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Penn’s Free Throws in Overtime End Reynoldsburg’s Championship Run

Canton McKinley High School (CMHS)

Columbus, Ohio.–Sydnee Penn’s 4 free throws in the last 1:42 of overtime gave Canton McKinley a 42-39 victory in the Division I semi-final over Reynoldsburg, ending the Raiders’ run for the girls championship.

Penn stole the ball at midcourt with 1:44 to go, and coverted 2 free throws 2 seconds later to break the eighth and last tie of the game. After another Raider turnover with 1:21 left, the senior guard added 2 more free throws with :29 left to make the score 42-38 and effectively put the low-scoring game out of reach. Ironically, the Raiders had gotten a grip on their turnover troubles after halftime, winning the turnover battle 8-4 in the 2nd half after turning it over 9 times in the first half.

Amazingly, the 36-36 score at the end of regulation represented the lowest scoring output of the year for each team. The Lady Pups of McKinley entered the game outscoring their opponents by an average of 68-38.

It was the Raiders’ first State appearance, and it showed right out of the box. Coach Jack Purtell called a timeout in the first 1:13 of the game as the Pups broke to a 7-0 lead, and the Raiders responded with an 11-3 run to take the lead. The Raiders settled down the rest of the first half, apart from their 9 turnovers, and trailed 22-20 at intermission.

McKinley’s largest 2nd half lead was only 5, and the Raiders hung in despite not making it to the free throw line in the 2nd half. Aryelle Goodson’s layup for Reynoldsburg with 1:17 in regulation tied the score at 36, and the Pups held the ball for the last shot. Surya Gaffney of McKinley appeared headed for an easy basket with seconds left, but the Raiders broke up the play to force overtime.

Guard Ameryst Alston–already heavily recruited as a sophomore–played the full 36 minutes and led the Pups with 16 points,

DeSales beats Logan Elm, 62-50 behind Ohio-bound Nick Kellogg

also contributing to this story is StephanieLee

Nick Kellogg leads DeSales

Nick Kellogg, son of former OSU and NBA star, Clark Kellogg playing Thursday night at the Convocation Center at Ohio University was only fitting. It’s where he’ll continue his playing career with the Bobcats.

He had a nice game, scoring 21 points in leading Columbus DeSales to a 62-50 win over Logan Elm. The Athens, Ohio crowd was getting a glimpse of what they might be seeing in the next four years.

Kellogg and his teammates will get another chance on Saturday as the Stallions will play Zanesville for the Division II regional championship in The Convo.

DeSales started slowly because of sloppy play and turnovers. Logan Elm took advantage and led 15-11 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, DeSales got themselves under control and went on an 11-0 run to lead 46-35 after 3 quarters and the game was essentially over.

Nick Kellogg also added a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line to go with his 21 points.

Columbus Northland defeats Cincinnati Colerain, 70-41

Also contributing to this story is Joe “Big Head” Coopersmith

Each game that they play, the Northland Vikings are faced with various defenses and tactics from the other team. It could be a 3-2 zone, 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, 1-2-2 zone,2-1-2 zone or a matchup zone to force outside shooting. Or the opponent will slow the pace of the game or they’ll double- team of triple-team players. It’s a pick-your-poison type of game plan and usually nothing ever works because the Vikings are so skilled and talented that they’ll find a way to win.

Case-in-point, Thursday game against Cincinnati Colerain in the Division I regional semi-final at the Ohio Exposition Center Coliseum.

Colerain opted to collapse its defense on 6’9 Jared Sullinger and 6’5 J.D. Weatherspoon , trying to keep the ball away from them. The strategy was to force the guards to shot the ball from the outside. Good Strategy? Well, it is if the shots don’t fall, but you’re talking about Columbus Northland, the number 1 team in the city, state and nation.

Led by point guard Trey Burke, the guards and small forwards made seven, 3-point baskets to combat the strategy enroute to a 70-41 win.

Northland led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter due to Burke’s 10 points which include three, 3-point baskets.

Finding themselves down by 12, Colerain tried to push the tempo which got them back in the game and trailing only 26-25 with 3:00 to go in the second quarter. The Cardinals only trailed 35-27 at the half and were more than pleased with their performance to that point. Not many teams can say they only trailed Northland by 8 at the half.

The third quarter was another story. The Vikings didn’t waste anytime coming out of the locker room like gang-busters and putting up a 15-2 run to bury Colerain for good. The emphasis was defense and it worked to fuel the offense.

The 23-0 Vikings were led by Jared Sullinger with 17 points and 7 rebounds; J.D. Weatherspoon followed with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Jordan Potts had six steals.

Colerain at 19-5 ends its season with the school’s deepest tournament run since 1967.

Jared Sullinger Northland (aol)

Northland will now play Gahanna (25-0) in a regional final Saturday at the Coliseum. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The two teams finished the regular season 1-2 in the Associated Press poll.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: East Regional, First Round, Washington, Kentucky, Wake Forest and New Mexico advance

compiled from staff and wire reports


Ramon Martinez New Mexico (UNM)

New Mexico holds off Montana in Syacuse, New York. Ramon Martinez scored 12 points in the first half to keep the Lobos in the contest. The Lobos trailed 29-28 at the half. Martinez finished with 19 points and Dairese Gary added 15 points. The Lobos are 30-4, Montana ends the season at 22-10.


Ishmael Smith canned a 17-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left in overtime as the 8th-seed
Demon Deacons the 9th-seeded Longhorns. Wake Forest is 20-10 while Texas finishes up at 24-10. The game took place at New Orleans.

Ishmael Smith of Wake Forest (WFU)


Quincy Poindexter drove for a tie-breaking bank shot with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington (25-9) extended its unbelievable late-season run of dramatic finishes with a win in San Jose, California.

Poindexter scored 18 points and Isaiah Thomas 19 as the Huskies won their eighth straight game, rallying from a 15-point deficit with 13:30 left in the second half.

Washington improves to 25-9, while Marquette ends up at 23-11.

Quincy Poindexter Washington (UW)

Eric Bledsoe Kentucky (UK)


Kentucky rolled up a 30 point first half lead and costed to the win. Eric Bledsoe’s eight 3-point baskets set a Wildcats record for NCAA Tournament game. Kentucky moves to 33-2 while East Tennessee State drops to 20-15.

Bledsoe finished with 29 points, made his first eight 3-point goal attempts to finish 8 of 9 for the game.

NCAA TOURNAMENT: South Regional, First Round, Villanova survives upset minded Robert Morris

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Robert Morris, the 15th seed almost pulled off an upset of 2nd-seeded Villanova. It had only happened only four times in NCAA history and it didn’t happen on Thursday despite a valiant effort by the Colonials.

Instead, The Wildcats from the Big East Conference weathered the storm in overtime, 73-70 in the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island.

Scottie Reynolds Villanova (VU)

The Colonials from the Northeast Conference let an eight-point lead slip away in the last 4:19 of regulation after their top guards fouled out of the game.

The Wildcats, led by Scottie Reynolds took control in overtime to put the game away.

Villanova, 25-7 was led in scoring by Scottie Reynolds with 20 points.

Robert Morris, using an aggressive defense to stay in the game, ends the year with a record of 23-12.



The 11th-seeded Monarchs of Old Dominion had the NCAA Tournament’s first upset of the day.  Old Dominion gained its first tourney win since 1995. The game was played in New Orleans. The Monarchs move to 27-8 and Notre Dame ends up 23-12.

Old Dominion Monarchs (ODU)


Epke Udoh had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help Baylor (26-7) win an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in 60 years.  Sam Houston State left New Orleans with a season-ending record of 25-8.

Ekpe Udoh Baylor (BU)


In a game at Providence, Rhode Island, Omar Samhan had 29 points and 12 rebounds, despite going in and out of the game with foul trouble, lead St. Mary’s (27-5) to a win over Atlantic 10 Conference member, Richmond (26-9).

Omar Samhan St. Mary's College (STC)

It was the first NCAA win for the 10th-seeded Gaels in six attempts since 1959.

Mickey McConnell had five, 3-point baskets and 23 points for the Gaels.

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