The four teams that make up the Division III state semifinals have
a combined record of 95-5. Here’s what you
need to know about all of them…
36th annual Girls Basketball State
The four teams that make up the Division III state semifinals have a combined record of 95-5.
Anna (25-1) has made it to the state semifinals after taking down undefeated Georgetown in the regional semifinal, then defeating Richwood North Union in the regional final. The lone loss on the year came all the way back in December against Tipp City Tippecanoe and since then the Rockets have won 21 straight. Anna is led by three seniors; Rebecca Burch (52.0 FG%, 35.7 3PT %), Megan Fogt (58.2 FG%, 9.8 RPG) and Carrie Watkins (11.1 PPG, 89.7 FT %). The Rockets play Fort Recovery in the state semifinals.
Fort Recovery (23-2) is making its third final four appearance after taking down Millbury Lake, and Columbus Africentric in the regional tournament. The Indians are led by senior twins Holly Brunswick (12.5 PPG, 81 FT %) and Kendra Brunswick (12.4 PPG, 83 assists). Fort Recovery is returning to the state tournament 20 years after its last appearance, winning back-to-back championships in 1990 and 1991.
Oak Hill (24-0) is looking to continue its undefeated season after defeating Minford and Sardinia Eastern in its regional tournament. The Lady Oaks are led by junior Breanna Butler (18.7 PPG) on offense and total team effort on defense, holding opponents to an average of 37 points per game. Oak Hill is making its third appearance in the state final four, finishing as runner-up in its previous two appearances in 2004 and 2009. The Lady Oaks will take on Elyria Catholic in the state semifinal matchup.
Elyria Catholic (23-2) has made the state semifinals after defeating Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, 48-46, and Youngstown Ursuline, 50-41, in the regional tournament. The Panthers are making their first ever appearance in the final four, after being unable to advance from the regional finals in 2010. Two Panthers have scored over 1,000 points in their career. Senior Emily Taylor accomplished the feat in 2010, while teammate senior Ashley Schuster hit the mark in the regional semifinal game against Gilmour Academy. – OHSAA Reports
SEMIFINAL 1: Anna (25-1) vs Fort Recovery (23-2), Fri., 1 p.m.
Girls Enrollment: 146
League: Shelby County League
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): 3/3
State Appearances: 2011, 1982, 1981
Head Coach: Jack Billing
School Rec.: 60-12 (3 yrs.)
PPG: 71.3; OPP: 36.1
F 23 Natalie Billing, 5-10, So., 13.7 ppg
F 31 Ashley Frohne, 5-11, Jr., 5.3 ppg
C 35 Megan Fogt, 6-0, Sr., 14.6 ppg
G 25 Rebecca Burch, 5-8, Sr., 13.0 ppg
G 13 Carrie Watkins, 5-8, Sr., 11.1 ppg
Did You Know: Anna has two Shelby County League Players of the Year on its team in Fogt (2011) and Burch (2010). The Rockets also got a taste of the Schottenstein Center earlier this year when they went to watch Anna grad Sarah Schulze play her last home game for Ohio State. Schulze keeps in regular contact with the team and recently texted them a picture of her holding the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Tournament trophy with the message “now it’s your turn to bring one home for D-III.”
Quotable: “We get up and down the court and we’re going to out pressure on you. If we can get an 8-10 point lead at half we feel pretty good because we’re going to come out in the third and fourth quarter and get after you.” – Head Coach Jack Billing.
Fort Recovery (23-2)
Location: Fort Recovery
Girls Enrollment: 131
League: Midwest Athletic Conference
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): NR/8
State Appearances: 2011, 1991, 1990
Head Coach: Doug Bihn
School Rec.: 68-21 (4 yrs.)
PPG: 62.0; OPP: 42.9
F 14 Holly Brunswick, 5-8, Sr., 12.5 ppg
F 10 Olivia Thien, 5-9, Sr., 9.3 ppg
G 43 Kendra Brunswick, 5-7, Sr., 12.4 ppg
G 32 Nicole Dilworth, 5-7, Sr., 5.9 ppg
G 20 Kylie Kahlig, 5-8, Jr., 7.3 ppg
Did You Know: Fort Recovery and Anna are no strangers. The two teams scrimmage each other every preseason and the schools football teams each play in the MAC. Since a 50-48 loss to Minster on January 20, the Indians have won 14 straight. In addition to its regional wins over Millbury Lake and Columbus Africentric, Fort Recovery owns impressive wins over Delphos Jefferson (D-III semifinalist), Fort Loramie (D-IV semifinalist) and Franklin-Monroe (D-IV regional finalist).
Quotable: “We tell the kids it doesn’t matter who we play. We just need to play our game. We haven’t played the perfect game yet as far as I know, but we strive for it.” – Head Coach Doug Bihn
SEMIFINAL 2: Oak Hill (24-0) vs Elyria Catholic (23-2), Fri. 3 p.m.
Oak Hill (24-0)
Location: Oak Hill
Nickname: Lady Oaks
Girls Enrollment: 132
League: Southern Ohio Conference
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): 1/1 (Poll Champion)
State Appearances: 2011, 2009, 2004
Head Coach: Doug Hale
School Rec.: 288-70 (14 yrs.)
PPG: 67.0; OPP: 37.0
F 10 Taylor Hale, 5-10, Jr., 13.8 ppg
P 3 Kelsey Burton, 6-1, Sr., 8.2 ppg
G 24 Mikie Strite, 5-6, Sr., 11.1 ppg
G 11 Breanna Butler, 5-9, Jr., 18.7 ppg
G 23 Leanna Adkins, 5-5, Fr., 6.2 ppg
Did You Know: Butler and fellow junior Lakin Caudill were AP All-Southeast District co-players of the year. Caudill (10.9 points) however was lost to a knee injury in the sectional finals. The Oaks have won 12 district titles in the last 15 years.
Quotable: “My wife’s also my assistant coach and she comes up with a theme every week. Last week it was “Country Girls can Survive.” She decorated the hallways and it was really exciting. Now that we’re going to Final Four she’ll come up with something new. She was working on it today at lunch.” – Head Coach Doug Hale on his wife, an assistant coach.
Elyria Catholic (23-2)
Girls Enrollment: 199
League: North Coast League
Final 2011 Rankings (AP/OGBR-JJHuddle): 7/6
State Appearances: 2011
Head Coach: Eric Rothgery
School Rec.: 58-14 (3 yrs.)
PPG: 56.6; OPP: 36.0
F 42 Ashley Schuster, 6-0, Sr., 12.6 ppg
W 35 Juliana Tremont, 5-9, Sr., 4.0 ppg
PG 5 Emily Taylor, 5-6, Sr., 9.9 ppg, 7 apg
G 14 Myrasia Flowers, 5-5, Sr., 5.7 ppg
G 33 Tory Rothgery, 5-5, Sr., 5.8 ppg
Did You Know: EC is senior dominated with eight on the roster, including seven who have played together since grade school. All five starters are seniors. Taylor has started every game of her EC career and Schuster has started since mid-way through her freshman year. Depth? In the first quarter of the regional finals, Rothgery played 10 kids.
Quotable: “We had this plan laid out a few years back that this year could be big for us. We set our goals to get to Columbus this year and the fact that we set that goal so early, maybe we looked past some things and got lethargic mid-way through the year. I didn’t like that. We had to re-focus.” – Head Coach Eric Rothgery