girls preview

West Middlesex High Head Coach Mike Williams celebrates after his team scored against Saegertown during the District 10 quarterfinals at Farrell High’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium.

TANNER MONDOK | Herald

Wednesday

CLASS 2A

West Middlesex (16-6) vs. Cambridge Springs (17-5) Meadville Area Senior High, 6:30 p.m.

Coach Mike Williams’ Ms. Reds have to get past the Blue Devils to attempt to win their 5th straight crown.

WM is led by NCAA Division I UMass recruit Makennah White, who is averaging 25.5 ppg. Sophomores Carlie Beatty (14.2) and Emily Anthony (11.8) are also averaging double digits in scoring for the Reds. Beatty, who missed 2 games with a concussion return to play in the quarterfinals.

White should surpass 1,900 career points on Wednesday (1,895) when the teams tip off at “The House of Thrills.” She is WM’s all-time leading scorer and stands 4th on the all-time Mercer County girls scoring list.

The senior, who averages over 10 rebounds a game, could surpass former Farrell High standout Jill Platteborze (1996 graduate) who currently holds that position with 1,913 points. The top 3 are Lakeview’s Sheena Aden (2,421), Sharon’s Wanda Holloway (2,106) and Kennedy Catholic’s Malia Magestro (2,087).

Middlesex routed Saegertown in the D-10 quarterfinals (70-42) White had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Anthony posted 16 points, 9 assists and 5 boards, and Beatty added 9 points.

This is Cambridge Springs’ first D-10 playoff game this year. The Lady Blue Devils haven’t played since Feb. 7 when they won at North East (57-38).

The Spa is led by 1,000-point senior scorer Ashton Hoover (19.6), senior Rachel Swanson (10.7), sophomore Maddie Yanc (8.3) and freshman Mackenzie Yanc (6.7).

Cambridge Springs opened the season at the West Middlesex Kiwanis Tipoff Tourney. It beat Farrell (68-40), then fell to West Middlesex (72-45) in the championship game. White fired in 27 points in that game Anthony scored 14 and Olivia Franks added 10 points. Swanson (15) and Hoover (12) scored in double digits for the Spa.

The Lady Blue Devils also beat Sharon (63-36) and Region 4 champ Greenville (53-34) earlier this season.

The winner advances to the D-10 championship game to play the winner of Cochranton- Maplewood. The loser will play in the D-10 consolation game.

CLASS 3A

Greenville (18-5) v. Northwestern (16-6) Meadville Area Senior High, 5 p.m.

Coach Kristin Richards’ Lady Trojans return to “The House of Thrills.” Greenville ousted Fairview (48-42) in the quarterfinals at MASH. Josie Lewis led the Trojans with 14 points, Skylar Swartz bucketed 11, Jaidah Rosario added 9 points and Amy Batt chipped in 8 points. The win avenged a 43-31 loss to Fairview in the season-opener at the Grove City Kiser Classic.

Swartz averages 10.2 ppg., Batt is at 9.5, followed by Lewis (9.0) and Rosario (7.1). Swartz is a senior, Batt and Rosario are juniors and Lewis is a freshman.

The 2-time Region 4 champion Lady Trojans have won 12 straight games.

Last season, the Lady Trojans beat Seneca (50-34) in the D-10 quarters, then lost to Fairview (43-37) in the semis. Greenville beat Lakeview (33-30) in the consy contest to advance to the PIAA

playoffs, but suffered a 46-38 1st-round loss to Shady Side Academy.

This will be Northwestern’s 1st playoff game this season. The Lady Wildcats’ last game was a home win over North East (64-35) on Feb. 10. Senior Julia Wheeler (21.1), junior Jessamine Saxton (7.7) and senior Kayleigh Bucci (7.3) lead Northwestern’s scoring.

The winner advances to the D-10 championship game to face the Girard-Mercyhurst Prep winner. The Lady Lakers are the defending champs. The loser will play in the consy contest.

CLASS 5A

Grove City (20-3) vs. Warren (16-7) Oil City High, 6 p.m.

Coach Chris Burtch’s Lady Eagles opened the D-10 playoffs with a 45-27 win over Gen. McLane, avenging last season’s 55-34 loss.

Juniors Becca Santom and Clara Hannon both had 18 points in the quarterfinal win. Santom went over 800 career points (816) while Hannon is at 781. Eventually, they are set to become the 3rd and 4th scorers in program history to reach 1,000. Becca Santom averages 16.9 ppg. while Hannon is at 12.2 and senior Katie McDowell is at 6.5 ppg.

The Lady Eagles are in the D-10 semifinals for the first time since 2002. That team, coached by Roger Flynn, went 25-6 and finished as co-MCAC Class AAA champs with Sharon, then ended 3rd in D-10 play. That team featured Chelsea Smith (Bucknell), Amber McFeely (SRU), Carly Denniston, Shannon O’Neil and Amber Burke.

Grove City’s only losses are against Region 5 champ Slippery Rock (55-45; 45-37) and Region 7 squad McDowell (33-26).

Region 6 champ Warren, the defending D-10 champion (with a 59-44 win over Slippery Rock), is coached by Lisa LaVan and led by sophomores Emma Ruhlman (14.6) and Riley Childress (13.9) and Riley’s older sister Taylor Childress (5.2). Taylor is the only senior on the roster.

Warren rolled past Meadville (61-30) in the quarterfinals. Ruhlman had 24 points (10-of-12 from the charity stripe) and Riley Childress added 15 points.

The winner will play the winner of Slippery Rock-Harbor Creek for the crown. The loser is in the consolation game.

Slippery Rock (17-6) v. Harbor Creek (14-9) 7:30 p.m.

Oil City High Coach Amber Osborn’s Rockets have won 7 straight games and captured the Region 5 title for the 5th straight season.

Slippery Rock has advanced to the past 3 D-10 championship games, winning the title 2 years ago (47-45 over Harbor Creek), but dropping the title game to Warren last year (59-44) and to Central Tech (35-34) in 2018.

In the D-10 quarterfinals, Slippery Rock routed Corry (46-27), which had only won 2 games. Bronwyn McCoy led the Rockets with 11 points, Anna Kadlubek scored 10 and Kelly Benson contributed 9 points. Kadlubek, a sophomore, averages 12.2 ppg. Benson, a junior, is at 9.4, and sophomore Ella McDermott averages 9.2.

Harbor Creek is led by a pair of seniors in 1,000-point scorer Jenna Babay (17.6 ppg.) and Alexis Barton (6.3). Juniors Shaelie Born (5.3) and Lily Pulvino (5.1) also contribute.

Harbor Creek beat Hickory (37-29) in the D-10 quarterfinals as Babay had 19 (11 in the 3rd quarter) and Born chipped in 6.

Of Harbor Creek’s 9 losses, those include Greenville (49-44), West Middlesex (64-49) and Kennedy Catholic (59-41).

The winner advances to play the Grove City-Warren winner for the title. The loser drops into the consolation game.

OHSAA Division IV Semifinals

Massillon Regional/Orwell District Brookfield (9-13) vs. Cornerstone Christian (18-6) Grand Valley High, Orwell, 6 p.m.

The Lady Warriors of Coach Ken Forsythe pulled off a big upset by ousting No. 3 seed Andrews Osborne Academy (47-41) in the district quarterfinals. Brookfield, seeded 11th, beat 6th-seeded Fairport Harding (53-33) in the opening round.

Audrey Reardon led Brookfield with 14 points, Sophia Hook scored 13 and Mikenzie Jumper had a dozen points, and Becca Litz grabbed 15 rebounds. Andrews Osborne had played Cornerstone Christian in the past 2 district championship games. Hook, who is only a freshman, leads Brookfield with 13.7 ppg. while Reardon averages 9.8. Litz, who missed several games this season with a left knee injury, averages 5.3 ppg. and double-digit rebounds and freshman Katie Logan contributes 4.3 ppg. Brookfield went 15-9 last season, suffering a 48-37 loss to Western Reserve in the Mineral Ridge District semifinals.

Coach Lisa Stopp’s Cornerstone Christian Patriots play in the Freelance Conference. Stopp (maiden name Kipp) was a former basketball standout at Mentor High, then played at Cleveland State University.

CC, the No. 2 seed, hammered Ashtabula- St. John School (91-27) in the quarterfinals. St. John’s Sydney Carpenter went over 1,000 career points in the game. She joined senior teammate Emily Cevera in the 1,000-point club. Cevera reached 1,000 two weeks ago.

The Patriots have won 4 straight district championships and reached the Final Four in Columbus twice in the last 4 years, last season losing to eventual state champ Minster (65-31) in the semis. It was Minster’s 2nd straight state title. CC closed the season 23-5.

The winner advances to Saturday’s district championship game at Grand Valley High at 4 p.m. to play either top-seeded Cortland-Maplewood or No. 4 seed Bristolville-Bristol.

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