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Live: Twinsburg vs. Reynoldsburg - Division I girls basketball state semifinal

By mikeb Published: March 16, 2012

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Twinsburg (23-3) vs. Reynoldsburg (26-0)
Division I girls basketball state semifinal
Friday night at Value City Arena in Columbus

Note: The Tigers are the defending Division I state champions and ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press state poll. The Raiders are ranked No. 1 in the AP state poll.

Starting Lineups
Twinsburg - Ashley Morrissette, Malina Howard, Leah Fechko, LaShawna Gatewood and Nichole Mabry.

Reynoldsburg - Yamonie Jenkins, Aliyah Zantt, Shiloh Murphy, Destini Cooper and Alyssa Rice.

First quarter

The game starts at 8:07 p.m. with the tipoff that Twinsburg controls.

Twinsburg leads 9-4 just shy of midway through the quarter. Morrissette has scored seven of the Tigers points and is 3-for-3 from the field with a jumper, layup and 3-pointer.

Reynoldsburg takes a timeout with 3:41 to go in the quarter. Twinsburg holds an 11-6 lead. Howard has two points, three rebounds and two blocks.

Twinsburg leads 15-11 at the end of the quarter. The Tigers have committed four turnovers and forced just one. Morrissette has nine points and Howard has four points. Cooper has four points for the Raiders.

Second quarter

Twinsburg leads 19-18 wih 2:37 to go in the quarter.

Reynoldsburg takes a 22-21 lead into halftime following a jumper by Murphy and a putback by Rice.

Morrissette leads all scorers at halftime with 13 points. Howard and Fechko each have four points for the Tigers.

Cooper has six points for the Raiders at halftime. Rice and Murphy both have four points.

Third quarter

Twinsburg leads 25-24 with 5:52 to go in the quarter.

A running jumper by Murphy gives Reynoldsburg a 26-25 lead. Twinsburg regains the lead at 27-26 following a Fechko layup.

Howard splits a pair of free throws to make it 30-29 in favor of the Tigers with 2:16 to go in the quarter. Howard is 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the quarter. Rice and Cooper both have three fouls.

Raiders senior guard Adesuwa Aideyman makes her second 3-pointer of the quarter and third of the game to make the score 32-32 with under a minute left in the quarter.

The score is tied at 32-32 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter

Twinsburg lead 38-32 with 5:16 to go after a timeout by Reynoldsburg. Fechko has scored six points in a row for the Tigers.

The Tigers take a timeout with 3:27 to go holding a 38-33 lead.

Howard grabs a rebounds and scores a putback to up Twinsburg's lead to 40-33. The advantage grows to 42-33 following a Gatewood layup.

Twinsburg takes a timeout with 2:04 to go and ahead 42-35.

Aideyman makes a 3-pointer for Reynoldsburg. Twinsburg up 42-38 with 1:43 to go.

Morrissette makes two free throws, Zantt converts a 3-pointer. Twinsburg up 44-41 with 52.5 seconds to go.

Twinsburg closes out the game at the free throw line. The Tigers defeat the Raiders 49-41 to advance to their second state title game in a row.

Twinsburg will play at Kettering Fairmont at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

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