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CANFIELD OH- South Range girls basketball has had a ton of success since 2013.  They have won 6 district championships in that time, and have gotten to two regional finals. Those two regional finals were back to back seasons while Emma Cunningham was a freshman and sophomore.  Just two seasons removed from that now, Cunningham is now a senior leader of the Raiders team.  She has grown in to her own as one of the most feared players across the NE8.  She is someone that opposing coaches have to game plan for, and even then sometimes it’s not enough. Cunningham is tall enough, but her wingspan is what gives her the ultimate edge, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  Cunningham has had multiple games this season with 4 blocks or more.  Once she realized that shot blocking was going to a skill she could add to her resume, she worked insanely hard to make sure her technique was on point.

Cunningham averages 3.5 blocks per game and has gathered a total of 46 blocks on the year.  As far as her offense goes, she leads the Raiders scoring a averaging 10.9 points per game. She isn’t far off from averaging a double double with her 7.8 rebounds per contest thrown in there as well.

Cunningham took the time to talk with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig about her senior campaign.  They also get into her development as a player, her family legacy, and so much more. Don’t miss the latest South Range Girls Basketball Player Profile only on YSN.

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CANFIELD OH- South Range did not shy away from a big challenge on Saturday as they welcomed in Division 1 powerhouse Akron Hoban. It was a battle to the end with the Knights outlasting the Raiders in an overtime thriller 92-83.

The Raiders grabbed a lead out of the gates, but it was clear from the tip that the game was going to be high tempo and high scoring. Both teams used their athleticism to trade transition buckets. After one quarter of play Hoban led 21-16.

In the second frame with a couple of players in foul trouble, it was the Raiders bench that came in and kept the pace for their offense. Emma Cunningham, and Hannah Crouse Player well in the quarter to keep it close. Crouse got a bucket at the end of the half to bring the Raiders within 3 at the break 40-37.

The Raiders opened the second half on a 8-0 run. Like most of the night though, moderate leads went away fast. Before a blink of an eye Hoban took a lead back and led 63-59 after 3. Izzy Lamparty had a great third quarter scoring 13 points in the frame with 5 rebounds.

The final frame was the lowest scoring quarter of the game, as the Raiders held Hoban to 13 points. With a break out layup by Izzy Lamparty the Raiders took a 76-74 lead with around 26 seconds left. Hoban’s Abby Stephens who didn’t score much in the game went to the free throw line and tied the game at 76 with 12 seconds left. Bree Kohler drove straight down the court but couldn’t finish a game winning shot, the Knights brought down the rebound and had 4 seconds to get down the floor. They very nearly did, but Hoban couldn’t get a shot off and the teams headed to overtime tied at 76.

The Knights outlasted a tired Raiders team in overtime, outscoring then 16-7 to win 92-83. The combined score of 175 points is the highest scoring game in South Range Girls Basketball history. The previous record was 147 in a 75-72 South Range win over Jackson Milton on February 8th, 2000.

For the Knights, they had an unbelievable performance from junior Lanae Riley who dropped 47 points in the game.

South Range was led by Izzy Lamparty who finished with 28 points. 21 of her points came in the second half. Lexi Giles had a strong night right behind her with 26. Bree Kohler was also in double figures with 10 points.


They say great things come in two. For the South Range Lady Raiders, they have a pair of freshman who bond off the court is as strong as ever. Emma Cunningham and Taylor McClish are two rising stars of the Raiders program. Emma Cunningham came into this year with eyes already on her. As a Cunningham, everyone around South Range basketball knee her name. Her brother Mike did wonderful things for the Raiders in his career. When Coach Fishel asked coach Cullen if he knew anything about her his response was simply “she’s a Cunningham what else do you need to know?” Emma says that seeing her brother go through his career was a great inspiration for her. Now it’s her time to shine. But she couldn’t do it without her partner in crime Taylor McClish. McClish came into the program much more off the radar than Emma, but she caught Coach Fishel’s eye real quick. He says she plays with such intensity and physicality. He says she’s a straight up basketball player, and no one has told her that before. Now that both Taylor, and Emma are full of confidence they are starting to make impacts on the varsity floor. In the Raiders last game against Struthers while trailing by ten at half they were both asked to provide quality minutes. They did just that as they gave their team a solid boost off the bench and helped them come back to win in Struthers. Sharing that moment together is something they will never forget. This tandem truly feels like they can do anything, as long as they do it side by side. Friendship forged by basketball, but lasting beyond the court. 

Anthony Hartwig got the chance to sit down with both Emma and Taylor earlier this week. They discuss their friendship, gaining confidence through the season, and much more. So join us for this special edition of Lady Raiders Player Profiles A Fresh Pair.