Cornerstone vs. New Middletown Springfield Division IV district final capsule for Feb. 25 game

Feb. 24—(4) Cornerstone Christian vs. (1) New Middletown Springfield

What: Division IV district final

When: 7 p.m., Feb. 25

Where: Grand Valley, 111 Grand Valley Ave. West, Orwell

Records: Cornerstone 18-7, New Middletown Springfield 23-2

Cornerstone's path: Defeated Lordstown, 57-16, def. Heartland Christian, 61-24, def. Mineral Ridge, 45-43

New Middletown Springfield's path: Def. AOA 58-26, def. Salinesville Southern, 35-31

On deck: Winner will play the winner of Richmond Heights and Dalton in a Massillon Perry Regional semifinal at 6 p.m. on March 2

For the record: Springfield's only losses this year are to West Branch and Garrettsville. Cornerstone has won seven in a row since a loss to Division II Beaumont. ... In the semifinal win over Mineral Ridge, Cornerstone had balanced scoring with nine each from Lovey Walker and Mylia Bell to lead the way. The Patriots led, 28-20, at halftime before the Rams pecked away at the lead in the second half. Coach Lisa Stopp's team will look to rely on its pressure defense to force Springfield into turnovers and transition points. ... Springfield is led by senior Jacey McMullen (17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds) and sophomore Jameka Brungard (9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds). Both are tall and physical presences in the paint that could give the shorter Patriots trouble.

Kampf's pick: New Middletown Springfield