HOWLAND OH- In a thrilling road showdown, West Branch showcased their defensive prowess and emerged victorious against Howland with a hard-fought 43-39 win on Saturday. It was a test of resilience for both teams, but West Branch’s stalwart defense proved to be the difference-maker in the end.

Leading the charge for West Branch was Audrey Eaton, who displayed her scoring prowess with 11 points, supported by Sophia Gregory with 8 points and MiKalyn Woods with 7 points. Carter Shepard also contributed 6 points to bolster their team’s offensive efforts.

Howland put up a strong fight, with Alyssa Massucci leading their scoring with 11 points, followed by Jessie DeSalvo with 7 points and Sophia Powell with 6 points.

However, West Branch’s tenacious defense proved to be the deciding factor, as they held off Howland’s offensive threats to secure the victory.

With this win, West Branch improved their impressive season record to 19-2, setting the stage for a final regular-season showdown at home against Girard on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Howland, with a season record of 15-6, will conclude their regular season with a matchup against Fitch on Tuesday.