Trailing the No. 1 Division II team in the state by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter, it appeared the Howland High School girls basketball team didn’t have a prayer of winning a district crown.
But when John Diehl turned loose sophomore guards Maria Dellimuti and Ashley Chambers, undefeated West Branch faced its toughest challenge.
The pesky Tigers sliced the deficit to two before the Warriors made five of their final six free throws in a 43-36 victory Thursday at Fitch High School.
“They pressed us and we turned it over, missed a couple of shots,” West Branch coach Walt DeShields said. “They got back into the game by making shots.
“And a couple of them were really big shots.”
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.