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    VASJ girls basketball improves to 18-3 with win over St. Thomas Aquinas


    For the second straight game, VASJ trailed entering the fourth quarter against a quality opponent on Feb 14, down by four against St. Thomas Aquinas with 8 minutes to play.

    For the second straight game, the Vikings showed the poise and resolve that has led to 18 wins in 21 tries this winter.

    Senior captain Mariah McGhee scored 24 points and VASJ outscored Aquinas, 12-6, in the final frame to rally for a 57-55 win. It was the 10th consecutive victory for the Vikings, who improved to 18-3 on the season and have not lost since Jan. 10.

    VASJ also came from behind to win at Padua on Feb. 11 when the Vikings erased an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit and sealed the victory with a big play by Aysia Kemp and free throws by Shannon Garvey and McGhee.

    The Knights led, 30-20, at halftime against the Vikings before VASJ mounted its comeback and avenged a two-point loss to Aquinas earlier in the season.

    Toni Beuck was the other Viking to reach double digits with 10 points against the Knights.

    VASJ closes the regular season by playing at rival Cleveland Central Catholic on Feb. 11. 

    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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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