CANTON: North Canton Hoover girls basketball coach Abbey Allerding knew she had more scoring threats Wednesday.
And as a result, Allerding encouraged her players to pass the ball and get quality shots at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse against host Canton McKinley.
Allerding’s Vikings followed the game plan and walked out of the venerable gymnasium with a 67-50 victory to remain undefeated in the Federal League.
Senior Kaylee Stroemple led Hoover (15-2, 9-0) with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Stroemple, a 6-foot forward, was one of 10 Hoover players who scored. McKinley (12-4, 7-2) had five players score.
“That is a huge thing we love about our team,” Stroemple said of Hoover’s depth. “We can share the ball really well. A team can’t pick out who to stop and defeat our team. We are really well rounded. I think that definitely gives us an up on a lot of teams. We have a lot of options.”
Senior Kelsey Lensman scored 15 points for Hoover and senior Marquia Turner contributed 10 points, six steals, five assists, three rebounds and two blocks.
“I give credit to our younger kids, but I also thought Kelsey and Kaylee really stepped up on the offensive end and tried to be aggressive and look for shots,” Allerding said. “That also came from passing from our guards. It was a collective effort.”
Lensman scored 12 points in the first half and helped Hoover build leads of 19-11 after one quarter and 33-24 at halftime. Stroemple scored 11 points in the second half and Turner, a McKinley transfer, scored seven points. Hoover led 51-35 after three quarters.
“I give McKinley a lot of credit,” said Allerding, a senior starting guard on Hoover’s 2002 Division I state championship team. “They are a good team and they played hard. The Fieldhouse is always a tough place to come into and play. We survived.”
Junior guard Ty Newkirk scored 21 points for McKinley, and senior guard Ronn’Yeil Hogan had 20 points and four assists.
“Good players step up in big games,” McKinley coach Pam Davis said. “They certainly did that. I was happy with that, but we have to have a little bit more distribution and scoring to make us a true threat against good teams.
“We are working on some things. We are still young. We start four underclassmen. They had their roles change and some of them are stepping very nicely into their roles. The margin of deficit the second time around was not as large as the first, so we are making progress. We lost by 29 [70-41] the first time.”
The play of Stroemple, 5-7 guard Lensman and 5-8 guard Turner helped the Vikings survive, but they were far from the only players who hurt the Bulldogs.
Seniors Kaitlyn Runner (seven points) and Julie Worley (four points) joined their classmates in the starting lineup and played effectively.
Freshman reserve guard Maddie Blyer scored six points. Sophomore Lexi Manos, junior Allie Farina, junior Adrienne Sarbaugh and freshman Hannah Fehlman combined to score nine points.
Hoover plays at Jackson and McKinley plays at Lake on Saturday.