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Senior Night rout

Dragons score first 29 points en route to 50-13 victory

Warren seniors, from left, Caitlin Barney, Sammie Ruhlman and Halle Kuzminski celebrated Senior Night on Monday with a 50-13 Region 5 win over Corry at Warren Area High School. Photo by Mark Evans

Warren’s girls basketball team scored the game’s first 29 points en route to a 50-13 Region 6 win over Corry on Senior Night on Monday at Warren Area High School.

“Our defense is really firing on all cylinders,” said Warren coach Lisa LaVan of the Dragons’ 12th straight win to improve to 17-4 overall and 9-0 in the region with one regular-season game remaining.

Juniors Alyssa Farr and Alana Stuart had 8 first-half points apiece, senior Sammie Ruhlman added 7, and sophomore Peyton Wotorson 5 as Warren led 32-3 at the break. The Dragons shut out Corry 15-0 in the first quarter.

“The girls are really starting to click and put it all together,” said LaVan. “This is such an unselfish team that just loves to be together and play basketball. We are so dangerous one through eight. On any given night, any one of them can step up.”

Seventeen days ago, Warren led Corry by four points at halftime in a 48-30 win at Corry. This time, the Dragons held Corry to one field goal in the first half, coasting to a 37-point win. Twelve Dragons played and eight scored points, including freshman Maggie Bennett’s first on varsity.

Warren senior Sammie Ruhlman drives for a basket on Senior Night. Photo by Mark Evans

“I think the difference is confidence,” said LaVan. “I really believe it comes down to the continuous work on improving the little things. And as you improve the little things, your confidence increases. This whole team has really bought into what we are doing.”

That starts with the three seniors, including Ruhlman, Halle Kuzminski and Caitlin Barney.

“Sammie, Halle and Caitlin embody everything about Warren Lady Dragon basketball,” said LaVan. “This is not an easy program to play for. It is not for the weak or lazy. I could go on and on about these three young ladies, but I will continue to let their game do the talking.”

Kuzminski and Farr finished with 10 points each, Ruhlman had 9, Stuart 8 and Wotorson 7 to lead Warren, which is at Conneaut on Thursday.

Corry is 9-10 overall and 4-4 in Region 5.

CORRY (13)

Albers 1 0 2, RPorter 0 0 0, Rogers 0 0 0, Yetzer 0 0 0, Mumau 2 0 4, KPorter 1 0 2. Nickerson 0 1 1, Kemp 0, Allen 0 1 1, Thomas 1 0 3, Dyne 0 0 0, Hasbrouck 0 0 0. Totals 5 2-4 13.

WARREN (50)

Ruhlman 4 0 9, Cullers 0 0 0, Kuzminski 4 1 10, Farr 4 0 10, Roell 1 0 2, Stuart 3 2 8, Wotorson 3 0 7, Irwin 0 2 2, Barney 0, Bennett 1 0 2, Rarey 0 0 0, Hagg 0 0 0. Totals 20 5-8 50.

3-point goals–Thomas, Ruhlman, Kuzminski, Farr 2, Wotorson.

Corry 0 3 8 2 — 13

Warren 15 17 13 5 — 50

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