By Ty Bartell


ELYRIA, Ohio — In a thrilling showdown at Elyria High School, the Copley Indians girls basketball team clinched victory over the Howland Tigers, securing a 50-37 win in the Ohio Division 2, Region 6, Northeast 4 district championship.

The game commenced with an intense first quarter as the Tigers surged to an early 6-0 lead. However, the Indians quickly retaliated with a commanding 10-0 run, seizing control of the game. The momentum shifted when Copley’s standout player, Izzy Callaway, encountered foul trouble, forcing her to the bench for the majority of the first half. Despite Callaway’s absence, Howland managed to narrow the gap with a last-second 3-point shot by Maya Kubancsek, ending the quarter 14-9 in favor of Copley.

The second quarter witnessed a strategic battle, with Copley employing a slow-paced approach to maintain their lead and facilitate Callaway’s return to the court. Although Howland edged the Indians 6-5 in the quarter, Copley retained the advantage, heading into halftime with a 19-15 lead.

As the game progressed into the second half, the pace intensified, with both teams exchanging rapid-fire shots. Callaway and Howland’s Alyssa Massucci showcased their scoring prowess, keeping the contest fiercely competitive. Despite Howland’s efforts, Copley emerged victorious in the third quarter, extending their lead to 37-31.

In the decisive fourth quarter, Copley delivered clutch performances, embarking on a scoring run to secure a double-digit lead. The Indians dominated the quarter, outscoring the Tigers 13-6 and clinching their second district championship in three years with a final score of 50-37.

Izzy Callaway earned the title of Player of the Game for Copley, contributing 15 points despite limited playing time. Evelyn McKnight also played a crucial role for the Indians, chipping in with 11 points during Callaway’s absence. Meanwhile, Alyssa Massucci led Howland with an impressive 18-point performance, including three crucial 3-pointers.

With the victory, Copley (23-3) advances to face the Bellevue Lady Redmen (22-5) in the upcoming matchups. Meanwhile, Howland (19-7) concludes another successful season as district runners-up. We here at YSN wish noth but the best to the Howland seniors in all their future plans and goals! It has and always will be an honor to be your supporter and fan.
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