ASHTABULA OH- Edgewood high school was the place to be for a premiere matchup in the Division 2 Sectional Final between West Branch and Edgewood. Edgewood came in with a home court advantage and a 19-3 record. The long bus ride was not a problem as West Branch was able to come out victorious in the road upset 50-44 victory.
Both teams traded buckets throughout the first quarter as West Branch held a 14-10 lead over Edgewood. Chloe Dennison started out on fire scoring 7 points in the first frame. The second quarter is where the Warrior defense stepped up, only giving up six points. Coach Deshields and his team held a 10 point lead at the half.
Coming out of the half, head coach for Edgewood Randy Vencil dialed up a game plan to get all time leading scorer Kaci Kanicki more touches. It worked, as she knocked down three straight three pointers from beyond the arch. Not a single one touched the rim which was even more impressive. The team rallied around her and the crowd was electric.
In the Fourth, Edgewood cut the lead to two points, but the Warriors were able to make their foul shots in the end to secure the win. Chloe Dennison had an outstanding performance with 21 points and Hannah Egli had 12. Sophie Gregory was held in check scoring, but she impacted the game in many other ways with rebounding, blocked shots, and steals.
Kaci Kanicki led all scorers with 22 points for Edgewood. She had a great playing career, and her contributions on the floor will be greatly missed. Annie Mae Johnson scored 7 and Mckenna Vencil had 6 for the Warriors.
With the win, West Branch will advance to the District semi-finals to take on number one seeded Canfield in Streetsboro at 7 p.m. The Cardinals won the matchup played early in the season. Congratulations to Edgewood as their fantastic season comes to an end at 19-4.
*Contributed By YSN’s Michael Ginocchi