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Minerva girls split games, Malvern gets by Southern

FPS staff report

Minerva 48, Northwest 36
A huge second half propelled the Minerva Lady Lions to a 48-36 Northeastern Buckeye Conference win last Monday night at Northwest.

The Lions trailed 18-10 at halftime, but roared back in the third period, outscoring the Indians 24-9 to take a 34-27 lead into the final frame. Minerva increased its lead in the final quarter to win going away.

Senior guard Taylor Maurer canned five three pointers to lead the Lions with 15 points, while Kassidy Hardgrove added 13 points and six rebounds.

Shelby Booth had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Northwest.

Last Wednesday night, the Lions fell behind early and couldn’t recover in falling to host West Branch 45-37.

The Warrior defense held the Lady Lions to just nine first half points.

West Branch led 10-7 after the first quarter, 17-9 at halftime and 28-21 going into the final frame.

Chelsie Butler led the Lions with 14 points, while Katie Mihok added six points and eight rebounds.

Malvern 41, Southern Local 40
The Hornets’ Logan Smalley poured in 20 points to lead Malvern to the 41-40 win over visiting Southern Local last Thursday night.

Malvern trailed most of the game. The Lady Hornets were behind 11-5 after the first quarter, 18-11 at halftime and 26-25 going into the final frame, but outscored the Indians 16-14 in the final period to get their second win of the season.

Ashley Russell led the Indians with 14 points and Rachel Coil added 10.

The Indians out rebounded the Hornets 32-25. Abagael Wood led Hornet rebounders with seven.

The Malvern defense forced 20 Southern turnovers.

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