The Notre Dame bench goes wild as the Eagles take the lead in the closing minutes of a 55-51 comeback victory over Wadsworth in the Division I regional championship game.
With a veteran, senior-dominated team, Notre Dame played one of the tougher nonleague girls basketball schedules in Ohio this season, hoping to reap the rewards come tournament time.
Fourth-year coach Travis Galloway's Eagles (22-5) were indeed rewarded by season's end, posting a 14-0 record to win the first Three Rivers Athletic Conference title, and later district and regional crowns.
Rallying from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter, Notre Dame beat Wadsworth 55-51 in the regional final to earn the school's first trip to the state semifinals, where they fell 54-45 to Kettering Fairmont in Columbus.
The Eagles were led by seniors Cat Wells, Michelle Holmes, and Demy Whitaker. Galloway was named Ohio D-I co-coach of the year.
To get to the regional, Notre Dame first had to get past Northern Lakes League champion Northview (21-2) by a 54-43 count in the district final. Veteran coach Jerry Sigler picked up career win 650 as the Wildcats, paced by seniors Miriam Justinger and Jessica Jessing, won the NLL title with a 14-0 mark.
Just as their school's boys team did this season, the Rogers girls picked up their first City League championship. Coach Lamar Smith's Rams (19-5), led by junior point guard Cha'Ron Sweeney and sophomore guard Sasha Dailey, suffered a 63-61 loss to Lima Bath in a Division III regional semifinal.
It was a new conference, but the same result for coach Denny Meyer's Lake Flyers (16-6 overall), who followed their titles in the final three years of the former Suburban Lakes League with a championship in the first season of the Northern Buckeye Conference. Lake, led by senior Hannah Cox, went 11-3 in NBC play to edge Rossford
Ottawa Hills (19-3) captured its fourth straight title in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference, posting a 14-0 mark in TAAC play. The Green Bears of coach Sean Mercer were led by senior guard Nancy Rumpf and senior forward Caroline Arnos.
Northwest Ohio Athletic League champion Archbold (24-1) went 8-0 in league play and closed the regular season at 20-0 and ranked No. 2 in Ohio in Division III. Coach Brian Ziegler's Blue Streaks, who were paced by sophomore Cassidy Wyse and senior Abby Short, were ousted in tourney play by seventh-ranked Liberty-Benton 40-32 in the regional semifinal.
L-B, led by All-Ohio player Cait Craft, fell in the state semifinals.