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2017  -  2018

     
   

CANTON McKINLEY

LADY PUPS VARSITY

BULLDOG BASKETBALL

       
 

2018 FEDERAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

     
   
HOME GAMES PLAYED IN THE HISTORIC
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ALL GAMES
FEDERAL LEAGUE
FIELD HOUSE
ROAD GAMES
       
   

WINS

23

LOSS

2

WINS

11

LOSS

1

WINS

9

LOSS

1

WIN

14

LOSS

1

       
             
   

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Head Coach Pam Davis, 11th season at McKinley 253-52

(Career at Akron Coventry, Barberton and Canton McKinley 509-100)

Willie Davis is our Associate Head Coach.
Varsity Assistant Coaches are Dave Nash, Fred Johnson and Keith Green.
Junior Varsity Head Coach is Marcus Parker.
Freshman Head Coach is Orlandria Kirksey.
LAST SEASON RECORD 26-3; 9-3
       
   

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WILLIE DAVIS

  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

DAVE NASH

  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

FRED JOHNSON

  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

KEITH GREEN

  ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

       
                   
 

2018 VARSITY ROSTER

     
   

#10

Junior

KYARA LUCIUS

5’ 5”

Guard

       
   

#12

Senior

LAUREN MEREDITH

5’ 1’

Guard

       
   

#14

Senior

SAMIA HATCHETT

5’ 6”

Guard

       
   

#20

Senior

CHAMERA YOUNG

5’ 4”

Guard

       
   

#22

Freshman

NAKYAH TERRELL

5’ 6’

Guard

       
   

#24

Junior

KIERSTAN BELL

6’ 0”

Guard

       
   

#30

Junior

JAZZLYN KRAMER

5’ 8’

Forward

       
   

#32

Senior

TRINITI LEE

6’ 2”

Forward

       
   

#34

Senior

JAMEONNA CAUTHON

5’ 6”

Guard

       
   

#40

Sophomore

SHALANEE GOODEN

5’ 9”

Forward

       
   

#44

Sophomore

ALISON BOYKIN

5’ 10”

Forward

       
   

#50

Freshman

KYLA FOSTER

5’ 5”

Guard

       
   

#54

Junior

TALYN WILLIAMS

5’ 8”

Guard

       
                     
             
   

JUNIOR VARSITY

   

FRESHMAN TEAM

       
                   
   

MARCUS PARKER

HEAD COACH

   

ORLANDRIA KIRKSEY

HEAD COACH

       
 

JUNIOR VARSITY ROSTER

FRESHMAN ROSTER

     
     

WINS

18

LOSS

4

                 
 

#10

  KI’ARA CHAMBERS

So. 56” Guard

 

#10

  TAHIRAH HUMPHRIES

Fr. 56” Guard

       
 

#12

  JAZZEMIERE RAMPEY

So. 59” Fwd

 

#12

  KEYAIRA WILLIAMS

Fr. 55” Guard

       
 

#14

  ALEXUS LETCHER

Jr. 53” Guard

 

#14

  CYRENA REED

Fr. 55” Fwd

       
 

#20

  CAMARIE PATTERSON

So. 55” Guard

 

#20

  JIDAYAH BROWN

Fr. 58” Fwd

       
 

#22

  AYANNA GILLINS

So. 54” Guard

 

#22

  KAYLA RANDOLPH

Fr. 53” Guard

       
 

#24

  NELLY BLAIR

Jr. 53” Guard

 

#24

  A’NYA WALKER

Fr. 54” Guard

       
 

#30

  ILIAYAH WILSON

So. 54” Guard

 

#30

  ASHLEY SPENCER

Fr. 57” Fwd

       
 

#32

  GABBI GRIMES

Jr. 58” Fwd

 

#34

  DESTINY ANTHONY

Fr. 55” Fwd

       
 

#34

  SHAQUIEERA SMITH

So. 54” Guard

 

#42

  ZIYA CROWLEY

Fr. 56” Fwd

       
 

#40

  JA’NYA BRADLEY

So. 52” Guard

 

#50

  DESTINEY HENSON

Fr. 57” Fwd

       
 

#44

  ALISON BOYKIN

So. 59” Fwd

               
 

#52

  SHALANEE GOODEN

So. 58” Fwd

               
                       
                   
             
                           

2018 SCHEDULE and RESULTS

 
 

LAST GAME - LOST TO WADSWORTH IN DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP

   

NEXT GAME -

 
 

Where Champions Are Made And Success Is Tradition

   

REGULAR SEASON   denotes Federal League Game,  denotes JV game played first

 
 

Fri, Nov 24

7:30 PM

 YOUNGSTOWN URSULINE at BULLDOG BATTLE I

W

75

34

MFH

     
 

Sat, Nov 25

7:30 PM

 ROCKY RIVER MAGNIFCAT at BULLDOG BATTLE I

W

81

41

MFH

     
 

Tue, Nov 28

7:00 PM

 at NORTON

W

107

35

A

     
 

Sat, Dec 2

11:00 AM

 at AK. FIRESTONE - Joe Siegferth Classic, MEN's Varsity follows

W

79

8

A

     
 

Sat, Dec 9

2:30 PM

 at PERRY •

W

85

37

A

     
 

Fri, Dec. 15

6:00 PM

 GREEN

W

68

34

MFH

     
 

Wed, Dec 20

7:30 PM

 JACKSON

L (OT)

55

59

MFH

     
 

Sat. Dec 23

2:30 PM

 GLENOAK

W

68

47

MFH

     
 

Thur. Dec. 28

8:30 PM

 vs JACKSONVILLE (FL) POTTERS HOUSE CHRISTIAN at BRC17

W

65

15

A

     
 

Fri. Dec. 29

2:30 PM

 vs COLUMBIA (MO) ROCK BRIDGE at BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS, CINCINNATI

W

62

49

A

     
 

Wed, Jan 3

7:30 PM

 N. CANTON HOOVER

W

72

49

MFH

     
 

Sat, Jan 6

7:30 PM

 at LAKE •

W

59

27

A

     
 

Wed, Jan 10

7:30 PM

 at GLENOAK •

W

57

56

A

     
 

Sat, Jan 14

TBA

 at AKRON ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 

W

75

42

A

     
 

Thu, Jan 17

7:00 PM

 at SHAKER HEIGHTS

W

63

30

A

     
 

Sat, Jan 20

2:30 PM

 at GREEN •

W

59

39

A

     
 

Wed, Jan 24

7:30 PM

 at JACKSON •

W

69

57

A

     
 

Sat, Jan 27

2:30 PM

 at N. CANTON HOOVER •

W

68

40

A

     
 

Sat, Feb 3

2:30 PM

 LAKE •

W

81

32

MFH

     
 

Mon, Feb 5

6:30 PM

 MASSILLON PERRY •

W

89

23

MFH

     
 

Sat, Feb 10

6:30 PM

 SHAKER HEIGHTS HATHAWAY BROWN

W

82

29

MFH

     
 

Wed, Feb 14

7:30 PM

 at MASSILLON WASHINGTON

W

69

60

A

     

OHSAA DIVISION I GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

 
 

Wed, Feb 21

7:00 PM

vs COPLEY • SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT MFH

W

68

24

MFH

     
 

Mon, Feb 26

6:00 PM

vs WOOSTER • DISTRICT SEMIFINAL AT MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL

W

83

58

A

     
 

Thur, Mar 1

7:00 PM

vs WADSWORTH • DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP AT MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL

L

46

51

A

     

POINTS FOR THE SEASON

 
     

AVERAGE POINTS TO DATE

25 GAMES

71.4

39.0

       
     

TOTAL POINTS TO DATE

 

1,785

976

       
       
       
2018 Sectional-District Assignments
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ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL POLL

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Here's how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates

Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the FINAL Associated Press poll of 2017-18.

With won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses).

DIVISION I

FINAL POLL

    •    1. Pickerington Central (5)   20-2 148
    •    2. Canton McKinley (4)      21-1 146
    •    3. Dublin Coffman (5)           21-1 142
    •    4. Newark (4)                       21-1 131
    •    5. Lakota West                     20-2 101
    •    6. Solon                               19-2   98
    •    7. Mason (1)                        19-3   82
    •    8. Stow-Munroe Falls          19-2   64
    •    9. Wadsworth                      18-2   45
    •  10. Toledo Notre Dame         17-4   23

 

Others receiving 12 or more points:

   Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame

 


2018 VARSITY RESULTS
Box scores and game links to stories courtesy of www.CantonRep.com
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BULLDOG BATTLE I DAY ONE- Entire day of Ladies Basketball starting at 11:00 AM

at Memorial Field House

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2

3

4

 

FINAL

Youngstown Ursuline (0-1)

9

5

7

13

 

34

Canton McKinley (1-0)

30

14

17

12

 

75

URSULINE (0-1): Harris 6 4-10 17, Fabry 0 2-2 2, Goodnight 2 0-0 5, Curd 2 0-1 4, Ball 3 0-0 6.
        Totals 13 6-13 34.
CANTON McKINLEY (1-0): Young 6 0-0 14, Terrell 6 1-2 13, Bell 15 0-0 31, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Lee 2 0-0 5, Cauthon 2 1-2 5, Foster 2 1-1 5.
       Totals 34 3-5 75.
3-Point Field Goals: Young 2, Bell, Lee, Harris, Goodnight.
Total fouls: McKinley 18-9.
Fouled out: None.
Rebounds: Ursuline 36 (Harris 8), McKinley 58 (Bell 15).
JV: McKinley 63-29.

 

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BULLDOG BATTLE I DAY TWO

at Memorial Field House

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2

3

4

 

FINAL

Rocky River Magnificat (0-1)

10

7

12

12

 

41

Canton McKinley (2-0)

20

22

24

15

 

81

MAGNIFICAT (0-1) Becker 1-0-0-3, Chambers 2-0-0-4, Varga 2-4-5-8, Robinson 1-0-0-3, Heistockem 0-1-2-1, Woidke 1-0-0-2, McAuliffe 3-0-0-11, Lisjak 3-1-1-7.
     Totals: 14-8-10-41
CANTON McKINLEY (2-0) Young 3-2-4-9, Terrell 4-0-0-8, Bell 18-4-4-42, Kramer 3-2-4-8, Lee 1-1-2-3, Foster 3-3-7-9, Williams 1-0-0-2.
      Totals: 33-12-21-81
Fouls: Mags 17-11 Rebounds McKinley 45 (Lee 8) Mags 31 (McAuliffe 6)
Foster 6 assists
JV Mags 51-49
Kierstan Bell ties the McKinley school record with 42 pts in a single game. She shares the record with Treasure Humphries. Kierstan has moved up the list of most career points, currently standing second with 1,337.
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Game 3 is a non-conference game

at Norton High School

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3

4

FINAL

Canton McKinley (3-0)

22

28

35

22

35

Norton

11

8

10

6

107

Kierstan Bell fired in 37 points as visiting McKinley downed Norton 107-35.
NORTON McKinley came into Norton’s gym on Tuesday and treated it as its own as junior Kierstan Bell outscored the Panthers herself in the Bulldogs’ 107-35 non-league victory.
Bell rang up a 37-point performance highlighted by 15 buckets, including two 3-pointers. She also grabbed nine rebounds to share team-honors with 5-10 sophomore Alison Boykin.
Senior Chamera Young sank three 3s and scored 17 points. Freshman guard Nakyah Terrell added 11 points for McKinley, which led 50-19 at halftime in improving to 3-0.
 
CANTON McKINLEY (3-0): Lucius 1 4-4 6, Meredith 1 0-0 2, Young 7 0-0 17, Terrell 5 0-0 11, Bell 15 5-9 37, Kramer 4 1-2 9, Lee 2 2-2 6, Cauthon 0 0-1 0, Boykin 3 0-1 6, Gillins 1 0-2 2, Foster 4 1-2 9, Williams 0 2-4 2.
     Totals 42 12-27 107.
NORTON: Favor 0 2-4 2, Shearer 2 3-4 7, Harper 0 0-2 0, Hosey 3 2-3 8, A. Murawski 4 0-2 8, Lester 3 0-0 6, K. Murawski 1 2-2 4.
     Totals 13 7-9 35.
3-Point Field Goals: Young 3, Bell 2, Terrell.
Total fouls: Norton 25-17.
Fouled out: None.
Rebounds: McKinley 47 (Bell Boykin 9), Norton 39 (Hosey 9).
JV: McKinley 61-12.
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Joe Siegerth Classic

at Firestone High School

1

2

3

4

 

FINAL

Canton McKinley (4-0)

34

24

14

7

 

79

Akron Firestone (0-2)

2

2

4

0

 

8

Joe Siegferth Basketball Classic, at Firestone

MCKINLEY (4-0): Lucius 1 0-0 2 Meredith 2 0-0 4, Young 2 0-0 6, Terrell 4 2-4 10, Bell 13 1-3 27, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Lee 3 0-0 6, Cauthon 3 0-0 6, Gooden 0 1-4 1, Boykin 1 1-2 3, Foster 6 0-2 12

      Totals 36 5-15 79.

FIRESTONE (0-2):  Johnson 1 0-2 2, Lane 2 0-0 4, Reaves 1 0-0 2,.

       Totals 4 0-2 8.

3-Point Field Goals: Young 2.

Total fouls: McKinley 10-8.

Fouled out: None.

No JV game

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Game 3, Federal League Opener

at Perry High School

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2

3

4

 

FINAL

Canton McKinley (5-0, 1-0)

19

19

22

25

 

85

Massillon Perry (1-3, 0-1)

9

3

12

13

 

37

Kierstan Bell poured in 44 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead McKinley to a Federal League victory over Perry. Bell made 19 field goals and was 3-of-4 from the foul line. Kyla Foster also had 10 points for McKinley. Rylee Pireu had 18 points to lead Perry.


McKinley (5-0, 1-0), Totals: 35-9-12-85 .

Hatchett 1-0-0-3, Young 2-1-2-5, Terrell 3-0-0-5, Bell 19-3-4-44, Kramer 2-1-1-5, Lee 1-2-2-4, Cauthon 2-0-0-5, Boykin 1-2-2-4, Foster 5-0-1-10 .

Perry (1-3, 0-1), Totals: 12-8-15-37

Leapline 0-0-1-0, Pireu 5-5-8-16, Terrell 3-0-0-8, Senflen 1-0-0-2, Wilson 1-2-4-4, Cunningham 2-1-2-5 .

3 pts goals Bell 3 Pireu 3, K. Terrell 2, N. Terrell 1, Hatchett 1 Cauthon 1

Fouls McK 15 Perry 8 Foul Out none

Rebounds McKinley 47 (Bell 13) Perry 17 . Cunningham 6

JV score, McKinley 39-24

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McKinley’s girls improved to 6-0 with their latest dominant showing

 

at Memorial Field House

1

2

3

4

 

FINAL

Uniontown Green  (6-0, 2-0)

17

9

6

2

 

34

Canton McKinley (6-1, 2-1)

17

24

14

13

 

68


BATTLE OF UNBEATENS
Canton:
Head coach Pam Davis said she isn’t getting ahead of herself, but she is telling her team a lot about her great 2010 squad that won a state title.
“We knew it would be a challenge,” Davis said. “Green is very fundamentally sound and well coached. I thought we answered the challenge pretty well.” Green came in with a 6-0 record and was 2-0 in the Federal League after a 56-32 conquest of Lake. This didn’t unnerve a McKinley team whose conquests include a 107-35 romp over Norton and a 79-8 win over Akron Firestone.
The Bulldogs pounded Perry 85-37 in their only previous Federal League test. Green surprised McKinley early, playing with speed and efficiency. Inside feeds to Sidney Marshall and Olivia Payne produced layups that put Green on top 17-11 late in the first quarter. On defense, Green camped efficiently in a 2-3 zone anchored by 6-foot-3 sophomore Marissa Berlin. McKinley’s game kicked in.
Kierstan Bell’s steal and layup put the Bulldogs up 19-17 early in the second quarter. Senior guard Chamera Young came back from a rest and immediately hit a couple of 3s.
McKinley’s pressure began to bother the Summit County Bulldogs. When Green worked the ball for a half minute and made a turnover without finding anything close to a decent shot, the writing was on the Field House wall.
Bell finished with 33 points, Young with 15. McKinley’s tenacious defense kept Green’s leading scorer, senior Bianah Mastriano, to seven points.
“I told our players all week, ‘Compete as hard as you possibly can,’” said Green head coach Tracy Miller. “I thought we did. That’s a really good McKinley team, with a really special player. Everything Bell does sets her apart.”

Green totals: 14-2-2-34         
           Payne 2-0-0-4, Mastriano 3-0-7, Trainer 3-0-0-6, Pearce 1-0-0-2, Glass 1-2-2-5, Maynard 3-0-0-6,  Berlin 1-0-0-2 .
McKinley totals: 20-10-12-68.          
           Lucius 0-1-2-1, Hatchett 1-0-0-2, Young 4-4-4-15, Terrell 2-0-0-5,  Bell 14-4-4-33, Foster 5-1-2-12.
3-Point field goals made: Young 3, Terrell, Bell, Foster Mastriano, Glass 1
Rebounds McKinley 37 ( Bell 12) . Green 25 ( Maynard 9) Terrell 6 assists
JV result: Played Saturday morning and won
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Taylor Mikesell erupts for 40 points as Jackson upsets McKinley

The Repository Sports, CantonRep.com

at Memorial Field House

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2

3

4

OT

FINAL

Massillon Jackson (6-1, 2-1)

16

10

12

15

7

59

Canton McKinley (6-1, 2-1)

8

15

12

17

3

55

The Maryland recruit scored a career-high as the Polar Bears snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Pups.
CANTON On a chilly night in December, Taylor Mikesell put a performance worthy of March.
The Jackson senior guard scored a career-high 40 points and the the Polar Bears got a poised, gritty performance from everyone else en route to a 59-55 overtime victory over McKinley on Wednesday night at Memorial Field House.
The win ended Jackson’s 20-game losing skid to the Pups, a streak that dates back to 2004.
“I don’t know if I’ve been part of a better basketball game,” said Anthony Butch, the Polar Bears’ exhausted — and elated — head coach. “I’ve been coaching for 15 years and I’ve never seen a better single performance in a game and an atmosphere like that.
“I mean, she played incredible.”
Mikesell scored all seven of Jackson’s points in overtime, hitting a pair of free throws with 6.6 seconds left to make it 58-55, then splitting a pair with 2.2 seconds left to seal it. The clinching free throw came after Jackson senior guard Naudier Becton stole a pass intended for McKinley junior Kierstan Bell in the backcourt.
It was the final hustle play on a night filled with them for the Polar Bears, who were coming off a 63-42 loss to Federal League rival GlenOak.
“We had our district semifinal here last year and we were prepared from the start,” said Mikesell, whose team fell behind 6-0 early, only to rally for a 16-8 lead after the first quarter. “We knew what it felt like to play in a loud gym and Maddie Ryan, Naudier, Chloe — everyone just played incredible. I ended up with the (40-point) score, but I couldn’t have done that without them.”
Mikesell also had five rebounds and three steals and made one of the game’s biggest defensive plays in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. After Becton hit the game-tying layup with 25 seconds left in regulation, McKinley ran the clock down to 7 seconds, then called timeout. Bell caught the inbounds pass at the top of the 3-point line, where she was shadowed by Becton. As Bell drove right, Mikesell rotated over to help, then got a hand on Bell’s pass to Chamera Young, who couldn’t corral the ball and lost it out of bounds, forcing overtime.
Bell, Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball, entered the game averaging 36 points per contest, but finished with just 23 as Jackson shadowed her with three defenders all game, often in a 1-3-1 zone. Bell added 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists while playing in front of Ohio State women’s coach Kevin McGuff. (The Buckeyes, like most Division I schools, are recruiting Bell.)
“In my opinion, she’s the best player — other than Taylor — in the state of Ohio,” Butch said of Bell. “She deserves all the accolades and the praise and she’s a special kid.
“Our goal was to make anybody but her beat us.”
Becton had six points and six steals for the Polar Bears (6-1, 3-1). Falconer scored just two points, but grabbed 12 rebounds.
Chamera Young scored 13 points to go with six rebounds for McKinley (6-1, 2-1), which hadn’t lost since last year’s Division I state semifinal.
“We gave up (40) points to a single individual player and that’s never happened since I’ve coached here,” McKinley coach Pam Davis said. “She (Mikesell) moved well without the ball and we didn’t stick with our defensive principles and that was the end result.
“Hopefully (McKinley’s younger players) will learn from this and work on refining some of their skills and understand what it’s like to play in pressure situations. This game can’t do anything but help us down the line.”
Reach Joe at 330-580-8573 or


Jackson Totals: 18-13-16-59
          Becton 3-0-0-6, Ryan 2-0-0-5, Falconer 0-2-2-2, Diese 3-0-0-6, Mikesell 12-11-14-40.
 
McKinley Totals: 21-7-11-55
           Young 5-0-0-13, Terrell 1-2-2-4, Bell 8-4-6-23, Lee 3-1-1-7, Cauthon 3-0-0-6, Foster 1-0-2-2.

3-pt FG Mikesell 5, Young, Bell 3, Ryan 1. 
Fouls: Jackson 14-11
Rebounds: Jackson 41 (Falconer 11) McKinley 33 (Bell 8)
JV: McKinley 65-35
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No contest: Behind Bell, McKinley girls roll past GlenOak

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The reigning Ms. Basketball scored 30 points as the Pups defeated last year’s Federal League champions 68-47.
CANTON Three days after getting zoned out, the McKinley girls basketball team looked locked in.
Reigning Ms. Basketball Kierstan Bell scored 30 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals and the Pups blitzed the Federal League’s only remaining unbeaten team, rolling past GlenOak 68-47 on Saturday at Memorial Field House.
“It was a great test for our girls after a loss,” said McKinley coach Pam Davis, whose team fell 59-55 to Jackson in overtime on Wednesday. “We were pretty much able to impose our will on a team we haven’t beaten in a while.”
McKinley (7-1, 3-1) jumped out to a 12-0 lead over the Golden Eagles in the first four minutes, although GlenOak quickly responded with a 13-2 run of its own to keep things close.
It didn’t last. The Bulldogs led by as many as 13 in the second quarter and then put together a dominant third quarter, forcing 10 Golden Eagle turnovers and outscoring GlenOak 19-6 to take a 54-31 lead entering the fourth.
“We were a lot more focused this game,” Bell said. “When we played Jackson, we really weren’t that focused. I think we played very well this game.”
Bell scored “just” 24 points against the Polar Bears, who started playing zone before they even got off the bus and opted to triple-team Bell for much of the game.
GlenOak, by contrast, played full court pressure defense on Saturday and managed to force 26 McKinley turnovers. Problem was, when the Bulldogs did break pressure, it led to layups.
When asked if she was surprised GlenOak didn’t take Jackson’s defensive approach, Davis said, “I know Jackson is slow, so they don’t press a lot. GlenOak possesses a lot of speed and quickness and I think they thought they could handle my young ballhandlers. They rattled (freshman point guard Nakyah Terrell) somewhat, but she was able to get us into our offense the majority of the time.”
McKinley got a huge game from freshman Kyla Foster, who had 18 points and repeatedly scored on transition layups, often off fast break passes from Bell. It was a nice bounceback game for the speedy guard, who had just two points against the Polar Bears.
“She played very well,” Bell said of Foster. “I’m proud of her. She’s only a freshman, but we need a little bit more out of her (than she had on Wednesday). She’s learning.”
Added Davis, “She possesses a lot of speed, but she needs to be able to translate into basketball transition. We kind of posed a challenge to her from last performance because we didn’t get all we could get out of her. She kind of came out of her shell.”
Terrell added six points and six assists for the Pups, who last beat GlenOak on Jan. 30, 2016, to clinch that year’s outright Federal League title. That was the last regular season conference loss for the Eagles until Saturday, who had won 16 straight.
“I didn’t like our effort at all,” GlenOak coach Paul Wackerly said. “We were out of sync and we didn’t play well together. It was real individual. We don’t play like that. If we do play like that, we don’t win. We don’t have the size to do that.”
Aniyah Hall scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds for GlenOak (7-1, 4-1), which is playing without 6-foot-1 sophomore center Hayley Smith (ACL). Erica Warren added nine points and five rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who committed 28 turnovers of their own.
When asked if this loss could be helpful, Wackerly said, “It’s definitely helpful for us. It’s great for us. We’ll get better.
“We beat Jackson by 21, then they came in here and beat them (McKinley) and then McKinley beats us by 21. Welcome to the Federal League.”
Reach Joe at 330-580-8573 or

GLENOAK totals 18-47 8-14 47.
          Mucci 3 1-1 8, Cashner 0 1-3 1, Lemire 2 0-0 5, Abdulla 1 2-2 5, Hall 4 2-3 10, Maley 1 1-1 3, Rhodes 3 0-0 6, Warren 4 1-4 9.
McKINLEY totals 32-45 0-5 68:
          Young 2 0-0 6, Terrell 3 0-0 6, Bell 14 0-2 30, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Cauthon 1 0-0 2, Boykin 2 0-0 4, Foster 9 0-3 18.
3-Point Field Goals: Mucci, Lemire, Abdulla.
Total fouls: McKinley 15-7.
Fouled out: Terrell. Rebounds: GlenOak 18 (Warren 5), McKinley 24 (Bell 8).
Assists: GlenOak 7, McKinley 18 (Bell 7).
Steals: GlenOak 17 (Mucci 6), McKinley 11 (Bell 4).
Turnovers: GlenOak 28, McKinley 26.
JV: McKinley 56-53.
 
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2018 BRAGGIN' RGIHTS CLASSIC: BELL HAS TRIPLE DOUBLE IN ROUT OF PHC AT BRC

 

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McKinley totals: 27-6-10-65
          Meredith 1-0-0-2, Young 1-0-0-2, Terrell 2-0-0-4, Bell 10-2-2-23, Kramer 3-0-1-6, Lee 4-1-3-9, Cauthon 2-0-0-5, Gillins 0-2-2-2, Foster 4-1-2-9.
Potter's House totals 7-1-4-15
          Fields 2-0-0-4 Kayden 1-0-0-2 Smalls 1-0-0-2 Bannister 1-0-0-2 Williams 1-1-2-3 Nesmith 1-0-2-2

3pt FG Bell, Cauthon 1
Fouls PH 10 McKinley 7
Rebounds McKinley 35 ( Bell 10)  PH 27 ( Williams 6)   
Steals McKinley 17 ( Bell 10) . PH 5 
JV - McKinley defeated Cincinnati Princeton 
 
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LADY PUPS COMPLETE BRC SWEEP IN DEFEAT OF MISSOURI DEFENDING CHAMPS

 

at Winton Woods Middle School

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Bell goes over 30 points for the 18th time in her career
McKinley totals: 24-6-9-62
           Lucius 0-2-2-2, Young 5-0-0-11, Terrell 0-0-2-0, Bell 14-4-5-37, Kramer 1-0-0-2, Lee 1-0-0-2, Foster 3-0-0-6,
Rock Bridge totals: 18-9-13-49
          McClain 1-0-0-3, Capron 0-2-2-2, McCallister 3-3-4-9, Logsdon 1-0-2-2, Puett 2-3-3-7, Klucking 10-2-3-25, Collier 1-0-0-2,
 
3 point FG Bell, Klucking 2, Young 1
Fouls: McKinley 14 Rock Bridge 12 
Rebounds: Rock Bridge 33 ( Klucking 9) McKinley 29 ( Bell 8)
Assists: McKinley 16 (Young 5) Rock Bridge 13 ( McCallister 4) 
JV: McKinley 82, Cincinnati Hughes 20.

 

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'Cautious' Bell and relentless McKinley pull away from Hoover

 

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Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball goes for 36 points and 13 rebounds as the Pups run past scrappy VikingsBy Josh Weir
CantonRep.com sports writer Posted Jan 3, 2018 at 10:55 PM CANTON With two fouls on her star player in the first seven minutes Wednesday night, McKinley High School girls basketball coach Pam Davis said junior Kierstan Bell had to play “cautious.”The rest of the Bulldogs stayed relentless, while a cautious Bell is still pretty dominant.McKinley pulled away from a scrappy Hoover bunch at Memorial Field House for a 72-49 win, with the final score failing to accurately describe the competitiveness of the contest.Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball, the 6-foot Bell totaled 36 points and 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Twenty-four of those points came during the second half (including 12 in the final 3:44 with her team’s lead growing to and past 20), as the Bulldogs’ pressure defense wore on the Vikings.Bell’s impact was felt throughout, even while she was saddled with foul trouble.She picked up her second personal on a charge with 1:31 left in the first quarter. Hoover’s Alexis Green made two 3-pointers in the final minute as the Vikings took an 18-10 lead.Bell played through it for the most part, scoring on a layup and a jumper early in the second quarter to cut the Bulldogs’ deficit in half. By the time she picked up her third foul with 1:34 left in the half, McKinley led by two possessions and would never see its lead cut closer than four points.Bell’s steal and breakaway layup gave McKinley’s its first double-digit lead at 43-32 with 3:25 left in the third quarter.“That was the first time she’s had foul trouble this year and she did pretty good,” Davis said about Bell, who made 16 of 26 shots from the floor after a slow start.The rest of the Bulldogs picked up their game, including other players having to take the responsibility of guarding Hoover’s 6-0 junior Annie Roshak.“I tell them to step up,” Bell said about her teammates. “It’s a team effort. If I’m in foul trouble, who’s going to be the next person to step up? I think they did pretty well.”Freshman guards Nakyah Terrell and Kyla Foster — both starters — scored eight points apiece for the Bulldogs (10-1, 4-1), while junior guard Chamera Young scored 10. Junior Jazzlyn Kramer (five points) brought a lot of energy off of the bench.Hoover committed eight of its 19 turnovers in the third quarter, during which it scored only six points. Terrell and Foster’s ball pressure helped trigger McKinley’s transition game. Terrell had three steals on the night.“I’m trying to get them to not play like freshmen anymore,” Davis said. “And Kierstan just puts everyone on her back. That’s why I believe she’s the best player in the state.”Bell moved into ninth place on Stark County’s all-time scoring list Wednesday with 1,638 points, surpassing current Perry head coach Beth Sternberg’s 1,609. Her ability to secure the defensive rebound, then push the ball quickly the other way was a major reason the Bulldogs scored 19 points in transition during the second and third quarters. She finished with three assists and had a handful of hockey assists to go with them.Wednesday was Hoover’s first visit to the Field House since Maddie Blyer’s last-second 3-pointer gave the Vikings a 44-43 win against GlenOak in last season’s district final.The times and circumstances have changed for Hoover (5-7, 2-3), which lost for the third time in its last four games against its typical brutal schedule. The young Vikings are down three starters to injury, including Eastern Michigan recruit Makenna Drabick.“We’ve faced some adversity this season in different ways,” Hoover head coach Abbey Allerding said. “We’re just learning what it looks like to compete, what it looks like to fill different roles on different nights. I think our kids are getting better. You know, the league is tough.”Roshak totaled 27 points and nine rebounds, while Green scored all 14 of her points in the first half. As Davis put it, the Bulldogs heightened their “awareness” of where the senior Green was in the second half.“We made (Roshak) miss some shots, but she’s going to get hers,” Davis said. “But we can’t let somebody else do it, too.”Reach Josh at 330-580-8426or
Hoover totals 14-40 17-21 49:
          Davis 1 1-3 3, Kinsley 1 2-2 4, A.Green 5 1-1 14, Chimera 0 1-2 1, Roshak 7 12-13 27.
McKinley totals 31-55 8-17 72:
          Terrell 4 0-2 8, Bell 16 2-5 36, Kramer 2 1-5 5, Lee 1 1-1 3, Cauthon 1 0-0 2, Foster 4 0-0 8, Young 3 4-4 10.
3-Point Field Goals: A.Green 3, Bell 2, Roshak.
Total fouls: McKinley 18-16. Fouled out: A.Green.
Rebounds: Hoover 24 (Roshak 9), McKinley 28 (Bell 13).
JV: McKinley 69-35.
 
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McKinley put the game away by outscoring the host Blue Streaks 32-3 in the third quarter.

 

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Leading by only five points at halftime, the Bulldogs put the game away by outscoring the host Blue Streaks 32-3 in the third quarter. Kierstan Bell scored 19 of her 37 points in the third. Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball, the 6-foot junior moved past East Canton’s Caitlin Sharp (1,666) into eighth place on Stark County’s all-time scoring list at 1,675 career points. Bell also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Chamera Young matched Bell’s four 3-pointers made and scored 12 points for the Pups (11-1, 5-1). Jessica LeBeau’s 11 points paced Lake (4-7, 1-5), which led 8-5 after the first quarter. The Blue Streaks committed 34 turnovers.McKinley 59, Lake 27
 
McKinley totals 23 5-11 59:
          Lucius 0 1-2 1, Bell 15 3-6 37, Kramer 3 0-1 6, Lee 1 0-0 2, Gillins 0 1-2 1, Young 4 0-0 2.
Lake totals 12 1-4 27:
          Hance 2 0-1 4, Sampson 1 0-0 2, November 1 0-0 2, Ickes 0 0-2 0, Miller 2 0-0 4, LeBeau 5 0-0 11, Stephens 1 1-2 4.

3-Point Field Goals: Bell 4, Young 4, LeBeau, Stephens.
Total fouls: McKinley 12-10.  Fouled out: None.
Rebounds: McKinley 31 (Bell 7), Lake 27 (Miller 9).
JV-McKinley won
 
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THE REIGNING MS. BASKETBALL SCORED 34 POINTS AS THE PUPS SWEPT THE SEASON SERIES

 

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PLAIN TWP.
With the clock ticking down and McKinley guard Jameonna Cauthon sticking to her like road salt on a bumper, GlenOak guard Addison Mucci sprinted past halfcourt to the right wing, dribbled behind her back, squared herself and flung in a 3-pointer that cut the Golden Eagle deficit to 1 and set off a celebration on the GlenOak sideline.
One problem. There were just 0.5 seconds left on the clock, allowing McKinley to run out the clock by essentially throwing the ball toward halfcourt.
After falling behind by 16 points early in the fourth quarter, GlenOak’s rally came up just short on Wednesday night as the visiting Pups took control of the Federal League race with a 57-56 victory that was physical, frenzied and a whole lot of fun.
“Well, from a fan’s perspective those games are always fun,” McKinley coach Pam Davis said. “Not for the coaching staff.
“But double-digit victories, particularly the 20-something ones, don’t help much when you have an ultimate goal in mind.”
Bulldog junior Kierstan Bell, the reigning Ms. Basketball, scored 18 of her game-high 34 points in the fourth quarter, when GlenOak switched from a matchup zone to a full-court press that gave the Pups fits. McKinley finished the fourth quarter with eight turnovers, but was able to put the game away when Bell split a pair of free throws with eight seconds left that made it 57-53.
“It was just nice being a big game like that,” said Bell, who had 30 points in the teams’ first meeting this season, a 68-47 McKinley win at the Field House just before Christmas. “It means a lot to beat them twice. Last year, we lost to them two times. We lost by one in the first game, then they beat us by 20 in our gym. This year we came harder and played our game.”
Unlike the first meeting, when GlenOak played man-to-man defense the whole game and got run out of the gym, Golden Eagle coach Paul Wackerly stuck with zone for the first three quarters, daring someone besides Bell and senior guard Chamera Young to hit shots.
For the most part, the Pups couldn’t, shooting 14 of 44 from the field through the first three quarters.
But with McKinley clinging to a 32-31 lead in the final seconds of the third quarter, Young hit a corner 3-pointer and Bell stole the inbound pass and made a layup, sparking a 15-0 run that stretched through the first half of the fourth quarter.
GlenOak went 5 minutes and 18 seconds without scoring a point, a streak that was snapped by Mucci’s two free throws with 3:52 left in the fourth.
Mucci was brilliant down the stretch, scoring 17 of her 22 points over the last four minutes, but the deficit was just too big to overcome.
“We cut it down,” Wackerly said, shrugging. “We got embarrassed last time against them, so it’s nice to be respectable at least.
“It was an improvement for us, considering how young we are. We’re really young and it shows at times.”
Bell topped 30 points for the fourth straight game, and 22nd in her career, and also had nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals for McKinley (12-1, 6-1), which has a one-game lead in the league race. Young had seven points, three rebounds and three steals.
“She hit her season (scoring) average and we rely on that,” Davis said of Bell. “I’d like to have some other people step up when we need it. We’re still trying to find a person other than Chamera who can hit shots.”
Aniyah Hall had 13 points and 10 rebounds for GlenOak (9-3, 5-2), which went unbeaten in the league last season. Micah Rhodes had nine points, six rebounds, three assists and five steals.
“Obviously, GlenOak got better (since the first meeting) and we didn’t, so we have to focus on what McKinley has to do for the next game,” Davis said. “But I’m happy we got the win. It puts us where we want to be.”
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McKinley Total, 19-14-23-57:
          Lucius 0-0-2-0, Young 2-2-2-7, Terrell 0-1-2-1, Bell 11-11-16-34, Kramer 1-0-0-2, Lee 1-0-0-3, Cauthon 2-0-1-6, Foster 2-0-0-4.
GlenOak Totals, 19-13-16-56:
          Mucci 6-7-7-22, Rozier 1-2-2-4, Cashner 1-0-0-3, Abdulla 1-2-4-5, Hall 6-1-2-13, Rhodes 4-1-1-9
 
3-point FG, Mucci 3, Cauthon 2, Bell, Young, Lee, Cashner, Abdulla 1.
Fouls: McKinley 19, GO 18 (Foul Out Terrell, Abdulla)
Rebounds McKinley 38 (Bell 9) GO 35 (Hall 7)
Assists: Terrell 6
JV: GlenOak won
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KIERSTAN ANOTHER BIG GAME, McKINLEY ROUTS ST. VOINCENT-ST. MARY IN STATE RANKED SHOWDOWN

 

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Bell eclipses 40-point mark again
McKinley junior guard Kierstan Bell outscored St. Vincent-St. Mary by herself Sunday afternoon — moving into seventh place by herself on Stark County’s career scoring list — in leading the visiting Bulldogs to a 75-42 rout of the Fighting Irish inside LeBron James Arena. McKinley entered the game ranked sixth in the state by The Associated Press in Division I, while SV-SM is seventh in Division II.
Bell scored 43 points, her third game of more than 40 points this season, as McKinley improved to 13-1. Bell has 1,752 career points, as she moved past former Fairless guard Lindsey Gaut. Bell had tied Gaut’s career mark of 1,709 in her previous game. Bell is averaging 34.1 points per game this season and has scored at least 30 in five straight.
Bell hit five 3-pointers Sunday and also grabbed nine rebounds. Nakyah Terrell added eight points and five assists for the Bulldogs. Chamera Young also scored eight points.
McKinley jumped out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

McKinley Totals: 27-15-17-7
          Lucius 0-2-2-2, Meredith 0-1-2-1, Young 3-2-2-8, Terrell 3-0-0-8, Bell 17-4-4-43, Kramer 0-0-1-0, Lee 0-2-2-2, Cauthon 1-0-0-2, Foster 2-2-2-6, Williams 1-2-2-4 5.
 
St. Vincent-St. Mary Totals 17-2-15-42:
          Miller 2-0-1-4, Cherry 2-0-0-4, Williams 6-1-6-15, Haines 1-0-3-2, Dobson 3-1-2-8, Williams 1-0-2-2, Foster 0-0-1-0, Marsh 2-0-0-6
 
3pt FG Bell 5, F. Williams 2, Terrell, Dobson 1 Fouls: 17-17
Rebounds:  McKinley 37 ( Bell 9) St V 31 ( Marsh 8)
Assists: Terrell 5 Charges: Foster 1 
JV: St, V won

 

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BELL, YOUNG LEAD BULLDOGS TO 14TH WIN

 

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McKinley breaks open the game in the second quarter by outscoring Shaker Heights 20-1.

Kierstan Bell poured in 26 points to power the McKinley girls basketball team to a 63-30 win at Shaker Heights on Thursday.

The Bulldogs broke open the game in the second quarter by outscoring Shaker Heights 20-1. McKinley led 34-12 at halftime.

Chamera Young hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 14-1.


McKINLEY Totals 26 4-7 6:

          Young 7 0-0 19, Terrell 1 0-0 2, Bell 11 3-5 26, Kramer 2 0-0 4, Boykin 1 0-0 2, Foster 4 1-2 10. 3.

SHAKER HEIGHTS Totals 11 7-14 30:

          Wallace 3 0-0 7, Zeigler 6 7-13 19, Burkes 0 0-1 0, Singleton 1 0-0 2, Donegan 1 0-0 2..

3-point field goals: Young 5, Bell, Foster, Wallace.

Total fouls: McKinley 10-7.

Rebounds: McKinley 40 (Kramer 10), Shaker Heights 32 (Zeigler 10).

JV: McKinley won.

 
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McKinley girls turn up energy, pull away to win at Green

 

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Junior guard Kierstan Bell scored 25 points to lead McKinley, moving up another spot on Stark County’s all-time scoring list, but she also received plenty of help from her teammates By Chris Beaven / Repository sports editor

Posted Jan 20, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Updated Jan 20, 2018 at 6:41 PM

GREEN Winning games in the Federal League often turns into a grind for girls basketball teams.

As the league’s top team heading into the final stretch of the regular season, McKinley knows the grind well.

After a lackluster first half left the McKinley Bulldogs with a lead — but little else to be too encouraged by Saturday afternoon at Green High School — they turned up the energy. McKinley became more efficient and pulled away to a 59-39 win over Green.

Junior guard Kierstan Bell scored 25 points to lead McKinley (15-1, 7-1), as she moved up another spot on Stark County’s all-time scoring list by closing in on 1,800 career points.

Eight of her points came in the first six minutes of the third quarter when McKinley pushed its lead from 22-14 at the half to 42-22.

“We had a lot more energy coming out the first couple minutes of the third quarter,” said McKinley head coach Pam Davis, who earned career win No. 501. “We were getting out in our pressure leading to us scoring three or four quick, easy baskets. And that changed the momentum right there.”

It was more than Bell making the difference.

Freshmen guards Nakyah Terrell and Kyla Foster delivered big plays in that stretch, as did junior forward Jazzy Kramer.

“Our two freshman played well,” Davis said. “Jazzy did a lot of things that don’t show up on a score sheet ... plays that lead to us getting extra possessions.”

 

Collectively, McKinley also started attacking the rim more instead of settling for 3-point shots.

“One thing we want to do is shoot more free throws than we do 3-point attempts, especially when we’re on the road,” Davis said. “We did not do that today. But we more aggressive in the second half.”

McKinley took 16 3s in the first half and attempted just two foul shots. The second half, though, McKinley launched only 10 3s and attempted 11 free throws.

Foster scored all six of her points in the third quarter, all coming in the paint. Kramer helped McKinley take control of the glass and scored three points in the quarter. Terrell also scored three during a 10-0 run to give McKinley its 42-22 lead.

“One thing always we always know with Kierstan, she really does look to get everyone involved,” Davis said.

Green (11-4, 5-4) used a zone defense that more or less morphed from a 2-3 into a box-and-one with one defender always tracking Bell and a second nearby.

“Kierstan commands so much attention, and deservedly so,” Davis said, “but the other people have to have confidence and knock down shots.”

 

 

Terrell finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Foster added seven rebounds and four steals. Kramer grabbed 11 rebounds, one more than Bell, to go with three steals and five points.

The Green Bulldogs, though, did not fade away after McKinley opened up its 20-point lead. Green ended the third quarter on a 7-0 run and then scored the first point of the final quarter to get within 42-30. Senior forward Erika Lovell scored six points in that stretch.

“Erica came off the bench and really gave us a spark,” Green head coach Tracy Miller said.

Lovell finished with eight points. Senior guard Jenna Trainer scored a team-high 17 for Green.

“Jenna Trainer had a really nice offensive game for us ... and was all over the floor,” Miller said.

His Bulldogs, though, are short-handed inside, having lost 6-foot-3 sophomore Marissa Berlin to a season-ending knee injury earlier this month. With no one taller than 5-10 seeing significant minutes, Green was outrebounded 41-30.

“Our kids fought for four quarters,” Miller said. “McKinley is a darn good team. They’re well-coached and obviously they have the best player in the league in Bell. And they’re deep. They’ll run 15 kids at you.”

 

Senior guard Chamera Young was McKinley’s third double-figure scorer Saturday, scoring 10 points. Her layup and 3-pointer midway through the fourth helped McKinley pull away late.

Bell, the reigning Ms. Basketball in Ohio, became the county’s sixth all-time leading scorer, passing former East Canton star Katy Arick (1,789 career points). She has 1,799 points, as she is poised to become the sixth player in Stark history with at least 1,800 points.

“We’ve got a big week ahead with Jackson (on Wednesday) and Hoover (next Saturday),” Davis said.

So does Green, which plays GlenOak and Jackson.

“Obviously,” Miller said, “the grind of the Federal League continues.”

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McKINLEY Totals 24-62 5-13 59:

         Lucius 0 0-2 0, Young 4 0-0 10, Terrell 5 1-2 13, Bell 10 3-5 25, Kramer 2 1-2 5, Foster 3 0-2 6.

GREEN Totals 16-46 3-5 39.

         Mastriano 1 0-0 2 ,Trainer 7 1-2 17, Lovell 3 1-2 8, Pearce 1 0-0 3, Willison 1 0-0 2, Maynard 3 1-1 7.

3-Point Field Goals: Young 2, Terrell 2, Bell 2, Trainer 2, Lovell, Pearce.

Total fouls: McKinley 11-9. Fouled out: None.

Rebounds: McKinley 41 ( Kramer 11, Bell 10), Green 30 ( Trainer 5). Turnovers: Green 23-15.

JV: McKinley won 45-44.

 
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FIT FOR A KING: KIERSTAN BELL LEADS PUPS PAST JACKSON IN FEDERAL LEAGUE CLASSIC IN FRONT OF LEBRON JAMES

 

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The reigning Ms. Basketball scored 38 points, while Jackson’s Taylor Mikesell scored 30

Joe Scalzo.

JACKSON TWP. On Wednesday afternoon, as Jackson senior Taylor Mikesell was preparing for the biggest (regular season) game of her career, she got a text from a friend named David Lane, who told her, “I’m bringing a surprise guest.”

Lane coaches AAU youth basketball. One of his former players is LeBron “Bronny” James, whose father has been known to attend high school basketball games on his day off.

“People kept telling me he wanted to come watch me play,” Mikesell said.

Boy, did he pick a good night.

With James and his wife, Savannah, sitting in the top left corner of the Jackson High School bleachers, Mikesell and Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball, McKinley junior Kierstan Bell, put on a show fit for a King.

In the end, Bell and the Pups were just a little better as McKinley avenged an early season defeat with a 69-57 victory in front of a near-capacity crowd.

“What a great game for him to see,” said Bulldogs coach Pam Davis, who was told 30 minutes before the game that James would be there but didn’t tell her players beforehand. “We had a college row (of coaches), we had an NBA superstar, we had fans from both communities. It was definitely loud and electric.

“They got a show. They definitely got a show.”

The game was fantastic from the start, as both teams proved equal to the pre-game hype. Bell scored 12 points in the first quarter alone to give the Pups a 21-15 lead, but the Polar Bears stayed close throughout even though the game was played at the Pups’ preferred pace.

Although McKinley never trailed in the last three quarters, Jackson got within one, 42-41, on Mikesell’s 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.

But McKinley senior Chamera Young answered with a 3-pointer on the other end and Bell scored McKinley’s first 10 points in the fourth quarter to make it 55-47 with six minutes left.

From there, Jackson was playing uphill. The Polar Bears briefly got within six, 60-54, with 2:20 left thanks to four quick points from Mikesell. But when the Pups missed the front end of a one-and-one, Jackson couldn’t capitalize, turning the ball over, then giving up a three-point play to Bell on the other end with 2:03 left.

From there, the outcome was never really in doubt.

Bell, who finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and five steals, admitted she relished the chance to not only play in front of James but what may be the best atmosphere of her high school career, last year’s state semifinal included.

“State was a big crowd, but it wasn’t as big as that,” said Bell, the No. 4-ranked junior in the country according to ESPN. “When I saw them bring both bleachers out — usually they only bring out one for a girls game — I was like, ‘We’re about to see a big crowd.’

“I didn’t know LeBron was going to be in the stands. (Just before the anthem), people were like, ‘LeBron is here, LeBron is here’ and I was like, ‘Where? Where?’ Looking around, I saw he was here for real but I said, ‘We’ve got to win still.’”

Young added 14 points, Jamee Cauthon had seven points and Jazzy Kramer and Nakyah Terrell each had nine rebounds off the bench for the Bulldogs (16-1, 8-1), who have a two-game lead on the Polar Bears in the Federal League standings with three games left.

“I know that was one of our season goals, to try and get the league championship,” Davis said. “We have three more games to go and we’re not looking past anybody, but we can take a little breath with our cushion and work and fine-tune things for the tournament.”

Mikesell finished with 30 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals for Jackson (15-4, 5-3), who handed McKinley its only loss back on Dec. 20. (Mikesell scored 40 points in that one.) Lauren Scheetz and Naudier Becton each added eight points and Margaux Spencer had nine rebounds for the Polar Bears, who were seeking their first league title since 1978.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our girls,” Jackson coach Anthony Butch said. “They played as hard as they could and left it all on the floor. Taylor had 30, but we had girls across the board making plays and making shots. It really was an entire team effort.”

Added Mikesell, “We gave them everything we had. We’ll see them again.”

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McKINLEY Totals 26-58 10-19 69:

         Young 4 3-6 14, Terrell 1 1-3 3, Bell 16 3-5 38, Kramer 1 2-2 4, Cauthon 3 0-0 7, Foster 1 1-3 3.

JACKSON Totals 21-48 8-11 57:

         Becton 3 1-2 8, Spencer 2 1-2 5, Scheetz 3 0-0 8, Deese 2 0-0 6, Mikesell 11 6-7 30.

3-Point Field Goals: Bell 3, Scheetz 2, Diese 2, Mikesell 2, Becton.

Total fouls: Jackson 16-13. Fouled out: Falconer.

Rebounds: McKinley 35 (Terrell 9, Kramer 9), Jackson 30 (Spencer 9).

Assists: McKinley 8, Jackson 11 (Falconer 4, Mikesell 4). Steals: McKinley 6 (Bell 5), Jackson 8 (Mikesell 3).

Turnovers: McKinley 9, Jackson 15.

JV: McKinley 36-29.

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McKINLEY DEFENSIVE PRESSURE DOOMS VIKINGS

 

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McKinley uses smothering defense to earn 68-40 win over Hoover

CantonRep.com

NORTH CANTON Baskets never come easy against the McKinley defense and Saturday’s matchup with Hoover was no exception. The Bulldogs used man-to-man full court pressure to smother the Vikings offense, resulting in a 68-40 Federal League victory.

According to Bulldogs head coach Pam Davis, defense is more than just a game scheme.

“Pressure is our identity,” Davis said. “We got some nice traps and made them have to throw ill-advised passes. We were able to get in the passing lane and cause a lot of turnovers. That’s how our offense gets going, on the defensive end.

“That’s a 100 percent expectation on everybody.”

That expectation was fulfilled early. The Bulldogs defense forced 26 turnovers by disrupting Hoover’s offensive rhythm in the first half, mainly the second quarter. The first quarter ended with a 15-8 Bulldog lead. When McKinley’s Kierstan Bell opened the second quarter with a transition layup off a turnover, the Vikings had no answer for the pressure.

McKinley outscored Hoover 23-10 in the second quarter for a comfortable 38-16 lead at the half.

Once McKinley’s defense set the tone, their offense exploded. The Pups added to their lead by capitalizing on turnovers and rebounds. By the end of the third quarter, the Bulldogs held a commanding 58-23 lead.

Bell, Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball, led the Bulldogs with 28 points. The junior now has a total of 1,865 career points and is closing in on top five all time in Stark County history. Senior Chamera Young proved to be an offensive threat with four three pointers for the Bulldogs, finishing with a total of 17 points.

McKinley improved to 17-1 overall and 9-1 in the league as it maintained its hold on first place.

Davis pointed out her team’s rebounding performance and its significance to their game plan.

“We always say the end result of a good defense is the rebound,” said Davis. “Earlier in the year, we gave up more offensive rebounds than I would’ve liked. I think we had control over the boards and, if we do that, we can start our transition game and use our quickness to get easy baskets on the other end.”

Hoover head coach Abby Allerding recognized the Bulldogs’ toughness and depth.

“McKinley is always a tough team,” Allerding said. “They have multiple great players and other great players around them. They’re well coached and they play very hard as well. So, we had to bring a lot.”

MaKenzie Green led the Vikings with 13 points. Kate Haubert finished with nine points and Alexis Green scored six as Hoover fell to 8-11, 5-5.

 

McKINLEY Totals 26 11-18 68:

          Lucius 1 0-0 2, Young 7 0-0 17, Terrell 1 0-0 2, Bell 10 7-9 28, Kramer 2 0-0 4, Lee 1 0-0 2, Cauthon 2 1-2 6, Boykin 1 1-2 3, Foster 1 2-4 4..

HOOVER Totals 16 7-12 40:

          Haubert 3 3-4 9, M.Green 5 2-2 13, Davis 1 0-0 2, Kinsley 2 1-2 5, Hawks 1 0-0 2, Walker 1 1-1 3, A.Green 3 0-1 6..

3-Point Field Goals: Young 3, Bell, Cauthon, M.Green.

Total fouls: Hoover 14-13. Fouled out: Davis.

Rebounds: McKinley 43 (Bell 10).

JV: McKinley won.     

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LADY PUPS CLAIM OUTRIGHT FEDERAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

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Uniontown Lake (6-12, 2-9)

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McKINLEY 81, LAKE 32 Bulldog junior Kierstan Bell scored 26 points to move into the top five on Stark County’s career scoring list and the Pups tied a school record with 10 3-pointers, clinching the Federal League’s outright title in the process. Bell now has 1,891 points, moving past Hoover’s Brittany Orban (1,887). Timken’s Alahna Singleton is fourth with 1,911. Chamera Young added 15 points and Kyla Foster had 14 for McKinley (18-1, 10-1). Sarah Miller scored 10 points for Lake (6-12, 2-9).

 

LAKE (Totals 13 5-8 32):

           Begue 1 0-0 2, Hance 2 3-4 7, Sampson 2 0-0 4, November 1 0-0 3, Leising 0 2-4 2, Miller 5 0-0 10, Stephens 2 0-0 4..

McKINLEY (Totals 31 7-15 81):

           Meredith 1 0-0 2, Hatchett 3 0-0 9, Young 3 0-0 9, Young 6 0-1 15, Bell 10 4-6 26, Terrell 2 0-2 6, Lee 2 3-4 7, Foster 7 0-0 14, Williams 1 0-0 2.

 

3-Point Field Goals: Hatchett 3 3, Young 3, Bell 2, Terrell 2, November.

Total fouls: Lake 13-10. Fouled out: Stephens.

Rebounds: McKinley 49 (Foster 12), Lake 31 (Miller 6).

JV: McKinley won.

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KEIRSTAN BELL SCORES 53 AS McKINLEY COMPLETES FEDERAL RUN

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Star junior breaks her own school record

CANTON It was a memorable night at Memorial Field House for Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball and the McKinley High School girls basketball team.

Kierstan Bell broke her own school record with 53 points and the Bulldogs capped a championship run through the Federal League with an 89-23 win against Perry on Monday.

Bell’s 53 surpasses the previous mark of 44 she scored at Perry on Dec. 9. The 6-foot junior also jumped a couple of spots on Stark County’s all-time scoring list with her big night, passing Timken’s Alahna Singleton (1,911) and East Canton’s Linda K. Krider (1,931) for third place at 1,944 career points.

Bell made 17 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 17 of 22 foul shots with Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff in attendance Monday. She added 12 rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots. She trails only Jackson senior Taylor Mikesell (1,989 points through 20 games this season) and former McKinley great Ameryst Alston (2,032) on the county list.

Freshman Nakyah Terrell totaled 11 points and four assists Monday for the Pups, who clinched the outright league title Saturday with a win against Lake. They improve to 19-1 overall and finish the league schedule at 11-1. It is McKinley’s second league championship in the last three years and fifth since 2009.

PERRY (Totals 8 3-6 23):

          Pireu 2 2-2 6, Terrell 1 1-2 3, Senften 0 0-2 0, Wilson 1 0-0 3, Wise 1 0-0 2, Groff 3 0-0 9.

McKINLEY (Totals 32 22-35 89):

          Lucius 1 0-0 2, Meredith 0 0-2 0, Young 3 0-4 6, Terrell 5 0-0 11, Bell 17 17-22 53, Kramer 2 0-1 4, Lee 0 1-2 1, Cauthon 0 2-2 2, Gooden 1 0-0 2, Boykin 1 0-0 2, Foster 2 2-2 6. 

3-Point Field Goals: Groff 3, Bell 2, Terrell, Wilson.

Fouls: Perry 23-7.

Rebounds: Perry 25 (Cunningham 6), McKinley 40 (Bell 12).

JV: McKinley won.

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SENIORS GET SEND OFF AT THE HOUSE WITH 20th WIN

 

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Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (3-16)

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Kierstan Bell scored 31 points to pull within striking distance of 2,000 career points with one regular season game left as she led the Bulldogs to a win at Memorial Field House. Bell now has 1,975 career points. She ranks third all-time in the county in career scoring. Taylor Mikesell is in first place after her 60-point outburst against Fitch on Saturday gave her 2,049 career points. Former McKinley great Ameryst Alston holds second place with 2,032 points. Bell did more than score Saturday. She also had 13 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and four blocks for McKinley. Chamera Young added 18 points for the Bulldogs (20-1).

 

Hathaway Brown (Totals: 7-12-18-29)

          Radke 0-1-2-1, Hertz 1-0-2-2, Kennedy 1-0-0-2, Warcaba 0-1-2-1, Carman 5-10-12-23.

 

Canton McKinley (Totals: 38-2-7-82)

          Meredith 3-0-1-6, Hatchett 0-0-2-0, Young 8-0-0-18, Terrell 4-0-0-9, Bell 15-1-2-31, Lee 1-1-2-3, Cauthon 2-0-0-5, Foster 3-0-0-6, Williams 2-0-04.

 

3-POINT FG: Carman 3, Young 2, Terrell 1

Fouls: McKinley 12-HB 9

Rebounds: McKinley 50 (Bell 13) - HB 32 (Carman 6)

Assists: Bell 7 

Steals: Bell 5 

Blocks Bell 4

JV: McKinley won

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Tigers reach magic number but Bulldogs notch 69-60 triumph

 

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No team had scored 60 on McKinley this season before Massillon did it Wednesday, only to have Bulldogs earn a 69-60 triumph and record-setting 21st regular season win

Jim Thomas

CantonRep.com sports writer

 

MASSILLON No team had scored 60 points on the vaunted McKinley Bulldogs girls this season coming into Wednesday’s regular season finale at Washington High School. Meanwhile, the Tigers were 8-0 when they scored 60 or more so something had to give is this rivalry game.

Massillon got to its number in a magnificent effort, but the Bulldogs bagged the 69-60 victory — their school-record 21st in the regular season — and junior Kierstan Bell got to 2,001 career points in a performance worthy of a milestone that saw her become the third girl in county history to reach that plateau. Bell scored 30 points for the 17th time this season, added 19 rebounds, had six assists (including a parabolic behind-the-back dish to a streaking Kyla Foster for a layup) and blocked four shots as she took over the game late.

“I couldn’t have done any of it without my teammates,” a smiling Bell said.

Her teammates needed her too.

The Tigers outrebounded McKinley 45-43 and were within two possessions of the lead with 90 seconds to play before the Bulldogs pulled away in the final minute to close the door on their 21-1 ‘preseason’ campaign. Massillon slipped to 14-7 with the loss.

“You’ve always got to pack your defense with you on the road and we did not do that tonight,” McKinley head coach Pam Davis said. “But, again, you’ve got to give credit to Massillon, they did attack the boards.”

While the 6-foot-jumping jack Bell was the dominant force in the paint, Massillon’s 6-2 Kortney Kyles and 6-1 Tamia Ridley were constant thorns in the Bulldogs’ side. Kyles had 12 points and 12 boards and Ridley had 10 rebounds and five points. Add to that a spectacular offensive game by Kaylee Pierce (29 points) and it was easy to see why the head coach Cassie Schrock’s Tigers were in the game to the end.

“Their bigs had a solid game,” said Davis. “We have not seen a team this year that really had that kind of a combination of both, outside scoring and big inside kids who wanted to play the position.”

 

Foul trouble, however, sidelined both Kyles and Ridley at times and both fouled out in the fourth quarter. That meant Pierce had to shoulder the offense and she couldn’t do it all.

 

Bell, though, got some help from its freshmen guards, Foster and Nakyah Terrell. Foster finished strong with 10 points and four rebounds and Terrell had nine points, four in the fourth quarter, as they got out and ran the floor, with Bell feeding them on the rebounding end or finishing herself.

McKinley scored on five of six possessions to close the third quarter leading 49-45. It then scored on seven of nine possession to open the fourth, finally opening a gap that saw the lead go to 63-50 with three minutes to play.

“I think the key to the third and fourth was our transition,” Davis said. “We got some easy baskets in possession and got up six, eight points. I think that was the turning point. They were getting kind of tired, you could see fatigue setting in on the other side.”

Tired, yes, but quit, no. McKinley had won its 15th straight over its rival, knowing the Tigers had competed on even terms.

“I think this was a great test, because we’re going to face this kind of competition — and tougher — in a week,” Davis said of the upcoming postseason tournament. “So, we learned more about ourselves in a close game than we (would have) in a 20-point victory.”

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Pierce, Massillon can’t quite spoil night for Bell, McKinley

By Chris Easterling

IndeOnline.com Sports Editor

Tigers guard almost matches Lady Pups star in points on night when latter joined 2,000-point club, but it’s not enough as McKinley gets 15th consecutive win on season and in rivalry.

MASSILLON Massillon’s girls basketball team had already knocked off one state-ranked team this week. Two days after the Tigers took down St. Vincent-St. Mary, they took aim at an even bigger target.

Their archrivals from McKinley.

With Kaylee Pierce almost matching Lady Pups star Kierstan Bell point for point on a night when the latter became just the third girls basketball player in Stark County history to top the 2,000-point plateau, Massillon refused to give McKinley any quarter. However, the Tigers couldn’t quite take down the state No. 2-ranked Division I team, as the Lady Pups held on for a 69-60 win inside the Washington High School gym.

“We’re getting better for the tournament and we have gotten better every day,” Massillon coach Cassie Schrock said after her team closed out the regular season at 13-8. “Every day, whether it’s in practice or in the game, we’re finding our stride and I could not be happier. Yeah, we took the ‘L’ but we just competed with the No. 2 team in the state and we had them. We had them right where we wanted them and we just couldn’t finish.”

Pierce finished with 29 points, while Bell notched 30. Pierce was matching Bell almost point for point in the first half, which ended with McKinley in front 30-27.

That lead, though, came after Massillon held a 17-13 advantage in the first quarter after one of Pierce’s four 3-point baskets on the night. Pierce had 14 of her 30 in the first half, while Bell had 12 before the break.

“Kaylee is kind of a versatile scorer,” McKinley coach Pam Davis said after her team won its 15th consecutive game to finish the regular season a program-best 21-1. “She can shoot the three, but she also has a nice hesitation move and gets to the rack going left. If she was going to get hers, we were going to have to really worry about other people getting theirs too.”

Massillon had just one other scorer in double figures, that being Kourtney Kyles with 12 points. She did have 12 rebounds, combining with Mimi Ridley for a substantial force on the glass for the Tigers, who have lost 15 in a row to McKinley.

Ridley added 10 rebounds for Massillon, which would twice lead in the second half at 36-35 and 40-39. The problem was that both were mired in foul trouble before eventually fouling out.

 

“What hurt us was having our two posts in foul trouble,” Schrock said. “We got hurt on the boards when Mimi’s out of the game. No one can rebound like Mimi can rebound, so when she went out, it kind of hurt.”

 

What also hurt was Bell, whose basket with 7:03 remaining in the game gave her 2,001 career points and her team a 51-45 lead. That worry proved well-founded in the third quarter, where the junior reigning Ohio Ms. Basketball scored 12 of her 30 points.

Half of those came in a game-change Lady Pups burst over the final two minutes of the third quarter. Kaylee Pierce tied things for Massillon at 42-42 with 2:19 left in the third, before Bell responded with six straight points of her own to give McKinley the lead for good at 48-42 with 1:05 left in the quarter.

Bell, who also had 19 rebounds, finished the third quarter with 24 points, one point shy of the 2,000 plateau. The Lady Pups, meanwhile, were on their way to exerting their control of the scoreboard, leading 49-45.

“I was trying to make it out of the third without burning a timeout,” Schrock said. “I said, ‘OK, they’ve had their run. Are we going to be able to match their run?’ ... And we did.”

The Massillon response, however, didn’t come until McKinley had opened up a 63-50 lead on a Nakyah Terrell basket with 3:24 remaining. The run ended up being a 21-8 burst.

That Lady Pups run also featured a pair of baskets from Kyla Foster, who finished with 10 points. Terrell also had four of her nine points in the burst.

 

“I think the key to the third and the fourth were our transition,” David said. “I think we got some easy baskets in succession and got up six or eight points. I think that that was probably the turning point, because you could see some fatigue setting in for them.”

Not enough to prevent one final push, as Massillon closed to within 63-59 on a Ridley free throw with 1:02 remaining. It would get no closer than that the rest of the game.

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McKINLEY (Totals 24 18-25 69): 

          Young 3 0-0 7, Terrell 4 1-2 9, Bell 10 10-11 30, Kramer 0 4-6 4, Lee 1 1-2 4, Foster 4 2-4 10, Lucius 1 0-0 2, Cauthon 1 0-0 3..

 

MASSILLON (Totals 24 7-17 60):

          M.Pierce 3 0-1 6, Keane 1 1-2 3, K.Pierce 11 3-7 29, Kyles 6 0-3 12, Ridley 2 1-2 5, Dansby 1 2-2 5..

 

3-Point Field Goals: K.Pierce 4, Dansby, Young, Lee, Cauthon. 

Total fouls: Massillon 19-15. Fouled out: Cauthon, Ridley.

JV- McKinley won

 

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2018 OHSAA GIRLS DIVISION I BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAME - SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

KIERSTAN BELL SETS McKINLEY RECORDS FOR CAREER, SINGLE-SEASON POINTS

 

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Kierstan Bell goes for 39 points to set McKinley marks for career points and in a season, Chamera Young adds 13 points as McKinley rolls past Copley 68-24

Jim Thomas (CantonRep.com)

CANTON There is little doubt McKinley’s Kierstan Bell is a superhero on the hardwood. The lanky junior fired in 39 points in Wednesday’s 68-24 thrashing of Copley in a Medina Division I sectional final to surpass Ameryst Alston as the school’s career leading scorer, breaking her own single-season mark for points scored in the process.

“She can score from so many places on the floor; she is so hard to guard,” McKinley head coach Pam Davis said after Ohio’s reigning Miss Basketball ran her season total to 773 points and career points to 2,044. “She can go inside, outside, she can drive. She has just been our glue, all year long.”

Bell made 17 of 25 floor shots and drained quarter-ending 3s in the first and second periods on the way to McKinley’s 22nd win in 23 games and a district semifinal game on Monday at Medina High School against tonight’s Wooster-Hoban winner.

But every Superhero needs a sidekick, and Davis said Bell has a worthy one in senior Chamera Young.

“She is kind of the Robin to Batman, where we need her to be able to score from the outside” Davis said after Young scored 13 points and drained three 3s. “All of her points are very quiet. She’s not very flashy but she gets the job done.

“She’s a three-year starter and we’re going to rely on her shooting from the outside.”

Young said she is now within “30-something points” of 1,000 for her career, a mark that takes on greater significance considering she’s playing with one of Ohio’s greatest scorers in Bell. Her only goal, though, is helping Bell and the Bulldogs keep winning.

“She’s got a lot of pressure on her,” Young said of Bell, who sees double, triple-teams and junk defenses to slow her down. “She is our big dog so I don’t want to have that pressure on her. I pride myself on making the 3s, it relieves the pressure on her.”

Young knocked down her first shot against Copley, a 3-pointer from the elbow that made it 3-0. McKinley applied full-court pressure on the Indians after her make, and Copley simply couldn’t handle it. The Indians lost the handle their first four possessions of the game, seven of their first nine trips and 10 times in the first quarter.

When the second quarter ended McKinley had forced 22 turnovers, Bell had 27 points and the Bulldogs led 45-15. Before the end of the third quarter the game was a running clock after McKinley’s lead had crested 35 points.

The McKinley defensive effort was a far cry better than a week ago, when Massillon was the first to reach 60 points in a nine-point loss to the Pups.

“I did like our full-court pressure,” Davis said. “I thought it was on point today. I thought our trapping was text book. I thought our passing (lane) reads were pretty good too.”

Young had two steals among Copley’s 28 total turnovers. She quietly gave them away to her fellow guards, freshmen Nakyah Terrell and Kyla Foster. Terrell had a layup off it, scored twice in transition and also had four steals. Foster got feeds from Young and Bell, a stickback and finished with eight points and five rebounds.

Young likes the way Terrell and Foster have grown during the season.

“I talk when I need to, like when we’re not doing it,” said Young. “Otherwise I’m just (playing) and they watch. I tell them just keep focused. Keep your head up.”

Spoken like a true sidekick.

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COPLEY (Totals 8 5-10 24):

          Sales 1 1-2 4, Brenner 1 1-2 4, Heap 1 1-2 3, Brown 1 0-0 3, Elias 4 2-4 10.

McKINLEY (Totals 30 2-8 68):

          Young 5 0-0 13, Terrell 3 0-0 6, Bell 17 2-3 39, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Cauthon 0 0-2 0, Foster 4 0-3 8..

3-Point Field Goals: Bell 3, Young 3. 

Total fouls: Copley 15-11. Fouled out: None. 

Rebounds: Copley 16 (Elias 8), McKinley 31 (Bell 8).

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2018 OHSAA GIRLS DIVISION I BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAME - DISTRICT SEMIFINAL

Bell scores 43 to lead McKinley girls basketball to win over Wooster

 

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Junior Kierstan Bell scored 43 points to help the Bulldogs beat the Generals 83-58 in a Division I district semifinal game at Medina High Schooll to win over Wooster

Jim Thomas

CantonRep.com sports writer

Posted Feb 26, 2018 at 10:25 PM Updated Feb 26, 2018 at 11:09 PM

 

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MEDINA For those of you who thought McKinley’s Kierstan Bell could do everything on the basketball court, it was proven at Monday night’s Medina sectional semifinal against Wooster that she can’t quite do it all.

With the basketball stuck between the rim and the backboard, the 6-foot junior was game to try and dislodge it. Alas, Bell’s leaping attempt merely moved the net in a gallant effort.

“No, I can’t dunk yet,” a laughing Bell said after the game. “But, I will try. I will try.”

What Bell and the Bulldogs did do to the Generals on the floor was pretty awesome. Bell, Stark County’s second-leading career scorer, fired in 43 points, guards’ Kyla Foster and Chamera Young combined for 30 more and McKinley’s relentless defensive pressure wore out a gutty Wooster team for an 83-58 triumph.

McKinley, 23-1, will now meet Wadsworth, 21-3, in Thursday’s 7 p.m. district title game at Medina High School.

Bell is obviously a special player. The state’s reigning Miss Basketball broke 40 for the fifth time this season in upping her career mark to 2,077, and when she left with 1:44 to play the Bulldogs led 81-51. Think about that for a second.

Then contemplate that Wooster led 23-18 in the second quarter after the Generals (19-6) made their first nine shots from the field.

But a Bell steal and layup got the Pups off and running to a stunning 27-point quarter. They went on a 14-2 tear that included a transition layup by Young and a fastbreak score by Foster, who had nine points in the pivotal second quarter. A Bell steal - one of her nine in the game - and layup followed shortly by her picture-perfect half-court shot at the buzzer left McKinley leading 39-32 despite the Generals’ 13-for-19 floor shooting.

Wooster never got that close again as it missed its first five shots of the third quarter and a gassed Generals squad was down 24 points going to the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t think they wanted to run with us,” McKinley head coach Pam Davis said. “I knew if we would press the pace we could take them out of their comfort zone.”

Wooster head coach Mike Baus did not want to get into a running game with the Pups.

“They take advantage of your mistakes,” Baus said of Wooster’s 29 turnovers. “We got a little tired. We play six - there is no secret there. We’ve done that all year and got away with it. But against full-court pressure with their athletic ability it wore us down a little bit.

“No excuses. We got beat by a better team in the second half today.”

Wooster had some fine athletes. Sophomore guard Macyn Siegenthaler had 22 points and junior post Stephanie Smith had 15 points and 12 rebounds. But McKinley contained the rest and when it had weathered Wooster’s withering first-quarter shooting (8 of 8 from the floor) and 19-12 deficit, it was game on Bulldogs.

“I wasn’t worried,” said Bell, who also had five assists and five boards. “I’ve been (to districts) before. I just had to get the freshman and the other people who haven’t been here focused and to maintain.”

Maintain they did.

Young, Foster and junior Jazzy Kramer each finished with five rebounds and three steals. Freshman guard Nakyah Terrell had eight assists, two steals, four points and her ballhandling helped McKinley turn it over just 12 times.

It was her team’s reaction to Wooster’s first quarter that pleased Davis most.

“We decided we were going to eliminate some of those mental mistakes,” she said. “I told the freshmen they’ve got to grow up and not turn the ball over. And they did just that.”

And as for Bell being human and not touching a ball stuck at rim level, “We’re working on that vertical,” Davis said.

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Bell takes over, Wooster girls are out

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MEDINA — Through the first 10 minutes Monday night, Wooster’s girls basketball team was perfect.

Literally. The Generals didn’t miss a shot.

Then it slowly came unraveled as top-seeded Canton McKinley -- thanks to a heavy dose of scoring from reigning Ms. Basketball Kierstan Bell – took down fifth-ranked Wooster 83-58 in a Medina Division I District semifinal.

“There comes a time when you just get beat by a better team,” said Generals coach Mike Baus, whose team finished the season 19-6. “We jumped up there and played pretty good ball (in the first half), but I thought we lost our focus a little bit and got a little tired.

“No excuse, though. We were there battling with them and, pretty much the wheels fell off, had some mental mistakes and they took full advantage of it.”

After a picture-perfect start to the game, where Wooster sliced through the Bulldogs full-court pressure, converting layup after layup and forcing Bell into tough shots on the other end to lead by as many as as seven, the momentum quickly shifted into a second-half blowout.

It was Bell from the middle of the lane ... Bell from the top of the arc ... Bell with the left hand at the rim.

The talented junior guard, who just days earlier broke the McKinley single-season scoring record and became the program’s all-time leading scorer, was downright unstoppable en route to a 43-point effort, to go with 10 steals and five assists.

“Whether she’s coming off of a curl or posting up, she was there,” Baus said. “I thought we locked her off a little bit there, but then the rest of the team started driving on us, so we had to get out of that zone.

They’re a hard team to match up, with her especially.”

While Kyla Foster (17 points, 6 assists, 4 steals) and Chamera Young (11 points) set the table in the second quarter, it was Bell who was consistently there for the Bulldogs.

After struggling to get going in the opening minutes, Bell scored back-to-back buckets, followed by a half-court heave that banked before the first-half buzzer to close the second quarter with 21 points before going back to work in a backbreaking 36-point third quarter for the Bulldogs.

It was something that forced the Generals out of their hybrid zone defense that gave McKinley (23-1) fits in the opening minutes.

“You draw something up and hope it works like that and it did for a quarter and a half there,” Baus said. “We’re a team that needs to run, though, and you need to rebound to do that and when we don’t do that, and there was periods of times where we didn’t do that, that showed in the final score.”

Early on, that wasn’t an issue as Wooster went a perfect 8 for 8 from the field in the opening quarter, paced by sophomore Macyn Siegenthaler. The scrappy point guard sank six straight shots to start the night in netting a team-high 22 points. She also had six assists and six rebounds.

Two of her buckets gave the Generals their first lead with 4:09 left in the opening quarter. Siegenthaler than scored the first of two layins where she went right at the 6-foot Bell, the first giving Wooster a 21-14 advantage.

The young guard, along with forward Stephanie Smith (15 points, 14 boards) kept the Generals around for a while, before a total of 27 turnovers came back to hurt them, making it difficult to find any offensive flow.

“We had prepared pretty well and they knew what they were supposed to do and they did it. In the second half, we fell off that, Baus said. “We had trouble with the press there, it’s tough simulating their speed and quickness. But, hey, good teams are going to take advantage your mistakes and they did.”

Jaida McCloud chipped in eight for Wooster in the setback.

While the season has come to a close, the Generals broke numerous school records in rolling through the Ohio Cardinal Conference and finishing with 19 victories.

And with just NyEemah Brown and McCloud seeing their prep careers come to a close Monday night, the future is bright.

“It was fun,” Baus said. “As the season went on, one of our goals was to just strive to be consistent.

“We lose two seniors, and we’ll miss them, but we have a nice nucleus coming back that we can work with. Things look good for Wooster basketball.”

 

WOOSTER (Totals 25 7-9 5):

          Siegenthaler 9 4-5 22, Clapp 1 0-0 3, D. Brown 2 0-0 4, N. Brown 3 0-0 6, McCloud 4 0-0 8, Smith 6 3-4 15. 8.

McKINLEY (Totals 37 1-1 83):

          Young 5 0-0 13, Terrell 2 0-0 4, Bell 19 0-0 43, Kramer 1 0-0 2, Lee 1 0-0 2, Cauthon 1 0-0 2, Foster 8 1-1 17..

3-point Field Goals: Bell 5, Young 3, Clapp.

Total fouls: McKinley 11-7. Fouled out: none.

Rebounds: Wooster 25 (Smith 12); McKinley 32 (Bell, Kramer, Foster, Young 5).

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2018 OHSAA GIRLS DIVISION I BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT GAME - DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP

Foul trouble on Kierstan Bell, Bulldogs result in 51-46 loss to Wadsworth

 

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Foul trouble on Kierstan Bell, Bulldogs result in 51-46 loss to Wadsworth

Jim Thomas

CantonRep.com sports writer

Early foul trouble never lessened for McKinley, which saw its season end in a 51-46 district final defeat to Wadsworth

MEDINA It was a foul ending to a sweet season for the McKinley High School girls basketball team.

The No. 2 -ranked Bulldogs were beset by foul trouble from the first minute of Thursday’s district championship game against Wadsworth until the final bitter second when McKinley star Kierstan Bell threw in a half-court shot at the buzzer of their 51-46 loss to the Grizzlies.

Wadsworth was in the 1-and-1 with 1:07 left in the first quarter and went on to shoot 26 foul shots, converting 21. McKinley never got into the 1-and-1, shot only 11 freebies and made just four. That plus the facts the Grizzlies played excellent team defense, had more depth and crushed the Bulldogs on the glass (46-24) were enough for them to advance to next week’s Norwalk regional.

“It was a travesty,” McKinley head coach Pam Davis said of the way the game was called. “It was 100 percent the difference. All of our big players were in foul trouble, none of theirs were. In my opinion, it was physical on both ends.

“We were in foul trouble the entire game — and we lost by five. We couldn’t be aggressive because we were in foul trouble. It all came down to the foul differential (21-12). One kid for them went to the line 16 times; our entire team (shoots) 11.”

The one kid — senior guard Sophia Fortner — was stellar for the Grizzlies. She hit a 3 in the first quarter, went 13 of 16 at the line overall, scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and handled the ball against McKinley’s pressure defense. All while working her way back from a knee injury.

“I played her way more minutes than I wanted due to the magnitude of the game,” Wadsworth head coach Andrew Booth said. “I know she was cramping and getting beat up, but she did what she’s done for four years. She’s a champion.”

There was no denying fouls hurt McKinley (23-2) in its season-ending loss. Wadsworth shot nine foul shots in the first quarter to grab an 18-13 lead and set the game’s tone. But it also outrebounded the Bulldogs 13-5 and had five different players score. McKinley never led and the best it could do was a 13-13 tie on Nakyah Terrell’s transition layup.

Wadsworth (22-3) came out with a plan to deny both Bell and senior guard Chamera Young the ball, then pack the paint with 5-foot-10 senior Peyton Banks, 6-1 junior leaper Kacie Evans (University of Georgia volleyball recruit), and 6-1 senior Lexi Lance (Toledo basketball recruit). Evans grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, Lance pulled in eight and Banks clogged the lane.

“One of our keys for the game was to dominate on the boards,” Booth said. “Just watching it unfold, I thought our kids did that. They hit the glass.”

When Bell accidentally ran over a Grizzly on the first possession of the second quarter for her third personal, the game’s complexion really changed. Minus Bell and her 34-point average, McKinley scored just four points in the second period, went scoreless the final 5:23 of the half and trailed 27-17 at the break.

McKinley got tough play from freshmen guards Kyla Foster and Terrell, with Jazzy Kramer doing her best inside to keep Wadsworth at bay. Terrell scored eight points and Foster had seven, with Kramer grabbing five rebounds and scoring four points.

Bell, Ohio’s reigning Ms. Basketball, never got into any kind of rhythm in the game, early or late, and finished with a season-low 17 points. Compounding McKinley’s offensive woes, Young, just shy of 1,000 career points, was held scoreless.

“I thought our defense was great,” Banks said. “Defensively, we think we’re the better team.”

“You let Bell (get) in the open court, you’re waiting for bad things to happen,” Booth said of Stark County’s second-leading all-time scorer. “Also, Young, their 3-point shooter, is dangerous and we didn’t want to spread ourselves out. We wanted to (pack the middle) and defend. Their quickness and guard play, we thought that was a gamble we didn’t want to take.”

Turns out, Wadsworth didn’t have to gamble. Shooting foul shots was a pretty safe bet for the Grizzlies.

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WADSWORTH (Totals 14 21-26 51):

          Leatherman 3 0-1 6, Lance 2 2-2 6, Movsesian 0 0-0 0, Evans 4 3-3 11, Fortner 1 13-16, Banks 4 3-4 12..

McKINLEY (Totals 19 4-10 46):

          Foster 3 1-2 7, Young 0 0-0 0, Terrell 3 1-4 8, Bell 7 2-4 17, Lee 2 0-0 5, Kramer 2 0-0 4, Cauthon 2 0-0 5..

 

3-Point Field Goals: Fortner, Banks, Bell, Lee, Cauthon.

Total fouls: McKinley 21-12. Fouled out: None.

Rebounds: Wadsworth 46 (Evan 11), McKinley 24 (Bell 8).

 

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