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Cohesive Crestview cruises to win over Ashland in Renee Stimpert's return to alma mater

Mansfield News Journal logo Mansfield News Journal 1/6/2021 Larry Stine, Correspondent
a group of people posing for the camera: Ashland High School’s head coach Renee Stimpert talks with Breena Plank (10) and Emma Bell (14) during a stoppage of play during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM © TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM Ashland High School’s head coach Renee Stimpert talks with Breena Plank (10) and Emma Bell (14) during a stoppage of play during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

OLIVESBURG — Renee Stimpert had something to do with helping build a winning culture at her high school alma mater, something she is trying to achieve as Ashland High School’s head varsity coach. 

But in her return to Crestview, Ashland was unable to pull off the upset Tuesday night, as the Cougars clawed their way to a 60-36 non-league win despite a gutsy performance by the Arrows. 

“It was different coaching from the other side. I feel like anybody would say that,” said the former women’s basketball standout at Ashland University who graduated from Crestview in 2016 after becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer. “It was fun to come back into the old gym. It brings back a lot of memories. And I didn’t like the score, but it was fun.” 

Crestview coach Aaron Goon also was a bit sentimental with his thoughts of Stimpert’s return. 

“I told the girls we can’t lose to Renee, and I said you know she wants to win so we have to come out and play, and one of her cousins is actually on our team, Skylar Ramsay,” Goon said with a laugh. “And she’s like, ‘Oh, God, if we lose to Renee, I’ll never hear the end of it.’ 

“But it was a little bittersweet. It was great to have her back. I want her to do well. I think she’s going to do well. She’s got those girls playing really hard. And I asked her how’s it going? And she said ‘It’s going well. I like the girls. They’re coachable. They play hard,’ And that’s all you can really ask.” 

Despite the lopsided final score, the A’s played extremely hard against the talented Cougars, who got a bevy of outstanding games from 6-foot-2 senior post Kenedi Goon, junior playmaker Mary Leeper, senior guard Kylie Ringler and senior forward Autumn Bailey. 

Crestview High School’s Kenedi Goon (23) goes up for a shot against Ashland High School’s Kaylee Friesen (30) and Emma Chance (42) during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM © TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM Crestview High School’s Kenedi Goon (23) goes up for a shot against Ashland High School’s Kaylee Friesen (30) and Emma Chance (42) during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Goon led both teams with 20 points and collared 11 rebounds as Crestview held a decisive 40-27 edge off the boards. She also collected a trio of steals and added a pair of blocked shots. 

In fact, Goon had a pair of steals in the first quarter that resulted in two baskets inside for her. Goon’s defense was steady all night, as was the team’s. Frankie Dinsmore also pocketed three steals off the bench, and Ringler added a pair to go with a blocked shot and a 3-pointer. 

“I think we have the skills on offense and all the weapons we have on offense, so defense is something we really focus on, and we work on it day-in and day-out in practice,” Kenedi Goon said. “It’s really rewarding when you can get those steals and then you can get layups out of that, so it’s rewarding when you work really hard on defense and then everything works out on offense well.”  

a group of men playing a game of basketball: Crestview High School’s Mary Leeper (20) brings the ball down court against Ashland High School during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM © TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM Crestview High School’s Mary Leeper (20) brings the ball down court against Ashland High School during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Crestview also got a fine all-around performance from Leeper, who scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and ran the Cougar offense well. Bailey scored 10 points and swiped four caroms, helping Crestview to take leads of 20-12, 35-22 and 48-29 after the first three quarters. 

“On Saturday, Kenedi only had five points, but Autumn had 14 or 15, Kylie had 15, and I think she only shot the ball twice tonight,” said coach Goon. “It’s one of those things where we always seem to have somebody different step up, and tonight, Mary stepped up. I think we’ve had five different leading scorers this year.” 

Kenedi Goon says Crestview’s team cohesiveness also has the Cougars playing strong. 

“We have a lot of returning lettermen. We’ve all played together for years, so we all have a really good chemistry, we’re all friends and I think we work together well,” she said. “There’s a lot of talent, and I think we just all really click together.” 

a group of people playing a game of basketball: Ashland High School’s Kaylee Friesen (30) drives in for a shot against Crestview High School’s Kenedi Goon (23) during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM © TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM Ashland High School’s Kaylee Friesen (30) drives in for a shot against Crestview High School’s Kenedi Goon (23) during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Ashland had its share of fine performances as well with senior Kaylee Friesen leading the A’s with 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Breena Plank dialed in on a trio of treys for 11 points with a pair of thefts. 

But turnovers continue to wreak havoc on the A’s as they committed 25 to 19 for the Cougars. 

Still, Stimpert is seeing a flame beginning to build within her players because of the efforts they are putting forth in both games and practices. 

“With my team, we're looking for that competitive spirit, that heart, and we’re getting there,” she said. “I see glimpses of it, little pieces, but like I keep saying, ‘Rome wasn’t built overnight.’ [Crestview] is a top of their conference team, and we came into their house, and I saw those pieces, and we’re getting there, but it’s a slow process. 

“The girls want to play; they want to be on the floor. We just came off a two-week quarantine on Sunday, so we’re right back at it, but we wanted to pick up a game before we go into conference play again.” 

a person standing on a basketball court: Ashland High School’s Breena Plank (10) brings the ball down court against Crestview High School during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM © TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM Ashland High School’s Breena Plank (10) brings the ball down court against Crestview High School during high school girls basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at Crestview High School. TOM E. PUSKAR/TIMES-GAZETTE.COM

Tuesday Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

Shelby 63, Mansfield Senior 34

The Shelby Whippets picked up a solid 63-34 win over Mansfield Senior on Tuesday evening during nonconference competition.

Sophie Niese led the way with 13 points while Olivia Baker added 12 for the Whippets. Haylee Baker collected nine points while Audi Albert had eight, Mary Mayer and Brooklyn Gwirtz scored five apiece, Sydnie Seibert had three and Demi Hipp and Mya Seibert rounded out the scoring with two apiece.

Julia Rizzo led the Tygers with nine points while Ahmani Mitchell had seven, Kiyah Wentz and Te'leinah Grose scored six apiece, Nasyia Bradley chipped in with four and Dakiyah White rounded out the scoring with two.

Shelby improves to 4-3 on the season and travels to Ontario on Wednesday. Mansfield Senior falls to 0-5 and hosts Ashland on Thursday.

Mansfield Christian 60, Lima Temple Christian 29

The Mansfield Christian Flames picked up a nice nonconference win over Lima Temple Christian on Tuesday night, 60-29.

Elle Schmitz led the way for the Flames with 17 points while Aubrynn Maiyer added 14 and Kyleah Jones scored 10 giving Mansfield Christian three players in double-figures. Noelle Beare added eight points while Courtney Kissinger scored four, Abby Little, Alexis Rippel and Lillie Berryman added two apiece and Sydney Stoneridge rounded out the scoring with one.

The Flames improve to 8-2 on the season and host Loudonville on Saturday.

Clear Fork 63, Lucas 41

The Clear Fork Colts earned a nice nonconference win over Lucas on Tuesday night 63-41.

Pacy Chrastina led the way with 13 points while Bekah Conrad scored 12, Lyvia Davis added 11 and Morgan Galco had 10 giving the Colts four players in double-figures.

Clear Fork improves to 5-5 on the year and hosts Marion Harding on Friday.

Lucas falls to 2-4 on the year and hosts Central Christian on Saturday.

Willard 51, Ontario 28

The Willard Flashes earned a nice 51-28 win over Ontario on Tuesday night in nonconference play.

Mckenna Stephens led the wait with 18 points while Layla Dials had 11, Syana Sivongsak added seven, Tristin Buurma and Presley Feltner added four apiece, Grace Hall chipped win with three and Kalli Sowers and Moriah Slone rounded out the scoring with two apiece.

Carleigh Pearson led the Warriors with seven points while Rylee Nigh and Jahlya Rimblert had five apiece, Lizzie Nagel scored four, Riley Vavra, Makayla Minard and Macy Mangan chipped in with two apiece and Hayley Guisinger rounded out the scoring with one.

Ontario falls to 3-4 on the year and hosts Shelby on Wednesday.

Boys Basketball

Wooster 78, Madison 38

The Madison Rams took a tough Ohio Cardinal Conference loss to Wooster on Tuesday night falling 78-38.

Jayden Jefferies led the way with 14 points while John Stokes added nine, Levi Zehner scored six, Isaac Brooks had four, Ethan Spillman chipped in with three and Aiden Balas rounded out the scoring with two.

The Rams fall to 0-5 and host Sandusky on Wednesday.

East Knox 56, Mansfield Christian 42

The Mansfield Christian Flames took a tough loss to East Knox on Tuesday night falling 56-42 in nonconference action.

Logan Cyphers led the Flames with 16 points while Braedon Loose and Amar Davis scored nine apiece, Jace Craner chipped in with five and Isaac Vance rounded out the scoring with three.

The Flames fall to 1-8 on the year and hosts St. Peter's on Friday.

West Holmes 42, Lexington 35

The Lexington Minutemen took a tough 42-35 Ohio Cardinal Conference loss to West Holmes on Tuesday night.

Jack Depperschmidt led the Minutemen with 10 points while Hudson Moore added even points and nine rebounds, Baden Forup had six points, Caden Eichler scored five, AJ Young and Corbin Green had two apiece and Ethan Hunter rounded out the scoring with one.

Lexington falls to 2-3 on the year and hosts Wooster on Friday.

Colonel Crawford 64, Plymouth 43

The Plymouth Big Red took a tough nonconference loss to Colonel Crawford on Tuesday night 64-43.

Plymouth falls to 2-8 on the year and travels to St. Paul on Friday.

No stats were submitted for this game.

Monday Scoreboard

Girls Basketball

Mapleton 46, Plymouth 30

The Plymouth Big Red dropped a tough Firelands Conference contest on Monday falling to Mapleton 46-30.

Makenzie Back led the Big Red with 11 points while Jaylin Branham added seven, Halli Hall had five, Cierra Trotter scored three, Bree Fellows chipped in with two and Erin Stevens and Summer Davis rounded out the scoring with one apiece.

Plymouth falls to 2-7 on the year and hosts St. Paul on Thursday.

This article originally appeared on Ashland Times Gazette: Cohesive Crestview cruises to win over Ashland in Renee Stimpert's return to alma mater

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