Mike Dyer reports:
BERLIN, Ohio – North Canton Hoover defeated visiting Lakota West 56-49 in Sunday’s third game of the Classic in the Country Challenge at Berlin Hiland High School.
North Canton Hoover is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Division I state poll.
Lakota West is ranked No. 3 in the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll.
Lakota West next plays Toledo Rogers at 5 p.m. today at the Classic in the Country in Berlin.
Lakota West coach Andy Fishman told The Enquirer earlier this week his squad always enjoys playing in the Classic in the Country.
He said the event always rolls out the red carpet and makes Berlin a destination stop for girls’ basketball.
“From the first year to (the) present it remains the premier high school girls basketball event in this region of the country considering college coach, media, and national scouting service attendance,” Fishman said.
“The atmosphere is even more electric than the state Final Four since every game is played in a packed house. The players are treated very well as the town of Berlin welcomes with amazing hospitality and friendliness.”
North Canton Hoover senior guard Marquia Turner, a Xavier signee, helped lead the Vikings with 17 points.