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GIRLS BASKETBALL REVIEW: Notre Dame gains trip to Columbus

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    Jayda Worthy holds up the Division I regional championship trophy after Notre Dame defeated Wadsworth. The Eagles (25-4), who lost in the state semifinals, won the Three Rivers Athletic Conference title.

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    Cha’Ron Sweeney led Rogers to the City League championship and a Division II regional final.

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Jayda Worthy holds up the Division I regional championship trophy after Notre Dame defeated Wadsworth. The Eagles (25-4), who lost in the state semifinals, won the Three Rivers Athletic Conference title.

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Notre Dame had an inauspicious beginning to its 2012-13 girls basketball season. Coach Travis Galloway’s team — which had graduated five of its top six players from a squad that had gone 22-5 and reached the Division I state semifinals in 2012 — started the season 0-2 with two losses at an invitational in Reynoldsburg.

But the Eagles — led by their only returning starter, junior Jayda Worthy, and promising sophomores Tierra Floyd and Kaayla McIntyre — shook off that start by winning 25 of their next 26 games en route to a second straight state final-four appearance.

Notre Dame (25-4), whose only other regular-season loss came against City League champion Rogers, completed its second consecutive 14-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference title run, then won six D-I tourney games before falling in the state semifinals for the second year in a row to Kettering Fairmont, 37-31.

One of the Eagles’ tourney victims was Northern Lakes League champion Perrysburg in the regional semifinals. The eighth-ranked, 23-2 Yellow Jackets, coached by Todd Sims, suffered both losses to Notre Dame.

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Cha’Ron Sweeney led Rogers to the City League championship and a Division II regional final.

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In Division II, coach Lamar Smith’s Rogers Rams continued climbing the tournament ladder. After reaching their first district final in 2011, and their first regional semifinal in 2012, the Rams — led by senior point guard Cha’Ron Sweeney and junior guard Sasha Dailey — achieved a No. 6 state ranking in Division II and advanced to the regional final before falling 61-53 to top-ranked Clyde (27-1).

Coach Brian Ziegler’s Archbold Blue Streaks closed the regular season 21-1 and ranked No. 3 in Division III. Led by junior forward Cassidy Wyse, they won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title. The Streaks (25-2) reached the regional final before falling 60-42 to sixth-ranked Columbus Africentric.

NWOAL runner-up Patrick Henry (23-2) achieved a No. 3 ranking in D-IV and advanced to the district final.

Elmwood (21-4) won the Northern Buckeye Conference under coach Doug Reynolds and reached the D-III district final before losing to Liberty-Benton.

Coach Tandy Bradford’s Toledo Christian Eagles (20-4) won the Toledo Area Athletic Conference title before falling in a D-IV district semifinal against Blanchard Valley Conference champion Arcadia.

The Redskins (23-4) continued on to the regional final before falling against top-ranked Ottoville.

Whitmer junior Keshyra McCarver was All-Ohio first team in Division I, and Perrysburg’s Sims was named co-coach of the year in D-I. Archbold’s Wyse (D-III) and Arcadia senior guard Miranda Palmer (D-IV) were selected All-Ohio first team.

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