Miami Trace Lady Panthers captured their third sectional in the last four years with a convincing win Saturday afternoon in the Division 2 Sectional Championship at Zane Trace High School.
McClain Lady Tigers fell in a heart-breaking 40-38 decision to Unioto in the other D-2 Sectional title game.
MIAMI TRACE 66, HILLSBORO 40
Miami Trace jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead & went on to claim their 3rd win in the last 33 days over the Lady Indians who were looking for their 1st sectional title in almost 20 years.
Miami Trace (18-4) shot 43% from the field in the first half as they led 39-14 at the half.
Miami Trace was led by Diedre McKay & Abby Schwenk with 13 points each. Adrianna Mabra added 8 points as a total of 8 Lady Panthers scored in the contest.
Katlynne Bell led the Lady Indians (8-15) with a double double scoring 15 points & 10 rebounds. Trista Rhoades added 8 points as the Indians finished shooting 26% from the field.
Hillsboro had 27 turnovers while Miami Trace had 15 miscues.
Miami Trace will play Marietta Thursday at 6:15pm in the Ross Southeastern Girls Division 2 District Semi-Finals. Buckeye Country 105.5 FM will broadcast the game.
UNIOTO 40, McCLAIN 38
Lady Shermans senior Ashley Flautt got a stick-back after tearing a rebound away from McClain in the closing seconds to left Unioto to a 40-38 Division 2 Sectional championship over the Lady Tigers.
Officials determined there was 1.8 seconds remaining after the bucket, and two deflected inbounds passes later, Unioto was on their way to the district tournament.
The Lady Tanks held leads of 7-0 and 9-2 to start, but McClain tied it 11-11 after the first quarter. Unioto led 23-21 at half, then McClain was up 32-30 after three periods. McClain's biggest leads were 28-23 and 32-26.
Unioto pulled-out the win, despite McClain holding a 27-13 rebounding advantage.
Unioto was led by Flautt and Alexis Overly with 11 points each, and Mallory Retherford added 9.
McClain had 13 points/9 rebounds from 5'6 sophomore Shania Massie and 10 from Katie Unger, who also grabbed 9 rebounds.
Unioto shot 16/41 for 39%- including 2/10 from the arc. The Lady Tigers were 13/34 for 38%- including 2/4 from the arc. The Shermans were 6/10 from the foul line and McClain 10/18.
McClain concludes a (11-12) season.