Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Four-peat? I don't know what else you call it.

That's what the Mt. Notre Dame girls are going for this weekend in Columbus. The Cougars have won the last 3 consecutive Division 1 state titles. We went out the MND the other day, and I wanted to male sure to post something before everything gets lost in March Madness. I told coach Dante Harlan he must be doing something right, and he said...

It doesn't hurt to have the reigning Ohio Ms. Basketball on the squad. Senior forward Kendall Hackney learned this evening she won the prestigious award. Kendall sensed the focus of this team start to sharpen as the tournament time drew near.

Kendall will be taking her talent to USC next season. She is part of a group of 7 seniors on the team. What a ride it has been for this group. They have seen 99 varsity wins during their time in high school, and possibly 4 state titles. Senior Guard Ashley Fowler talks about the 4-peat.

This one could be the best for the seniors since they are the leaders, and it will be their last hurrah. The come into the State semifinals with a 25-1 record. The only loss came to University High School from Newark, New Jersey. Senior Guard Gabrielle "Gabby" Smith reflects on the success these senior have seen and hope to finish off with another state title.

Mt. Notre Dame plays Canton McKinley Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in Columbus. Lakota West takes on Toledo Start in the other semifinal. Educated observers are figuring the Cougars and Firebirds will both advance, setting up a rematch of last year's state championship game. Wouldn't that be something? MND beat Lakota West 49-38 back in January. That game was played on MND's home floor. The only other loss suffered by Lakota West this season was to Dublin Coffman. Among the wins for West this season, a 62-59 victory over the same University High School that hung the loss on MND, It should be fun.

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