Wednesday, November 22, 2000

McNicholas tops Div. II-IV poll - barely

Springboro, Badin one point behind

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Division II-IV girls basketball poll is crowded at the top. No. 1 McNicholas totaled 121 points and edged Springboro and Hamilton Badin, who tied at No. 2, by one point. Wyoming is No. 4 and within striking distance at 106 points.

  • 1. McNicholas (3) 121
  • 2. Badin (6) 120
  • 2. Springboro (3) 120
  • 4. Wyoming (3) 106
  • 5. Roger Bacon 79
  • 6. Purcell Marian 64
  • 7. Madeira 53
  • 8. North College Hill 47
  • 9. Kings 36
  • 10. Little Miami 31
  Others: Goshen 27, Eastern Brown 26, CHCA 20, Indian Hill 16, Seven Hills 10, Loveland 10, CCD 6, Alter 4, Fayetteville 3, Batavia 3, Mariemont 3, Felicity 2, Norwood 2.
        1. McNicholas: The return of seven letter-winners, including four starters, is the reason for the Rockets' top ranking. Look for returnees Ashley Clark, Kendra Hornschemeier and Lynn Oberschmidt to lead.

        2. Badin: Although Badin lost lost three starters from last season's state runner-up team to graduation, veteran coach Dan Purcell will look to Amy Morner, Cydney Overton, Angela Vilkoski and Molly Brennan to continue the winning tradition.

        2. Springboro: The Panthers return their entire starting lineup, including double-figure scorers Kelsey Sullivan, Lindsay Wight and Becky Ballard.

        4. Wyoming: Quickness, speed and defense carried a young Wyoming team last season and coach Deb Gentile will rely on those traits again.

        But this season the Cowboys will be a veteran team, with Maria McCarthy and Jenni McGee, Monica Hoyles, Mary Bell, Marla Anderson and Laura Verhaeghe returning.

        5. Roger Bacon: Although the Spartans graduated seven seniors from last season's team, Ellie Hazelbaker, Rose Frentsos and Julie Metz are back. With help from the younger players, Roger Bacon could hold the ranking.

        6. Purcell Marian: One of the surprise teams of the 1999-2000 season with a 12-9 record, coach Mike Peddicord's Cavaliers will look to returning staters Patti White, Keri Finnell, Saundra Hall and Melisha Reese.

        7. Madeira: A disciplined team under coach Dave Schlensker that controls the tempo, the Amazons will be led by returning starters Lindsey Barnhart, Amanda Davis and Amy Mackris.

        8. North College Hill: First-year coach Joanna Sears inherits a Trojans team that started four freshmen and won 17 consecutive games last season after losing its opener.

        Michele Miller and Amber Flynn will team with LaTosha Johnson and Shamika Johnson to challenge in the Miami Valley Conference.

        9. Kings: The Fox sisters, Sarah and Lauren, along with Kellie McClung and Julie Roudabush, will be the mainstays for a Knights team that must adjust to first-year coach Katie Moeller.

        10. Little Miami: The underrated Panthers return Courtney Balser, Ashley Richardson, Jackie Chamberlain, Jill Smiley, Mary Werden and Stephanie Journeay from last season.

        This gives first-year coach Mark Short depth, experience and speed.


Mason unanimous No. 1 in Division I