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Berea-Midpark Falls to Toledo NDA in Regional Final, 48-41

Co-Scribed by Matt Medley and Don DiFrancesco

Berea-Midpark’s season came to an end, as the Titans fell to Toledo Notre Dame Academy, 48-41, in the regional final on Saturday, March 11.

The Titans were in control from the start, as Lexie Scarton scored eight points in the first quarter.

Along with Scarton, Jada Marone led the way, draining one deep jumper after another.

Marone built the lead up to 12 early in the third quarter.

Down 32-23, NDA’s Jada Johnson created some instant offense for her team, picking a steal and taking it all the way.

That basket was the start of a 13-0 run and NDA headed into the fourth quarter down by two.

With 7:06 to play in the final quarter, the Eagles tied the game at 34 on a layup by Bre Hampton-Bey.

Following a bucket by Cummings at the 6:29 mark, NDA had their first lead, 36-34.

Marone came right back to end the run.

Marone drained another deep jumper to make it a three-point game.

Scarton came through again, building the lead up to five with just under four minutes to play.

NDA made big stops, climbing back from the five-point deficit.

Ashley Barron hit her only basket of the game with 1:12 on the clock after receiving a beautiful pass from Cummings to give NDA the lead for good.

The score was 42-41 Eagles after Barron’s score. Berea-Midpark was unable to hit any of their shots from that point on, and Notre Dame Academy put the game away with six clutch free throws, all in a 1-and-1 situation, by 5’8″ senior Mariah Copeland.

NDA closed out the game on a 12-0 run.

The Titans’ impressive season ends with 24 wins, three losses, a Southwestern Conference Title and a district title.

Berea-Midpark will lose senior post Miranda Otero along with two reserve players to graduation, but the vast majority of the lineup returns for 2018 and the Titans will be back with a vengeance led by their backcourt duo of Jada Marone (20 points) and Lexie Scarton (14 points).

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