Monday, February 22, 1999

Top girls teams play after long layoffs




BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        The disadvantages of earning a seed in the girls sectional basketball tournament could outweigh the advantages.

        That's what teams from St. Ursula, Roger Bacon, Franklin, Valley View, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and Cincinnati Country Day will find out today or Tuesday when tournament games resume.

        When the sectional tournament drawing is held, the coaches vote for the top four teams. The seeded team's coaches then pick a spot on the bracket before the unseeded teams are placed.

        As in the case of these six teams, their respective coaches decided to take a bye rather than play in the first round, resulting in a 10-day or longer layoff.

        “It's been way too long since our last game and the girls are tired of practicing,” CCD coach Theresa Hirschauer, said. “But the layoff may help us because some of the girls have been out with the flu.”

        During the first week, there was only one upset with Middletown Fenwick eliminating No. 2-seeded Summit Country Day in Division IV at Madeira.

        The lack of upsets will result in six outstanding Division I championship games including Mercy-Harrison, Colerain-Oak Hills Princeton-Milford, Mason-Lebanon, Hughes-Sycamore and Withrow Mount Notre Dame.

        Each sectional winner advances to the district tournament next week in Dayton.

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