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    Balanced Rangers win third straight

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    North had three players score in double figures as the Rangers topped visiting Twinsburg on Monday, 55-25.

    With the win, the Rangers improved to 8-4 overall and extended their winning streak to three straight games.

    “We defended well,” said North coach Paul Force of his team’s key to victory. “It took a little while for our offense to get going but late in the first quarter, we knocked some shots. We were able to change up our defenses in the half-court and then once the shots started going we were able to get a lot of people some minutes. I think this was the fewest minutes our starters have played all season. It was nice to get everybody out there and get everybody some different shots. We had a lot of scoring contributions. It was a good team win.”

    North jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter advantage and increased its lead to 30-13 at halftime.

    That success carried over into the second half as the Rangers outscored the Tigers in the third quarter, 13-4.

    Abby Carter led North with a game-high 14 points. Avril Drew and Cece Hamilton also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Hailie Wilson contributed to the win with seven, Madison Vitello scored six and Dori Siekaniec added five.

    “It’s nice to have multiple scoring threats,” Force said. “Dori has had a couple of double-digit games and Cece has found her shot and playing more aggressively. We’ve preached the same thing all year; if teams are going to defend us differently, then we have capable girls out there. They just have to look for their opportunities and be aggressive when they come to them.”

    North closes out the regular season at home against rival South on Wednesday. The Rangers won at South last week, 72-42, but the Rebels were within four points late in the third quarter.

    Force expects to see a motivated South team on Wednesday.

    “We expect them to be fired up but I think our girls will be too,” he said. “With all the challenges and different things this season has brought, for us to end the regular season on our home court against our rivals is an awesome opportunity. I don’t think the girls are going to take that lightly. We expect their best and we expect to come and play our best. It should be a fun last game in the regular season.”

    North 55, Twinsburg 25

    Twinsburg 6 7 4 8 – 25
    North 17 13 13 12 – 55

    Twinsburg (2-9); Adick 0, Carthen 5, Jiang 0, Cellera 0, Povitius 0, Pride 10, Schneeman 3, Glassman 0, Busicnki 2, Carthen 5, Bonnizzo 0

    North (8-4); Helm 1, Siekaniec 5, Hamilton 10, Sevegen 0, Carter 14, Drew 12, Kononow 0, Wilson 7, Vitello 6

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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