UNIONTOWN: The Division II district semifinal between Norton and Buch­tel resembled a track meet at times Monday night at Lake High School.

Guards from Buchtel and Norton sprinted up and down the court, and not far behind them were the post players.

The speedy trio of junior Bryana Housley, senior Abbey Murawski and junior Kelsey Hosey combined to give Buchtel fits and, in the process, led Norton to a 60-47 victory.

“We win when those three score at least 10 points each, when we rebound and when Bryana runs the point effectively,” Norton coach Brian Miller said. “She handles the ball well. If she plays like that Thursday night [in the district final against Marlington], we will be fine. ... She is so strong and quick with the ball that it is hard to defend her.”

Murawski, a 5-foot-10 forward, led Norton in scoring with 18 points, and also had 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

“When they scored we came back and scored too,” said Housley, a 5-foot-3 guard who made nine free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points, eight assists, five steals and five rebounds.

“We made layups throughout the game and we made foul shots at the end.”

Hosey, a 5-foot-11 forward, contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

“They were not very big down low,” Hosey said. “We used our height to our advantage.”

The score was 10-10 after one quarter. Buchtel (15-9) was ahead twice in the second quarter, but Norton (18-6) led 24-18 at halftime and 42-32 through three quarters.

“My girls played hard and they never quit,” Buchtel coach Brian Neugebauer said. “They never have. I am proud of the way they played. … We gave up some transition buckets and missed some box outs on some free throws. That might have changed things, but all in all that was a good effort.”

Sophomore Javaan Rogers led Buchtel with 20 points and eight rebounds.

“Javaan has been playing like that all year,” Neugebauer said. “When we need a bucket, we go to her. She can create on her own and she can knock down shots.”

Griffins junior Imani Jackson scored nine points, and freshman Amiyah Stallings and senior Cassidy Thomas each contributed seven points.

Housley said the objective was to “push the ball,” and in the third she did that well and her ball-handling played a role in Murawski making five layups in the quarter.

“Bryana got the ball and pushed it up the court,” Murawski said. “All I had to do was look for her. As long as you are looking for the ball, she will get it to you.”

Junior Madison Burns (six points) and senior Sarah Shearer (four points) also made an impact for Norton, a Division II regional finalist last year.

“Buchtel came at us,” Miller said. “They weren’t afraid to play hard and trap, and they have got speed. They are an athletic team, and Javaan played well tonight for them.”

Marlington 57, Tallmadge 39

Marlington won Monday’s opener with junior Alivia Lepley (18 points, four rebounds) and senior Robin Campbell (17 points, four assists, four rebounds) leading the way.

Tallmadge (14-11) held a 7-0 lead with 5:30 to go in the first quarter, but then Marlington (19-5) took charge under coach Mike Stadulis. The Dukes led 31-19 at halftime, 43-27 through three quarters and 55-30 during the fourth quarter.

Dukes junior Maria Ferrett and senior Brianna Hoopes each scored six points.

Tallmadge coach Collin Epstein received solid efforts from sophomores Lizzie Bickar (11 points, six rebounds and three assists) and Jordyn Severns (eight points).

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