Tuesday, March 09, 1999

Girls regional capsules




        Mason (23-0) vs. Trotwood Madison (22-1)

        • Division: I

        • Where: Wright State University Nutter Center

        • When: 6:15 p.m. today

        • Admission: $7

        • Starting lineups: Mason: Dallas Williams, Beth Jones, Michelle Munoz, Jere' Issenmann, Ann Lippert or Racquel Ellis. Trotwood Madison: Natasha Liggens, Janae Derrick, Kristen Self, Tiffany Guthrie, Darla Finney.

        • What to expect: Trotwood Madison, an athletic team, prefers the up-tempo game with senior guard Guthrie the key player. The Rams also rely on point guard Liggens and Self for scoring.

        Mason counters with a balanced offense — Williams, Munoz and Jones average double figures — and a defense that allows an average of fewer than 40 points a game.

        “We must get back on defense and force them into a half-court game,” Mason coach Gerry Lackey said. “We played Trotwood last year in the regional semifinals and were fortunate to get out to a quick lead on them.”

        Mason is ranked No.1 in the state and No.1 in the nation by USA Today.

        • Next: Winner of this game meets the winner of the Mount Notre Dame/Beavercreek game for the regional title 11a.m. Saturday.

        Mount Notre Dame (21-2) vs. Beavercreek (24-0)

        • Division: I

        • Where: Wright State University Nutter Center

        • When: 8 p.m. today

        • Admission: $7

        • Starting lineups: Mount Notre Dame: Pam Brannen, Jen Tobertge, Jen Emming, Sarah Allen, Michelle Emming. Beavercreek: Tiffany Webb, Stefanie Miller, Amanda Williams, Shannon Gardner, Allison Skapin.

        • What to expect: Ranked No.3 in Ohio, Beavercreek features an offense built around Miller, a senior point guard who averages nearly nine assists and 11 points a game.

        While Miller handles the outside duties, Skapin dominates on the inside along with substitute Nicole Baptiste. Garner and Webb are also scoring threats. Williams is a defensive specialist.

        Mount Notre Dame is on a 17-game winning streak.

        Senior guard Allen is the key player but Brannen, substitute Erin Malich, the Emming sisters, Michelle and Jen, along with point guard Tobertge, must contribute.

        “Beavercreek is known for its three-point shooting and a matchup zone,” MND coach Chris Mack said. “Our girls must remember that long shots often result in long rebounds and we'll have to box-out.”

        • Next: Winner of this game meets the winner of the Mason/Trotwood Madison game for the regional title 11 a.m. Saturday.

        Hamilton Badin (20-1) vs. Little Miami (19-5)

        • Division: II

        • Where: Vandalia Butler High School

        • When: 8 p.m. today

        • Admission: $7

        • Starting lineups: Hamilton Badin: Kerri Fiehrer, Shannon Kuhl, Lisa Knapp, Caitlin Wolf, Christina Hinkle. Little Miami: Keli Gentry, Jessica Horn, Courtney Balser, Jackie Chamberlain, Jessica Back.

        • What to expect: The defending state champions, Badin has relied on a man-to-man defense that will test Little Miami.

        The pressure will be on Little Miami point guard Gentry against the Badin press and man-to-man defense. If Gentry handles the pressure, Balser and Horn are the major scoring threats.

        For Badin, point guard Fiehrer is the key on the outside with Knapp the biggest offensive threat from anywhere on the court.

        Although Badin lost four starters to graduation, the Rams are on a mission to return to Columbus to repeat.

        • Next: Winner of this game meets the winner of the Columbus Bexley/Chaminade-Julienne for the regional title 7:30 p.m. Friday.

       



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