Magics win in return, Norton continues dominance

Barberton and Norton’s girls basketball teams each picked up wins Jan. 6 against Portage County schools.

The Magics defeated Kent Roosevelt 53-29 in their first game since Dec. 5 due to COVID-19 restrictions, as the team improved to 2-3 (1-2 Suburban League American Conference), while Norton improved to 10-1 (6-0 Metro Athletic Conference) with an 84-24 win against Field at home.

Barberton and Kent played a close first quarter before the Magics outscored the Rough Riders 12-2 in the second and 17-10 in the third to cruise to an easy win.

Junior An’taniyha Easter led the team with 18 points, six rebounds, four 3-pointers and four assists. Seniors Hailey Haywood (16 points) and Brenna Walker (13 points) each made three 3-pointers. Laney Kaisk (4 points, four rebounds), Skylar Ramsey (2 points, five rebounds) and Maris Ries (five rebounds) also contributed in the win.

Norton continued its dominance of the MAC, as they have now won each game against a league foe by at least 29 and by an average of 48 points. The Panthers opened with a 26-2 first quarter and 42-8 halftime lead.

Leading the Panthers was Bailey Shutsa, who scored 27 points and had an unofficial school record with 15 steals. Kaylee Murawski followed with 13 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals. Bailey Acord added 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Also scoring for Norton were Gabriella Destefano (8 points), Riley Ballinger (5), Grace Marino (4), Madison Tatka (4), Jill Thomas (4), Sarah Nauer (3), Addie Kropp (2), Calli Norris (2) and Madison Dobbins (2).

Barberton returns home Thursday, Jan. 7 at home versus Southeast at 7 p.m., while Norton plays at Ravenna Monday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

An’taniyha Easter drives to the net in Barberton’s 53-29 win at Kent.

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