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2015 OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Recaps


2015 OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournaments

Value City Arena at  the Jerome Schottenstein Center
The Ohio State University, Columbus
March 19-21,  2015

 

Division IV
 

SEMIFINAL 1 - Waterford 42, Fostoria St. Wendelin 36

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA girls basketball state tournament got underway Thursday morning at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University when Waterford defeated Fostoria St. Wendelin 42-36 in the first Division IV semifinal.

 

Waterford, which is in the state tournament for the first time, was led by junior Dani Drayer with 11 points. Freshman Megan Ball contributed with 10 points and three rebounds. Waterford trailed at halftime by three points, but rallied in the second half to win by six.

 

The Wildcats will play Saturday morning at 10:45 a.m. in the Division IV championship game against the winner of Berlin Hiland and Fort Loramie.

 

 

SEMIFINAL 2 - Fort Loramie 45, Berlin Hiland 36

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fort Loramie defeated Berlin Hiland 45-36 in a Division IV state semifinal at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University on Thursday. The Redskins will be making their second appearance in the last three seasons in the Division IV state final.
 
Fort Loramie was led in scoring by junior Jessica Boerger and senior Kelly Turner, each scoring 10 points. The Redskins outrebounded Berlin Hiland 44-31.

Fort Loramie faces Waterford in the Division IV state championship, Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

 

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Fort Loramie Wins Second State Title

Lady Redskins Defeat Waterford 55-48

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – State championship games tipped off Saturday morning as Fort Loramie used its strong defense to defeat Waterford 55-48 and win its second state title at the 2015 OHSAA Division IV girls basketball state tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University.

 

Fort Loramie also won a state title in 2013 and were in the state tournament for the ninth time.

 

“This one is a very awesome win. To be here when nobody expected us to be here except ourselves is great,” said Fort Loramie Head Coach Carla Siegel. “To play and battle to the end like we did was great. This is a very sweet victory for our program, no doubt.”

 

Fort Loramie (26-4) started off with an early lead and led 14-9 after the first quarter. Both teams played with a fast pace as Fort Loramie took a 29-20 lead into halftime. Waterford battled back in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field, to cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter, but Fort Loramie and its strong free throw shooting, going 14 of 19 from the line, secured the victory.

 

Fort Loramie junior Jessica Boerger scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Holly Frey recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Waterford finished the season 27-2 and as state runner up in its first state tournament appearance. Senior Taylor Hilverding and freshman Ali Kern led the team with 13 points each.

 


 

Division III
 

SEMIFINAL 1 - Versailles 54, Doylestown Chippewa 43

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first Division III semifinal game Thursday evening at the 2015 OHSAA girls basketball state tournament, Versailles defeated Doylestown Chippewa 54-43. Versailles will meet the winner of Ottawa-Glandorf and Proctorville Fairland in the Division III championship game Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

Versailles freshman Kami McEldowney led her team with 13 points. Seniors Lauren Bruns and Taylor Winner both added 12 points each.

 

Chippewa junior Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 18 points for the Lady Chipps.

 

 

SEMIFINAL 2 - Ottawa-Glanforf vs. Proctorville Fairland

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the second Division III semifinal game, Ottawa-Glandorf defeated Proctorville Fairland 55-27 Thursday night at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University at the 2015 OHSAA girls basketball state tournament.

 

Ottawa-Glandorf, making its state tournament debut, was led by senior Elissa Ellerbrook with 11 points. Senior Anna Bellman contributed with 10 points and two rebounds. Ottawa-Glandorf will meet Versailles Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Division III championship game.

 

Fairland made its second appearance in the state tournament and ends its season 22-6.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Versailles Defeats Ottawa-Glandorf 49-46, Captures Second Girls Basketball State Title

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Versailles Tigers captured their second girls basketball state championship in school history after defeating Ottawa-Glandorf 49-46 Saturday in the Division III state championship at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. Versailles finished as Division III state runner-up in 2014 and was making its seventh appearance in the girls basketball state tournament.

 

“We played as a team, we made big plays when big plays needed to be made, and it all started with the four seniors we had on the court” said Versailles head coach Jacki Stonebraker. “They rallied around themselves. The seniors stepped up.”

 

Versailles held a 25-24 lead at halftime and led 36-28 lead heading into the fourth. After falling behind 43-34, Ottawa-Glandorf went on a 7-0 to bring the score to 43-41 with three minutes remaining, and trailed by just two points again at 48-46 with 28 seconds remaining after Elissa Ellerbrock’s layup. With 4.4 seconds remaining, Versailles senior Lauren Bruns went to the free throw line and hit the first, missed the second and a last second three by Ottawa-Glandorf came up short, sealing the victory and state title for Versailles.

 

The Tigers were led in scoring by Bruns, who finished with 16 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman Kami McEldowney added 12 points and senior Taylor Winner recorded 10 points for the Tigers. Ottawa-Glandorf was led by senior Elissa Ellerbrock with 12 points. The Lady Titans finish the season 26-3 and finish as state runner-up in their first appearance in the girls basketball state tournament.
 


 

Division II
 

SEMIFINAL 1 - Kettering Archbishop Alter vs. Millersburg West Holmes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Lady Knights of Kettering Archbishop Alter earned their second consecutive appearance in the Division II girls basketball state championship after defeating Millersburg West Holmes Friday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. Archbishop Alter won by a final score of 53-37, avenging last year’s loss to West Holmes in the Division II state final. West Holmes was making its fourth straight state tournament appearance.

Archbishop Alter was led by Special Mention All-Ohio selection, senior Emma Bockrath, who scored 23 points, with 13 of those points coming in the first half. Archbishop Alter did not trail at any point during the game. West Holmes was led in scoring by senior Alex Starr with nine points and finishes its season at 24-4.

Top-ranked Alter will face the winner of #10 Toledo Rogers vs. #5 Beloit West Branch in the Division II state championship on Saturday at 5:15 p.m., and will look to finish the season as an undefeated Division II AP poll champion and state champion.

 


SEMIFINAL 2 - Toledo Rogers vs. Beloit West Branch

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Toledo Rogers defeated Beloit West Branch 51-37 in an OHSAA girls basketball Division IV state semifinal Friday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University. With the victory, the Lady Rams secure a berth in their first OHSAA girls basketball state championship in school history.

Rogers started strong, beginning the game on an 11-0 run. The Lady Rams never looked back, holding West Branch to nine first half points on 4-25 shooting and maintained their advantage in the second half to earn the victory. Rogers held a decisive edge on the glass, outrebounding West Branch 46-30 while also holding the Lady Warriors to 21.7 percent shooting.

Toledo Rogers will face Kettering Archbishop Alter in the Division II state championship on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Alter defeated Millersburg West Holmes 53-37 to advance to its second straight Division II state final.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Kettering Archbishop Alter Wins Second State Title; Remains Undefeated

Knights Avenge 2014 Runner-Up Title; Defeat Rogers 57-42

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last year, Kettering Archbishop Alter watched its opponent lift the championship trophy as it fell short in the state final. Things would end differently for the Knights this year as they were able to overcome a tough Toledo Rogers’ defense in a 57-42 win in the Division II championship game Saturday evening at the 2015 OHSAA girls basketball state tournament.

 

With the victory, Alter finishes an undefeated season improving to 30-0 as the AP #1 ranked team in the state in Division II. It takes home its second state title, its other coming in 2008. Alter is the first girls basketball team in OHSAA history to win 30 games in a season.

 

“Our kids are pretty competitive, pretty determined and have big hearts. They got in there and scrapped,” said Alter Co-Head Coach Christina Hart. “I’m really excited for all four of our seniors, our team and our staff. They couldn’t go out in a better way than they did this year.”

 

After a competitive and fast-paced first quarter, Rogers led 16-12, but Alter then outscored Rogers 15-6 in the second quarter to take a 27-22 lead at halftime. Alter senior Emma Bockrath scored 21 points and had four steals, including knocking down a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter to push Alter’s lead to double digits.

 

Alter’s defense stayed strong in fourth, forcing 21 turnovers in the game. Alter was 21 of 30 from the free throw line.

 

Rogers finishes its season 24-6 and as state runner up for the first time. It made its second appearance in the state tournament.
 


 

Division I
 

SEMIFINAL 1 - Solon vs. Toledo Notre Dame Academy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the first Division I state semifinal game, Toledo Notre Dame Academy defeated Solon 61-48 Friday evening at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University to advance to the 2015 OHSAA Division I girls basketball state championship game.

After a competitive first half, Notre Dame Academy led Solon 21-18 at halftime. Notre Dame Academy pulled away in the third quarter outscoring Solon 19-10. But Solon opened the fourth quarter on a 10-2 run and would eventually cut the lead to two points. Notre Dame Academy responded and finished 18 of 24 from the free throw line to secure the victory.

Notre Dame Academy senior Kaayla McIntyre finished with 23 points and five rebounds. The Eagles will play the winner of West Chester Lakota West and Newark in the Division I state final Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Solon (24-4) made its second appearance in the state tournament. It finished as state runner up in 2006.
 

SEMIFINAL 2 - West Chester Lakota West vs. Newark

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Division I semifinal action concluded Friday night at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University when West Chester Lakota West defeated Newark 53-50. Lakota West will face Toledo Notre Dame Academy Saturday in the Division I championship game at 8:30 p.m.

Lakota West started the game strong and led at the end of the first quarter 17-10 and took a 27-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. Newark came out of the half with strong defense to battle back to within two points at the end of the third quarter. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Firebirds used their strong free throw shooting, making 13 of 16 overall, to secure the victory.

Lakota West junior Danielle Wells, junior Lexi Wasan and freshman Abby Prohaska all contributed with 11 points for the Firebirds.

Newark made its first state tournament appearance and finished the season 27-2.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

West Chester Lakota West Wins First State Title

Firebirds defeat Toledo Notre Dame Academy 44-38

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA girls basketball state tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University concluded Saturday night with the Division I state final, in which West Chester Lakota West defeated Toledo Notre Dame Academy 44-38 to capture its first state title.

 

Lakota West (28-2) came out strong in the first quarter and led early, but Notre Dame answered and led 13-8 after the first quarter. Lakota West came back to take a 22-16 lead at halftime. The ninth-ranked Firebirds forced 13 total turnovers and a strong defense in the second half to secure the victory.

 

“These girls deserve it. We really felt that we deserved to be state champions. The effort that they gave tonight, I could never be more proud of a group of girls,” said Lakota West Head Coach Andy Fishman. “They fought, they pushed and they played together. And this is what happens when you don’t care who gets the credit, because so many different girls step up at different time.”

 

Lakota West junior Lexi Wasan led the team with 15 points and added nine rebounds.

 

Notre Dame Academy (27-3) finished its season as state runner up for the first time and made its fourth state tournament appearance. Senior Christina Jefferson scored a game-high 16 points and added three rebounds and three assists.

 

The total three-day attendance for the state tournament was 38,126.

 

 

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