Two weeks ago on social media, various persons in Darke County had been urging members of the Ohio Sports Writers Association to vote Tri-Village senior guard Riley Sagester as Ms. Basketball.

Cincinnati Purcell sophomore Dee Alexander was named Ms. Basketball on Thursday, and deservedly so.

I bear in mind Cincinnati location reporters speaking about her final year and the good campaign she had as a freshman through the Cavaliers Division III state championship campaign.

Even so, when November rolled about and Sydney was scheduled to play Purcell at the Cincinnati Sycamore Invitational, I forgot about her. I anticipated Purcell to be roughly equivalent to their teams that had close games against Versailles and Anna in postseason play from 2018-21 and that Sydney would be competitive.

It did not take extended for Alexander to bear in mind me. She scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds, 3 assists, two steals and two blocks. The Cavaliers dominated from the begin and won 68-43.

1 efficiency stands out. Soon after a Sydney basket, Aleksandar raced down the court and took a pass, only to be kicked out by a defender. Aleksandra did not quit her step, she managed to grab the ball from the air, went straight below the basket and sent a shot. Nevertheless ranks as the most athletic move I’ve noticed this year.

Purcell Marian (25-two) moved to Div. II this year. The group beat Bryan 61-47 Thursday in the state semifinals and will play for the title Saturday morning. He has won 12 consecutive games (which includes all postseason games) by double figures.

Alexander, a six-foot-1 forward who currently has more than 30 collegiate presents, is averaging about 26 points, ten rebounds, 3 assists and two.five steals per game. This year, she shot about 61 % from the field.

Sagester, a five-7 guard, signed with Marshall final November. This year, she recorded fantastic numbers: 21 points, three.7 rebounds, two.7 steals, three.eight assists. They never match Aleksandrov’s — and Aleksandrov had a (significantly) stronger schedule.

Even so, the campaign by the Darke County contingent (let’s get in touch with a spade a spade, they are Homers) was not without the need of benefits. Sagester, who will attempt to lead Tri-Village to the D-IV title Saturday afternoon, completed as the runner-up in the voting.

Amongst the persons she completed with just before the vote had been Loudonville junior Corri Vermilia and Pickerington Central senior Madison Greene. Vermilla, an Ashland commit, averaged 29.five points, 12.7 rebounds, six.five steals and three.1 assists per game. Green averaged 15 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Toledo junior starter Sinai Douglas failed to crack the top rated 4 in the voting, in spite of averaging 17 points, six rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals per game. She has presents from Iowa and Xavier, amongst other folks.

Yes, this is the district semi-final

I’ve noticed some confusion from some on social media, so it really is time for a reminder.

The Ohio Higher College Athletic Association standardized the names of every single tournament round in all six of its districts in 2019. There are two rounds every single (semifinals and finals) for sectionals, districts, regionals and state.

When the third round of the tournament has historically been referred to as the Southwest District “Sectional Finals,” it is now officially referred to as the District Semifinals. The semi-finals of the sections are the initial round, and the finals of the sections are the second round.

Billing has been sports editor of the Sydney Everyday News considering the fact that 2017. He can be reached at

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