Fort Loramie, Ottoville, Berlin Hiland & Reedsville Eastern vie for the title…What You Need To Know about the D-IV state semifinalists.
Ohio HS Girls Basketball State Tournament
Friday, 1:00 p.m. – Division IV: Reedsville Eastern (23-4/No. 10 OGBR JJH/No. 10 AP) vs Berlin Hiland (25-3/No. 1 OGBR JJH/No. 2 AP)
Friday, 3:00 p.m. – Division IV: Ottoville (27-0/No. 2 OGBR JJH/No. 1 AP) vs Fort Loramie (25-3/No. 3 OGBR JJH/No. 7 AP)
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Reedsville Eastern (23-4) is making its schools first state tournament appearance after upsetting Newark Catholic in the regional final, 57-56. Head Coach John Burdette will rely on juniors Jenna Burdette (18.0 ppg) and Jordan Parker (12.0 ppg) to lead the Lady Eagles’ offensive charge. They will square off against defending state runner-up Berlin Hiland (25-3). Hiland is making its 13th state appearance, the most of any school in the 2013 field. The Hawks had to defeat No. 8 North Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy (38-28) and Cortland Maplewood (58-40) to advance through their regional tournament. The Lady Hawks will rely on their 22-year veteran head coach, Dave Schlabach, and junior Regina Hochstetler (17.7 ppg) to help try and bring home their school’s fifth state title (2008, 06, 05, 00). The other side of the bracket pits undefeated Ottoville (27-0) against Fort Loramie (25-3). Ottoville, which is making its first state appearance since 2007, cruised through its regional tournament, beating teams by an average of 19 ppg. Twenty-one year veteran head coach Dave Kleman will look for the senior duo of Abby Siefker (17.0 ppg) and Rachel Beining (11.9 ppg) to provide the bulk of his offensive production. After losing in the regional finals in 2012, Fort Loramie is back in the state tournament for the third time in the last four years. It will be the Redskins’ seventh state tournament appearance, but they are still searching for their school’s first state title. Fort Loramie, which defeated New Madison Tri-Village 69-46 in the regional final, is led by 14-year veteran head coach Carla Siegel and junior forward Darian Rose (18.0 ppg). – OHSAA
Reedsville Eastern (23-4)
ONG OGBR JJH Ranking: 10
AP Ranking: 10
Of Note: The core group of girls (junior class and two seniors) have played together since fourth grade.
Key Player: Junior G Jenna Burdette has over 1,300 career points. She’s commited to Dayton.
Berlin Hiland (25-3)
ONG OGBR JJH Ranking: 1
AP Ranking: 2
Of Note: The Hawks three losses are all to D-I teams (Twinsburg, Wooster and Wadsworth).
Key Player: Junior G Regina Hochstetler (17.7 ppg) was the Hawks second-leading scorer in both state tournament games last year.
ONG OGBR JJH Ranking: 2
AP Ranking: 1
Of Note: The Big Green’s senior class is 92-4 in their four-year varsity careers. Last weekend head coach Dave Klemen won his 400th game and became a grandpa when his daughter Megan had a baby late Friday night.
Key Player: Senior C Abby Siefker averages 17 points and is headed to Bowling Green.
Fort Loramie (25-3)
ONG OGBR JJH Ranking: 3
AP Ranking: 7
Of Note: Two of the Redskins three losses this season are to D-III state semifinalist Anna. Loramie lost to the Rockets in OT and by 1-point. The Redskins also lost to D-III regional semifinalist Miami East (which lost to Anna). Loramie starts one senior.
Key Player: Junior F Darian Rose, the Shelby County League Player of the Year, went over 1,000 career points in the regional tournament. Rose set school records for most points in a season (517) and free throws in a career (270-plus) this season. She’s seventh on Loramie’s career scoring list. Also Redskins leader in charges taken.