Saturday, March 20, 1999

Pickerington primed for Mason




        COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pickerington hopes to redeem its only loss of the season when it meets Mason tonight for the Ohio Division I girls basketball championship.

        Adding to the stakes, Mason is No. 1 and Pickerington No. 3 in the USA Today rankings. In other words, a national title may be hanging in the balance in the final state tournament game ever in St. John Arena.

        “It's for a lot of apples,” said Pickerington coach Dave Butcher, whose team suffered

        53-45 home loss to Mason on Jan. 18. “The eyes of the whole nation are on Columbus, Ohio, and our game.”

        Pickerington (26-1) eliminated No. 6 Wadsworth 51-35 Friday night as LaToya Turner lived up to her Ms. Basketball title by dominating the paint

        Turner, who tied for the Associated Press Ms. Basketball award with Eastlake North's Kaayla Chones, hit 12-of-14 shots from the field and 5-of-6 free throws. She added five rebounds, two assists and four steals.

        Turner turned her attention to Mason right after the game.

        “That'd be very big because we have a shot at a national title,” she said. “How many people do you know who have a chance at winning a national title?”

        Pickerington is seeking its sixth state title.

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