And simply put, the Spartans silenced the Kent

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

And simply put, the Spartans silenced the Kent Roosevelt offense, defeating the Rough Riders 68-27 in a non-conference game.

A Kelly Yahner layup with 4:35 to go in the opening quarter made the score 3-2 Boardman. That's as close as Kent Roosevelt would get the rest of the way.

Boardman, led by the inside play of forward Celeste Hlebovy, scored the next 17 points to take a 20-2 lead with 7:06 remaining in the second quarter and easily went on to post its third win in four games.

"Boardman flat-out beat us," said Kent Roosevelt coach Cameron Black. "That's what I call a bonafide win."

Hlebovy had 17 of her game-high 24 points in the first half as the Spartans built a 39-8 advantage at the break.

"It's obvious she knows how to play the game," said Black. "She is their team leader, offensively, defensively and emotionally."

Kent Roosevelt, which went almost six minutes without a point during the Spartans' 17-0 run, fell to 1-3 on the year.

Most of the Rough Riders' shot attempts came outside the paint, something Black pointed to afterwards.

"I don't think our shot selection was correct for their defense," he said. "We should have gone to the basket more than we did. I think we should have attacked them like they did us."

Kent Roosevelt came out more assertive in the final half, but still could not put a dent in the deficit, falling behind by as many as 45 points (66-21) late in the contest.

"It's a slight setback," said Black of the one-sided affair. "I have a whole new (starting) five on the floor. We aren't discouraged at all. We're looking forward to going back to practice."

Jen Kish and Ashlee Russo hit double figures for the Spartans, posting 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Yahner paced the Rough Riders with seven points, while Samantha Broaddus added six.

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Boardman 68, Kent Roosevelt 27

(At Kent Roosevelt)

BOARDMAN (68) _ Bridget Beachy 1 0-0 2; Christen Lymber 0 1-2 1; Lisa Glozer 1 2-2 4; Ashlee Russo 4 0-3 10; Ashley Kohler 2 0-0 4; Meagan Murray 0 0-0 0; Jen Kish 4 4-6 12; Laura Mingo 2 0-0 6; Jen Hlebovy 2 1-3 5; Laura Fahey 0 0-1 0; Celeste Hlebovy 8 8-11 24. Totals 24 16-28 68.

KENT ROOSEVELT (27) _ Samantha Broaddus 3 0-0 6; Kristen Benjamin 1 0-0 2; Kelly Yahner 3 1-3 7; Meghan Sandor 1 2-2 4; Cassidy Hutchison 0 0-0 0; Karen Baldwin 1 0-0 2; Kathy Mongeon 0 0-0 0; Lindsay Smith 0 0-0 0; Maya Gilbert 0 0-0 0; Courtney Banks 2 0-0 4; Tiana Friday 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 3-5 27.

BOARDMAN 15 24 18 11 _ 68

KENT ROOSEVELT 2 6 8 11 _ 27

Three-point goals _ Boardman (4): Russo 2, Mingo 2. Kent Roosevelt (0).

Total rebounds _ Boardman, 47-31.

Total fouls _ Kent Roosevelt, 20-6.

JV score _ Boardman, 53-41. Leading scorers: (B) Jen Hlebovy, 19 points; (KR) Caitlin Carroll, 14 points.

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