Wizards drop a pair of league games

By MIKE Mundy The Press-News Published:

The East Canton Wizards dropped a pair of league contests last week. They fell at home to Garrettsville Garfield and at Rootstown on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Wizards dominated most of the game. However, a slow start and even slower end left them with a defeat. They opened to an 11-3 deficit late in quarter one. But they closed the quarter with a pair of hoops from Brianna Payne and one from Katlyn McCullough to cut the deficit to 11-7.

Quarter two was all East Canton as they rolled to a 10-1 advantage, completing a 16-1 run to end the half. Megan Gothard and Hannah Butler each had a pair of baskets in the stanza.

Quarter three was all Butler as Hannah scored all six of the hosts points and they maintained a lead at 23-18. When Tara Clapper and Gothard tallied scores early in period four, it was start the bus time for Garfield, trailing 27-18 and showing no signs of offensive life.

However, after a pair of Wizard turnovers, the Lady G-Men hit a trey and ignited a rally with their full court pressure. Numerous East Canton turnovers enabled Garfield to close to close on a 13-2 run and pull out the win.

Butler led the scoring with 10 markers and Payne led the rebounders with 12.

The game at Rootstown was not so close. The Wizards trailed 23-13 after a stanza and never caught up in a 52-31 loss. Butler again led the scoring with 11 and Payne added 10 including a trey. Gothard led the rebounders with 11 but suffered a concussion that puts her play in question for Saturday's game.

Coach Jennifer Martinez commented: "We had plenty of scoring opportunities, but just couldn't capitalize on them. We can't continue to go through 7+ minutes where we don't hit a basket. We still have a lot of work to do before February."

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