Girls Basketball Claws Canfield to Win 10th Straight
Louisville 46, Canfield 39
The Louisville Leopards rallied past the visiting Canfield Cardinals for a 46-39 victory Wednesday Night at Louisville High School. Louisville has now won 10 consecutive games and improves to 10-1 on the season.
Emily Hollifield scored a game-high 13 points to lead the Leopards. Abby Beaver also dropped in 11 and Sarah Lairson added 9.
Canfield held a slight edge after each of the first two quarters before pulling out to a 31-26 lead in the opening minutes of the third. Louisville rallied back to knot the game at 31-31 just a few possessions later. Grace Jackson hit a pair of free throws, Sabryna Benzel had a steal and score, and Hollifield also picked off a pass before hitting the front end of two free throw attempts.
The Cardinals recaptured the lead, but the Leopards struck back to re-tie the game at 33-33 at the end of the third. Lairson tipped away a Canfield pass that found the hands of Jackson. She then threw a pass ahead to the sprinting Lairson who laid it in for two.
Lairson continued to wreak havoc on the Cardinals in the fourth quarter. She drove to the rack and hit a three-pointer for back-to-back scores. This put the Leopards in command at 40-35 with 2:52 left in the game.
Canfield would rally back, but would get no closer than 40-39. Hollifield rolled to the rack with a little over a minute to play to increase the Louisville lead to 42-39. The Leopards defense shutdown the Cardinals the rest of the way and Beaver hit 4 free throws in the final 35.2 seconds to seal the game for Louisville.
Canfield was led by Ashley Kaleel who hit 2 three-pointers and scored a team-high 10 points. Serena Sammarone also scored 9 and Jill Baker & Brittany Coonce added 7 each.
The Leopards victory is the first in four meetings against the Cardinals. Louisville still trails the all-time series 2-5 with a 2-1 record at home. The Lady Leopards are now 3-1 in non-conference play this season.
UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel to Salem to take on the Quakers on Saturday, January 9. JV will begin at 12:00 PM and Varsity will follow around 1:30 PM.
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