Clippers land back on their feet

Columbiana’s Taylor Hall goes up for a layup as Southern’s Hayleigh Allen defends on Thursday.

SALINEVILLE–The Columbiana girls came out with a purpose after suffering its first loss to Salem the night before.

Led by a steady offensive and defensive assault the Clippers got back in the win column with a 97-40 victory in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference contest.

“We suffered a really bad loss the other night,” Columbiana’s Kayla Muslovski said. “We could have played two ways — really upset or maintain our composure like we did and run away with the game.”

The Clippers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game and led 28-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Clippers held the Indians to three points in the second quarter.

“A lot of teams would have just come here and went through the motions,” Columbiana coach Ron Moschella said. “My team had sort of a funny feeling in their stomachs and they wanted to prove to themselves they could play hard. I’m proud of them and they played collectively as a team tonight.”

Columbiana is 12-1 and 8-0 in EOAC play.

“You can’t expect much more after a loss,” Moschella said. “When things go bad in life you have to recover from it and this was a great example of how to do that.”

Southern drops 8-5 and 3-4 in league play.

“Columbiana’s a great team,” Southern head coach Mike Skrinjar said. “Our girls knew that they were coming out with a fire under them after last night’s loss. They responded from last night’s game and that shows a lot of character from the program.”

Columbiana was led by Muslovski with 31 points and three steals.

The Clippers had 30 steals on the night with eight from Alexis Cross along with six each from Taylor Hall and Kennedy Fullum.

“We wanted to be all over the place on defense and run,” Muslovski said.

Hall had 21 points and Fullum had 13 points to go along with nine assists for the Clippers. Cross contributed 11 points.

Marrisa McDonough had a great night on the boards with 11 rebounds and five points.

“We wanted to hit all of our shots confidently tonight,” Muslovski said. “I think we turned a corner tonight and came together as a team.”

Southern was led by Anna Sevek with 16 points and Stella Ruby-Karcher with 12 points.

“We have people coming in and out of the lineup,” Skrinjar said. “Coming off these back to backs everybody is not on the same page. We need to have excellent practices and gel as a team.”

Columbiana will host Lisbon next Friday in an anticipated rematch from earlier in the season where the Clippers won 49-47.

“We are excited about every game we play,” Moschella said. “We don’t look at who is good or not. We just need to make sure we are on our game.”

Southern will travel to Heartland Christian on Wednesday.

“Skrinjar is doing a great job in his first year at Southern,” Moschella said.


¯Southern forward Riley Felton was out with illness.

¯Both team’s were coming off playing the previous night as Southern lost to Edison 45-41 and Columbiana lost to Salem.

¯In jayvee action, Columbiana won 38-21.

For Columbiana, Grace Witmer had 10 points.

For Southern, Linsey Hall had six points.

COLUMBIANA: 28-24-20-25–97

SOUTHERN: 8-3-16-13–40

COLUMBIANA SCORING: Karissa Tringhese 2-0-6, Kayla Muslovski 13-4-31, Tessa Liggett 3-0-7, Grace Hammond 0-0-0, Marisa McDonough 1-3-5, Kennedy Fullum 4-4-13, Alexis Cross 3-5-11, Rae Dixon 0-0-0, Taylor Hall 10-0-22, Cierra Macklin 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 37, 16-23:97

SOUTHERN LOCAL SCORING: Hayleigh Allen 3-2-8; Anna Sevek 5-4-16; Stella Ruby-Karcher 3-5-12; Aubri Mellott 0-1-1; Aubri Mellott 0 0-0 0; Sam Michael 1-0-3, Delainey Mellott 0-0-0, Amya Willis 0-0-0, Kayla McCulley 0-0-0. TOTALS: 12, 12-18:40

Three-point goals: Columbiana 7 (Hall 2, Tringhese 2, Fullum, Muslovski, Liggett), Southern 4 (Sevek 2, Karcher, Michael)