It was simply a week of madness on hardwood courts throughout central
Ohio. Three area girls basketball teams made the state tournament for
the first time in school history, including Reynoldsburg beating
top-seeded Pickerington North after losing twice to the Panthers in the
It was simply a week of madness on hardwood courts throughout central Ohio. Three area girls basketball teams made the state tournament for the first time in school history, including Reynoldsburg beating top-seeded Pickerington North after losing twice to the Panthers in the regular-season.
On the boys hardwood, teams struggled with the shooting background of the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum, but Northland, Dublin Coffman and Gahanna all moved on to the Division I regional at the Coliseum. The Central Catholic League advanced three of its members to the regional tournament.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Reynoldsburg, girls basketball: After making only two baskets in the first half of a Division I regional championship game, it appeared the Reynoldsburg would remain winless against girls basketball powers Pickerington North and Pickerington Central.
Trailing 13-11 at halftime, the Raiders cranked up their play with a near flawless second half to shock Pickerington North 45-34 to clinch the program’s first trip to the state tournament.
Aryelle Covington had 15 points, including making eight free throws in the fourth quarter for the Raiders. T’Shera Lucas added eight points and 13 rebounds for Reynoldsburg, which turned the tide with a 14-7 third quarter.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam Blake, Logan Elm boys basketball: Blake scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter of a 55-54 win over Vincent Warren in a district championship game. Blake carried the Braves on offense through the final period, making all five shots he attempted from the field, four of those to give the team a lead. The Logan Elm senior hit a jumper with eight seconds left to lift the Braves to back-to-back district titles, the first time the program had achieved the distinction since 1962 and 1963.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Good Harvest: Aryealle Beavers made a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to force a overtime Harvest Prep controlled to take a 65-59 Division IV regional championship against a very tough Waterford team. Shicole Watts led Harvest Prep with 25 points. Harvest Prep went ahead 61-57 with less than two minutes left in overtime as Watts followed a miss shot and Beavers hit a layup. The trip to the Schottenstein Center is the first in program history.
Tough Trace: Miami Trace used a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter of a Division II regional title game to defeat Minerva 48-38 to clinch the program’s first trip to the state tournament. The Panthers improved to 24-1 on the season with Butler-bound Jenna Cobb leading the way with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Andrea Strahler had nine points and five rebounds and Ashley Lawson contributed six points.
Shamrocks have mixed weekend: Dublin Coffman had a busy weekend on the ice and the hardwood in the Capital City.
Dublin Coffman’s hockey team fell 4-0 to Sylvania Northview in a Division I state semifinal game to finish at 30-8-2 on the season.
The Shamrocks had better luck on the hardwood, turning to Michael Green, who tallied his 1,000 career point to lead Dublin Coffman to a 78-59 Division I district championship victory over Marion-Franklin. Green, an Akron recruit, shot 10 of 15 from the field to score 30 points to help Dublin Coffman snap a string of four straight district title game losses.
Kyle Molock chipped in 12 points, Christian Heine had 11 and Conner Viers contributed 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Dublin Coffman.
Gahanna holds on: Tony Jackson scored the last six points as the Lions held off Westerville North 60-54 in a Division I district title game. Sixth-seeded Westerville North eliminated Gahanna from the tournament last season in a district semifinal game and appeared ready to repeat the feat. Jackson, who led Gahanna with 25 points, hit a key shot with 36 seconds left in overtime to advance the Lions to the Sweet 16.
Good roots: Third-seeded Tree of Life upset second-seeded Harvest Prep 49-39 in a Division IV district title game to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history. The Trojans went on a 7-0 in the fourth quarter to claim a 41-34 advantage. Bryan Redic led Tree of Life with 14 points. Tremayne Blanks had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Levin also had 11 points.
CCL power: The Central Catholic League turned in an impressive performance at the district tournament, claiming three championships.
DeSales won its fourth district title in five seasons by edging Bexley 52-49 in a Division II district championship game. Nick Kellogg led the Stallions with 25 points and seven rebounds.
Watterson made 21 of 26 free throws, including 15 of 16 in the second half to hold off Canal Winchester 44-40 in a Division II district title game. Zach Riddle led the Eagles with 16 points, 10 of those coming at the charity stripe.
In the all-CCL district title game, Ready used a 12-0 run to claim a 39-30 win in a Division III game against Worthington Christian. Joe Graessle posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds for Ready.
Centerburg on top: Lyle Lindsey hit two key three-pointers, one in the fourth quarter and another in overtime, to lead top-seeded Centerburg past third-seeded Bloom-Carroll 49-46 in a Division III district title game. Lindsey scored 17 points for Centerburg, as did Brandt Lambert, who made 5 of 6 free throws in overtime. Bloom-Carroll was 3 of 11 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.
Gahanna vs. Dublin Coffman boys basketball, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Ohio Expo Center Coliseum: Gahanna will try to use its smaller, guard-oriented team to get past a taller Dublin Coffman squad. The Lions need to be hitting their shots to try and advance in a Division I regional semifinal game.
Miami Trace vs. Kettering Alter girls basketball, Thursday at 8 p.m. at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center: Miami Trace needs a good game from Cobb and solid production from its best to try and advance past state power Alter in a Division II state semifinal game.
DeSales vs. Logan Elm boys basketball, Thursday at 8 p.m. at Ohio Univ. Convocation Center: Two of the best programs in the area clash for the first time since a 2005 regular-season meeting for a Division II regional semifinal game.
Harvest Prep vs. Fort Loramie girls basketball, Friday at 3 p.m. at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center: Harvest Prep needs to keep its high scoring, spread offense going in a Division IV state semifinal game.
Reynoldsburg vs. Canton McKinley girls basketball, Friday at 8 p.m. at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center: Reynoldsburg is coming off an emotional win over Pickerington North. Now the task is to complete the job, the first task coming against a tough Canton McKinley team in a Division I state semifinal game.