Division I Girls Basketball State Tournament
Friday, 6 p.m.
Princeton (26-2, No. 3 OGBR JJH/No. 1 AP) vs Toledo Notre Dame (24-3, No. 7 OGBR JJH/No. 7 AP)
Friday, 8 p.m.
North Canton Hoover (25-2, No. 1 OGBR JJH/No. 5 AP) vs Dublin Coffman (22-6, NR OGBR JJH/NR AP)
Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
Princeton, which ended the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press state poll and No. 3 in the OGBR JJHuddle Power Poll, beat defending state champion Kettering Fairmont in the regional semifinals. The Vikings won a state title in 1987 when they made their only state tournament appearance prior to this weekend. Notre Dame Academy (No. 7 in both polls) is making its third-straight appearance in the Final Four, falling in the semifinals in 2012 and 2013 (to Fairmont). ND beat Wadsworth for the third straight season in the regional final. Like Princeton, Hoover also won a state title in its only previous trip to the state tournament, that coming in 2002. The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in the final OGBR JJHuddle Power Poll and fifth in the final AP state poll. Unranked Coffman is making the first girls basketball state tournament appearance of any of the three Dublin high schools. The Shamrocks beat Reynoldsburg in the regional finals. – OHSAA/EF
5 Players to Watch
1. Kelsey Mitchell, sr., Princeton: Going to be four-time first team All-Greater Miami Conference selection and three-time GMC Player of the Year. Headed to Ohio State. GMC leader in points (24.9), assists (4.2) and steals (4.1). Scored career-high 50 in regional semifinal win over Fairmont. Also had 42 in a win over Centerville. McDonald’s All-American. Named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR.
2. Tierra Floyd, jr., Toledo Notre Dame: Regarded by several sources as the best junior in the state and named OGBR JJHuddle second team All-Ohio. Averaging 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists.
3. Marquia Turner, sr., North Canton Hoover: Former Canton McKinley star who averaged a Federal League-best 18 points as a junior has continued to excel in first year at Hoover. Heading into the postseason, the Xavier recruit had scored 1,223 career points. Averaging 10.7 points. Named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR. When she left McKinley, Turner ranked No. 6 in school history with 1,007 points. She also owns McKinley records for 3s in a game (seven) and season (52). Just named third team OGBR JJH All-Ohio.
4. Sade Olatoye, jr., Dublin Coffman: Missed seven games earlier this year with slight fracture of her kneecap and severe bruising but has returned with vengeance. Had 22 points, 24 rebounds and three blocks in regional semifinal win over Upper Arlignton. Averaging 15.6 points per game.
5. Kaylee Stroemple, sr., North Canton Hoover: Three-time first team All-Federal League selection had 29 points and 19 rebounds in regional final win over Solon. Going to be four-time first team All-Stark County selection. Niagra recruit named honorable mention OGBR JJHuddle All-Ohio.