Tourney coming: Local girls basketball teams learn sectional matchups

Tournament seedings and matchups were determined for high school girls basketball teams around Ohio Sunday.

Several area squads will begin postseason action as early as Feb. 12.

Beginning in Division I, Mark Hannuksela-coached Marietta (14-5) will look to knock off hosting Canton Timken at 1 p.m. Feb. 15. Should the 16th-seeded Lady Tigers win, they would then take on second-seeded Uniontown Lake on Feb. 20.

In Division II, fifth-seeded Warren (8-9) plays fourth-seeded Zane Trace (11-7) at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at Logan High School. The winner would likely play undefeated Athens, ranked fourth in D2 in the latest Associated Press polls, at 1 p.m. Feb. 15. The Amy Colgrove-guided Warriors recently dropped a 51-45 decision to the Lady Bulldogs.

Also in D2, Tim Bowman-led Morgan (6-12) will square off against East Liverpool (8-8) on Feb. 12 at Tri-Valley High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Looking at Division III, Dan Liedtke and the Fort Frye girls were awarded the top seed in the Steubenville district and will take on Coshocton in round one. The game is slated for 4 p.m. at Cambridge High School on Feb. 15. Assuming the Lady Cadets advance, they would play either Sandy Valley or Bellaire on Feb. 20 for a sectional title. Fort Frye is looking to make the state tournament for the second consecutive season.

Scott Miller’s Belpre Golden Eagles (14-4) drew a No. 3 seed in the Waverly 3 district and will face sixth-seeded Wellston on Feb. 15 at 6:15 p.m. The sectional final contest will take place at Athens High School, with the winner likely seeing state-ranked Oak Hill (15-1) in the district semi on Feb. 24.

Rounding out D3, Monroe Central plays Harrison Central at Dover High School on Feb. 17 at 7p.m.

In Division IV, Waterford (11-6) will do battle against a familiar foe in Southern on Feb. 13 at Meigs High School. The Jerry Close-coached Lady Wildcats are scheduled to tip off against the Lady Tornadoes at 8 p.m. Should Waterford win, it would likely play the district’s top seed, Peebles, on Feb. 20. The ‘Cats swept Southern in the regular season.

Waterford bowed out to Eastern two years ago in a district final and to Newark Catholic last year in a regional semi. The Wildcats would not face either team – ranked one and two, respectively, in Division IV – until the regional tournament, should they make it that far.

The Frontier girls (14-4) earned a sixth seed in the New Philadelphia district and will play seventh-seeded Malvern at Claymont High School on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. Should they win, the Scott Murphy-coached Lady Cougars would probably get matched up with Bridgeport, ranked fourth in D4, on Feb. 20 in a sectional championship game.

Finally, Shenandoah and Caldwell each play sectional openers on Feb. 17. The Lady Zeps take on PVC rival River at Union Local High School at 6 p.m. At the same time, the Lady Redskins will face Steubenville Catholic Central at Claymont.

Boys teams will find out their seedings this Sunday.