Chardon opened its non-conference game against visiting Villa Angela-St. Joseph on a 29-4 run and ended the night with a 71-31 victory.
With the win, the Hilltoppers snapped a three-game skid and improved to 6-5 on the year.
“Wins are always good, especially coming off losses to Hoban and Hudson,” said Chardon coach Cullen Harris. “We emphasized starting strong and setting the tone early. We got out to a lead with pressure and attacking the rim with a purpose. Attacking the rim opened up things for the perimeter and some outside shots fell.”
Chardon’s offense was well-balanced as 12 different players scored and four finished in double figures.
Jo Janda led the way with 13 points, Emma McCartney added 11 and Sam Liechty and Emily Noerr each scored 10.
Ashley Hoenigman and Alaina Goss each both contributed with six points and Julia Gray finished with five. Kayla Oriani, Nicole Krakora, Riley Zimmerer, Kayla Noerr and Fiona Slaymaker all pitched in with two points.
“We’re only as strong as our weakest link and tonight showed the depth we have and our collective talents from 1-12 are all solid,” Harris said. “Every player scored and we played a balanced team game. When we play for one another and together, we can be successful.”
The six points by Goss—off a pair of 3-pointers—were the first of her varsity career.
“It was really exciting to be able to score my first varsity points,” she said. “I’ve hoped for an opportunity like this ever since freshman year. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates. My teammates did a great job of moving the ball around and sometimes you just get an open look.”
Chardon travels to Kenston on Saturday.