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Michael D. McElwain DRIVING THE PAINT – Madonna’s Santo Dobraska drives the paint past Catholic Central’s Evan Long during Friday’s game.

STEUBENVILLE — Madonna scored the first 16 points in her match with Catholic Central Friday and earned a 63-34 triumph inside Mickey Barber Gymnasium.

Anthony Mascio, Matt Amaismeier and Evan Bone paced Blue Don’s first wave as they all connected behind the arc. The visitors led 22-3 after the first period.

Bone and Amaismeier each scored seven goals in the quarter while Mascio contributed five.

“I haven’t seen this for a long time” Blue Don manager George Vargo said when asked about his club’s hot start. “It was like the good old days at Madonna.”It was certainly nice to see this kind of racing. This kept us going and we were able to continue for the rest of the competition.

Madonna, who improved to 7-5 and swept the season series with her cross-river rival, led 39-12 at intermission.

To their credit, the now 2-12 Crusaders didn’t fold. They put up a strong effort in the third, outscoring their guests 15-13.

“Our children played hard” Center coach Don Ogden said. “We played against a very good team and a very well trained team tonight. Things certainly didn’t start well for us.

“At half-time we made adjustments, mainly mental adjustments. We reassured them and told them that the first thing we wanted to see was that they play hard.

Held scoreless in the first half, Central second Daniel Bolster found his touch in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his team’s 15 points.

Madonna had three players finish in double figures. Bone took the match honors with 19.

Mascio and Amaismeier were evenly split 26.

“Any time you can get three double-digit players, you’re going to have a great night offensively,” said Vargo. “We were also looking to get our defensive effort back tonight as we struggled defensively in the last two games we lost.

“We picked it up defensively earlier this week against Beallsville and we did it again tonight.

Now we have to continue tomorrow when we face Doddridge County.

Bolster finished with 14 to survey Central. Jaden Bradley added six.

“I’m tired of moral victories at this point,” Ogden said. “I guess I’ll have to make do with that until we get some more wins on the scoreboard.

“We saw things tonight that we liked, especially in the second half. These are things we can build on moving forward.

The Blue Dons edged Central 30-20. Santo DoBraska took down five to lead Madonna. Bradley had a similar number for Crusaders.

A Blue Don sweep:

Koleton Griskevich put up a monster game as Madonna took a 41-36 win in the junior varsity contest. The freshman finished with 26 points.

Eli Fayak scored 13 to lead Central.

FOLLOWING

The Blue Dons are back today, hosting Doddridge County at the Dube Dome.

During the afternoon, Madonna will hold a special ceremony in honor of Al Boniti, a dedicated educator for 43 years at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic School. He graduated from Madonna in 1969 and later served as head coach of the Blue Don baseball team and assistant for the football and basketball teams. Boniti also served as sporting director and head football coach for Junior Dons.

Boniti died in September at the age of 69.

The girls’ teams from both schools will start at 1 p.m. and the boys will follow at 2:30 p.m.

Central is closed until Friday when it hosts Edison.

Madonna 63, Central Catholic 34

Madonna 22 17 13 11–63

Central 3 9 15 7–34

MADONNA (7-5): L. Amaismeier 1 0-0 2; Mascio 6 0-0 13; Serafine 0 0-0 0; Do Braska 1 0-2 2; Pietranton 0 0-0 0; Arlia 2 2-4 6; Dietrich 0 4-6 4; Muzzi 2 0-0 4; Mr. Amaismeier 5 2-2 13; Os 6 6-7 19. TOTALS: 23 14-21 63.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (2-12): Long 0 0-1 0; Lap 0 0-0 0; provost 0 1-3 1; Iidle 0 2-2 2; Pergi 1 2-4 4; Bolster 5 2-4 14; Urbanczyk 0 0-0 0; C. Bradley 1 0-0 2; Rhodes 0 0-0 0; Grimm 1 0-0 2; Mihalyo 1 0-0 3; J. Bradley 3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 10 7-16 34.

3-POINT GOALS: Madonna 3 (Mascio, M. Amaismeier; Bone); Central 3 (Terminal 2; Mihalyo); REBOUND: Madonna 30 (DoBraska 5); Central 20 (J.Bradley 5); NUMBERS: Madonna 6; Central 15.

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