The New Knoxville girls basketball team is back on the regional stage for the first time in five years with a match-up against one of the most prolific scorers in Ohio girls basketball history.
Hardly a stranger recently to regional basketball, New Madison Tri-Village hopes a third time is a charm for a breakthrough to the state tournament.
The two teams, both hailing from small Western Ohio villages of fewer than 1,000 people, meet in a Division IV regional semifinal on Thursday night at Tipp City Tippecanoe High School at 6:15 p.m.
COLUMBUS — The St. Marys girls bowling team qualified to the OHSAA state elite eight before Coldwater pulled off three straight Baker Games to rally past the Roughriders on Saturday afternoon.
St. Marys, which won the state championship a season ago, won the first two Baker games against the Cavaliers to take a commanding 2-0 lead with scores of 165-154 and 192-171.
But Coldwater won the next three games to oust the Riders, 222-164, 242-196 and 236-135.
ST. MARYS — For the first time since 2007, the New Knoxville girls basketball team is headed to the regional tournament.
The Rangers captured a Division IV district championship with a 52-45 win over Upper Scioto Valley on Saturday night at St. Marys Memorial High School.
New Knoxville (21-3) will play at regional next Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Tipp City Tippecanoe High School against the winner of Saturday night's game between Dayton Miami Valley and New Madison Tri-Village.
COLDWATER — The last time the streaking St. Henry Redskins lost, it came to New Bremen back on Jan. 20.
So when the Redskins figured they’d likely be playing the Cardinals again in the sectional final after the draw in early February, they knew how they wanted to attack the New Bremen Cardinals.
St. Henry wanted to control the paint.
COLDWATER — Minster hoped Fort Recovery’s seven-day layoff meant it had the advantage out of the gate in Friday night’s sectional title game.
Instead, the Indians looked like the same well-oiled machine that emerged from the regular season atop the Midwest Athletic Conference standings.
Fort Recovery’s jackrabbit starts to the first and third quarters built up a cushion that carried the state’s third-ranked to a Division IV sectional crown with a 54-35 win over Minster in the opening game at The Palace on Friday.
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