Mississinawa Valley’s Maddie Murphy fights for the ball with a Fairlawn
player in a game played
earlier this season. Murphy and the Lady Hawks
will hook up with Central Catholic tonight at Brookville
starting at 6
p.m. CNO Photo by George Starks
ready to do battle
Three teams looking for sectional titles
By George Starks
BROOKVILLE- With the first round of sectional play at Brookville in
D-IV in the books, several scenarios are possible once the second round
With the possibility of two county teams hooking up for a sectional
title and three county teams playing for the right to go to districts,
tonight will get the action started.
Tonight, Mississinawa Valley and Catholic Central (5-13 at the draw)
will tip-off in the first game of the night.
The Lady Hawks survived a scare from Yellow Springs in the opening
round while the Irish drew a first round bye. Getting off to a sloppy
start in a less than desirably played game that featured 21 Hawks
“If we are going to beat Catholic Central, we are going to have to play
much better than we did against Yellow Springs,” said Saintignon after
the win Saturday over the Bulldogs. “We can’t continue to play like
this and expect to win.”
Following that game will be Newton (10-8) and Southeastern. The Trojans
are coming off a 26 point victory over Ansonia while the fourth seeded
Indians took a first round bye.
If the Blackhawks prevail over Catholic Central, they will meet the
winner of the Newton-Southeastern game on Saturday at noon for the
sectional championship and a trip to Tipp City and a shot at the
district crown on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. against the winner of
the Sidney (1) sectional which features second seeded Ft. Laramie and
the three seed, Mechanicsburg.
On Wednesday, the Franklin Monroe Jets will do battle with Covington.
The Lady Buccs popped the hapless Twin Valley South Panthers Saturday,
46-25, in a game that was much too east for Covington.
When the Buccs hook up with the Jets for the second time this year,
things won’t be nearly as easy for them against the Jets. Franklin
Monroe has had injury issues this season but is no pushover. Led by the
February Athlete of the Month, junior Taylor Robins and senior Haley
Gray as well as junior Claire Neiswander, FM will prove to be no
pushover by any stretch.
The winner of this one will face the winner of the 7:30 game Wednesday
between Xenia Christian and Cedarville for the sectional title on
Saturday at 3 p.m.
If the Lady Jets are successful, they will hook up with the winner of
the Sidney (2) sectional that features the top seeded team from Triad
who was undefeated at the time of the draw. That game at Tipp City is
set for 1 p.m.
On Thursday, the Tri-Village Lady Patriots will see Bethel for the
second time this season. The Patriots are fresh off a romp over
Jefferson on Saturday.
Led by senior Kayla Linkous, this team is loaded and will prove to be
too much for the Bees, starting a 6 p.m.
In the night-cap Thursday, Bradford (8-10) will play Emmanuel Christian
(9-9) in a game that should prove to be the best of all second round
The winner has the undoubting task of facing the winner of the
Patriots-Bees game for the sectional crown. The sectional winner will
face the winner of the Monroe sectional. That sectional features
Cincinnati Country Day, Miami Valley and Seven Hills, the top three
seeds in that order.
That district game is set for a 3 p.m. tip-off at Tipp City the
Below: Kayla Linkous (45) and the Tri-Village Lady Patriots will look
advance Thursday to the sectional finals against Bethel at 6 p.m. If
the Patriots are successful over the Bees, they will get the winner of
the Bradford-Emmanuel Christian game to follow that night at 7:30 p.m.
CNO Photo by Dale Barger, tvpatriots.com