Ike trims Warren in junior high hoops

Submitted Photo Warren’s Meea Irwin calls for the ball as Clara Steinberg and Sam Childs move to defend. Irwin put up an impressive 20 points and Childs had 16 in Ike’s win on Tuesday.

Eisenhower and Warren, met in an eighth-grade girls basketball game Tuesday. The Knights prevailed, 46-30, in a strong showing by both teams.

The Dragons came in with an impressive 10-2 record and celebrated a win over the Westlake Trojans on Monday.

“Meea Irwin is the leading scorer for the Dragons, averaging 11.5 points per game. As a team, the Dragons are giving up less than 15 points per contest.” Coach Mark Ordiway said.

On the other hand, the Lady Knights were 10-1 on the season coming into the matchup and were on a nine-game winning streak. They pulled off two impressive wins against a very tough Cochranton team and a redemption win over the Seneca Lady Bobcats on Monday, 39-26. The Bobcats handed the Lady Knights their only loss early on in the season, but Clara Steinberg led the way with an impressive 23 points with two 3-pointers. Lainey Font and Sam Childs contributed 7 points and Laney Belcher had a bucket. Steinberg is averaging 15 points per game.

“Eisenhower can move the ball, they can run the court, they can shoot, they can ‘D’ it up, they are patient. The Lady Dragons are the same.” Coach Steinberg said. “These girls have been very close friends for a really long time. The Lady Dragons and the Lady Knights play in basketball tournaments together, they play in basketball leagues together, they play in soccer tournaments together, they play on the same travel soccer and softball teams. The girls on both sides are athletes, they are aggressive, and they are of the highest class when it comes to being an athlete, absolutely high class. They have been playing each other in basketball since fourth grade, for four years now. Ike wins one year, the Dragons win the next, and so it has gone for years. I love watching the Lady Dragons play and I love watching the Lady Knights play. Regardless of the outcome, today was a great day for Warren County basketball. I was nervous, to be honest. I believe in the Eisenhower girls, but I know how good Meea Irwin is at scoring, and Leyna Irwin can chainsaw her way through any defense. Those two and the rest of the Lady Dragons as a whole played super tough as expected.”

On Tuesday, the Eisenhower Lady Knights came out on top 46-30 to further their win streak and boost their record to an impressive 11-1. Scoring was led by Lainey Font with 17 points, followed by Sam Childs with 16 points, Clara Steinberg with 7 and Lainey Belcher with 6 points.

Warren’s Meea Irwin put up 20 points with two 3-pointers, followed by Leyna Irwin with 4 points. Elissa Errett, Delaney Wright, and Zoe Rodgers each contributed a bucket.

The Dragons will face the Knights again on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Warren Beaty.


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