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Warren girls inch closer to ECOL championship

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Warren’s Alex Frazee, who double-doubled with 14 points and a game-high 10 assists during Saturday afternoon’s 56-31 win against Dover inside the Warrior Coliseum, defends against Morgan Kiser.

VINCENT — The Warren High School girls basketball team inched a step closer to claiming the last East Central Ohio League crown following Saturday afternoon’s 56-31 victory against Dover inside the Warrior Coliseum.

Back in late November, the Warriors had to use a rally in the fourth quarter to knock off the Tornadoes, 46-43.

Nothing of the sort transpired in this affair, though, as Warren head coach Amy Way watched her team drain 10 of 17 shots in the first half, including 5 of 6 from downtown, en route to holding a commanding 29-6 advantage at the break.

Abbie Smith led the Warriors, now 8-5 overall and 4-0 in the ECOL, with a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds. Alex Frazee tossed in 14 points and finished with game-highs of 10 assists and three steals.

“I think we were making shots because we were moving the ball so well,” admitted coach Way, who also received eight counters apiece from Kelly Jackson and Sophie Cochran. “I thought our passing, inside-out, and making that extra pass so we were getting good rhythm shots.

“We shot extremely well in that first half. I thought we did a great job of getting the ball to Abbie and she did a great job of finding people on the outside when she got double teamed. Alex had a fantastic game with 10 assists and a double-double.”

Frazee’s steal early in the first led to a Smith deuce from a Jackson dime as Warren took the lead for good just 56 ticks in. Smith added five more points and Jackson drained a triple for a 10-0 cushion. Taryn Shankle came off the bench to score Dover’s only bucket of the opening period thanks to an Ava Zobel dish. However, Jackson’s trey made it 13-2 after one.

Tori Jones, who led the Tornadoes (6-7, 1-4) with 15 points, scored to make it 14-4 with 7:06 left in the half. However, Olivia Congleton found herself wide open on the block and converted via a Frazee assist to ignite a 15-0 run. Smith followed with a putback and also had a lay-in during the spurt. Frazee, Madison Lynn and Cochran also connected from downtown.

Dover, which plays host to John Glenn on Wednesday, got 3s by Taylor Luneborg and Jones as well as six straight points to end the quarter thanks to buckets by Morgan Karam, Morgan Kiser and Zobel to close to within 37-22 entering the fourth.

The Warriors, who are scheduled to play host on Monday to Shenandoah and heads Wednesday to Marietta, put the game on ice by opening the fourth with 11 straight points. WHS shot 52.5% (21 of 40) and Dover finished 12 of 40 (30%).

“That third quarter we were a little complacent and just kind of moving along and just kind of putting a hand in their face,” said coach Way. “We didn’t try to dictate and we weren’t very aggressive. In the timeout we kind of challenged them to be a little more aggressive and they did.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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