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Columbia Lady Raiders Move to 3-0; Top Brookside Cardinals 50-44

By Don DiFrancesco @MayorNEOPrep

SHEFFIELD, OHIO – The Columbia Lady Raiders improved their record to 3-0 with 50-44 victory over the Brookside Lady Cardinals on Saturday afternoon.

Brookside (0-2), behind senior Katlynn Vanzant’s 19 second-half points, rallied to tie the game at 39 after scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter.

But, the Raiders responded, taking advantage of the double bonus at the foul line to win going away.

Vanzant led all scorers in the game with 25. No other Cardinal was in double figures.

Columbia senior Danielle Matzelle was the Raiders’ high scorer with 20. She connected on 12 of 16 free throws—7 of 10 in the fourth quarter. Junior Serena Goode tallied 11, including a trio of 3-point shots in the first half to help establish the early lead for Columbia.

In the final totals, Brookside scored 18 baskets to Columbia’s 14, but a 17-4 advantage in free throws made was key to the Raiders’ victory.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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