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Published: Tuesday, 2/10/2004

Girls roundup: 4 teams battle for final CL playoff berth

BY STEVE JUNGA
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

The City League girls basketball playoff field is almost set, but the fourth and final spot won t be determined until tomorrow s final night of league games.

Seven-time defending champion Central Catholic (11-6 overall) has secured the No.1 seed for next week s semifinals, taking a 9-1 CL record into tonight s league finale against St. Ursula Academy, which is 5-5 and out of the playoff chase.

Central, which had its 85-game league winning streak snapped in a 57-48 loss to Start on Jan. 28, is a game ahead of No.2 seed Bowsher (14-3, 8-2 CL), and holds the tie-breaker over the Rebels because the Irish won the head-to-head matchup.

Bowsher, in turn, owns the tie-breaker over No.3 seed Start (12-3, 7-3) regardless of the outcome of their games tomorrow night. Bowsher faces Waite and the Spartans play Libbey.

The only drama comes into play for the No.4 seed, with four teams tied for fourth place at 6-4 - Clay, Whitmer, Notre Dame Academy and Scott.

Although each has at least a remote chance of getting in, the most likely scenario is that Notre Dame or Clay will ultimately win the playoff spot.

Notre Dame (11-5 overall) is the only team that controls its own destiny after winning Saturday 66-59 at Clay to create the four-way tie. To get in, NDA needs to win at Whitmer tomorrow night. Notre Dame owns the tie-breaker over both Clay, which closes at Rogers, and Scott, which closes at Woodward.

A win by Whitmer would not likely help the Panthers, unless both Clay and Scott lose their CL finales. That s because Clay and Scott both beat Whitmer earlier. However, if Whitmer does beat Notre Dame, then Clay would win the tie-breaker (if it beats Rogers) because the Eagles have also beaten Scott. Scott s lone chance is to win and have both Notre Dame and Clay lose.

The City League semifinals are set for Feb.18 at the Waite Field House, with Central playing the No.4 seed at 6:30 p.m., and Bowsher facing Start at 8:30. The championship will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Waite.

FAYETTE 65, EVERGREEN 47

FAYETTE - Sarah Bird had 26 points and 14 rebounds for Fayette (17-1).

Evergreen (12-3) got 16 points from Leslie Stong and 12 from Kelly Beer.

Fayette had three key 3-pointers as it outscored the Vikings 20-7 in the third quarter.

Sarah Lichtenwald added 14 points and Stephanie McCord 10 for the Eagles.

OTTAWA HILLS 44, WOODMORE 31

ELMORE - Woodmore led 19-11 at the half, but the Wildcats were outscored 33-12 after intermission.

Julie Lorkowski had 12 points as the Green Bears improved to 10-6.

Megan Abbey led Woodmore (6-12) with seven points.

TOLEDO CHRISTIAN 60, OLD FORT 34

Last year, Toledo Christian s Kristen Schweer suffered a season-ending knee injury against Old Fort. Last night, Schweer had 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight steals as the Eagles downed the Stockaders.

Andria Barlage added 16 points for Toledo Christian (12-4) and Jackie Emmenecker netted 12.

Jenny Kline and Whitney Magers paced Old Fort (4-13) with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

WAUSEON 59,

NORTHWOOD 42

WAUSEON - Taylor Gleckler had 12 points, Katie Hill 11 and Sam Roth 10 for Wauseon.

Amy Jardy had 15 points for Northwood.

FOSTORIA 60, CAREY 35

FOSTORIA - Candice McQueen scored 13 points, Elaine DiCesare 11 and Kelly Echelberry 10 for Fostoria (15-3).

Ulistia Brodman led Carey with seven points.



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