Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame High School girls basketball coach coach Dante Harlan believes strictly in the man-to-man defensive philosophy. That is, unless his team is facing an opponent with the quickness and athleticism of Chicago Bogan. Then he has to modify his thinking.

Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame High School girls basketball coach coach Dante Harlan believes strictly in the man-to-man defensive philosophy. That is, unless his team is facing an opponent with the quickness and athleticism of Chicago Bogan. Then he has to modify his thinking.

He did that and Mount Notre Dame used a zone defense to stymie Bogan and come away with a 49-23 win in the championship of the Kroger Holiday Classic at Pickerington North on Monday.

"There was no way we were going to play man-to-man," said Harlan, who team improved to 9-0. "I'm an man-to-man guy and I had to swallow my pride. We usually only play zone in practice because so many people zone us."

Bogan couldn't penetrate Mount Notre Dame and its outside shots weren't falling as the Cougars built a 15-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The closest Bogan came after that was 27-18 in the third quarter, but then Mount Notre Dame fell back into another zone and Bogan managed just five points the rest of the way.

Mount Notre Dame's Kendall Hackney scored 13 points and had four blocks on her way to being named tournament Most Valuable Player. Gabby Smith also scored 13 points for the Cougars and Kethryn Reynolds added 12.

Central Michigan recruit Jalisa Olive scored 12 points for the Bengals and Lynette Holmes added 10 as Bogan fell to 8-3.

"We just couldn't hit any shots today," said Bogan coach Gary Bell, whose team was 9-for-34 from the field. "Today (Mount Notre Dame's) experience kicked in. That was smart playing the zone. I would have played the zone against us. This will really prepare us. When we go out and play the suburban teams. That's what we'll see."