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Spartan ladies win 57-26 over East’s Golden Bears

December 5, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Heading into his team's opening game of the season versus Youngstown East, Boardman girls basketball coach Jeff Hammerton was contemplating the pace at which he wanted his team to play.

The Lady Golden Bears had a big win in their initial outing so Coach Hammerton predicted that a fast beginning by his girls would go a long way in helping them come out of Youngstown victorious. A 25-5 first quarter did just that for the Lady Spartans. That lead would increase to 44-16 at halftime and Boardman would cruise in the second half en route to a 57-26 win. Everything went as the coach scripted for the Spartans last Thursday night making him extremely satisfied.

"I really liked how we came out from the start," said Hammerton. "East opened the season with a 17-point win before they played us, so I knew they were playing with confidence. I wanted a quick start and we pushed the ball the way we wanted to and controlled the tempo."

Before the Boardman ladies could begin its onslaught of East, it needed someone to encourage them. They've been listening to Hammerton in the preseason, but now with the first tipoff of the year about to happen, the kids needed a different voice in their collective ears. Those words came from one of Boardman's most influential leaders.

"Senior Cate Green stepped up for us as a vocal leader before the game to get everyone ready to play," Hammerton said.

Spurred by Green's cheerleading (and 16 points), the Spartans got some more inspiration from a potential awesome comeback story. Sophomore Maria Torres, playing her first game after having ACL surgery a season ago, paced all Spartan scorers with 22 points. Katie Stamp, Raegan Burkey and Bailey Moore continued the super play of the sophomore class. Stamp secured a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Burkey had an "unselfish game" according to her coach with 9 assists, seven steals and three points. Moore also scored a bucket for Boardman. Senior Jersey Gorby grabbed four points.

Coach Hammerton certainly felt a sense of accomplishment with the way his offense performed, but that frenetic pace could not have been possible without the help of some suffocating defense. The Spartans shut down the Bears so badly the home team committed 30 turnovers.

"We used multiple defenses, which led to us getting out to the quick start and never looking back," said Hammerton. "It is always good to start the season with a win. Now we must not get complacent and continue the momentum into the next few games we play."

That next game was held at Mooney against the Lady Cardinals. Mooney was coming off of a 51-49 double-overtime win over Southeast on Saturday.

Another road game at Ashtabula Lakeside will take place on Dec. 10 proving that if the Spartans want to have a successful early season, they will have to be road warriors.



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