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Spartans’ drought vs. Tigers is over

By Greg Gulas-Vindicator, 01/13/19, 9:30AM EST

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The last time the Boardman girls defeated Howland it was Feb. 2, 2015 — 1,438 days ago — and the Spartans won, 52-51.

The last Spartans victory on the Tigers’ court goes back even further, a 57-37 win on Feb. 2, 2013 or 2,170 days ago.

Both streaks came to an abrupt halt Saturday with Boardman’s 51-43 victory over Howland. It was the Spartans’ sixth win in seven outings to remain undefeated in All-American Conference Red action.

Maria Torres, a sophomore who didn’t play last season due to a torn ACL, weathered early foul trouble to score a game-high 18 points for the Spartans.

Raegan Burkey added 10 points and Cate Green nine to also pace Boardman (10-3, 3-0 AAC Red).

The Spartans built a 10-point, third-quarter lead, then saw the Tigers tie the game at 33 late in the period. But Boardman put the game away with a 10-4 game-ending run.

“It was really tough to score today because when you penetrated everybody collapsed defensively,” Torres said. “I wasn’t worried when I got in foul trouble because I knew my teammates had my back. This is an amazing win for us.”

Torres scored 10 of Boardman’s first 11 points as the Spartans raced out to an 11-4 lead at 3:43 of the opening period.

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All-American Conference

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.