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Dogs fall to tough Falcon team

January 18, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Poland's girls basketball team took a mini two game winning streak with it into Austintown for a huge crosstown clash with Fitch on Jan. 10.

The Lady Bulldogs bounced Hubbard and Boardman by a combined 77 points so they were riding a wave of momentum. They also had won four of six games dating back to the week before Christmas. That hot play all stopped against the Lady Falcons.

Fitch had the advantage in all four quarters of this closely played contest and used stifling defense to douse the Dogs 50-42. The determining periods of the game were quarters two and three when Poland gained only 17 total points. A big reason for that low output was the defense Fitch employed against Poland's dynamic guard duo of Bella Gajdos and Jackie Grisdale.

Gajdos and Grisdale could not be held in check, however, against Hubbard a week earlier. The backcourt mates mauled the Lady Eagles for 50 combined points in the Bulldogs 87-36 blowout. Gajdos led the way with 27 tallies and three steals. Grisdale garnered 23 points and had four steals. Kat Partika also had a double-digit day with 10 points.

On Dec. 27, the Bulldogs breezed to a comfortable 48-22 win over the Lady Spartans. Poland held the struggling Spartans to 11 points in the second quarter as it built a 28-18 halftime lead. The ironic thing is that the Spartans only scored 11 points total over the other three periods as Poland cruised to victory. Maggie Sebest scored 14 points to pace a depleted Poland squad. Important cogs Sarah Bury and Camryn Lattanzio both missed this game in Boardman due to injury. Partika made Boardman pay with nine points.

Big battles on the road with Niles and Ashtabula Lakeside now face the Bulldogs. They'll also go to LaBrae on Jan. 22 before returning home to host Jefferson, Struthers and Edgewood as the calendar flips to February.

With an unbeaten 3-0 mark inside the All American Conference, Poland would prefer to play more like it did against Hubbard and Boardman than it did versus Fitch. If they can get some of their ailing bodies back, then the Bulldogs should do just fine down the stretch.



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