The Fort Loramie (24-1) girls are hoping their hot scoring streaks and tenacious defensive stands are longer and more often than Cincinnati Country Day (16-1) on Saturday at Troy High School. They were a year ago when the Redskins pulled away late to a 50-34 victory.
ScoresBroadcast.com was on hand for that Division IV girls regional final at Vandalia-Butler last March when nearly 2,000 fans attended in person.
A huge throng will be tuned in to SCORES and WMVR, 105.5 TAM FM, on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when the online service will provide coverage. The radio station will simulcast.
The Fort Loramie versus Botkins boys sectional final on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and the Russia versus Tri-Village girls district final on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. are also covered by SCORES, the Shelby County Online Radio Entertainment System.
During that girls D-IV 2020 regional title tilt, the last girls tourney game played before the statewide event was halted 11 months ago, the Fort Loramie girls dominated Country Day for nearly two-thirds of the night, outscoring the Indians 24-9 to start and 12-0 to finish.
However, County Day exploded with a 25-14 surge during a 10-minute stretch in the second half to creep within 38-34 with five minutes to go in the contest before being blanked the rest of the way.
Head coach Carla Siegel’s team will stick the Indians with a harassing defense once again.
And, hopefully, such play will lead to points, too. Dana Rose’s timely block and coast-to-coast drive with three minutes left last year turned the tide for good against Country Day.
Rose and Kenzie Hoelscher, the current Shelby County Athletic League player of the year, pace the Redskins, who have been the D-IV Associated Press poll champion in Ohio for three straight years.
Country Day, ranked eighth in D-IV in this year’s final AP poll, returns Kamryn Jordan, a 64 percent shooter who drives and gets to the rim, and Sabrina DelBello, a long-range, three-point specialist averaging over a dozen a game. Lanky Sara Zimmerman records four steals and three blocks per contest.
The Indians only loss was to D-I Ursuline Academy by six points.
Saturday’s victor returns to Butler next Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a regional semifinal and meets the survivor of the Minster-Fort Recovery winner versus the Marion Local-New Knoxville winner.
Friday night’s Botkins-Fort Loramie boys clash at Piqua is the eighth in three years between the two clubs. They have split a pair this season.
On Saturday morning at Troy, the Russia girls, playing their best basketball of the season, look forward to this second game with highly-ranked Tri-Village. The Patriots broke open a tight tilt in December and ran away from the Raiders, 62-45.