The Tallmadge wheelchair basketball team got back to its winning ways with a pair of victories Saturday.
The Blue Devils improved to 10-2 after earning victories over host GlenOak (34-18) and Massillon (40-10) in Plain Township.
Tallmadge put the Golden Bears away by outscoring them 20-8 in the middle two periods. Isaiah Johnson led the Blue Devils with 20 points. Sammy Blatt added six points and Brennan Heavilin and Rory Murphy each scored four points for Tallmadge.
"The team was anxious to get back on the floor after the Wednesday loss [55-15] to Wooster," Blue Devils head coach Thomas Linder said. "GlenOak always plays us tough. We got some good rebounding and that allowed us to get into transition and our team speed was too much for GlenOak.
"We are still a work in progress, putting in a new defense and I thought the players did a great job of executing [Saturday]. Freshman Courtney Kirsch really did a nice job defensively in both games, coming up with several steals on the day. Isaiah Johnson had a good shooting day and used screens by his teammates to take advantage of some open shots."
Tallmadge jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back against the Tigers.
"Massillon has a lot of young players and they are going to be really good in the future," Linder said. "We got off to a quick start and picked up some layups in transition. We played some very good defense and we were able to use those turnovers for baskets.
"What I really liked is the fact we had seven players score points in the game. It's great to see everyone get involved."
Once again, Johnson led the way with 16 points. Heavilin added eight points and Kayden Ramser scored six points for the Blue Devils. Cerafina Currey contributed six points and Kirsch, Ben James and Emma Allen each had two points for Tallmadge.