Girls basketball tournament brackets deliver annual surprise

The girls high school basketball tournament seeds were decided at various locations on Sunday afternoon. As usual, most of the top seeds throughout the four divisions were a slam dunk in the coaches’ online voting. It was positioning of those seeds on the sectional brackets that more often than not produces an intriguing first-round matchup.

That distinction goes to the D-III sectional at Covington, where No. 6 seed Greeneview (15-4) of the Ohio Heritage Conference will play No. 7 seed Arcanum (14-6) of the Cross County Conference in the first round on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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Those teams were the victim of a deep D-III sectional field. The first, second and third seeded teams often draw first-round byes or mismatches. In most other seasons, that would have included Greeneview and Arcanum, but not this time. In another bracket quirk, the winner gets No. 13 seed Bethel (10-9), which drew a first-round bye.

The following are the top two girls basketball sectional seeds for most area teams:

• D-I at Troy: 1. Centerville, 2. Wayne.

• D-II at Lebanon: 1. Franklin, 2. Valley View.

• D-II at Tecumseh: 1. Carroll, 2. Trotwood-Madison.

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• D-III at Covington: 1. Waynesville, 2. West Liberty-Salem.

• D-IV at Brookville: 1. Tri-Village, 2. Covington.

• D-IV at Monroe: 1. Cincinnati Country Day, 2. Cedarville.

• D-IV at Sidney: 1. Fort Loramie, 2. Legacy Christian.

All those sectionals are in the Southwest District. There are other area teams, mostly from the Midwest Athletic Conference and the Shelby County Athletic League, in the Northwest District tournament.

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The girls tournament starts on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The sequential format is sectional, district, regional and state final four, which will again be held at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus from March 14-16.

The boys basketball tournament schedule is one week behind the girls and will have its sectional draw meetings this Sunday.

• Chaminade Julienne (16-2) maintained its No. 1 position in the boys D-II state poll despite having its 10-game win streak snapped by visiting Moeller 62-55 on Saturday night. The Eagles drew 10 of 23 first-place votes, good for a 10-point margin over former No. 2 Trotwood-Madison (14-2).

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Those two area reps are joined by No. 4 Wyoming (15-1), No. 6 Taft (14-3) and No. 7 Hughes (14-3) – all of Cincinnati – that should make a formidable regional field in the boys postseason.

The boys state polls were released by the Associated Press on Monday and the girls’ latest state polls will be announced on Tuesday.

• Wayne senior Destiny Bohanon surpassed 1,000 career points last week. The University of Dayton signee leads the Warriors in scoring (14.2). Wayne (13-4, 9-2) will end the regular season by hosting Centerville (19-1, 10-0) on Saturday. Centerville can clinch an outright Greater Western Ohio Conference National East title by winning at Beavercreek on Wednesday.

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• Waynesville’s Marcella Sizer also surpassed 1,000 career points last week. The senior is second in scoring (13.3) and leads the Spartans in rebounding (9.3) and blocks (4.2). Waynesville (18-0) will end the regular season with a three-game Southwestern Buckeye League grinder this week: at Preble Shawnee (12-5) on Tuesday, at Valley View (15-5) on Thursday and by hosting Franklin (16-3) on Saturday.

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All at 7:30 p.m.

Bethel (10-8) at Fort Loramie (11-6)

CJ (16-2) at Cin. LaSalle (10-7)

Preble Shawnee (8-7) at Madison (16-2)

Urbana (8-7) at Springfield (11-7)

Versailles (10-8) at Butler (16-2)


All at 7:30 p.m.

Anna (15-4) at Lehman Catholic (8-9)

Arcanum (14-6) at Versailles (14-5)

Dixie (4-17) at Miami Valley (10-5)

Piqua (12-6) at Fairborn (8-10)

Waynesville (18-0) at Preble Shawnee (12-5)

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