Division I Final: Twinsburg wins rematch with Fairmont, second state title in a row

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Twinsburg beat Fairmont 57-51 in a rematch of last year’s D-I final. (Photo by Nick Falzerano)

It was a heavyweight rematch and Fairmont delivered some big blows. Twinsburg however never fell to the canvas and instead raised its second straight Division I state championship trophy.


DIVISION I STATE FINAL

Twinsburg 57, Kettering Fairmont 51

It was a heavyweight rematch and Fairmont delivered some big blows. Twinsburg however never fell to the canvas and instead raised its second straight Division I state championship trophy.

A 55-42 loser in last year’s final, Fairmont got closer but didn’t get the win as Twinsburg prevailed 57-51 in front of 3,404 at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.

The game featured just one lead change, which came in the first few seconds. After Fairmont took a 2-0 lead, Twinsburg responded with a 14-0 run and never trailed again. Things got close, but Fairmont never completed the comeback.

The Firebirds drew to within 34-32 early in the fourth quarter but an ensuing basket by Malina Howard pushed the Tigers lead back to four. The Firebirds had opportunities but couldn’t cash in as Twinsburg made the baskets and plays it needed to down the stretch.

For the second straight day, junior guard Ashley Morrissette was a huge hammer for Twinsburg. After scoring 19 points against Reynoldsburg in Friday’s semifinal, Morrissette responded with a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds in the final. Howard had 14 points and nine rebounds, while LaShawna Gatewood added 10 and 10, respectively.

Fairmont was led by junior guard Chelsea Welch’s 19 points. Sophomore posts Kathryn Westbald and Makayla Waterman added 15 and 11 points.

Twinsburg outrebounded Fairmont 36-23.

* Player of the Game: Ashley Morrissette, junior, Twinsburg…Nationally ranked 2013 prospect canned 8-of-9 free throws en route to a game-high 22 points. She also had eight rebounds.

* Stat of the Game: One. That’s the amount of points the teams’ benches combined to score. 

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Photos by Nick Falzerano (Nicholas Studios)

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