County Classic on March 27
LISBON — The 33rd annual Columbiana County Classic, featuring 20 of the top senior boys and girls basketball players in the county, will be held Tuesday, March 27, at Lisbon High School.
The girls game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game.
Twenty-four $500 scholarships will be awarded by the Columbiana County Basketball Coaches Association. Proceeds from the game go toward scholarships.
YSU women advance
DETROIT — The Youngstown State women’s basketball team surived a Milwaukee comeback for a 62-57 win in front of 1,942 at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday to advance to the Horizon League Tournament semifinals.
Sarah Cash scored 24 points and added eight rebounds, and Indiya Benjamin scored six of her 13 points in the final three minutes to lead YSU. Natalie Myers came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points.
Junior guard Melinda Trimmer, West Branch’s all-time leading scorer, made a pair of free throws at end of first quarter to give YSU a 16-11 lead.
The fifth-seeded Penguins advance to play top-seeded Green Bay at 1 p.m. today.
Ashland repeats in GLIAC
ASHLAND — There is no stopping the top-ranked Ashland University women’s basketball team.
The Eagles held off Grand Valley State, 85-74, in front of 1,350 at Kates Gymnasium on Sunday to win their third straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
Ashland improves to 31-0 on the season and has won 68 consecutive games, including the NCAA Division II national championship last season.
Senior Laina Snyder — who totaled 27 points, five rebounds and three steals Sunday — was named the tournament MVP.
Sophomore Jodi Johnson and senior Andi Daugherty joined her on the all-tournament team. Johnson collected 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals and Daugherty added 18 points and five assists.
Sophomore Sara Loomis, Malvern’s all-time leading scorer, made a pair of free throws with one rebound in seven minutes off the bench for Ashland.
Grand Valley State dropped to 25-6.
The NCAA Division II women’s basketball tournament selection show will be at 10 p.m. today.