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St. Paul third, Willard seventh in AP state basketball poll

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Jan 14, 2020 at 4:15 AM

COLUMBUS — Three area basketball teams remained ranked in the second weekly high school boys basketball Associated Press state poll, released Monday.

All three teams were coming off losses. Willard fell from fifth to No. 7 in Division III after the Crimson Flashes were upset on a buzzer-beater shot in overtime on Jan. 10 in a 63-61 loss at Margaretta (7-5).

The loss snapped Willard’s 24-game regular season win streak as well. The Flashes (3-1 SBC) entertain Port Clinton (1-11, 1-4) on Friday as they look to stay in at least a first-place tie in the SBC Bay Division standings.

In Div. IV, St. Paul (9-1) fell from the top spot to third after it split a pair of games over the weekend. The Flyers won at Plymouth, 64-47, on Jan. 10 to remain alone atop the Firelands Conference. On Jan. 11, they fell at home to Tiffin Calvert (8-2) in non-league play, 60-51.

St. Paul has a pair of FC games this week. The Flyers visit Monroeville (7-4, 4-3) on Thursday and entertain Crestview (2-9, 1-6) on Saturday.

New Boston Glenwood 11-1) is atop Div. IV with 127 points, while Zanesville Rosecrans (8-0) is second with 93 points, one point ahead of the third-place Flyers — who received three more first-place votes from last week despite the loss.

Also in Div. IV, South Central (10-2) also went 1-1 last week to fall from fifth to No. 15. The Trojans lost on Jan. 7 at Lucas (9-0) — now the No. 9-ranked team — by a 70-54 score. They rebounded on Jan. 10 with a 67-49 win over Monroeville.

The Trojans have a pair of road FC games on Thursday at New London (4-8, 3-4) and at Mapleton (1-10, 0-7) on Saturday.

Also from the area, SBC Lake Division-leading Sandusky (9-0) is 14th in Div. II.



So. Central 54, New London 36

GREENWICH — The host Trojans improved to 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the FC with Saturday’s win over the visiting Wildcats.

South Central jumped out to a 23-7 lead after the first quarter. It was led by Ellery McKee, who scored a game-high 16 points along with four rebounds and three steals. Ally Burton had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Trojans, while Ashley Copus had 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

South Central, which entertains Rittman Tuesday night, also got eight points, five steals and three rebounds from Kennedy Deppen.

For New London (2-10, 1-7), Kiaya Thierry scored 15 points and Kaitlyn Gum added nine points, four rebounds and four steals. Also for the ‘Cats, who visit Mapleton Tuesday, Lexi Duggar had seven points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.

NEW LONDON (2-10, 1-7)

Esther Schmidt 1-0—2; Lexi Duggar 3-1—7; Kiaya Thierry 5-2—15; Kaylin Williams 1-0—3; Kaitlyn Gum 4-1—9. TOTALS 14-4—36.

SOUTH CENTRAL (4-8, 2-6)

Kennedy Deppen 4-0—8; Ellery McKee 7-0—16; Claire Osborn 1-0—2; Ally Burton 4-4—13; Ashley Copus 5-0—11; Allen 1-0—2. TOTALS 23-4—54.

New London 7 9 11 9 — 36

So. Central 23 8 11 12 — 54

3-point FGs: (NL) (SC) McKee 2, Burton, Copus



St. Paul eighth-grade wins

NORWALK — The St. Paul eighth-grade boys basketball team improved to 7-3 with a 59-16 win over New London on Jan. 11 at the Monroe St. Gym.

The Flyers were led by Sam Scavuzzo with 14 points, while Ben Burger scored 10 points and Drew Kuhnle had eight. Also for St. Paul, Tyler Baxter scored seven points, followed by Brady Daley and Evan Wangler with six points each.

Rounding out the scoring was Michael Kirk with four points, and Ben Rospert and Tom Gocsik with two points each.

St. Paul is at Western Reserve on Thursday.