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Tsilimos goes to Carrollton

LISBON — For Lisbon’s all-time winningest football coach, retirement from head coaching lasted all of one season.

Jim Tsilimos is poised be to be named the new head coach at Carrollton High School, according to WTOV9, which quoted Carrollton’s school superintendent on Saturday as being excited about having him on board. The school board meets Tuesday and is expected to act on his appointment then.

Tsilimos, 65, announced following the 2017 season he was stepping down after two stints with Lisbon totaling 25 years during which he went 147-115. His teams made the playoffs eight times and won the 1995 Divison V state championship, the only Columbiana County football program to win a state championship.

Tsilimos’ comments at the time of his decision indicated he was likely to rejoin the coaching ranks: “I know I’m going to miss it, I’m not going to lie. If I miss it too much, I’ll be back,” he said in a Jan. 3, 2018, interview with the Morning Journal.

Wisconsin survives OSU

COLUMBUS (AP) — Khalil Iverson had a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds as No. 21 Wisconsin survived Ohio State’s second-half rally and won 73-67 in overtime on Sunday.

Wisconsin (22-9, 14-6) led by as many as 23 points early in the second half. But Ohio State (18-13, 8-12) outscored the Badgers 27-5 over the last seven minutes of regulation to force overtime.

Wisconsin’s defense held tough as the Badgers outscored the Buckeyes 10-4 in the extra period to win it.

Ohio State is 22-9 and 14-6 Big Ten.

Gustafson scores 45

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Megan Gustafson kept challenging Maryland inside.

One by one, she batted each defender away.

Gustafson scored 26 points in the first half, finished with 45 and led No. 10 Iowa past No. 8 Maryland 90-76 on Sunday for the Hawkeyes’ first Big Ten Tournament title since 2001.

“This means everything,” said Gustafson, the overwhelming choice as the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player. “This was the only thing that I really cared about.”

She certainly played like it this weekend.

After breaking Iowa’s single-season scoring record on Friday and the school’s single-season rebounding record on Saturday, the 6-foot-3 forward saved her best performance for the title round.

Gustafson posted the second-highest single-game scoring total in tourney history, trailing only the 48 she had in last year’s quarterfinal loss to Minnesota, and her 17 baskets were second all-time, too, behind the 19 she made against the Gophers.

The two-time conference player of the year also grabbed 10 rebounds, went 11 of 14 from the free-throw line, drew 13 fouls and had three blocks — while posting the third-highest scoring total (95) in tournament history.

And now that she’s finally earned the title of Big Ten champion, the Hawkeyes (26-6) can focus on bigger goals after capturing their first tourney crown in 16 years — the longest gap between Big Ten Tournament titles since it became an annual event in 1995.

“Having confetti falling on you is the best feeling in the world,” Iowa guard Kathleen Doyle said. “I’m going to leave this (championship) hat on forever.”

Anyone scouting this game saw just how challenging it can be to defend Gustafson and her teammates.

Maryland used three primary defenders on Gustafson — Stephanie Jones, Shakira Austin and Olivia Owens. All three fouled out.

Meanwhile, Gustafson’s quick start helped Iowa take a 17-7 lead, and the Big Ten regular-season champs never led again.

The best the Terps could do was tie the score at 53 with 7:21 left in the third quarter when Kaila Charles scored on a layup. Charles finished with a career-high 36 points and nine rebounds.

Gustafson broke the tie with a layup, and then scored eight points in a decisive 12-4 quarter-closing run that gave Iowa a 69-60 lead.

Maryland (28-4) never recovered, losing for just the second time in the last 14 games — both to Iowa and largely because of Gustafson.

“We didn’t have an answer for her,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “I’m not sure anyone in the country does.”

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