High School Roundup (Dec. 27): Pirate boys cruise past Lake Center; Rootstown girls down Springfield

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Record-Courier staff report

BOYS BASKETBALL

SOUTHEAST 57, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 41

The Southeast Pirates picked up a home victory on Thursday, dropping Lake Center Christian in a non-league game.

Unlike a week ago, when Southeast stormed out to a big first-quarter lead before fading down the stretch against Field, the Pirates made sure the same thing did not happen on Thursday.

Southeast built a 22-6 first-quarter advantage against Lake Center as Kenny Dillon knocked down three 3-pointers for nine points and teammate Jordan Krych added six points to pace the effort.

"We played extremely well in the first quarter," Southeast head coach Matt Dillon said. "We moved the ball extremely well, took great shots and really played unselfish (basketball)."

The Pirates kept up the pace for the rest of the game, trading blows with the Tigers as their opposition was never able to cut into the lead.

Dillon said he preached to his team about the lessons learned during that tough loss to Field.

"We mentioned in the huddle that we needed to learn from the Field game how to play with a lead," Dillon said. "Tonight, our kids played a lot more mature than they did in that game and I think we learned a lot."

Southeast got a balanced scoring effort on the evening as seven different players scored. In the third quarter, five different Pirates scored in a 12-point performance.

Dillon led the way for Southeast offensively with 16 points, while Krych finished in double figures with 11 points. Senior Trevor Norquest added eight points, but Dillon highlighted his play in another aspect of the game.

"I was really pleased with the play of Trevor Norquest tonight," Dillon said. "He did a lot of things defensively that don't show up in the scorebook, but we coaches notice it."

HUDSON 81, STREETSBORO 48

The Hudson Explorers pounded Streetsboro in a first-round game at the Hudson Holiday Tournament, held at Hudson High School.

After a tight 15-10 first quarter of play, Hudson blew the doors off of Streetsboro (3-4 overall) with 23-10 and 24-12 second- and third-quarter efforts, respectively.

Streetsboro was dominated on the glass by the Explorers, allowing an eye-popping 47-18 edge in rebounds.

A total of 15 different players scored on the evening for Hudson, which knocked down 33 field goals -- including six 3-pointers. Junior Kevin Zullo led the way from the outside with four 3-pointers as a part of a 14-point performance. Senior Zack Brandy led Hudson in scoring with 15 points.

Paul Jenkins finished with 17 points to pace Streetsboro.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

ROOTSTOWN 58, SPRINGFIELD 43

The Rootstown Rovers picked up a PTC cross-division win on Thursday night, going on the road to beat Springfield.

Rootstown (5-5 overall) poured it on the Spartans over three quarters, including a 20-12 first-quarter performance, before relaxing its pressure in the fourth quarter.

The Rovers were dominant on the glass, out-rebounding Springfield, 39-25 in the paint.

Cayanne Breznak finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Rovers, while teammate Brandi Barkhurst added a team-high 11 rebounds and five assists to go along with 10 points. Madison Hartung finished with 10 points and five steals.

BOYS BOWLING

WOODRIDGE 2,480, GARFIELD 2,423

Woodridge surprised Garfield at the G-Men's home as the Bulldogs picked up a County Division victory over the defending champions by 57 pins at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville.

Woodridge exploded on the lanes as Bryson Swain tossed a 206-238 game Landon Leipold tossed a 229 game on his way to a 411 series and Brandon Fleming rolled a 200 game, finishing with a 390 series. The Woodridge boys rolled a 241 Baker game to seal the victory.

Travis Patterson was the best for the G-Men bowling a 433 series with a high game of 222. Kyle Brigham was notable with his 214 game and 406 series.

GIRLS BOWLING

GARFIELD 2,145, WOODRIDGE 1,671

The G-Men didn't leave any doubt that they were going to win the match over visiting Woodridge, beating the Bulldogs at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville.

Garfield's Jessica Potteiger was the best on the lanes for the match, rolling a 213 game and finishing with a 382 series. The Garfield girls were steady asAnna Brigham rolled a 170, Erica King a 185 and Olivia Doraski a 181 with Chase Zupancic adding a 172 to the effort.

Woodridge's Maia Steadman bowled a 176-159 for a 344 series.

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