Barberton’s girls basketball team jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and hung on to win 45-39 at Mayfield.
Senior guards Hailey Haywood and Brenna Walker scored 15 of the first 19 Barberton points to give the team a 19-6 lead after one quarter. Mayfield cut the lead after each quarter, ultimately cutting it to as low as 3 points in the fourth quarter, but the Magics made big free throws to seal the win.
Haywood led the team with 16 points. She made one 3-pointer and three free throws while also grabbing six rebounds. Walker followed with 15 points, including three 3-pointers and four free throws on five attempts. Rounding out the starting lineup were junior An’taniyha Easter (11 points, four rebounds, three steals), Laney Kaisk (3 points, 10 rebounds) and Skylar Ramsey (five rebounds).
The win improves the team’s record to 1-1, and they will open Suburban League play in their home opener Wednesday, Dec. 2 against Highland at 7 p.m.