by Devan MatthewsCorrespondentJan. 10 was a long night for the Tallmadge High School girls basketball team.That's because the Blue Devils faced a Wadsworth squad that was very much on top of its game. The Grizzlies, a Suburban League counterpart who advanced to the state tournament last season, posted a 73-26 victory over visiting Tallmadge.According to Tallmadge head coach Jeff Manion, the Blue Devils weren't able to do much against the Grizzlies."Wadsworth is a very good basketball team," said Manion. "There's a reason they got to Columbus last year, and there's every indication that they will make it back there this season. I felt that our girls played hard."With the victory, the Grizzlies improved to 11-1. Their only loss is to another area powerhouse, North Canton Hoover.Sophomore guard Morgan Allen was the offensive leader for the Blue Devils, accounting for half of their points, 13."Morgan did a nice job in the first half to find opportunities to score," said Manion.Also scoring for Tallmadge were junior guard Kelly Myers with six points, Becky Judeh with three points and senior forward Amber Harris and sophomore forward Sarah Lemmon with two markers apiece.Myers and Ashley Jones collected four rebounds each for Tallmadge. Sophomore guard Amanda Bennett dished out three assists.In the shooting department, the Blue Devils made 10 of 32 field-goal attempts overall (32 percent). They also were one of nine from behind the 3-point arc (11 percent) and sank three of seven free throw tries (43 percent).The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 4-8 overall on the season, as well as 1-6 within the Suburban League. According to Manion, he and his players are focused on steady, continuous improvement during the second half of the campaign. Of particular importance is the Blue Devils' performance against other conference opponents."We have now played every Suburban League team once, and we came away with only one win," said Manion.But the second half of the season is a new beginning, according to Manion."We're focused on the second half of the season and we look to gain some ground on those teams that have separated themselves from the rest of the SuburbanLeague," the coach said.Tallmadge was slated to host Green Saturday. Results were not available at press time. The Blue Devils are set to host Uniontown Lake Wednesday before heading to Lodi to place Suburban League foe Cloverleaf next Saturday. Both games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.E-mail: stowsports@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3914