N-B-WHAT? N-B-C CHAMPION LADY LEOPARDS!
Louisville 70, Canton South 42
The season started strong, hit a rough patch in the middle, but in the end it was only the Louisville Lady Leopards that would be cutting down the nets in claiming an outright Northeastern Buckeye Conference Title. Louisville (17-2, 12-2) pounded the Canton South Wildcats (2-16, 2-11) 70-42 in rout to the 11th league title in school history. Desi Givens led the Leps with 20 points, while Molly Brown added 11, and Clara Lemmon dropped in 10.
Givens wasted no time in making her final NBC basketball game a memorable one. She popped 3 treys in the first quarter and alertly grabbed a loose ball to tack on 2 more points to give here 11 for the period. Louisville started the game down 4-2 when Coach McCully quickly called a timeout to fire up the troops. The Lady Leopards responded by finishing the quarter on a 23-3 run to close the period. Molly Brown scored 6 of her 11 points in the first to complement Givens. The Leps hustled after loose balls, made gorgeous passes, and took it to the Wildcats.
The rout continued on into the second quarter as Louisville’s defense held South’s offense scoreless from the field for the 8:42 following McCully’s wakeup call timeout with 6:32 left in the 1st. However, South’s Kati Schnider did provide some offense for the Wildcats. She led Canton South on the night with 15 points, making 7 of 11 free throws. But the Leopards remained uncontainable on offense and impenetrable on defense. Several Louisville steals led to quick points and South was held to only two more field goals for the reamainder of the half. Givens and Clara Lemmon each scored 6 in the quarter and the Lady Leps went into the break up 46-19.
Canton South opened up the third quarter with 5 straight points, but it was a drop in the bucket to the insurmountable lead that the Leps had established. Brown hit a long 2 and and tri-fecta in the third quarter to give her double digits for the evening. Most of the starters were pulled at the end of the third quarter when Louisville led 60-32. In the final period, Desi Givens stayed in long enough to record her 20th point, before the backups glided to the 70-42 win.
After the team’s shook hands, the Lady Leps huddled near the center of the court chanting “N-B-What? N-B-C!” repeatedly to the delight of the fans in attendance. Each player and coach got to cut down the nets following the game as everyone celebrated Louisville High School’s 116th league title.
The Lady Leopards are outright Northeastern Buckeye Conference Champions!
LEOPARDS: Givens 6 5-7 20, Brown 4 2-2 11, C. Lemmon 5 0-0 10, Libertore 4 0-0 8, Jones 3 1-2 7, Minster 1 0-0 3, Storlie 1 1-1 3, Bricker 1 0-0 2, H. Lemmon 0 2-2 2, Radalia 1 0-1 2, Sims 0 2-2 2, TOTALS 26 13-18 70.
3PT (5): Givens (3), Brown (1), Minster (1)
TEAM FT: 13-18 72%
WILDCATS: Schnider 4 7-11 15, Jetter 4 0-2 9, Torrence 2 4-6 8, Forshey 2 0-0 4, Dillard 1 1-1 3, Martin 1 0-0 2, Britzman 0 1-2 1, TOTALS 14 13-22 42.
3PT (1): Jetter (1)
TEAM FT: 13-22 59%
NEXT GAME: The Leopards will host Jackson on Wednesday, February 16. JV will tip-off at 6:00 PM, while Varsity will follow starting at approximately 7:30 PM.
Louisville 53, Canton South 18
Jordan Monnot scored a game-high 20 points in just three quarters of play as the Lady Leps JV squad rolled all over the Wildcats 53-18. Louisville held South to a single field goal in the first quarter in taking a 12-2 lead. The Lady Leps led by 20 at the half, before holding the Wildcats to just 3 points in the third period. Louisville led 43-11 going into the fourth and cruised to the 35-point win. Mackenzie Rankin also scored 7 for Louisville, while Kayla Thompson led Canton South with 11.