SIDELINES

Notre Dame, Rogers make Toledo history

Both reached state semis; Eagles 3rd year in a row

3/27/2014
BY STEVE JUNGA
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Local history was made this season when two Toledo girls basketball teams reached the state semifinals in the same season for the first time.

One of those teams — Three Rivers Athletic Conference champion Notre Dame (24-4, 13-1) — made additional history by becoming Toledo’s first basketball team (boys or girls) to reach the state final four in three consecutive seasons.

Coach Travis Galloway’s seventh-ranked Eagles were led by two standout 6-foot-2 juniors — All-Ohio first-team pick Tierra Floyd and second-team selection Kaayla McIntyre. They lost to top-ranked, eventual state champion Cincinnati Princeton 60-52 in the Division I semifinals.

City League champion Rogers (24-5, 10-0) reached the D-II state semifinals. The Rams were led by All-Ohio second-teamer Sasha Dailey, a senior, while coach Lamar Smith was named D-II state co-coach of the year.

Rogers, which was ranked 12th, lost to unbeaten, second-ranked Kettering Alter 50-47 in the semifinals.

Perrysburg (22-4, 14-0) won its third straight Northern Lakes League title and was ranked No. 6 in the final D-I state poll before ending its season for the third straight season against Notre Dame.

Coach Todd Sims’ Yellow Jackets, who were led by All-Ohio second-teamer Sarah Baer, lost to the Eagles in a district final.

Elmwood (16-6, 13-1) captured the title in the Northern Buckeye Conference. Coach Doug Reynolds’ Royals were led by two-time NBC player of the year Kristen Curtis.

The Toledo Area Athletic Conference title was shared by defending champion Toledo Christian (17-7, 13-1) and Ottawa Hills (18-5, 13-1), who split two TAAC meetings.

The Eagles of coach Tandy Bradford were paced by senior Division IV all-district second-teamer Darian Westmeyer, who shared TAAC player-of-the-year honors with senior teammate Faith Johnson.

Coach Sean Mercer’s Ottawa Hills team was led by senior Allie Dewire.

For the second straight year Archbold (24-3, 8-0) advanced to the Division III regional final before losing to Columbus Africentric, the eventual state champion.

Coach Brian Ziegler’s fourth-ranked, Northwest Ohio Athletic League champion Blue Streaks were led by senior Cassidy Wyse, an All-Ohio second-team pick.

Oak Harbor’s Tom Kontak was named Ohio D-III co-coach of the year.

In Divsion IV, Green Meadows Conference co-champion Holgate (23-5, 6-1), coached by Jim Niese and led by All-Ohio second-teamer Marissa Myles, reached the state semifinals before falling to Zanesville Rosecrans 55-40.

In Michigan, Lenawee County Athletic Association champion Blissfield (21-1, 12-0) closed the regular season at 17-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class C.

Coach Ryan Gilbert’s Royals, who were led by senior Claire Denecker, advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling 50-47 to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

Bedford (19-5, 13-3) placed second in the Southeastern Conference Red Division before winning three district tournament games and eventually falling to Southgate Anderson 52-36 in a Class A regional semifinal. Coach Bill Ryan’s Mules were led by juniors Nicole Rightnowar and Rachel Lewandowski.

Contact Steve Junga at: sjunga@theblade.com, or 419-724-6461 or on Twitter@JungaBlade.