MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio –
Seandelle Gardner’s 24 points off the bench led the Springfield Tigers (8-6) to their fifth road victory of the season and a season sweep of Mineral Ridge (0-15).
In a first quarter that saw three lead changes and two ties, the Rams started the game hot. Trailing by a bucket to start, Ridge was able to string together a 7-0 run to take the lead. After the Tigers would fight back to draw the game even, the Rams would respond again with a 5-0 run. Springfield would go on to outscore Ridge 11-8 to end the quarter and take their first lead since the opening bucket of the game to end the period.
The second quarter saw Springfield stay red hot while the Rams cooled off. Led by Connor Hudran’s seven points in the quarter, Springfield outscored Ridge 20-8 to take a thirteen-point lead into the break.
The second half saw more of the same as the Tigers continued to dominate and the Rams struggled to keep pace. Eight different Springfield players would score in the half to help the Tigers break seventy and head back to New Middletown with the victory 72-50.
TOP PERFORMERS –
Seandelle Gardner – 24 points
Dylan Sheely – 12 points
Connor Hudran – 11 points
Jon Rozzi – 15 points
Jordan Moore – 10 points
Chase Moore – 10 points
WHAT’S NEXT –
Springfield: Now winners of their last three, the Springfield Tigers will travel to Lowellville Friday night for a matchup against the top dog in the MVAC – Scarlet. The Lowellville Rockets (14-1) defeated the Tigers in New Middletown back on December 20th by a score of 47-33 and carry a five-game winning streak.
Mineral Ridge: Still winless on the season, the Rams will play host to the Western Reserve Blue Devils (7-9) this coming Friday. The two conference foes have already faced off once this season coming back on December 20th, a matchup won by the Blue Devils in Berlin 61-57.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson