Carroll, Minster and Waynesville girls reach state semifinals

Carroll entered Friday’s regional finals against rival Franklin as the state’s top-ranked Division II girls basketball team. Yet they were fueled with added motivation, remembering last year’s 53-51 triple overtime loss to the Wildcats in the district finals. The rematch was not so close as Carroll was led by Julia Keller’s 18 points en route to a 57-43 victory over Franklin. The Patriots advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2011, when they were the runner-up. Now 25-2, Carroll will meet Akron St-Vincent-St. Mary (18-9) Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. In the other state semifinal match-up, defending D-II state champ Toledo Rogers (25-2) faces Thornville Sheridan (25-2) Thursday at 8 p.m. The winners will play for the state championship Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. Ava Lickliter added 12 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, for Carroll. Allie Stefanek contributed 11 points. Layne Ferrell finished a standout career at Franklin with 21 points and eight rebounds. The 6-foot-1 senior will continue her basketball career at the University of Akron. The 2011 Carroll team defeated Clyde 47-43 in the semifinals but fell to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the championship, 54-51. Minster defeats Fort Loramie, 43-29 It was a clash of the two top-ranked schools in Division IV when Minster met Ft. Loramie in the regional finals at Butler High School Saturday night. No. 2 Minster returned to the Final Four with a 43-29 win over No. 1 Ft. Loramie. Senior Courtney Prenger led Minster with 18 points. Minster won the state championship last season and earned a chance to defend the title. It will play No. 9 ranked Willoughby Cornerstone Christian Friday at 1 p.m. at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center. Centerville girls fall to Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame The Centerville Elks easily defeated Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame during the regular season with a 70-56 win on the road. Mt. Notre Dame avenged the loss with a 70-63 victory in the regional finals Saturday  at Trent Arena Freshman Cotie McMahon (20 points and 12 rebounds) and sophomore Amy Velasco (16 points) led Centerville, which finished 25-3. Senior Alexis Hutchison scored 13. Undefeated Waynesville reaches Division III semifinals Waynesville earned its first regional championship since 2005 in girls basketball with a 39-35 victory over Purcell Marian. Now 26-0, the Spartans will meet Doylestown Chippewa (25-1) Thursday at 3 p.m. at Ohio State University’s Jerome Schottenstein Center. Berlin Hiland (25-2) will play the winner of Findlay Liberty-Benton and defending state champion Columbus Africentric (26-0) Thursday at 1 p.m. The D-III state championship game will take place Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

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