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The Cuyahoga Falls High School girls basketball team is attempting to generate momentum heading into the upcoming postseason tournament.
The Lady Black Tigers generated some of that momentum recently, as they won a pair of games by large margins.
First, Falls torched Akron East by the score of 58-21 on the road on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Then the Lady Black Tigers defeated Suburban League National Division foe North Royalton 61-32 on the road Feb. 8.
With the two victories, Cuyahoga Falls improved its overall record to 11-9. The Lady Black Tigers are also 4-9 within the National Division.
The last time Falls played North Royalton, the Lady Black Tigers trailed 23-10 after the first quarter. This time, they were leading 16-4 at the conclusion of the opening period.
"We probably had our most complete performance on both ends of the floor," said Cuyahoga Falls head coach Joe Nowak. "We started well and had momentum and consistency throughout the game. That allowed us to put forth one of our best performances. We need to take this game and build on it."
Senior Bailee Brooks led Falls offensively with 16 points and five assists, while junior Hannah Merten poured in a career-high 12 points and junior Kayla Huffman contributed 11 markers. In addition, junior De'Vine Shelton and freshman Chelsea Huffman both produced six points.
Also scoring for the Lady Black Tigers were juniors Anna Steiner (four points), Madi Davis (four points), and Leslie Sawyer (two points).
Falls put the defensive clamps on East during their encounter, only allowing five, six, eight, and two points during the four quarters. The Lady Black Tigers led 37-11 at intermission and then cruised to victory in the second half.
Chelsea Huffman paced Cuyahoga Falls with 18 points, including three three-pointers. Brooks was next with 16 points, while senior Emma Freeman contributed eight markers.
Both Shelton and Merten scored four points, while Steiner accounted for three points. Rounding out the scoring were Sawyer and Davis with two points each and Kayla Huffman with one point. Davis also led Falls in rebounding with eight boards.
The Division I Medina district tournament draw took place Feb. 5. As a result of that draw, Cuyahoga Falls will host Brunswick at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. The winner of that game will advance to play at Wooster Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
"One of our goals has been to host at least one game in the playoffs, so we've been able to accomplish that," said Nowak. "We hope that we can use what we've done over the past week or so to put us in a position to make a good tournament run."
Cuyahoga Falls was scheduled to host Suburban League American Division opponent Tallmadge Feb. 11. Results were not available at press time.
It will be Senior Day for the Lady Black Tigers, whose two seniors are Brooks and Freeman. Brooks has already committed to play basketball at Marietta College.
"Those two have been mainstays of our program over the past four years," said Nowak. "It's been great to watch them grow and mature as both players and people."
Cuyahoga Falls will wrap up the regular season Feb. 15 at Twinsburg 7:30 p.m.