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Girls Basketball Claws Canfield to Win 10th Straight

Emily Hollifield Louisville Leopards Vs. Canfield Cardinals 2016

Louisville 46, Canfield 39

The Louisville Leopards rallied past the visiting Canfield Cardinals for a 46-39 victory Wednesday Night Beatty's Pink Winter Hat 2015at 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 Order Leopard Nation Highlight Videoa 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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VARSITY STATISTICS

LEOPARDS 46, CARDINALS 39

CARDINALS: Kaleel 4 0-0 10, Sammarone 3 2-4 9, Baker 3 1-2 7, Coonce 3 1-1 7, Stanic 3 0-0 6. TOTAL 16 4-7 39.

3-Pointers (3): Kaleel (2), Sammarone

Team FT: 4-7 57%

LEOPARDS: Hollifield 5 1-2 13, Beaver 1 8-8 11, Lairson 4 0-1 9, G. Jackson 2 3-4 7, Benzel 3 0-2 6. TOTAL 15 12-17 46.

3-Pointers (4): Hollifield (2), Beaver, Lairson

Team FT: 12-17 71%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Canfield 16-10-7-6–39

Louisville 13-11-9-13–46

Fouls: 13-11 Canfield

Turnovers: 16-12 Canfield

Records: Louisville 10-1, Canfield 9-3

JV: Louisville 56, Canfield 38

The Lady Leopards JV Squad scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed during a 56-38 win over the visiting Cardinals. Louisville is now 10-1 on the season.

Hanna Lautzenheiser scored a game-high 14 points to lead the Lady Leopards. Alexis Beaver, Erin Order Leopard Nation Highlight VideoHahn, and Rachel Israel also scored double figures with 10 each.

Just before halftime, Beaver threw up a prayer from deep beyond the arch that went through nothing but net. The play put an exclamation point on a 22-8 second quarter for Louisville.

Canfield was led by McKenna Carey who hit her mark on 3 three-pointers and scored a game-high 14. Emerson Fletcher also scored 10 and Mia Cayavec added 8.

JV STATISTICS

LEOPARDS 56, CARDINALS 38

CARDINALS: Carey 5 1-2 14, Fletcher 5 0-0 10, Cayavec 2 4-4 8, Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Story 1 0-0 2, Veneroso 0 2-4 2. TOTAL 14 7-10 38.

3-Pointers (3): Carey (3)

Team FT: 7-10 70%

LEOPARDS: Lautzenheiser 5 4-8 14, Beaver 4 1-2 10, Hahn 4 2-5 10, Israel 5 0-0 10, Shea 2 1-2 6, Daniel 1 1-1 3, Agnone 0 2-2 2, Guiley 0 1-2 1. TOTAL 21 12-22 56.

3-Pointers (2): Beaver, Shea

Team FT: 12-22 55%

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Canfield 10-8-10-10–38

Louisville 11-22-13-10–56

Fouls: 17-11 Canfield

Turnovers: 17-14 Canfield

Records: Louisville 10-1

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