Girls basketball | Thursday’s state semifinals
Kettering Alter 50, Toledo Rogers 47
Second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Emma Bockrath had 14 points and Hayley Combs converted a long pass into a layup with 8 seconds left to seal second-ranked Kettering Alter’s win over No. 12 Toledo Rogers in a girls Division II state semifinal at Ohio State’s Value City Arena. The Knights (29-0) will play for their second state title on Saturday. They did not score in the opening 4:42, trailing 9-0. Rogers (24-5), led by second-team all-stater Sasha Dailey’s 10 points, led 15-9 and 30-22 after the first two quarters before Alter freshman Braxtin Miller — no relation to the Ohio State QB — hit a late 3 to it at 36 after three periods.
Millersburg West Holmes 49, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 45
Laina Snyder, a first-team Associated Press All-Ohioan, had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Alex Brown hit two late free throws to help top-ranked Millersburg West Holmes beat Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. The Knights (28-0) will meet Kettering Alter (29-0) in Saturday’s championship game. After a missed layup by SVSM (25-3), Brown was fouled and hit both shots with 18 seconds left. Snyder then blocked a 3-pointer and later got a rebound to seal the outcome. First-team all-stater Jordan Korinek had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish. West Holmes will play for its fourth state title and first since 1986.
Zanesville Rosecrans 55, Holgate 40
Kloie Johnson scored 19 points and second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Molly Nash added 11 to lead fast-starting Zanesville Rosecrans in a Division IV state semifinal. The third-ranked Bishops (27-1) will go for their fourth state championship — and first since 1992 — in Saturday’s final. Alexis Kirkbride also had 11 points.
Unranked Holgate (23-5) failed to score for the first 4:12, falling behind 6-0. Rosecrans led 16-4 after a quarter and never looked back. The Bishops were up 27-14 at the half and 41-20 through three quarters.Marissa Myles, also a second-team all-stater, had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who never led and trailed by as many as 25 points.
Reedsville Eastern 68, Fort Loramie 59
First-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Jenna Burdette tied a Division IV semifinal record with 38 points, leading Reedsville Eastern past defending champion Fort Loramie. The top-ranked Eagles (26-1) meet Zanesville Rosecrans (27-1), a 55-40 winner over Holgate, in the state final on Saturday. Eastern missed its first 10 3-pointers until Burdette made one in front of her team’s bench late, then hit a driving layup for a 43-35 lead.