A game held Jan. 2 between the Boardman and Warren Harding girls basketball teams was postponed due to bad weather.
That act of nature came as a huge disappointment to the struggling Lady Spartans who matched up well with the Lady Raiders. With wins coming few and far between for the Spartans they did not mind making that game up with the Warren club Jan. 13. It was worth that wait as Boardman blew past Harding 78-45 for its third win of the season.
The victory made up for a lackluster performance in a 59-45 home loss to Federal League rival Massillon Perry a few days earlier. Boardman shot 16-57 from the field against the visiting Lady Panthers and connected on seven of 17 free throws. Meanwhile, the Panthers placed three girls in double-figures in scoring and missed only five of twenty charity tosses. Boardman's lack of solid shooting Monday allowed Perry to play loosely and comfortably on a hostile road court. Kelly Tomcsanyi was the bright spot for the Spartans as she tamed the Panthers with 21 points. Megan Volosin tallied 10 points and Jenna Kuczek scored 7 points. Anna Patoray and Brianna Fonderlin scored 4 and 3 points respectively in a game that was as bitter for Boardman as the early January temperatures.
"A cold shooting performance really hurt us (against Perry)," said Boardman head coach Jeff Hammerton. "It was a much different story when we traveled to Warren."
The Spartans sizzled against the Raiders and most of that was due to the bombs dropped off the fingertips of Kuczek. The Spartan senior raided the Raiders with eight 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 30 points. Kuczek came up just one triple shy of setting a school record.
"(Kuczek) caught fire from beyond the arc," said a psyched Hammerton.
Ahead 17-14 after one quarter, Kuczek and the rest of her mates got into the groove and went on a 27-14 run (including 12 total three-pointers) that sent Harding hiding. Coach Hammerton had very few opportunities this year to empty his bench because his team was on the good side of a blowout, but he had one in Warren. Volosin had a dozen points for Boardman. Tomcsanyi nailed 9 points. Jada Redd went home with 8 points. Patoray picked up 6 points. Fonderlin found 4 points. Katie Platt scored three points. Anna Saxton, Amber McMillan and Krista Johnson also entered the scorebook.
Games at Uniontown Lake and versus Cardinal Mooney and Austintown Fitch at home await the Spartans in the next week. Avenging a 2-point loss to the unbeaten Lady Falcons from earlier this season would be a boost to the Boardman girl's egos. It will undoubtedly take some of the scorching shooting the Spartans sustained last week to foil the Falcons.