alaina Scavina hit her first 3 point attempt to give the Cardinals the lead with 2:30 left in the quarter. Coupled with two trips to the free throw line, as well as senior Catie Perry dropping 9 points, Mooney looked in firm control. But, with just mere seconds on the clock, Casey Johnson for Salem hit a buzzer beating floater to tie the game as the teams headed into the locker room, 25-25.

Third quarter play was slow at first. Neither team made a field goal for the first two minutes. Finally, Annie Davidson for Salem nailed a 3 pointer that seemed to spring life into the Quakers. They would go on a 9-0 run and retake the lead. It was Johnson’s defense as well that sparked the run, with two key steals on back to back possessions. Altogether, Salem had 13 steals. Mooney would keep it relatively close, as their free throw shooting kept Salem from pulling away. Perry, Scavina, and Katie Hough were perfect among themselves on their attempts, going 6/6. Salem would carry a lead into the final quarter, 39-36.

Just as she did at the end of the first half, Casey Johnson sensed her team needed a spark. She supplied it with yet another clean steal and 3 point shot, giving the Quakers a 6 point lead. But Salem would fall into some foul trouble, as Mooney got into the bonus with 6 minutes left in regulation. Two more free throws from Perry brought the lead to 4. A couple turnovers back and forth eventually led to a huge 3 pointer from Katie Hough to make a one point game with just minutes remaining. Forced to foul to extend the game, Mooney needed multiple stops. But the front court of Salem, Jaden Hamilton and Kyla Jamison, soaked up every offensive board. The lead goes back to 4. But Mooney would respond again, this time Perry from NBA 3 point range to cut it back to one, with just 50 seconds remaining.

It all came down to free throws, and both Annie and Abbie Davidson found themselves there. Game on the line, they split both of their attempts. But Mooney could not keep Salem down. A final desperation drive from Scavina resulted in no basket, no foul, and the end of the Lady Cardinals season. The final score, Salem 50 Cardinal Mooney 47.

After the game, Coach Vince Nittoli for Salem, when asked about what his message was to the girls as Mooney kept clawing back, said “This is it. This is our season. This is what we’ve been grinding for.” He would go on to say, “It’s grit. They want it just as bad as we do, who’s gonna want it more down the stretch?”

Kyla Jamison led the way for Salem with 21 points. Casey Johnson added 11 points and 5 steals.

For the Cardinals, Catie Perry finished with a double-double scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Alaina Scavina had a double-double as well with 11 points 12 rebounds.

Salem will go on to face West Branch in the district semifinals, while the Cardinals’ season ends on a hard fought, gutsy performance.

*Story Contributed by YSN’s Nate Keiper.