Girls Varsity District Finals highlight exceptional athletes

Mar 12, 2024 | Sports | 0 comments

BY BOB STASCAK

The Bellevue Lady Red staged a comeback from being down 13 points with only seven minutes left to beat the Toledo Central Catholic Fighting Irish 45-42 in overtime on Saturday, March 2 in Division II District Championship action. The Lady Red improved their record to 21-5 as they kept the Fighting Irish scoreless for the last 6:52 of regulation time. Bellevue would then go 13-0 before going 7-4 in overtime. This was Bellevue’s first District Finals appearance in two years.

In a D-II Regional Final game played on Tuesday, March 5, the Copley Indians defeated the Bellevue Lady Red 47-40. This ended Bellevue’s 15-game winning streak as the Lady Red would finish the season with a record of 21-6, plus an outright share of the Sandusky Bay – Lake Conference championship.

In a Division IV District Final held on Saturday, March 2, the top-seeded Danbury Lakers defeated the second-seeded New London Wildcats 42-27. This victory gave Danbury its first-ever District Championship. In the fourth quarter, Danbury opened up their lead 33-22. Danbury made seven free throws in the fourth quarter and was 13 of 18 at the foul line while New London was 2 of 16.

The Margaretta Polar Bears defeated the Colonel Crawford Eagles 41-26 in a Division III title game held on Saturday, March 2. Margaretta has a record of 24-2 and is on a 10-game winning streak. Margaretta won their fifth title in the last seven years and their fifth District championship. The Colonel Crawford Eagles finished their season with a record of 19-2.

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced on Wednesday, March 6 that four area girls’ basketball players were named as some of the best in Northwest Ohio. Da’Cariya Lanier (Port Clinton), Hailey Rees (Bellevue), Maria Maringer (Danbury), and Raegan Heck (Margaretta) were named first-team all-district in their respective divisions. Rees, Heck, and Maringer received their first-team honors as part of seasons they led their teams to district championships. Rees with 18 points per game, and Maringer with 15 points per game, were the leading scorers for their teams. Rees was also named the Sandusky Bay – Lake Conference’s Most Outstanding Performer. Lanier finished her career at Port Clinton with 1,687 points, topping the school district’s history for both boys and girls basketball. Rameau would set Sandusky’s single-season record for steals and average more than 15 points and four assists per game.

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