By KEVIN LYNCH
Daily Record Sports Writer
BERLIN — The second day of action at the Classic in the Country started off with a barn burner that came right down the end. Mount Notre Dame bounced back from a tough three-point loss on Saturday to eke out a 50-46 triumph over Toledo Central Catholic.
Kathryn Reynolds capped off a fantastic weekend of action with 23 points to lead the Cougars to victory. The future Iowa Hawkeye was 6-for-8 from 3-point range. She had an assist and five steals. Gabby West chipped in 13 for the winners. In her two games at Classic in the Country, Reynolds scored 50 points on 11-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc.
Jamie Sobczak led the Fighting Irish with 17 points. Sydney Shaffer added 10.
Harvest Prep 65, Howland 57
It was an uphill climb the entire game for the Howland Tigers, but after climbing all the way back to tie the game at 42, reigning D-IV champion Harvest Prep fended off a gallant comeback attempt to pull out a hard-fought victory.
The Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead on three 3-pointers, two from Jaren Francis and another by Chelsea McKnight, leading 18-7 after one. It was 30-23 Warriors at intermission.
McKnight led the balanced attack of Harvest Prep with 18 points. Francis finished with 14. Ayrealla Beavers (15 points) and Shicole Watts (11 points and 14 rebounds) were also in double figures.
Taylor Williams led the Howland offense with 29 points and 14 boards. Erika Nites chipped in a dozen points.
Wadsworth 52, Lakota West 42
The Grizzlies snapped a three-game losing skein at the Classic with a solid victory over the Firebirds.
“I’m proud of the way my kids played,” said Wadsworth coach Andy Booth. “We were very consistent. That’s the best we’ve done versus a good opponent.”
Wadsworth had won its first five games played in Berlin before losing the next three.
“It’d good to get back on track,” Booth added. “I was afraid they’d revoke our invitation to the Classic if we lost again.”
A trio of players scored double digits to lead the Grizzlies’ attack. Jessie Gearhart led the way with 14. Robyn Rotterschmidt added 13 and Taylor Woods chipped in 10. The balanced attack of Wadsworth offset a 25-point performance by Summer Reeves of the Firebirds, which included 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 12-for-12 from the foul line.
Lakota East 52, Hathaway Brown 37
Coach Nikki Drew and her Thunderhawks made some serious adjustments at halftime that helped topple the Blazers.
“They prepared well for us and did a good job exploiting our weaknesses,” HB coach Paul Barlow said.
The Blazers lack a true point guard, and the Thunderhawks’ defense forced 29 turnovers.
Lakota East’s inside-outside combo of Imani Outlaw (19 points) and Whitney Wyckoff (14 points, 10 rebounds) led the Thunderhawks.
Vanessa Smith (15 points) and Nia Marhsall (14) led the Blazers on offense.
DuPont Manual 61, Toledo Start 53
A balanced attack by the girls from the Bluegrass state that handled the pressure of the Spartans sent the girls from Toledo to their first loss of the season.
“That balance is the story of our team,” said Dupont coach Stacy Pendleton.
The Crimsons had two girls in double figures with 11 (Destony Curry and Mechael Guess), and two more players with nine (April Wilson and LeAsia Wright) and another with eight (Kara Wright).
“We need that balance to compete with a team like Start,” Pendleton said.
Azia Bishop scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jaymie Jackson chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds. Ohio State-bound guard Maleeka Kynard struggled from the field (2-for-17) but still managed eight points.