POLAND OH- Everyone in the NE8 knew coming in to this season Poland was still the team to beat. No one had ever dethroned the Bulldogs in the 4 years the NE8 existed. Only once did a team even share the top spot with them. They’ve only lost 3 conference games in 5 years. Yet, there were still expectations that they wouldn’t be what they were. The Bulldogs had to field all the outside questions about what they graduated last year, and how they would possibly be able to maintain their dominance. Well they found an answer all season long, and at the end of the road here we sit looking at a Poland team that is still on top. Their 60-26 win over Lakeview on Monday night clinched an outright title.
Ten different Bulldogs scored on the night. Senior Brooke Rowe ended her last NE8 matchup with a 12 point performance to lead the way. Katie McDonald was also in double figures with 10 points on the night. Ava Nicholudis added 8 points to the offense. Mary Brant and Sarah Forsyth both contributed 7 points.
Maggie Pavlansky had herself a heck of a shooting night. She hit five threes on her way to a game-high 15 points. Izzy Haines chipped in 6 points.
Poland can now squarely look at their tournament tune ups now that the NE8 is wrapped up. The Bulldogs host round 2 of the Battle of 224 on Thursday against Canfield. Lakeview will continue their schedule on Thursday as well as they travel to Howland.