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Champion holds off Liberty in AAC battle

By Brian Yauger-Tribune Chronicle, 01/17/19, 1:15PM EST


CHAMPION — In a battle of two of the All-American Conference, Blue Tier’s finest, it was the Golden Flashes of Champion that came out on top, defeating Liberty, 67-60.

“It was just two good teams,” said Golden Flashes coach Michael Cole, whose team is 9-3, 5-1 and has won seven straight games. “They posed so many problems for us, and I mean we posed problems for them. I knew it was going to be right down to the wire. Just what I expected. It could go either way. I thought at the end we threw a little press and forced them to speed it up. They tried to slow it down a little bit and the girls just played hard, both teams.”

Liberty (9-5, 3-3) led by seven points after the third quarter and had a comfortable lead midway through the fourth, but Champion stormed back — outscoring the Leopards 23-9 in the final quarter.

“We put the full-court press on them,” Cole said. “I think that caused a few turnovers, we made some opportune shots. You’ve got two good teams, it (stinks) somebody’s got to lose. They really outplayed us for probably three of those four quarters, and we just kept close enough and finished the last 3 minutes.”

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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.