In three of out four categories, the Glenwood Middle School basketball teams came out on top against friends and rivals at Center Middle School. In last week's Spartan challenge games, the eighth grade boys narrowly beat Center, 48-41. Leading scorer was Preston Stitt with 20 points, while defensive efforts were led by Gavin Dill and Jamison Lytle.
In seventh-grade boys action, Center took the win in a close game, 38-35. Glenwood had the lead starting the fourth quarter but with costly turnovers and hard-nosed defensive by Center the score was tied 35-35 with 1:19 left in the game. A steal by Koby Adu-Poku who then stuck a four-foot floater and under the pressure foul shooting by Austin Barone, Sebastian Heinonen, and Dom Eorio, Center took a three-point lead. Glenwood had to inbound the ball with six secs on the clock but the inbound pass was swatted loose by Adu-Poku and Center took possession to hold on to the lead and earn a victory. Top performers were Jared Jay who finished with 13 pts and Heinonen and Barone both finished with seven points. For Glenwood, J.R. Ryan led the scoring with 18, followed by Mark Smaldino with eight, Sean Birchfield with four, Bryce Richey with three and Nick Stamp with two.
At the girls' matchups at Center on Dec. 15, the eighth-graders from Glenwood toppled Center 32-21. After trailing at the end of the first quarter, BGMS stormed in with strong defense from Marisa Hanna and Katie Platt. Krista Johnson and Natalie Wilson led the scoring with 13 points and eight points respectively. Also contributing to the scoring were Hanna, Platt, Bailey Brandt, and Elli Hritz. Lead scorer for Center was Amber McMillan.
Glenwood eighth-grader Jamison Lytle throws up a three-point shot while Center's Connor Kenneally moves to defend the shot in the battle of the Boardman middle schools last Wednesday. Glenwood won the contest, 48-41.
The Glenwood seventh-grade girls evened their record to 2-2 with a 34-14 victory over Center. Leading the scoring drive for Glenwood were Aniyuh Spann with 14, Lauren Pavlansky with eight, Maryssa Wagner and Faith Clear with four each, and Alaina Hufnagel and Charlotte Voytko with two.