The postseason seeding meetings are on tap Sunday, and all signs point to Wadsworth and Brunswick earning the top two positions at the Medina Division I District, where they met last season in the title game.
The Suburban League champion Grizzlies (16-2) are sixth in the Associated Press state poll, while the Blue Devils (14-5) have won 10 straight and are knocking on the door of the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division title.
Wadsworth’s only losses have come to the Nos. 1 and 3 teams in the AP D-I poll, Twinsburg and Kettering Fairmont. It owns high-quality triumphs over Manchester (16-3), Hudson (16-2) and Lima Bath (12-5), and should be the unanimous top seed provided the Blue Devils don’t vote for themselves.
Meanwhile, Brunswick’s red-hot play is starting to catch notice around Northeast Ohio following the upset of the Medina County season when it defeated then-state-ranked Cleveland St. Joseph 39-30 on Jan. 16. Coach Halle Lengal’s Blue Devils also own triumphs over very-solid Midpark, North Royalton and Medina.
Highland (11-7, 6-5) is a favorite to secure the No. 5 seed behind Akron Kenmore (13-4) and Akron Firestone (13-6). A case can be made the Hornets’ schedule is slightly better than the Akron City Series kingpins, although they have only defeated one team (Revere) currently with a winning record.
In light of having a 4-6 record since beginning the year 8-0, Medina could be the third seed at the Valley Forge District behind St. Joseph (16-2) and Lakewood (16-2), but will have plenty of competition from Midpark (13-3) and North Royalton (11-6). The Bees defeated the Meteors 53-48 in the season opener and split with the Bears in NOC River Division play.
Buckeye (8-10) will likely be in the middle of the pack at the Elyria D-II District, while Black River (4-14) is slated to be one of the lower seeds at the Barberton D-III District.
Black River (4-14, 3-10)
The Pirates are surrendering an impressively low 32.0 points in victories.
l Black River has been very competitive against defensive-oriented teams. They face another one Saturday against Keystone (5-11, 5-7), which is averaging just 27.4 points per game and has just 43 total over its last three games.
Brunswick (14-5, 5-2)
With a game-high 23 points against Medina, senior center Gabrielle Bulic passed Mikaela Lengal (916; 2006-10) and Amy Rooks (926; 1988-92) for sixth on the school’s career scoring list. Bulic needs 65 points to join the 1,000-point club and is slated to break the career games mark of 90 held by Kristy Dudash (1996-2000) in the team’s first tournament game.
l The Blue Devils are allowing just 35.2 points during their 10-game win streak.
l Olivia Gailey scored her first career points against Strongsville.
Buckeye (8-10, 8-5)
With forwards April Davison and Katie Kelly out with illness Wednesday at Firelands, Brianna Wilken moved up from the junior varsity team and contributed five rebounds.
l The Bucks’ final regular-season opponents — Brookside (Saturday), Keystone (Wednesday, Black River (Feb. 9) and Rittman (Feb. 14) — have a combined 20-49 record.
Cloverleaf (7-11, 3-8)
Junior forward Emily Civittolo is 35-of-42 at the free throw line. Her .833 percentage is on pace to be the second-highest in school history behind Brooke Forsythe, who made 60-of-70 (.857) in 2008-09.
l Senior center Kendall Yuhas has 22 rebounds over the past two games.
l The Colts are 4-1 when senior point guard Jessie Lindemeyer has three or more assists.
Highland (11-7, 6-5)
Senior point guard Jessica Peterlin is averaging 7.2 points over the last five games.
l The Hornets are 8-1 when they score 50 or more points.
l The junior varsity has won four of its last six games.
l Former Highland coaches Kevin Glenn (Brush) and Cassie Seth (Parma) are finding success in the NOC Lake Division. The Arcs lead the six-team circuit with a
6-0 record, while the Redmen are two games back. The schools will lock horns Wednesday at Brush.
Medina (12-6, 5-2)
The Bees’ 43-40 win at Massillon Perry on Jan. 21 clinched their fourth consecutive winning season for the first time in 15 years.
l Medina is 5-1 when juniors Holly Rhodes and Madi Tata combine to score 10 or more points.
Wadsworth (16-2, 11-0)
Last week’s win at Nordonia gave the Grizzlies their 18th consecutive 15-win season and 27th overall since the OHSAA began sponsoring girls basketball in 1974-75.
l Laurel Palitto scored her first varsity points against the Knights.
Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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