Vincent - Sophomore Abbie Smith’s 19-point, six rebound night helped lift the Warren Warriors past visiting Linsly in a 52-44 win on Monday night. Smith’s output was part of an effort to force the ball inside after Warren (18-1) had trouble executing in the early going against its visitors from Wheeling.
Linsly actually had an 11-10 lead after the first eight minutes expired, but the Warriors were already working on storming ahead. A 10-5 finish to that first frame put the No. 6 Warriors in striking distance, as they took control soon after the run began.
Smith started her warpath on the Cadets with an and-1 basket early in the quarter, and she was joined in a full second-quarter effort by Emme Bowe, Millie Ryan, Sommer Saboley, and Caspen Ford. The first half was capped by Saboley splashing in a buzzer-beating triple to give Warren a 29-19 lead at the break.
After Savannah Banks found Smith inside against Linsly’s Carleigh Grimm for another lay-in, the Cadets finally got going and made a short-lived rally to momentarily get back in the game.
A 12-0 surge finished off by a Grimm basket tied the game at 31 with three minutes left in the third, but the Warriors clamped down and put the game away with a final knockout blow.