The East Canton Wizards dropped a pair of Portage Trail Conference contests last week, losing at Windham on Wednesday and at home to Waterloo on Saturday. Turnovers continued to plague the Wizards.
The Wizards suffered one off quarter and fell at Windham last Wednesday 52-41. The visitors hung tough for a half and trailed just 23-21 at the break. But a 19-7 disadvantage in the third quarter was more than they could overcome although they rallied to win the final stanza 13-10. A host of turnovers (29) was at the root of their troubles.
Megan Gothard nailed four treys and scored 19 points on the evening and added a team-leading nine caroms. Brianna Payne joined her in double figures with 10 points.
Coach Jennifer Martinez found a few bright spots and commented: "Kelsea McCoullough stepped up and helped the team break their pressure. Megan Gothard added 19 points and 9 rebounds. Abby Cook stepped up to help on the defensive end."
At home, the Wizards hung tough with the Lady Vikings. They led at halftime by a 15-14 count but were devastated by a 16-3 third quarter. The last quarter turned to their advantage again by a 15-12 margin but they fell 42-33.
Another 32 turnovers was at the heart of their hardships. Fouling was also an issue. They were whistled for 27 fouls allowing the visitors 43 free throw attempts.
Hannah Butler led the team with 11 points including a trey. Gothard nailed another trey and registered 10 points to go with 10 rebounds. Brianna Payne also finished with 10 rebounds.
Coach Martinez noted: "We had more hustle this game, but our turnovers kept us out of a flow, along with the extensive amount of foul shots."
The East Canton Wizards will open tournament play at the Norwayne Sectional-District tournament against Kidron Central Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:45 p.m. The winner advances to a sectional title game on Saturday, at 3 p.m. against the winner of the Cleveland Heights Lutheran East-Cleveland Max S. Hayes game.