December 22, 2014

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Girls state basketball poll: Wadsworth takes over No. 1 spot

There’s a new name at the top.

Due in large part to Mason losing last week, Wadsworth’s girls basketball team took over the No. 1 position in The Associated Press Division I state poll released Tuesday.

The Grizzlies (19-0), who will get a stern test tonight when they host 16-3 Solon in non-league play, received 18-of-21 first-place votes and held a comfortable 203-155 lead over Cincinnati Princeton (18-2) in voting points.

“More than anything, it is recognition of the work that the girls have put in to carry on the tradition of Wadsworth girls basketball,” coach Andrew Booth said. “They take great pride in representing the players before them, as well as the community.

“At the same time, our kids are grounded and mature enough to know that games are won on the court, so we’ll keep working to get better every day.”

Wadsworth has won 26 consecutive regular-season games. The Grizzlies defeated Suburban League opponents Copley (42-19) and Tallmadge (60-33) last week before clinching the SL title Monday with a 45-29 victory over Nordonia.

Wadsworth graduated four starters from last year’s unit that reached the regional finals, including two-time Gazette MVP Rachel Goddard, but hasn’t missed a beat. Allowing just 31.3 points per game, the Grizzlies are on track to break the Medina County record of 33.9 set by Medina in 1979-80.

Neighboring Chippewa moved up to No. 4 in D-III. The Chipps are coached by longtime Wadsworth Township resident Denny Schrock.

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.