Edison 59, Monroeville 40
It took a full quarter for Edison to shake off the preseason nerves.
But once the Chargers did, there was no stopping them as they ran all over Monroeville Friday night en route to a 59-40 girls basketball season opener.
The Chargers took a 7-2 lead to start the game, but found themselves down 10-9 at the end of first quarter.
“I only have two returning letterman and all the rest played junior varsity last year,” Edison coach Tracey Moyer said. “So they were very hyper that first quarter and just all over the place. Once they slowed down and got into the flow of the game, I think it was much better.”
Margaretta 62, Tol. Bowsher 40
Tim Tucker has been a basketball coach for 32 years, and Friday he was involved in one of the longest opening games on record.
However, the veteran Margaretta girls coach will take this one, a 62-40 victory over Toledo Bowsher in a contest that had just about everything, including two mammoth runs (14-0 and 16-0) by the Polar Bears.
There were 42 free throws attempted in the first half and the Polar Bears trailed 31-30.
It was complete domination by the Bears in the final 16 minutes. They posted a 32-9 advantage, including 21-6 in the third quarter when senior Kelsey Kromer took charge with 10 of her game-high 27 points, primarily on drives to the basket.
Clyde 71, Columbian 23
At Clyde, the Fliers rolled past visiting Columbian for a 48-point win in the season opener.
Amanda Cahill finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds to pace Clyde (1-0), while Lexi Weber connected on five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.
Hannah Wadsworth added nine points for Clyde, which will play Mohawk tonight.
Bellevue 59, Mansfield 55
At Bucyrus, the Lady Red opened with a tight win over Mansfield Senior at the Bucyrus Tip-Off Classic.
The Lady Red got a game-high 31 points from sophomore guard Carly Santoro, while classmate Shelby Stamm connected on five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.
“We're pretty pleased to win on a night where we didn't play real well,” Bellevue coach Ryan Orshoski said.
Genoa 43, Danbury 26
Danbury dropped its season opener Friday night, 43-26 to Genoa.
Megan Stephens led Danbury with 10 points and Cassidy Rhodes added six points.
For more information on these games, see Saturday's Sandusky Register.