Division IV Girls Basketball State Tournament
Thursday, 6 p.m.
Zanesville Rosecrans (26-1, No. 4 OGBR JJH/No. 3 AP) vs Holgate (22-4, NR OGBR JJH/NR AP)
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Fort Loramie (26-2, No. 3 OGBR JJH/No. 9 AP) vs Reedsville Eastern (25-1, No. 1 OGBR JJH/No. 1 AP)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Rosecrans made 10 state tournaments, winning it all in 1982, 1983 and 1992. The Bishops (No. 3 AP/No. 4 OGBR JJHuddle) are back for the first time since 1998 for the school’s 11th Final Four appearance. Holgate, unranked in either poll, is back for the fourth time. The Tigers took home the runner-up trophy in each of the three previous trips. No. 1-ranked (in both ONG JJH/AP state polls) Eastern made its first Final Four appearance last year and the Lady Eagles are back after topping Newark Catholic (No. 2 in both polls) in the regional finals. They face defending state champion Fort Loramie in the state semifinals. The Redskins (No. 3 OGBR JJH/No. 9 AP) are back for the ninth time overall, including four of the last five years. – OHSAA/EF
5 Players to Watch
1. Darian Rose, sr., Fort Loramie: Became her school’s all-time leading scorer when she poured in 33 points in a win over Russia to surpass Sarah Deloye’s previous record of 1,356 points (1990-1993). All told, Rose owns nine school records (and counting). Has also led her team in assists for three years and has started 108 career games. She’s been on Loramie teams that have been state-runner-up, regional runner-up, state champion and state semifinalist (again). Just named AP D-IV Co-Player of the Year and first team All-Ohio.
2. Jenna Burdette, sr., Reedsville Eastern: University of Dayton recruit became the school’s all-time leading scorer (male or female) when she broke the 40-year old record set by Dennis Eichenger with 23 points in a 70-38 win over Olentangy Liberty at the Pickerington Prep Shoot Out. Burdette is a four-time first team AP D-IV All-Ohioan. Named one of Ohio’s Top 25 seniors by the OGBR. Special player. Also just named AP D-IV Co-Player of the Year and first team All-Ohio.
3. Molly Nash, sr., Rosecrans: Four-time AP All-Ohio selection was recently named second team after averaging 16.3 points and 9. 5 rebounds.
4. Marissa Myles, sr., Holgate: Second team AP All-Ohio selection is averaging 14 points per game.
5. Jordan Parker, sr., Reedsville Eastern: Second team AP All-Ohio selection is averaging 16.4 points per game.