Top moments, storylines, performances and MaxPreps’ all-state tournament teams
The 42nd annual Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament wrapped this past weekend at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. State championships were awarded in four divisions. Here is what you need to know about what happened…
* Knight Time
Led by a senior class that set a state record with 116 wins (against five losses), Archbishop Alter (Kettering) won its third straight Division II state title with a 58-41 win over Hathaway Brown (Shaker Heights). It was the Knights’ fourth straight state final appearance. Seniors Braxtin Miller (Oklahaoma State) and Libby Bazelak (Duquesne) combined for 44 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and seven steals in the state final. The loss denied Hathaway Brown a state-record tying sixth state title.
* Public vs Private
Three of Ohio’s four state titles were won by private schools. Surprisingly, D-IV, the state’s smallest classification, had four public schools in the Final Four.
* MaxPreps/OGBR Poll vs AP Poll
Of the 16 teams to make the state tournament, 13 were ranked in the final MaxPreps/JJHuddle/OGBR state poll. How many were ranked in the final AP state polls? 10.
* The Mount
Who owns the most girls basketball state titles in state history? Pickerington, defunct South Euclid Regina and…Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati). The Cougars claimed their sixth D-I state championship and first since 2009 with a 54-44 win over Notre Dame Academy (Toledo) in the final. Head coach Dr. Scott Rogers picked up his 200th career win in the semifinals.
* Five of a Kind
With a 61-41 win over defending state champion Waterford, Hiland (Berlin) claimed its fifth D-IV state title and first since 2008. The Hawks are now tied for second for most state titles (with Hathaway Brown and St. John’s (Delphos) in state history. Hiland, the MaxPreps and AP poll champion, tied a state record for made 3-pointers in a D-IV championship game with eight.
* No. 1
Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills) won the first state title in program history with a pair of wins over traditional powers in D-III. Africentric Early College (Columbus) and Versailles entered the state tournament with six titles and nine finals combined, but the Lancers scored 65-54 and 56-54 victories over the Nubians and Tigers, respectively, in the state semi and final. Junior star Naz Hillmon had 16 points and 16 rebounds in the semis and 24 points and 17 rebounds in the final.
* Big Win
Despite losing in the D-I final, Notre Dame Academy turned in one of the tournament’s most impressive wins with a 75-59 semifinal win over previously unbeaten Newark. The Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the final MaxPreps/OGBR and AP state polls.
* Fantastic Finishes
Both of the small school semifinal games were decided by last second shots. Defending D-IV state champion Waterford beat Jackson Center 37-35 at the buzzer when junior Hayley Duff scored a lay-up. Hiland beat Ottoville 44-41 when junior Kennedy Schlabach hit a 3-pointer as time expired.
* MaxPreps All-Tournament First Team:
Naz Hillmon, jr., Gilmour Academy
Braxtin Miller, sr., Alter (Oklahoma State)
Libby Bazelak, sr., Alter (Duquesne)
Bre Hampton-Bey, sr., Notre Dame Academy (Michigan)
Abby Voss, jr., Mount Notre Dame
* MaxPreps All-Tournament Second Team:
Dani Lawson, sr., Hathaway Brown (Purdue)
Alli Kern, jr. Waterford
Angela Troyer, sr.,Hiland (Ohio Dominican)
Danielle Winner, jr., Versailles
Julia Hoefling, jr., Mount Notre Dame