The Berlin Resort Classic in the Country Challenge XIV Powered by Under Armour is set for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at Hiland High School.
Following are brief previews of the 28 teams playing 20 games over three days at The Perry Reese Jr. Community Center at Hiland High School during the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14, 15 and 16.
Ohio Girls Basketball Report Scouting and Associate Director Bryce McKey shared his insight of the teams, along with indicating players who are nationally ranked among the top 100 of each class by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report/ESPN W (CGBR). There will be 10 of the nation's top 100 seniors, 22 juniors, 13 sophomores and five freshmen playing this year in the Classic, as well as some diamonds in the rough waiting to be discovered by the more than 100 college coaches that attend this annual event.
Of the 28 teams playing this year, there are two teams from Holmes County (host Hiland and West Holmes) and three Wayne County teams (Orrville, Chippewa and Tuslaw), along with two teams from out-of-state (Homestead, Ind., and St. Rose from Belmar, N.J.). Three of the four reigning state champions will be playing in the Classic as well as several of the best teams vying for the top spots in all four divisions.
Tickets to see some of Ohio's best girls basketball players all in one place are available at the gate or in advance for $10 for a one-day pass or $25 for a three-day pass. For more information, check out the website at www.classicinthecountry.org.
SCHEDULE OF GAMES FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
Game 1 10 a.m. New Madison Tri-Village vs Orrville
New Madison Tri-Village Patriots
The Patriots are a guard-oriented team who are led by a returning First-Team All-Ohioan. Allie Downing has signed to play at Belmont Abbey, A D- II college in North Carolina. While Downing does most of the damage offensively for the Patriots, Coach Brad Gray has a couple other options to turn to for scoring assistance. Danika Mann and Rachel Miller are also returning starters, along with sophomore Emma Printz. Tri-Village typically has a lot of size, but this is one of their smaller squads. "They are a very guard-oriented team," says Brice McKey, associate director of Ohio Girls Basketball Report (OGBR). "Tri-Village is one of the top D-IV teams out of the Dayton area. Once they get up north on I-75, they meet up with the Minster's and Fort Loramie's of the world, where the competition gets a little tougher."
Orrville Red Riders
The Red Riders are young with some sterling sophomores leading the way for veteran coach Mark Alberts. 6-foot Mikaela Carpenter and 5-4 point guard Mariah Goodard are a potent pair of top Ohio players in the outstanding sophomore class. Carpenter is the daughter of a former Ohio State Buckeye and Orrville alum, Stacey Howard. A promising future is in store for the Red Riders if Carpernter plays anywhere near the level her mother did. Other promising newcomers for the Riders include Shadra Hamsher and Sierra Kauf. The Riders are quick and explosive and are a solid rebounding team, but lack an experienced scorer. Ball-handling has been an Achilles heel early on this season as they rebuild from losing five lettermen to graduation from last year's 23-win team. Alberts' daughter Marcie is a college assistant coach (IPFW) who enjoys the opportunity to return home to recruit Ohio talent.
Game 2 11:40 a.m. Doylestown Chippewa vs West Holmes
Doylestown Chippewa Chipps
Future Hall of Fame coach Denny Schrock didn't win all these games by mistake. Despite losing a trio of starters from last year's state semifinalists, the Chipps have a pair of returning starters and five experienced players back. Taylor Richards is one returning starter from last year's state qualifiers. The 6-foot forward is a nationally ranked player (No. 86, CGBR) who will be taking her talents to Valparaiso next year. Senior guards Lexi Karovic and Allison Barnes add firepower to the Chippewa lineup, while junior post Josie Robinson and sophomore forward Bailey Clark are expected to make an impact. The Chipps like to shoot it from long range and they have plenty of players willing to take the shots. Schrock says having a pair of returning leaders helps groom the younger players to know what is expected of them.
West Holmes Lady Knights
While the names have changed, the expectations and the defensive style will make the Knights one of the top contenders in Div. II again this year. Coach Lisa Ogi may not have the Snyder sisters or Molnars to turn to, but 5-10 senior Samantha Hall is a solid post player who can score down low, with help from junior Kaylee Evans, while seniors Kacie Leppla and her twin sister Kylie will be looked to for leadership and toughness. Ogi has not had a chance to determine which of her younger players will step up to add depth, and West Holmes is not real big, with nobody over 5-10, so they will rely on their defensive toughness and rebounding to keep them competitive.
Game 3 1:20 p.m.Wadsworth vs Cincinnati Glen Este
The defending state champions are a shell of the team that stunned Div. I last year to take the state title, but rest assured venerable coach Andy Booth will have his troops playing solid defense and keeping games close while they try to find their niche this season. The Grizzlies were decimated by graduation and injuries and Booth has spent the early part of this season trying to figure out the different roles for the many new faces on the floor. Nationally ranked junior Lexi Lance, (No. 42, CGBR) leads the way for Wadsworth, while another nationally ranked junior, Sophia Fortner (No. 63, CGBR) is out for the year with an ACL injury. Fortner and Lance have both signed to play at Toledo. Peyton Banks, a 5-11 junior has also stepped up and made the most of her playing time. They are going to need plenty of production from Lance and Banks if the Grizzlies are going to go anywhere this year.
Glen Este Trojans
Jeff Click had so much fun showcasing his talented young team last year at the Classic, he has returned for more fun this year. The Trojans have a pair of nationally ranked juniors, led by 6-1 power forward Alexis Starks (No. 16, CGBR). "She puts the power in power forward," OGBR scout Bryce McKey says of the daughter of former University of Cincinnati star Keith Starks. Classmate Jasmine Hale (No. 53, CGBR) is another outstanding player who can shoot it, and use her athleticism to get to the basket. Hale's father played at Florida State. Sophomore Kiersten Click, the coach's daughter is a combo guard who is ranked among the top sophomore players in Ohio. Glen Este will be combining with Amelia High School after this year to create West Clermot High School, one of the larger public high schools in the state. Click hopes to send the school out with a bang.
Game 4 3 p.m. Pickerington Central vs Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame
Pickerington Central Tigers
Coach Johnathan Hedgepath features a squad that could start five D-I prospects. Madison Greene is a sophomore point guard rated among the 20 best sophomores in the country, according to CGBR. Greene is currently ranked No. 17. Not only can she run the offense, but she can shoot it. Another super sophomore, 6-foot power forward Maliyah Perry is rated No. 17 by CGBR. Freshman guard Nicole Stephens already has an offer from Dayton. She is ranked No. 56 by CGBR. Stephens is another really good shooter. Inside, the Tigers turn to 6-3 post player Bexley Wallace, who teams with 6-1 Kyla Whitehead to give Pickerington Central an impressive defensive front.Wallace is rated No. 24 among junior posts, while Whitehead is No. 37. That kind of size and skill is quite a luxury for a high school squad. "If there was one roster I could pick to coach, this would be the one," says OGBR associate director Bryce McKey. "They have so much balance and talent at every position.
Mount Notre Dame Cougars
Dr. Scott Rogers has his best squad since returning to the sidelines at MNDC. A pair of talented sophomores lead the way for the Cougars. Nationally ranked point guard Gabbie Marshall (No. 31, CGBR) is also one of the premier perimeter shooters in her class. 6-foot Julia Hoefling (No. 40, CGBR) is the other highly touted sophomore. Hoefling uses her outstanding footwork inside to create shots and corral rebounds, while Marshall is a hot shot from long range. Freshman Makira Cook is one of theTop 10 freshmen guards in the country (No. 10, CGBR), which enables Marshall to play more on the wing, looking for a long shot. Both players share duties bringing the ball up the court. Senior Abby Voss provides power on the low post for the Cougars, who like to push the tempo. Voss will play a big role in the matchup against Pickerington Central's interior size.
Game 5 4:40 p.m. Reynoldsburg vs North Canton Hoover
Veteran coach Jack Purtell has his Raiders ready for another run at the top spot in D-I. Reynoldsburg features a pair of nationally ranked juniors in 5-8 point guard Adrian Crockwell (No. 21, CGBR) and 6-3 Jaylynda Salley on the post. Salley is ranked No. 87 by CGBR. She gives the Raiders a big post presence inside. Nationally ranked sophomore small forward Uju Ezeudu (No. 77, CGBR) gives the Raiders depth and size on the post. Senior guard Makenzie Davis is playing really well and starting to attract some attention. Freshman guard Malaysia Miller is being primed to take over for Crockwell and senior Brooklyn Pannell. The Raiders were in the Final Four last year, and with all the depth and talent, it would not be a surprise to see them battling to get back there again this year.
North Canton Hoover Vikings
A pair of nationally ranked players, senior point guard Maddie Blyer and sophomore Annie Roshak provide the one-two punch for the Vikings of coach Abbey Allerding. Roshak (No. 86, CGBR) is a wing player who can flat out shoot it or take it strong to the hole. She poured in 29 against a tough Federal League foe and continues to improve every time she takes the floor. Blyer (No. 93, CGBR) has signed to play at Ashland next year, turning down offers from D-I schools to play closer to home. Makenna Drabick, a junior who committed to Eastern Michigan, is another offensive weapon for the explosive Vikings. The Green sisters, Alexis and Makenzie will also make an impact for Hoover, who hopes to contend with Solon and McKinley as the class of the Northeast Region this year. "The Vikings will go as far as Blyer and Roshak take them," OGBR's McKey said. Allerding makes coaching a family affair, as her brother and father work as her assistants.
Game 6 6:20 p.m. Homestead (Ind.) vs Mason
Homestead Spartans (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Coach Rod Parker brings the returning regional champion Spartans to Hiland for their first visit to Classic in the Country Challenge. The Spartans were ranked 14th nationally to start the season in the USA Today Super 25. Parker, in his 16th year as coach of the Lady Spartans, Parker has the joy of watching his daughters, seniors Madisen and Karen Parker lead the way for the squad. Madisen teams with classmate Karissa McLaughlin to form a potent one-two scoring punch. McLaughlin is headed to Florida to play for the Gators next year. Karen Parker runs the offense for the Spartans, who look to 5-11 senior post Jazmyne Geist and Teryn Kline to provide an inside presence. The Spartans are a smaller school that fares well against the bigger schools in the Hoosier state. They were rated No. 1 in the state of Indiana after opening the season with six impressive wins. They will match up against D-I powerhouse Mason in their lone appearance at Classic in the Country.
Solid coaching mixed with experience, athleticism, size and skill, make Mason a formidable foe. Rob Matula's crew can run with anybody, while possessing the people inside to hang and bang. Leading the way for the undefeated Comets is nationally ranked sophomore slasher Sammie Puisis (No. 5, CGBR), who is probably the reason the Comets are playing as well as they are right now. The 6-2 do-everything guard can go inside or out to provide offensive pop, while senior forward Samari Mowbray (No. 36, CGBR) is another outstanding player who can make things happen inside or out. Mowbray is headed to Miami of Ohio next year. Junior forward Tihanna Fulton (No. 73, CGBR) has already come up with a game-winning shot in an early season big time win over Lakota West. Puisis has earned offers from every major program except Notre Dame and U-Conn and by the time she's done, she will get to choose where she wants to go to play at the next level. Megan Wagner is a freshman point guard running the show for the young and talented Comets. Mason and Wayne are the favorites to get out of the tough Southwest Region, along with Lakota West. Whichever of those three teams still standing at the end will probably be the favorite to win it all in D-I.
Game 7 8 p.m. Columbus Africentric vs Berlin Hiland
Coach Will McKinney continues to wow them in Columbus with his traditionally tough teams. This year's squad is possibly the best team overall in any division in the state, according to Ohio Girls Basketball Report Associate Director Bryce McKey. The Nubians feature five D-I prospects, led by a pair of nationally ranked seniors in 5-11 small forward Kennedy Azubike, (No. 91, Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Basketball Report/ESPN W) and 5-10 guard De'jae Denham (No. 97, CGBR). Azubike, who will play at the University of Akron next year, is the heart and soul of McKinney's team. Denham has signed to play at Ohio University. The Nubians also sport 5-5 senior guard Chyna Chambers, heading to Rio Grande University next year alongside 5-10 Amari Grace who will play at West Virginian St., and 5-8 Leah Morrow, who is headed to St.Francis (Pa). The Nubians make the most of their athleticism, but lack height. Another nationally ranked player, Jordan Horston (No. 24, CGBR) is a 6-1 sophomore point guard who can drive, shoot and drive opponents crazy. She is the niece of North Carolina assistant coach Sylvia Crowley.
With a pair of nationally ranked players leading the way, the Hawks of veteran coach Dave Schlabach are playing with a chip on their shoulder, aiming to erase the taste of a dismal shooting performance in the regionals last season. Kennedy Schlabach (No. 71, CGBR) and Morgan McMillen (No. 79, CGBR) give the Hawks an explosive one-two combination from inside and out. Schlabach, the coach's daughter, is a sharpshooter from long range, while the 5-8 McMillen can fill it up from long range, but prefers to do her damage inside. Smooth and strong are qualities that assess McMillen's inside prowess. Senior Angela Troyer, who has signed to play at Ohio Dominican, provides another long-range threat, while 6-foot sophomore Tiffany Weaver adds depth on the interior for the Hawks. Hiland uses the tough tests of Africentric and Gilmour Academy in the Classic to prepare them for the grueling trek along the tournament trail and a shot at washing that bad taste out of their mouth from last year's disappointing finish.
SCHEDULE OF GAMES FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Game 8 Noon, West Branch vs Waterford
West Branch Warriors
The Warriors are a team that never had much size, but are learning to play with a dominant post player. Junior post, 6-3 Natalie Zuchowski is a nationally ranked player around whom the Warriors will build their team. Zuchowski, ranked No. 79 by CGBR, is a force inside for longtime coach Walt Deshields. Zuchowski is an anchor post. "She runs well for her size, has good hands and scores," says Bryce McKey of OGBR. "They have been a guard-oriented team, but are learning to run their offense through the post." Her father played at Malone with Hiland coach Dave Schlabach and Wadsworth coach Andy Booth. Her running mate on the post is 6-2 classmate Shannon Wolffe. Brenna Rito is a senior point guard who runs the offense.
The Wildcats are coming off a championship season for veteran coach Jerry Close. The Wildcats don't typically have a lot of size, but play very well together. They are a very good, fundamentally sound, well-coached team, according to OGBR's Bryce McKey. Megan Ball and Alli Kern are the top two players back from last year's D-IV state champion squad. Ball, a 5-11 junior post, is an OGBR top rated player, who provides leadership and toughness. Kern, also a junior, is another solid player both inside and out. Senior Jillian McCutcheon is the team captain who provides some pop from the outside for the Wildcats. Junior point guard Hannah Duff runs the show for Close's offense, and her twin sister Haley is another shooting threat from the perimeter.
Game 9 1:40 p.m. Cincinnati Glen Este vs Toledo Whitmer
Glen Este Trojans
The Panthers were Regional finalists last year and are hoping to take it a step further this year. Leading the way for new coach Brandon Bosch is Valparaiso-bound post Bryce Blood, a 6-3 true post player. She is strictly an inside post player, according to OGBR's Bryce McKey. Miranda Green is a senior point guard who is also a solid shooter from the perimeter. Junior Maddie Brown is another outstanding shooter for the Panthers. Whitmer has a nice attack with Blood inside and four guards working around her on the perimeter, McKey said. Freshman Regan Blood is the younger sister of Bryce, and is expected to see a lot of action. Last year's trip to the Regional finals where they fell to eventual state champion Wadsworth was the best year Whitmer has enjoyed in recent history. The question is, were they a one-hit wonder or have they arrived. They have to go through perennial power Toledo Notre Dame to prove their worth.
Game 10 3:20 p.m. St Rose (NJ) vs West Chester Lakota West
St. Rose Purple Roses (Belmar, NJ)
The Purple Roses are nationally ranked, sitting at 11th in the country in the Max Preps Xcellent 25 to start the season. In the preseason tournament held in the Washington D.C. area, St. Rose won it all. Pickerington Central, Lakota West, Wayne, Hiland and Wadsworth all competed in the same tournament. Three of the four finalists were from Ohio, along with St. Rose. A pair of five D-I bound college players are juniors for the Roses: point guard Mikayla Markham (committed to Columbia) and 6-2 post Elizabeth Marsicano (St. Joseph's) lead the way for coach Joe Whalen, who temporarily got out of coaching after 9-11, when he lost a lot of friends in the towers. He was inspired by the Perry Reese article that ran the next year in Sports Illustrated. He recently met up with the Hiland coaching staff in Maryland at the Best of Maryland tournament and asked if he could bring his team to Classic in the Country. Another outstanding junior, Luciana Thomas, is a player to watch for the Purple Roses.
Lakota West Firebirds
Andy Fishman's Firebirds are flying high once again, loaded with tremendous young talent. They will need to be firing on all cylinders as they take on St. Rose from Belmar NJ, one of the top rated teams in the country. Leading the way for Fishman's five is Notre Dame-bound junior Abby Prohaska, one of the top 25 guards in the country. Prohaska was one of two Ohio players to play for Team USA this year. (Taylor Mikesell of Massillon Jackson also made Team USA). Heavenly freshman, Nevaeh Dean, is a 6-1 post player who is ranked No. 21 in the country by CGBR, and has already received a Big 10 offer. Madisyn Oxley is another nationally ranked junior (No. 86, CGBR). The Firebirds are going to be good for a while, says OGBR's McKey. Junior guard Jasmine Ballew is another offensive weapon for Fishman. Junior Sarah Jones is an under-rated guard, while Bryanna Henderson runs the point for Lakota West. "You have a do-everything player in Prohaska and five or six guards who can all shoot well and handle the ball," said OGBR's Bryce McKey. "That's what makes them so good."
Game 11 5:00 p.m.Solon vs Huber Heights Wayne
The Comets feature one of the five best junior post players in the country in Valencia Myers and boast a pair of nationally ranked seniors as well. Myers is very good when she wants to be, and that is a key to the Comets' success. Coach Trish Kruse is working to get her girls peaking at the right time of the season so they can return to the Final 4, and hopefully bring home the title this year. Point guard Dee Bekelja (No. 27, CGBR) has chosen DePaul as her next stop, while classmate Alexis Stover (No. 88, CGBR) will play for Ohio University next year. Moriah Modkins is a junior guard whose father is the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers. The Comets are the favorite to return to Columbus out of the Northeast Region, but if Myers gets in foul trouble, they lack depth inside.
Loaded with young talent and experience, the Warriors are the pre-season favorite to be the surprise team of the D-I pool this year in Columbus. Led by uber-athletic junior forward Shai McGruder, the Warriors also feature a trio of nationally ranked sophomores and a top 25 freshman in their explosive offense. Guard Destiny Bohannon (No. 22 CGBR) runs the show for the Warriors, while classmates Olivia Trice (No. 44, CGBR) on the wing and Mali Morgan-Elliott (No. 62, CGBR) on the post, team up with freshman point guard Nyla Hampton (No. 23, CGBR) to provide depth and athleticism on the ball. Maia Dunson is another 5-10 player who adds to the Warriors depth inside. Last year, Wayne was all underclassmen and often played like it. With a year's experience under their belt, the Warriors are more poised and ready to take that next step. Coach Sonya Miller and her husband JR guide the Wayne Train. They also refer to themselves in fun as Miller Academy.
Game 12 6:40 p.m.Mason vs Gates Mills Gilmour Academy
Gilmour Academy Lancers
The Lancers are the one team in D-III that might be able to hang with Africentric. They didn't get a chance last year, falling in the state semifinals, but hope to take that next step this season. Led by one of the top 10 junior post players in the country, and a trio of nationally ranked players overall, coach Bob Beutel has plenty of options on the offensive end of the floor. Naz Hillmon, a 6-2 junior post player, is the spitting image of her mother, former McDonald's All-American Na' Sheema Hillmon, who starred at Vanderbilt. Naz Hillmon is ranked No. 10 by CGBR, while senior shooting guard Emily Kelley (No. 89, CGBR) and junior point guard Sarah Bohn (No. 97, CGBR) form a triple threat on offense that few teams can match. Kelley is headed to Winthrop to continue her basketball career after high school. Annika Corcoran missed last year with an ACL injury, but is back running the point this year. They are a pretty structured half-court team that runs a lot of high-low stuff to work the ball into Hillmon.
Game 13 8:20 p.m.Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame vs Wadsworth
Mount Notre Dame Panthers vs Wadsworth Grizzlies
SCHEDULE OF GAMES FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Game 14 10 a.m.Ottawa Glandorf vs Massillon Tuslaw
Ottawa Glandorf Titans
Ottawa Glandorf made a surprise trip to the final four last year in Division II when they upset second-ranked Toledo Rogers in the regional finals en route to their finals showing against Kettering Alter. Troy Yant's squad lost to Versailles in the Division III title game two years ago in their first-ever trip to the Final Four. The Titans are ready to return again this year, with nationally ranked junior Kadie Hempfling (No. 81, CGBR) leading the way. Senior Kylie White returns for another shot at the state title, and classmate Erin Kaufman hopes to finish out her career in Columbus as well. The Titans use the Classic in the Country Challenge as a warm up for the treacherous trek through the tournament.
When you are fortunate to have a player the caliber of Mayci Sales, you ride that wave as long as you can and hope for the best. That is what the Mustangs and Coach Josh Hose have done as the nationally ranked small forward has helped put Tuslaw basketball on the map. Sales (No. 56, CGBR) is a 6-1 scoring machine who can do it all on the basketball floor. An uncommitted senior with plenty of prospects, she will attract a lot of attention as she leads the Mustangs' attack. Her younger sister, sophomore Majestic Sales is also a capable shooter. Hose hopes to have some other players step up and fill new roles this season. Harmony Miller, Ashley Kohler and the younger Sales were all part players last year when the Mustangs piled up 21 wins. They will be asked to do more on both ends of the floor. Tuslaw will be tested by the state tournament-tested Titans of Ottawa Glandorf in their inaugural experience at Classic in the Country Challenge.
Game 15 11:40 a.m.Westerville South vs Akron Archbishop Hoban
Westerville South Wildcats
A pair of nationally ranked youngsters give veteran coach Silas Williams reason to be excited as he brings his girls back to Berlin for their second visit to the Classic. Junior Caitlin Duffy has committed already to the Naval Academy. Sophomore point guard Sommer Pitzer is a nationally ranked player (No. 26, CGBR) who runs the show for Coach Williams. The Wildcats also have one of the best freshman guards in the state in Anyssa Jones. She is also ranked No. 9 nationally by CGBR. "Jones is a good shooter who can drive," says OGBR's McKey. "She uses her strength to score inside." The Wildcats are guard oriented, as they lack a post presence. Duffy is probably their biggest kid at 5-10. They run the dribble-drive type stuff to take advantage of their athleticism.
Archbishop Hoban Knights
The Knights of Scott Callahan return to Classic in the Country after a few years away. Hoban last played in Berlin in 2013. Sophomore Emma Tecca is a nationally ranked guard for the Knights, (No. 81, CGBR). She is the younger sister of Rachel Tecca, a star player at Akron University. Tecca is a high basketball IQ-type kid, compared to her sister who was 6-2 and relied on her size and skills. Senior guard Rachel Chesser is a top-rated Ohio player who will play at Mercyhurst next year. Kourtnee Dallas-Robinson is a junior guard with some pop on the perimeter and sophomore Lonasia Brewer is another offensive threat. Hoban is not very big, so they match up well against Westerville South, their opponent at Classic in the Country. The Knights are expected to be one of the top teams out of the Northeast Region.
Game 16 1:20 p.m. Shaker Heights vs Reynoldsburg
Shaker Heights Raiders
Denise Duncan is on her second trip around as coach of the Red Raiders, taking over again this year for Eric Mitchell. 6-foot junior Jamir Huston is a nationally ranked forward (No. 20, CGBR) leading the way for the girls from Shaker. Huston is getting offers from Big 10 schools. "She is a great athlete who can shoot it from the outside, but she's best when she slashes her way to the basket," says OGBR's Bryce McKey. "She will probably play more on the wing in college than she does for her high school team. Anajiah Wallace is a sophomore point guard who could lift the Raiders in the Northeast. Wallace wasn't on the radar until she started opening some eyes early this year. Coach Duncan was the all-time leading scorer at Kent State after a stellar career at Shaw High School.
Game 17 3 p.m.West Chester Lakota West vs Solon
Lakota West Firebirds and Solon Comets
Game 18 4:40 p.m. Huber Heights Wayne vs Homestead (Ind.)
Wayne Warriors and Homestead Spartans (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Game 19 6:20 p.m. Rocky River Magnificat vs West Holmes
Magnificat Blue Streaks
The Blue Streaks made a lot of noise the last couple years in the Northwest Region but couldn't get past Wadsworth. Now coach Meghann Hubach's squad lost a lot of talent to graduation and is looking to reload. Senior Abby Adler (5-9) is among the top post players in Ohio, leading the way for Magnificat, but from there, the level of play really drops off. A pair of promising freshmen are earning playing time for the Blue Streaks. Asia McAuliffe and McKenzie Lesjak are young guards that run the motion offense and try to work shots for Adler. The Blue Streaks like to press and create offensive opportunities with their defense. They are deep and play a lot of people. "Magnificat went from being a top 10 team last year to being in a rebuilding mode this year, because they are relying on a lot of young talent," said OGBR's McKey.
West Holmes Knights
Game 20 8 p.m. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy vs Berlin Hiland
Gates Mills Gilmour Academy and Hiland Hawks