MARION - Columbian coach Katie Fazekas got what she had been looking for Saturday at Marion Harding.
Offensive help for Valesha Province.
An ability to close.
The result? The Tornadoes first win of the season, a 49-37 victory over Marion Harding.
"We talked about that winning attitude," Fazekas said after her team improved to 1-9. "Tonight, we had it. we went into the stall in the fourth quarter with three minutes lefty and the kids made free throws."
Province was TC's top scorer and rebounder, putting up 22 points and 12 boards. She was guarded heavily by Harding, but she had help.
Laura Heminger had nine points, Chelsea Hutchins had eight and Payge Smith had five.
"The rest of the people stepped up and made some shots and it took some pressure off Valesha," Fazekas said.
Columbian also won rebounding, 30-24. Heminger had seven boards.
"The rebounding was great," Fazekas said. "They outworked (Harding); they rebounded bigger than they were."
Fazekas said she hopes the win can be a springboard for the rest of the season.
"It should be a confidence-builder for them," she said.
Graboski tops 1,000-point mark
UPPER SANDUSKY - Taylor Graboski broke the 1,000-career point plateau Saturday while keying Upper Sandusky's 58-33 romp over North Central Conference foe Colonel Crawford.
Graboski dropped in 26 points for the Rams (5-4, 3-2 NCC), giving her 1,015 in her career, and grabbed nine rebounds.
Kalene Johnson added 10 points and nine boards for Upper Sandusky and Emma Smith had eight points, six steals and five assists.
The Eagles (1-9, 1-5) got 11 points and four steals from Alexus Burkhart. Katie Spiegel hauled in six boards.
Carey rides solid starts to each half
McCOMB - Carey doubled up McComb in the first quarter and used a solid third to gain momentum Saturday in a 58-44 win.
The Blue Devils (10-0) led 16-8 at the first stop and used a 13-4 surge in the third period to extend their lead to 42-28.
Shelby Kin paced the attack with 15 points and six rebounds. Logan Johnson added 10 points and three steals, Hannah Draper scored nine points and Sydney Wentling had nine points, four assists and three steals.
The Panthers got a game-high 16 points from Nora Hemminger and 15 more from Emily Clymer.
Chieftains flatten FHS
BASCOM - Hopewell-Loudon dominated each of the first three quarters Saturday in a 74-31 romp over Fostoria.
The Chieftains (5-4) outscored FHS 11-2 in the opening period, led 35-10 at halftime and finished the third period up 57-19.
Aleta Daniel hit five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 29 points for H-L. She also dished eight assists.
Courtney Burns scored 12 points, Hope Brickner tallied nine points and 12 rebounds and Brook Arbogast hauled in nine boards.
Erica Moore's 13 points topped the Redmen (1-9). Jada Hampton (7) and Deija Williams (6) combined for another 13 points.
Stockaders shake off frigid shooting
TOLEDO - The offense was anything but efficient, but its balance sure was.
Old Fort shot less than 20 percent from the field and had just one player score in double digits, but eight other Stockaders also scored at least three points Saturday in a 46-25 victory over winless Maumee Valley Country Day.
Peyton Miller's 11 points and four steals led the Stockaders (9-1), who finished only 12 for 61 from the field.
Sara Bell, Jordan Magers and Michaela Davidson each added six points, and five others scored either three or four points.
Sam Hartsel added eight rebounds, Magers snared three steals and Mackenzie Ward grabbed four steals.
Kennedie Jackson's nine points led the Hawks (0-7).
SW spreads the wealth
FOSTORIA - Three St. Wendelin players scored in double digits and a fourth nearly did so Saturday as the Mohawks upended Arcadia 45-42.
Kamryn Troike's 16 points and three blocks led the Mohawks (5-4), Edy Mowrey and Allie Rutter netted 10 points each and Makenzie McAfee tossed in eight points.
Mowrey also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals and McAfee handed out five assists.
The Redskins (6-3) got a game-high 17 points and four steals from Courtney Cramer. Molly Glick handed out four assists and Abbie Dauterman had three steals.
Warriors can't catch Arlington
ARLINGTON - Arlington stormed past Mohawk 60-38 Saturday.
Julie Adelsperger sparked the Warriors in the loss with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Molly Cleveland added 12 points, Clara Adelsperger had four steals and three assists and Kasey Adelsperger chipped in three assists.
Falcons boot Bucks, stay perfect in NCC
MOUNT BLANCHARD - Riverdale allowed Buckeye Central to score more than nine points in a quarter only once Saturday en route to a 58-30 North Central Conference win.
Jordyn Wright netted a game-high 16 points, Sydney Holderman scored 14 and Taylor Frey added nine to lead the Falcons (7-2, 5-0 NCC). Bre Parish hauled in eight rebounds.
Brooke Karl's 11 points led the Bucks (4-5, 2-3). Kilee Kimmel added eight points.