PREP BASKETBALL PREVIEW \ Girls regionals
Who: Boardman (20-3) vs. Mentor (20-4)When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.Where: Canton Civic CenterOther matchup: Stow-Monroe Falls (23-1) vs. Cleveland JFK (17-4). Stow finished third in the final Associated Press Ohio poll.Final: Friday, 7:30 p.m.How to get there: Take U.S. 224 west to U.S. 225 south, follow U.S. 225 7 miles to U.S. 62 (outside Alliance), take U.S. 62 15 miles to Canton and take Market Avenue exit. Turn left on Market and proceed 3 miles to Civic Center.Boardman scouting report: In tournament play, the Spartans breezed past Fitch (85-30) and Canton McKinley (64-41) before defeating North Canton Hoover, 55-47, in double overtime. Starters are junior point guard Colleen Mallis, senior guard Liz Yazbek, freshman guard Courtney Schiffhauer, senior center Jessica Moore and senior forward Emily Hays. First off the bench will be junior forward April Melquist and guard Brittany Sirak. Boardman was No. 11 in the final AP poll and Hoover was seventh.Mentor scouting report: The Cardinals have four tournament wins: Willoughby South, 73-19; Madison, 74-47; Painesville Riverside, 58-55; and Cleveland Glenville, 56-53.
Who: Rayen (19-4) vs. Medina Buckeye (17-6)When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.Where: Barberton HighOther matchup: Mentor Lake Catholic (16-8) vs. Navarre Fairless (22-2), 6:15 p.m. Fairless finished seventh in the final AP poll.Final: Friday, 7:30 p.m.How to get there: Take I-76 west through Akron to Barber Road exit. Turn right at the end of the ramp and drive 1 mile -- school is on the left.Rayen scouting report: The likely starters are senior guard Taniesha Holland, freshman guard Brittany Taylor, senior forward Rilonda Neal, junior forward Danielle Liggens and sophomore guard Kenysha Tennant. First off the bench will be sophomore forwards Monica Curry and Kera Bentley. Coach Holly Seimetz's Tigers are making their first regional appearance. In the regular season, Rayen's biggest win was over Ursuline, 55-51 double overtime. In the tournament, Rayen defeated: Liberty, 55-37; Struthers, 64-43; and Salem, 51-33. Holland scored 22 points against the Quakers and Taylor 13.Buckeye scouting report: The starters are senior guard Jocelyn Joyce, junior point guard Andrea Wojtowicz, junior center Serena Farage, junior forward Lauren Kruse and junior power forward Kayleigh Keller. First off the bench will be sophomore guard Sam Vraja and junior forward Kim Morlock. In the tournament, Buckeye defeated: Olmsted Falls, 41-39; Fairview Park, 52-48; and LaGrange Keystone, 52-38. Against Keystone, Farage scored 16 while Keller and Joyce scored 13.
Who: Ursuline (19-3) vs. South Euclid Regina (21-3)When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.Where: Cuyahoga Falls High SchoolOther matchup: Cleveland Central Catholic (23-1) vs. Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown (13-10), 6:15 p.m.Final: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.How to get there: Take I-76 west to Akron to state Route 8 north (Exit 23B). Follow Route 8 for 5 miles to Portage Trail ramp. Turn left on East Portage Trail then turn right on Fourth Street.Ursuline scouting report: The defending state champions start one senior (Cierra Bennett), three juniors (Tyra Grant, Tiffani Miller and Vannessa Dickson) and a sophomore (Megan Saccomen. First off the bench will be freshman Brittany Armour and junior Jenna Klempay. In the regular season, the Irish defeated Boardman and West Branch. They split with Ursuline and lost to Rayen and Mount de Chantal of West Virginia. In the tournament, Ursuline defeated: Crestview, 67-35; Brookfield, 66-42; and Mooney, 64-31. The Irish finished eighth in the final AP poll.Regina scouting report: The Royals, the team the Irish defeated in last year's regional final, have tournament wins against: Rootstown, 105-46; Peninsula Woodridge, 97-29; CVCA, 96-32; and Waterloo, 70-41. The Royals finished sixth in the final AP poll.
Who: Lowellville (21-3) vs. Kirtland (19-4)When: Thursday, 6:15 p.m.Where: Massillon Perry High SchoolOther matchup: Mansfield St. Peters (18-5) vs. East Canton (19-5), 8 p.m.Final: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.How to get there: Take U.S. 224 west to U.S. 225 south, follow U.S. 225 seven miles to U.S. 62 (outside Alliance), take U.S. 62 15 miles to Canton to I-77 south. Take Tuscarawas Street Exit 105B, turn right on Tuscarawas and proceed 3 miles. Turn left on Fairlawn Avenue and then right on 13th Street.Lowellville scouting report: Senior Amanda Nero scored 23 points in the 57-42 district final win over McDonald. Sophomore Kristen Pallozzi scored 17. In other tournament games, the Rockets defeated: Bristol, 51-11; Sebring, 58-27; and Southington, 43-17. The Rockets finished eighth in the final AP poll.Kirtland scouting report: In the tournament, the Hornets defeated: Cornerstone Christian, 48-40; Lutheran East, 69-42; and Thompson Ledgemont, 39-21.