EAST PALESTINE, OH- In a flex on their home court, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs stormed into the OHSAA Tournament with an emphatic opening-round victory over Fairport Harding. Riding the wave of momentum they had built late in the season, the Lady Bulldogs dominated the court, sealing a resounding 45-11 win.
The standout of the game was undoubtedly Leila Martin, who delivered a career-high performance, lighting up the scoreboard with an impressive 22 points. Her stellar play not only energized her teammates but also showcased her individual talent and determination on the court.
Backing up Martin’s stellar performance, Gabby Andre contributed 11 points, showcasing her own offensive prowess and helping to extend the Lady Bulldogs’ lead. Marah Zimmerman added 5 points to the scoreboard, while Marley Blythe and Alivia Magness rounded out the scoring with 4 and 2 points respectively.
The victory wasn’t just about the final score; it was a testament to the Lady Bulldogs’ hard work, dedication, and teamwork throughout the season. Their late-season surge had ignited a fire within the team, propelling them to a dominant performance when it mattered most.