BUCYRUS, OH- The Ontario girls basketball team claimed the Division II girls sectional championship by downing Mansfield Senior 61-37 at Bucyrus on Saturday evening.
"We started off really well offensively and I think it led us right into our defense," said head coach Sarah Krichbaum. "we got some stops early and we had some big three's and I think it got us going on both ends."
Ontario led after one period 13-6, then extended that advantage in the second period by outscoring Mansfield 22-7 to grab a 35-13 advantage at the break. Ontario would lead after three periods 49-20 before coasting to a 24 point win over their county rival.
In scoring the Warriors were led by NaShail Shelby who knocked down a game-high 22 points, Emily Yeager and Amanda Nething each scored 13 points. Faith Nigh had ten, and Madeline Collins two.
For Mansfield Senior, the Tygers were led by Talayzha Catchings with 17, Brooklyn Grose had six, Brea Jones, Alaya Grose and Lynda Windham each had four and Don'Jeon Reese had two.
The loss ends Mansfield Senior's season at 11-13. With the win, Ontario improves to 16-7 and will play NOL co-champ Bellevue (19-4) on Thursday evening at 6:15 pm in the girls Division II district semifinal at Willard High School. Lady Red dispatched Tiffin Columbian in the upper bracket sectional final Saturday at Bucyrus 70-29. Bellevue beat Ontario twice during the regular season in league play 48-25 back on December 8th, and 53-42 on January 21st.
The lower bracket final will feature two other teams out of the NOL with co-champ Shelby taking on Norwalk at Willard at 8 pm. The Whippets stopped Sandusky Perkins Saturday evening at Monroeville 65-47, while Norwalk upset state-ranked Upper Sandusky 60-44. As with Bellevue and Ontario, Shelby defeated the Truckers twice during the regular season by scores of 56-53 on January 3rd and 64-60 on February 7th. Winners will meet in the Girls D-2 district final back at Willard High School on Saturday, March 4th at 7 pm.