POLAND - A late rally and a last-second 3-pointer by Niles fell short as Poland held on for a 41-39 All-American Conference, American Division victory.
The Red Dragons (0-2, 0-1) trailed by five with less than 2 minutes to play, but Makayla Butler hit a 3, and freshman Amanda Blank hit a free throw to pull Niles within one. Poland (2-0, 1-0) hit one of two free throws with 9 seconds remaining for a two-point advantage, and Butler misfired on a contested 3 as time expired.
The Bulldogs' Theodora Constantine led all scorers with 17, while Blank added 16 for the Red Dragons. They were the only two to reach double figures.
LIBERTY 52, ALLIANCE 29: ALLIANCE - A stifling defensive effort by Liberty helped blow open a game that was tied at halftime as the Leopards rolled past Alliance in a non-conference clash.
The Leopards (3-1) allowed eight total points in the second half (one in the fourth quarter), and leading-scorer Leah Leshnack poured in 11 of her 19 to spark Liberty. Strong defensive play by Sabria Francis and Amy Mikulich held Alliance's top scorer, Katelyn Daniels, to four points. Rachel Crum added 10 points for the Leopards.
The teams were tied at 21 at the half, but Liberty outscored the Aviators (0-2), 31-8, in the final two quarters.
Liberty plays host to Lakeview on Thursday.
MAPLEWOOD 81, BRISTOL 51: BRISTOLVILLE - Though the Rockets pulled away for the 30-point victory, the game wasn't as one sided as one might think.
The Panthers led after the first quarter, 16-13. Then it was all Maplewood, as it outscored Bristol 27-10 in the second quarter and 41-25 in the second half.
Four Maplewood players scored in double figures. Brooke Dawson led all scorers with 20 points, closely followed by Miranda Sloan's 18. Victoria Karlovic had 13 points and a team-high six assists, while Morgan Hansel chipped in 10. Ryley Urchek led Maplewood (3-0) with 10 rebounds.
The sister tandem of Laurin Elza and Lindsey Elza scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. Kylie Stoneman added 12.
LaBRAE 54, JOHN F. KENNEDY 36: WARREN - The Eagles kept it close in the first quarter, but LaBrae pulled away in the second quarter for the victory.
The Vikings edged John F. Kennedy 18-12 in the first, but outscored the Eagles 15-5 in the second and rolled from there.
Lauren Rutherford led LaBrae with 17 points. Maddie Kiser added 11.
Kennedy's Antonella LaMonica had six 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 23 points.
NEWTON FALLS 62, CHAMPION 26: CHAMPION - It was all Newton Falls in this All-American Conference, National Division, contest.
The Tigers jumped to a 17-7 first quarter lead and never looked back. The score was extended to 35-13 at half.
Eleven different players scored for Newton Falls (3-0, 1-0). Brooke Barreca was the only one able to score in double figures - dropping in 16.
Emma Nicholas paced Champion (2-1, 0-1) with five points.
GIRARD 57, MATHEWS 52: GIRARD - In a tight one down to the wire, Girard picked up the slim victory over Mathews in a non-conference matchup.
Girard led after the first, 17-16, and never trailed, but was never able to pull away.
Maddie Williams and Dayna Ellis of Mathews scored a combined 37 points for the Mustangs. Williams led her team with 20, while Ellis had 17.
Bree Bishop recorded a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Indians. Shymada Dykes added 14 points.
CANFIELD 65, HUBBARD 15: CANFIELD - The Cardinals jumped out to an 18-point lead after one quarter and never looked back in a rout of the Eagles in All-American Conference, American Division play.
Canfield (2-2, 1-0) held Hubbard (0-2, 0-10 to just two points in the first half, while dropping 39 points over that same span on the other end. Rachel Tinkey led the way, going for 16 of her game-high 19 points in the first half, and Erin Risner and Ashley Kaleel added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Melissa Thomas and Logan Nitsche paced the Eagles with six points each.
MINERAL RIDGE 48, McDONALD 43: MINERAL RIDGE - In a tight rivalry contest, Mineral Ridge pulled away at the end to get the win over McDonald.
With a one-point lead going into the final quarter, the Rams outscored the Blue Devils, 17-13, in the final frame. In the winning effort, junior guard Alyssa Harkins posted a double-double, going for 25 points and 10 rebounds. Four of her rebounds came off the offensive glass.
McDonald's Sara Joseph kept pace with Harkins, recording a game-high 26 points in the losing effort.
BROOKFIELD 32, LORDSTOWN 30: BROOKFIELD - Brookfield held off a late Lordstown charge to record a non-conference at home on Monday.
Down three at halftime, the Warriors (2-1) held the Red Devils scoreless in the third quarter, while scoring 12 themselves, but Lordstown outscored Brookfield, 13-7, in the final frame to make it a two-point game by the end.
Autumn Kirila led the Warriors with 15 points and five rebounds. Marlena Liming and Talia Tobin paced the Red Devils with nine points each.