HOWLAND — After finishing last season with a record of 17-7, the Howland Tigers had a lot of momentum going into this girls basketball preseason. They made a statement Friday night in the season opener with a 56-24 win over the Lakeview Bulldogs at Howland High School.
“Our two veteran senior guards (Maria Dellimuti and Ashley Chambers), they’ve been starting for us two and a half years now,” Howland coach John Diehl said. “They played a lot when they were sophomores. If we can control the ball and play defense on their two best players, then usually it’s a good outcome.”
Howland (1-0) started off the game well on, an 11-2 run, to induce a timeout by the Bulldogs late in the first quarter and had a 15-5 lead going into the second quarter. Lakeview was held to only 19 points the rest of the game.
A key piece for the Tigers was sophomore Alyssa Pompelia, who had a game-high 16 points. She felt that it was important to get the season started on the right foot.
“It feels good,” she said. “We came back from last year, which we had a good season last year, (and) we started off good, and I think it’s going to be a good year.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.