BARBERTON, OH- The Canfield Cardinals and the Marlington Dukes met in the regional-semifinal in division 2. The Cardinals went on the road in the regular season to beat Marlington by a final of 49-48 on December 19th, 2022. Canfield got off to a blazing start in the regional-semifinal which guided them to victory on Tuesday night.
Canfield outscored Marlington 13-5 in the first quarter by splashing in the three ball. Canfield senior Abby Muckleroy came out of the gates red hot knocking down three triples in the first quarter. Marlington only made one field goal in the first quarter, with the three other points coming from the free throw line. In the second quarter, Canfield kept the foot on the gas pedal outsoring Marlington 13-5 to take a 16 point lead at the half.
The Dukes did not go down without a fight as they buckled up defensively in the third quarter. The Dukes outscored Canfield 14-8 to tail by 10 at the end of the third quarter. Marlington’s Chelsea Evanich scored 5 third quarter points, including a three point play to pull the Dukes within single digits. The fourth quarter went Canfield’s way as they were able to play solid defense to advance to the regional final by a score of 41-32.
Canfield was led by Muckleroy who scored 15 total points, all of which coming from deep. Carlie Harmon added to the scoring with 10 total points. The Dukes were led by Evanich who scored 13 points, while Elizabeth Mason was in double figures with 11. Marlington had a great season winning 24 games and advancing to the regional after beating Perry 54-49 in the district final. Canfield keep there season alive winning game number 25 and wil play the winner of CVCA and Canal Fulton Northwest. The regional final is scheduled for Friday at 7 P.M. at Barberton High School.
YSN’s Anthony Hartwig was able to catch up with Canfield Head Coach Matt Reel and seniors Carlie Harmon and Abby Muckleroy after the victory, catch the final thoughts below: