Spartans remain unbeaten with win over Wildcats

Conneaut's Tyler Gerren, left, passes the ball to a teammate as Anthony Burckhartte defends during a practice last month in Conneaut.

CONNEAUT – The Conneaut Spartans used a 11-0 run to finish the first half and start the third quarter for a 67-55 victory against the Northwestern Wildcats Friday night in District 10 action.

Conneaut improved to 3-0 on the season, while Northwestern dropped to 0-4.

Senior forward Kyle Woods paced the Spartans with 22 points including 7-for-12 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free throw line, while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Junior forward Anthony Burckhartte added 13 points.

“My teammates really set us up, we looked at film and we analyzed these guys and we knew what was going to happen,” Woods said. “We all play for Conneaut. This is all for us and our students and that’s the most important thing.”

Conneaut scored the first five points of the game and jumped out to a 20-12 lead after the first quarter. However, the Wildcats fought back to tie the game at 25-25 with 2:35 remaining in the second quarter.

The Spartans were able to keep their composure after a time out and closed the first half with four straight points to lead 29-25 at halftime. They then scored the first seven points in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 36-25.

“I thought we played very good defense tonight, I know we made an adjustment because we had some foul trouble and went to a zone and it seemed to work for us,” Conneaut coach Tim Tallbacka said. “It’s a quality win and any win in the District 10 is a quality win for us.”

Northwestern coach Will Gadson said playing in Conneaut is always a good atmosphere in which to play.

“Any time we get together with this team it’s a lot of bad blood and it’s good rivalry. “We respect each other very much, but it’s tough and we show our emotions on the floor,” he said. “They made some tough shots and got to the free throw line and we turned the basketball over. They got us out of our offense, and they did a really good job.”

The Spartans enjoyed a big advantage at the free throw line nailing 27 of 41 attempts, while Northwestern went to the charity stripe and shot 11-for-17.

Junior guard Malachi Schaefer led the Wildcats with 16 points, sophomore forwards Ryan Tewell and Eric Steinle both added 13 points.

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Conneaut at Seneca on Wednesday, Northwestern plays today at Union City.

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