| GIRLS BASKETBALL COVERAGE |
Championship Update: McNicholas won the Ohio Division II title while Eastern Brown lost in the Division III finals. Highlands lost in the Ky. Sweet Sixteen quarterfinals while Brossart lost in the first round. |
Lexington Catholic wins Ky. girls title|
Manual's Chelsea Thompson strapped her teammates to her back and led them to the verge of a state championship. The dream, so close to becoming a reality, instead was derailed by her left ankle.
Highlands loses in Ky. quarterfinals|
Highlands junior center Tara Boothe's 22 points couldn't save the Ladybirds against Henderson County, The Colonels turned a sticky defense and 21 points from senior forward Brooke Fisher into a 55-34 victory.
Ky. Sweet 16 roundup
Amanda Burden made only one shot for Muhlenberg North on Friday. But that one shot a 3-pointer from the left wing with 22 seconds to play thrust the Lady Stars into the semifinals for the first time in school history.
Highlands advances to quarterfinals|
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. It was a good thing the Highlands Bluebirds got to play a second half Thursday. The Ninth Region champions needed the final 16 minutes to eliminate Perry County Central 52-48 in the opening round of the girls Sweet Sixteen state tournament.
Highlands - Henderson Co. scouting report
Ky. girls Sweet Sixteen roundup
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. Princess Wimsatt scored 20 points, including the game-clinching free throws with less than a minute to play, as Henderson County beat Lincoln County 56-48. Henderson County plays Highlands today.
Manual puts brakes on Brossart|
Louisville DuPont Manual ended Bishop Brossart's first trip to the state tournament with a 75-51 first-round victory at Western Kentucky University's E.A. Diddle Arena.
Highlands tips off in Sweet Sixteen
Highlands (23-9) meets Perry County Central (28-3) at 8:30 p.m. today in a first-round game in the Kentucky girls Sweet Sixteen. Here's a socuting report:
Kentucky Sweet Sixteen roundup
It's been 22 years since Allen County-Scottsville won a game in the girls state basketball tournament. As coach Garry DeWitt sees it, there's no reason the Region 4 champion Lady Patriots (26-6) can't keep it going.
| Saturday's Ohio championship games|
McNicholas wins state title|
The Rockets were ready to celebrate after beating Canfield 52-40 to claim the Division II state championship.
Eastern Brown suffers 1st loss, in state final
No one from Eastern Brown offered any excuses. But it's difficult to overlook an injury to starter Jessi Ellis and the effect it had on the players in a 49-37 loss to South Euclid Regina in the Division III state championship game.
Beavercreek finishes with perfect season
Beavercreek coach Ed Zink said he wasn't worried that Dayton Chaminade-Julienne wouldn't allow Alison Bales to catch the ball inside. At least not when Emily Williams and the rest of the Battling Beavers were raining 3s.
Jackson Center wins Div. IV title
Holgate looked to have the momentum. Turns out it was Jackson Center that was just getting started.
State championship matchups|
A look at the Division II teams, McNicholas and Canfield, and the Division III teams, Eastern Brown and South Euclid Regina.
Friday's semifinal roundup
Alissa Gill made a 40-foot 3-pointer for Holgate at the end of regulation Friday, and the Lady Tigers went on in overtime to advance to the Division IV state title game.
| Thursday's State Semifinals|
McNicholas takes out defending champ|
COLUMBUS Ashley Clark topped her scoring average in the first half and finished with 20 points Thursday night, leading McNicholas to a 48-44 victory over defending state champion Columbus Hartley in a Division II semifinal.
Defending champions end Wyoming's dream
COLUMBUS Victory was within reach of Wyoming when adversity struck.
Guards stand tall for Eastern Brown
COLUMBUS The trophy case at Eastern Brown is full of hardware but none with the inscription State Champions. That may change Saturday.
Canfield soph goes from J.V. to tourney hero
COLUMBUS Jill Vertanen spent part of this season playing on Canfield's junior varsity team. Lucky for the Cardinals that varsity coach Patrick Pavlansky decided the sophomore forward deserved a promotion.
| N.Ky. Region Championships|
Highlands upsets Boone Co. for region title|
Tradition is a large part of the Highlands girls basketball program, but even the staunchest Lady Bluebird fans had trouble envisioning a Ninth Region championship this season. Yet, Highlands is going back to the Sweet Sixteen.
Schwegman rallies Brossart to Sweet Sixteen
Maybe one player can beat an entire team.Bishop Brossart senior guard Katie Schwegmann was that one player in Tuesday's girls 10th Region title game.
Munoz repeats as top Div. I player|
Michelle Munoz, the reigning Ohio Ms. Basketball from Mason, and Cleveland East Tech's Barbara Turner, have been named Division I Co-Players of the Year for the 200-2001 season.
| N.Ky. Region Semifinals|
Highlands, Boone reach Ninth Region final|
The two schools that have won seven of the last eight Ninth Region girls basketball titles meet again tonight for a berth in the Kentucky Sweet 16.
Boone County 55, Holmes 43
Senior guard Ciara Henderson scored 13 points and junior guard Christian Stefanopoulos had 10 points and seven assists to lead the Lady Rebels to the region final.
Highlands 40, Holy Cross 36
Junior center Tara Boothe's 15 points and freshman guard Abbi Gibson's 13 helped the defending Ninth Region champions to a 40-36 victory at Conner.
Brossart reaches Tenth Region finals
The pressure was on Bishop Brossart senior guard Jenna Schultz. And twice in the final 20 seconds she delivered.
Wyoming upsets No. 1 Versailles|
Behind a stifling defense, Wyoming took control early and never let up on the way to a 54-28 victory over Versailles, the No.1 team in the state Division III poll, in a regional final Saturday at Vandalia-Butler's Student Activity Center.
Mercy gets none from Beavercreek
The No. 1 ranked Beavercreek Beavers put on a clinic against Mother of Mercy Saturday and won the Division I regional championship.
| Friday's Regional preview|
McNicholas focused on state berth|
McNicholas (19-6), the No. 3 team in the Enquirer's Divisions II-IV coaches poll, and Dayton Dunbar (22-3) square off tonight for a berth in the state tournament.
| Thursday's Regional Games|
Boone Co. 'survives' against NCC|
Nikki Molleson's offensive rebound, layup and free throw with 29.5 seconds left in the game let Boone County advance with a 39-36 win over Newport Central Catholic in a Ninth Region game at Conner.
Holmes wears down Calvary Christian
Holmes junior guard Erica Hallman didn't look like she has been nursing an injured back, and sophomore Jonna Patterson didn't play like someone who hurt an ankle.
Campbell County falls in 10th Region
Sarah Gooding scored 19 points to advance to help Fleming County beat Campbell County 53-48 in the 10th Region.
| Wednesday's Regional Games|
Mercy takes out Mason|
Mercy outplayed, outhustled and outscored the defending Division I state champion 47-33 in a regional semifinal at Wright State.
St. Ursula thisclose to upsetting state No. 1
Beavercreek, unbeaten and the top-ranked Division I team in the state, held off St.Ursula and escaped with a 61-54 overtime victory.
Wyoming crushes Highland with defense
The old adage that defense wins titles held true for the Wyoming girls Wednesday night in the Division III regional semifinals.
Highlands limits Dixie to 22 points
After senior guard Stephanie Ripberger was injured midway through the season, Highlands coach Luci Cecil knew her team's style of play would need to change. That change was a big reason Highlands beat Dixie Heights 35-22 Wednesday night in the Ninth Region tournament at Conner.
Holy Cross girls run over Conner
Junior center Molly Hall and junior forward Rachele Vogelpohl each scored 11 points Wednesday night to lead Holy Cross to a 55-43 victory over Conner in the first round of the Ninth Region tournament at Conner.
Brossart advances in 10th Region
Katie Schwegmann and Carrie Clift each had a team-high 14 points to lead No.2 Bishop Brossart over Clark County 53-47 in a 10th Region opener.