10 State Quotes: They said What? Here’s what the coaches think…


The 35th annual Ohio State Girls Basketball Tournament

Nightmares, tails between legs, Facebook, jealousy and more. Read what this weekend’s championship coaches have to say on basketball, life and lifting that state title trophy.

Nightmares, tails between legs, Facebook, jealousy and more.
Read what this weekend’s championship coaches have to say on basketball,
life and lifting that state title trophy.

1. “We went to Berlin Hiland (for the Classic in the Country) and we left with our tail between our legs. It was a good old-fashioned butt-smacking. It was embarrassing. We didn’t even show up. I was disappointed and I think the girls were frankly embarrassed by their performance.” Minster head coach Nann Stechshulte on the Wildcats 73-50 loss to Mogadore at the Classic in the Country. Since then Minster is 13-1.

2. “I told Nann that if there’s one coach in Columbus I would prefer not to coach against it would be her.
We have a tremendous amount of respect for her and her program. Her kids are tough. We always know that to have any success in Columbus we’re going to have to go through somebody from their league (Midwest Athletic Conference) or their area. We’re a little jealous about the battles they get to have on a daily basis out there. They do beat each other up but they are so prepared when it comes to tournament time.” Berlin Hiland head coach Dave Schlabach on Minster and head coach Nann Stechshulte. Schlabach (420) and Stechshulte (330) are the winningest coaches in this year’s state tournament with a combined 750 victories. 

3. “God has blessed us to be able to run and move.
Defense is our signature and we just run. When you’re as deep as we are (play 10) you can push these girls to a different level. You can get them to dig down deep and go harder than they think they can.” Canal Winchester Harvest Prep coach David Dennis on his Warrior squad that’s averaging a D-IV best 76.6 points and allowing just 34.7.

4. “We scrimmaged Fairmont
(Division I semifinalist), we scrimmaged Butler (D-I regional finalist), we scrimmaged Kettering Alter (D-II state semifinalist) and we scrimmaged Beavercreek. Our preseason was pretty dag-gone good. We felt like if we could compete in November against those types of teams that we would be ready for any challenge that was going to be before us in February and March,” Middletown Madison head coach John Rossi.

5. “The rankings are nice and it’s nice for the people.
But our girls have been ranked so often in volleyball and basketball that they understand it’s just a poll and a general opinion. The poll is more for the fans. We take it for what it is.” Smithville head coach Mike Miller.

6. “There was a great deal of relief for me last year to finally win the state title, but
this year the pressure for us was to get back (to state). I’m not saying our goal isn’t to win the state title and repeat, but I think the idea of falling short of Columbus this year would have been a very hard pill to swallow. I think the pressure and anxiety we got through on Friday (by winning the regional final). If we wouldn’t have gotten back to Columbus people would have looked at that as a less than successful season and that’s unfortunate, but that’s the reality of how it would have been viewed.” Hathaway Brown head coach Paul Barlow on the Blazers fourth straight trip to the state tournament.

7. “This year we were kind of overlooked in some of the ratings
and I said hey there’s a lot of good teams out there – especially in Division II – and it’s no snub against us. As long as we do what we can do – rated or not – we’re going to be where we need to be at the end of the year. That’s proven true. No one’s really spoken about us like in year’s past.” Miami Trace head coach James Stutzman.

8. “I would probably have nightmares.
The thing about it is you might take away one thing, but you’re not going to take away everything. That’s the problem. There’s always going to be someone who can score that night.” Toledo Waite head coach Manny May when asked what he would do if he was game-planning against his own team.

9. “Our philosophy the last 10 years is that defense is something we pride ourselves on.
Thus far it hasn’t hurt us that were scoring only 48 points per game because we’ve been able to contain teams and keep them at a lower score than they’re used to. It’s not a worry we have.” Fairmont head coach Tom Cogan on his team averaging a D-I tournament low 48 points per game.

10. “They were a little wound up about something ahead of time,
I don’t really know what all it involved, but sometimes I think text messaging and Facebook are not always real good. But the kids were ready to play and whatever motivated them I’m happy. (The messages) came from some place over in Pickerington and I don’t even know who they were from. I saw one and it just said something to the effect that ‘Reynoldsburg had never beat them and they were going to win.’ It was just kid stuff. It was no big deal.” Reynoldsburg head coach Jack Purtell on text messages his players received before their regional final win over Pickerington North. It was the first victory ever for a Reynoldsburg team over a Dave Butcher-coached Pickerington squad.

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