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Girls remain undefeated in conference play

February 1, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

It had been almost three weeks since the Poland girls basketball team lost a game.?In fact, it has been that long since the Lady Bulldogs won a game by less than 18 points. That string of great play enabled the Poland ladies to remain unbeaten in the All American Blue/White Conference. ?Poland's hot streak was challenged last Saturday afternoon when it hosted second place Struthers in a rematch of a game won by the Bulldogs in December. Things started out strangely for the Bulldogs as they found themselves trailing 19-13 after one period. When Poland's defense held the Lady Wildcats to just 5 second quarter points, the game started to turn around in the hosts' favor. A 34-23 second half run by the visitors, however, flipped everything upside down as Struthers pulled off the 58-49 upset. It was the Bulldogs' first conference loss this year and it actually placed Poland into a tie with Struthers in the division standings. ?Sarah Bury and Jackie Grisdale paced the Bulldogs with 11 points versus Struthers. Bella Gajdos hit two of Poland's four three-pointers and ended the day with 10 points. Kat Partika put in 8 points.?There was very little struggle for the Bulldogs in the three games that preceded the setback to Struthers. Poland outscored Jefferson, LaBrae and Ashtabula Lakeside by a combined score of 236-124. That 236-point output was aided by a 90-point effort in the dousing of the Lady Dragons on January 20. Bury led all Bulldogs with 21 points and eight assists against Lakeside. She also hit 3 of 5 from behind the three-point arc. Grisdale also hit three triples en route to her 19-point afternoon. Gajdos gouged the Dragons for 15 points. Maggie Sebest scored 14 points. Poland was a hefty 10 for 17 from three-point range and totaled a 52-percent shooting percentage from the floor overall.?A 25-9 first quarter advantage allowed Poland to play comfortably against 3-9 LaBrae. The Bulldogs' defense then put the clamps down even tighter on the Lady Vikings in the second quarter, holding them to only 2 points to take an insurmountable 46-11 halftime led. Poland's girls sailed to a 68-46 victory. Gajdos led the hot shooting Bulldogs with 16 points. She nailed two of Poland's six three's. Bury hit one triple and ended the game with 11 points. Sebest also cracked double-digits with 10 points.?The trio of Bury, Gajdos and Sebest were at it again in the 78-44 win over Jefferson last Wednesday. Bury had 22 points and added 8 boards, Gajdos had 13 points and five steals and Sebest scored 8 points and secured eight rebounds as well. ?Although the group of outstanding wins was satisfying, no doubt the loss to the Lady Cats last weekend has reinvigorated the Bulldogs for the stretch run. Games against Edgewood, Hubbard and Campbell are next up for the Poland kids before they host a cross-tier showdown with arch nemesis Canfield on Feb. 7.

Article Photos

Photos by Mike Audi, Town Crier
Poland's Bella Gajdos sinks a 3 pointer at last Saturday afternoons varsity game with Struthers. Gajdos was 2 for 3 from the 3 point line with 10 points overall.



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