WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) will begin its’ first basketball season with two tiers. The newest members will be aligned in the Grey Tier. Those schools were affiliated with the All-American Conference (Blue Tier) last year.

Champion Golden Flashes
Coach: Michael Cole
2019-20 Record: 21-5 (11-1, AAC Blue)
Returning Starters: Seniors – Emma Gumont and Brooke Whitt. Juniors – Ava Howell
…The defending All-American Conference Blue Tier champions will now make their way into the MVAC. The Golden Flashes have won at least 20 games in each of the past four seasons and have won the District crown in back-to-back years. “We return our top three scorers,” points out coach Cole. “Combine that with an 18-win junior varsity team and a 1-loss 8th grade league championship freshmen group. We expect to challenge for a league title and a district crown.”

Emma Gumont and Brooke Whitt are two returning seniors who will be looked upon to lead the Lady Flashes. Gumont finished with a 17.7 scoring average while Whitt was a double-double machine closing out her junior year by averaging 10.8 points and 9.8 boards. “This season, we want to lower our turnovers per game,” indicates Cole. “Twelve or less is our goal. Keep up the defensive intensity. Last season, we forced 27 turnovers a game. We also want to improve our outside shooting. Those are the keys.”

2019-20 AAC Blue Standings
Champion – 11-1 (21-5)
Liberty – 10-2 (19-5)
Newton Falls – 7-5 (16-8)
Crestview – 6-6 (16-9)
LaBrae – 5-7 (13-10)
Brookfield – 3-9 (9-14)
Campbell – 0-12 (4-19)

2020-21 Schedule
Champion
Nov. 28 – Lakeview
Nov. 30 – Struthers
Dec. 2 – at Howland
Dec. 5 – at McDonald
Dec. 7 – Harding
Dec. 9 – at Warren JFK
Dec. 14 – at Crestview
Dec. 21 – at Liberty
Jan. 2 – Bristol
Jan. 4 – LaBrae
Jan. 7 – at Brookfield
Jan. 9 – at Niles
Jan. 11 – Newton Falls
Jan. 14 – Campbell Memorial
Jan. 21 – Crestview
Jan. 23 – at Poland
Jan. 25 – TBD
Jan. 28 – Liberty
Feb. 1 – at LaBrae
Feb. 4 – Brookfield
Feb. 8 – at Newton Falls
Feb. 11 – at Campbell Memorial