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Canton McKinley’s Bell first three-time Ms. Basketball


Canton McKinley High School senior Kierstan Bell joined LeBron James as the only three-time winners of Ohio’s top high school basketball award on Thursday with the announcement of her winning her third Ms. Basketball honor. A statewide media panel from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced the selection. James was Ohio’s Mr. Basketball from 2001-03 while at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Bell led McKinley to a 25-2 record this season and a regional final by averaging 27.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 3.8 steals and 3.0 assists. She finished her career with 2,833 points, passing Ohio legends Katie Smith and Semeka Randall on the state’s career scoring list in recent weeks. Bell’s point total is fourth in OHSAA history. Canton McKinley went 93-14 with three district titles and one regional title with Bell. Other finalists for the Ms. Basketball Award included Constance Chaplin from Euclid, Jacy Sheldon from Dublin Coffman, Jordan Horston from Columbus Africentric, Sammie Puisis from Mason, Lauren Flannery from Hannibal River, Peyton Scott from Lynchburg Clay and Zia Cooke, Toledo Rogers.

State Tournament

Division III

Columbus Africentric 61, Berlin Hiland 48

Waynesville 41, Doylestown Chippewa 39, OT

State final: No. 1 Columbus Africentric (27-0) vs. No. 3 Waynesville (27-0), Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

Division II

Dayton Carroll 57, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 38

Toledo Rodgers 56, Thornville Sheridan 48

State final: No. 1 Dayton Carroll (27-2) vs. No. 4 Toledo Rogers (26-2), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Division IV

No. 9 Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (23-4) vs. No. 2 Minster (26-1), today, 1 p.m.

No. 6 Ottoville (24-3) vs. Shadyside (24-4), today, 3 p.m.

State final: Saturday, 5:15 p.m.

Division I

No. 7 Canton GlenOak (24-2) vs. No. 4 Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (25-2), today, 6 p.m.

No. 1 Pickerington Central (27-1) vs. Toledo Notre Dame Academy (23-5), today, 8 p.m.

State final: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.



Division I

Region 1–Akron/Toledo

Lima Senior 51, Toledo Start 48

Akron SVSM 47, Olmsted Falls 37

Regional final: Lima Senior (22-4) vs. Akron SVSM (22-4) at University of Akron, Rhodes Arena, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (subject to change)

Region 2-Cleveland

Green 77, Mentor 60

Lakewood St. Edward 77, Euclid 71, OT

Regional final: Green (18-4) vs. Lakewood St. Edward (18-8) at Cleveland State University, Wolstein Center, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Region 3-Columbus

Pickerington North 61, Newark 46

Powell Olentangy Liberty 66, Pickerington Central 58, OT

Regional final: Pickerington North (22-5) vs. Powell Olentangy Liberty (23-4) at Ohio Dominican University, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Region 4-Cincinnati

Centerville 67, Sprngfield 63

Cincinnati Moeller 47, Lakota East 33

Regional final: Centerville (22-5) vs. Cincinnati Moeller (26-0) at Xavier University, Cintas Center, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Division II

Region 5-Canton

Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 66, Cleveland Benedictine 62

Akron Buchtel 60, Poland 51

Regional final: Cleveland VASJ (19-7) vs. Akron Buchtel (19-7) at Canton Memorial Civic Center, today, 6:15 p.m.

Region 6-Bowling Green

Columbus South 61, Norwalk 54

Lima Shawnee 50, Cleveland Central Catholic 48

Regional final: Columbus South (23-1) vs. Lima Shawnee (23-2) at Bowling Green State University, Stroh Center, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Region 7-Athens

Thornville Sheridan 69, Steubenville 43

New Philadelphia 50, Chillicothe Zane Trace 43

Regional final: Thornville Sheridan (21-5) vs. New Phildelphia (23-4) at Ohio University, Convocation Center, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Region 8-Kettering

Trotwood-Madison 96, Cincinnati Aiken 62

Dayton Northridge 60, Columbus Biship Hartley 57

Regional final: Trotwood-Madison (26-2) vs. Dayton Northridge (19-7) at Kettering Fairmont High School, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Division III

Region 9-Canton

Mogadore 69, Ashtabula Edgewood 65

Cleveland Heights Lutheran East 63, Orrville 50

Regional final: Mogadore (20-7) vs. Cleveland Heights Lutheran East (20-8) at Canton Fieldhouse, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Region 10-Bowling Green

Oregon Stritch 63, Columbus Grandview Heights 58

Coldwater 75, Willard 54

Regional final: Oregon Stritch (23-3) vs. Coldwater (18-9) at Bowling Green State University, Stroh Center, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Region 11-Athens

Wheelersburg 51, Magnolia Sandy Valley 40

Canal Winchester Harvest Prep 79, Frankfort Adena 38

Regional Final: Wheelersburg (26-0) vs. Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (25-2) at Ohio University, Convocation Center, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Region 12-Kettering

Anna 70, Dayton Stivers 52

Cincinnati Purcell Marian 52, Versailles 37

Regional final: Anna (24-2) vs. Cincinnati Purcell Marian (21-5) at Springfield High School, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Division IV

Region 13-Canton

Springfield 62, Greenwich South Central 50

Richmond Heights 66, Bristol 34

Regional final: Springfield (21-5) vs. Richmond Heights (20-6) at Canton Fieldhouse, today, 7 p.m.

Region 14-Bowling Green

Toledo Maumee Valley 58, Columbus Grove 48

Convoy Crestvieww 58, Hicksville 42

Regional final: Toledo Maumee Valley (19-6) vs. Convoy Crestview (24-1) at Bowling Green State University, Stroh Center, today, 7 p.m.

Region 15-Athens

Berlin Hiland 70, Coal Gove Dawson-Bryant 39

New Boston Glenwood 69, Sugar Grove Berne Union 64

Regional Final: Berlin Hiland (26-1) vs. New Boston Glenwood (19-6) at Ohio University, Convocation Center, today, 7 p.m.

Region 16-Kettering

Jackson Center 30, Fort Loramie 25

St. Henry 54, Springfield Catholic Central 36

Regional final: St. Henry (23-3) vs. Jackson Center (21-5)

at Kettering Fairmont High School, today, 7 p.m.

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