Division II Girls State Tournament: Players, Stats, Quotes and Notes


Division II Girls Basketball State Tournament

The Division II final four has three teams making their first
appearances and the two-time defending state champion. Here’s what you need to know about all of them…

36th annual Girls Basketball State
Tournament Coverage



Final OGBR/JJHuddle Power Polls

The Division II final four has three teams making their first appearances along with the state champion from 2009 and 2010.

Cambridge (21-4) enters the state semifinals after defeating Marietta and narrowly escaping Plain City Jonathan Alder, 48-47, in the regional final. The Bobcats enter their first state semifinals led by a senior class which has posted the most wins in school history for four consecutive years and has a 78-17 overall record.

Opposing Cambridge in the state semifinal will be Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (16-9). The two-time defending state champion is appearing in its fifth straight final four after finishing as runner-up in 2007 and 2008. The Blazers make their way back to the semifinals after defeating Norton and Mentor Lake Catholic in the regional tournament. Hathaway Brown is averaging 62.7 points per game as a team, while allowing an average of 44.7.

Undefeated Clyde (25-0) is making its first appearance in the state semifinals after taking down Lima Bath in the regional final. The Fliers start two freshmen, Amanda Cahill (16.6 PPG) and Breanne Michaels (7.2 PPG), to help senior center Kaylea Griffin (11.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG) in the frontcourt. Clyde meets Dayton Carroll in the second semifinal game of Division II.

Dayton Carroll (21-4) comes into the final four after defeating cross-town rival Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 40-35 in the regional final. The Patriots are making their first state semifinal appearance after losing in the regional finals in 2006 and 2008. Carroll will look to get to the free throw line in the state tournament, as all five starters shoot over 70% from the charity stripe. – OHSAA Reports

SEMIFINAL 1: Cambridge (22-4) vs Hathaway Brown (16-9), Thurs. 1 p.m.


Cambridge (22-4)
Location: Cambridge
Nickname: Bobcats
Girls Enrollment: 272
League: Easy Central Ohio League
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): NR/NR
State Appearances: 2011
Head Coach: Dan Linscott
School Rec.: 110-50 (7 yrs.)
PPG: 52.2; OPP: 37.1
F 30 Molly Ritz, 5-10, Sr., 9.8 ppg
C 35 Brandy Simpson, 5-11, Sr., 8.6 ppg
G 32 Candice Bumgardner, 5-7, Sr., 10 ppg
G 33 Hallie Stocker, 5-7, Fr., 8.8 ppg
G 10 Abby Wetherell, 5-8, Sr., 8.0 ppg
Did You Know: This group of seniors was ale to overcome some personal demons in the district finals with a 35-34 win over nemesis West Holmes. West Holmes had beaten Cambridge three straight years in the postseason. Simpson, Ritz and Wetherell have played with each other since third grade. Ritz and Wetherell are also cousins. 
Quotable: “(These kids) have just refused to back down (this year) and that’s one of our slogan’s ‘We will never back down.’ Our kids exemplified that in their play against West Holmes. That was a very evenly matched game but we persevered and that’s why we’re where we are today.” – Head Coach Dan Linscott

Hathaway Brown (16-9)
Shaker Heights
Nickname: Blazers
Girls Enrollment: 255
League: Independent
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): NR/NR
State Appearances: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Head Coach: Paul Barlow
School Rec.: 186-80 (11 yrs.)
PPG: 62.7; OPP: 44.7
W 1 Venessa Smith, 6-1, So., 12.5 ppg
W 13 Lysetta Roman, 5-6, So., 4.0 ppg
P 24 Nia Marshall, 5-11, So., 9.5 ppg
P 11 Sarah Poland, 6-3, Sr., 8.4 ppg
G 23 Tanisha Lawler, 5-7, Sr., 10.1 ppg
Did You Know: Barlow is the first coach to lead a team to state five straight seasons. And don’t let the Blazers nine losses fool you. Their schedule was brutal and designed to prepare them for this run. Injuries have also plagued two of the Blazers best players – seniors Molly Cosby (Loyola, Ill. recruit) and Alanna Guy who have each suffered concussions. They are still not back in the starting line-up but about as healthy as they have been this season. Poland has committed to Cornell.
Quotable: “There is such a high expectation level here, and I mean that now way in a conceited way but with the success we’ve had over the last four years the expectation level here now is to ‘Get There.’ In a certain way that’s great because it’s great to have our kids play with that attitude and mentality, but the flip side of it is there’s a lot of great teams and great players that will never get out of their districts and I think a lot of times that goes under-appreciated by ours kids and the people n our community. It’s kind of a double-edged swords. Sometimes it’s a great thing to have behind you and sometimes it’s a tough thing to deal with.” – Head Coach Paul Barlow

SEMIFINAL 2: Clyde (25-0) vs Dayton Carroll (22-4), Thurs. 3 p.m.


Clyde (25-0)
Nickname: Fliers
Girls Enrollment: 270
League: Sandusky Bay Conference
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): 3/1 (Poll Champion)
State Appearances: 2011
Head Coach: John Cahill
School Rec.: 226-90 (14 yrs.)
PPG: 69.4; OPP: 40.3
F 33 Amanda Cahill, 6-1, Fr., 16.6 ppg
F 11 Breanne Michaels, 5-8, Fr., 7.2 ppg
C 42 Kaylea Griffin, 5-10, Sr., 11.4 ppg
G 32 Spencer Robles, 5-8, Sr., 13.4 ppg
G 1 Rachael Smetzler, 5-5, Jr, 10.9 ppg
Did You Know: Success against a rigorous summer schedule led to some lofty expectations, which have been answered. Cahill’s daughter Amanda is a special player and the team’s leading scorer. Sacrifice has been key to this year’s team. Cahill claims their “too unselfish’ at times.
Quotable: “If you dream about seasons as a kid – this is about as good as it gets. We’ve faced our share of adversity but our kids have answered the bell.” – Head Coach John Cahill

Carroll (22-4)
Nickname: Patriots
Girls Enrollment: 333
League: Girls Greater Cincinnati League (North Division)
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): 4/5
State Appearances: 2011
Head Coach: Rob Berry
School Rec.: 166-51 (9 yrs.)
PPG: 54.1; OPP: 36.4
F 15 Susan Wollenhaupt, 6-1, So., 9.6 ppg
F 20 Ciara Poppa, 5-11, So., 9.3 ppg
C 45 Ciara Triplett, 6-6, Sr., 8.4 ppg, 2.9 bpg
G 22 Kelley Austria, 6-0, Jr., 12.3 ppg, 3.1 apg, 3.9 spg
G 5 Molly McGloin, 5-5, Sr., 4.4 ppg, 4.1 apg
Did You Know: Since the preseason, the Patriots have been thought of as the best D-II team in the state. A mid-season injury that sidelined Austria (Dayton commit) and led to a four-game losing skid (McNicholas, Alter, Chaminade Julienne and Detroit Country Day) is the only hiccup. Since Austria’s return Carroll has won nine straight. All five Carroll starters earned All-GGCL North Division honors. McGloin led the GGCL in assists. Carroll’s 13 straight wins to open the season was the longest win streak in Berry’s career. The four ensuing losses were the coach’s longest losing streak as well. Carroll beat CJ three times this year and went 1-1 against Alter. Triplett is a Wright State commit. This year the Patriots have had six different leading scorers and five different leading rebounders. Austria’s uncle is Ohio congressman Steve Austria.
Quotable: “It’s very tough (to get out of our region). In our area the Girls Greater Cincinnati League has obviously been one of the best leagues. Mount Notre Dame had four titles in a row, Alter’s won one, CJ too. This was our third trip to the regional finals and we were finally able to make it out by beating CJ. (Our region) can where you out and it can be a blood bath. We always say if there’s no blood there’s no foul. It’s just a tough game.” – Head Coach Rob Berry

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