From Staff Reports
BERLIN — South Euclid Regina showed a loss two weeks ago to Lutheran East was a bit fluky.
The Royals, ranked No. 3 in Div. III, put together the best performance of Saturday’s games, knocking off previously undefeated and No. 1 in Div. I West Chester Lakota West 64-58.
In a game that featured perhaps the two best players in the tournament — Regina guard Shay Selby and Lakota post Amber Gray — the Duke-bound Selby got the last laugh.
With the game tied with two minutes remaining, the Royals turned it on, outscoring the Firebirds 11-5 to come away with the victory.
Selby led the way with 14 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals. Post Mercedes Mitchell matched her with 14, while Tay’ler Mingo and Emily Hoscilowicz put in 13.
Gray, the No. 10 senior in the country, had 17 points and 13 boards. Forward Alexis Rogers, the No. 17 junior nationally, finished with 16 points and 11 boards.
Col. Africentric 50, N. Canton Hoover 43
There were at least 10 future Div. I players on the floor in the day’s most star-studded game and that was a good thing for the Nubians (No. 1, Div. IV). They scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back.
Once again they took the floor against a powerhouse from a bigger division. And once again they won with comfort. Last season they beat eventual Div. II champion River View 60-48.
Alesia Howard put together a 15-point, six-rebound game for the Nubians. But she was outdone by super freshman Raven Ferguson, who went for 15 points and eight boards. Senior Tyeasha Moss chipped in 11 for Africentric.
Hoover got 16 points and six rebounds from Brittany Orban and a 13-point game from Jessica Carpenter.
Waterford 60, East Canton 48
East Canton’s (No. 8, Div. IV) Caitlin Sharp tallied a CITC-record six 3-pointers, but that was far from enough to help the Wizards to a victory in this one.
Sharp posted 23 points in the losing effort, but a 20-7 Waterford second quarter was just enough for a win.
In the winning effort, Jessi Dreyer led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Co-district player of the year Sina King had 16 and 12 rebounds, while Britany Brown also scored 16.
The Wildcats shot a sizzling 50 percent from the floor.
Cin. Winton Woods 60, Wadsworth 47
The Warriors went ahead and did something no other team has ever done and that’s give the Grizzlies a loss at the Classic.
It took some doing from a trio of talented players to get that win, but Winton Woods was up to it. Dayeesha Hollins and Courtney Lumpkin each poured in 14 points, while Jasmine Shaw tallied 11 for WW. They outscored Wadsworth 35-24 in the second half.
The Grizzlies got 19 from Chrissy Pavlik, while Rachel DeMita put together a 14-point effort.
Cin. Princeton 57, Tol. Cent. Cath. 43
The Vikings went ahead and pulled an upset blowout style, knocking off the Irish, ranked No. 5 in Div. I, with relative ease. Princeton used a 31-18 second half to roll to the win.
Ariel Thomas posted 23 points, seven boards, seven steals and four assists in a winning effort. The Vikings lost the rebound battle 42-30, but forced 34 turnovers to make one of the top teams in Northwest Ohio look foolish.
Sharise Calhoun posted 10 points in the loss, TCC’s second of the season.
Cin. Mt. Notre Dame 65, Bishop McGuinness (N.C.) 51
Ohio’s two-time defending Div. I champions took on North Carolina’s A two-time defending state champions in this one.
McGuinness got a rude-awakening to the CITC, as the Cougars scored the game’s first 10 points and went from there.
The Cougars (No. 3, Div. I), which have five future Div. I players starting for them, got a balanced effort. Gabby Smith led the way in scoring, going for 18. She was followed by Channing Hillman (15 points), Tia McBride (12) and Kendall Hackney (12).
Post Erinn Thompson went for 13 in the losing cause. Also scoring double figures were Whitney Knight (12 points), Brittany Cox (11) and Maggie Ronan (10).
MND controlled the glass to the tune of 44-26.