A rough night from the floor and a poised performance by a young North Canton Hoover team doomed the Reynoldsburg High School girls basketball team March 6 in a Division I regional semifinal at Otterbein University.
The Raiders, who have made four consecutive regional tournament appearances, lost 51-48 to the Vikings to finish 24-3.
Hoover improves to 22-4 and will play Olentangy Orange for a regional title at 7:15 p.m. March 8 at Otterbein.
“I thought they took the ball to the basket and they were physical with our bigs,” coach Jack Purtell said. “They just ran the court better than us.”
Hoover was in its first regional since 2007. With first-year coach in Abbey Allerding and a roster consisting of just one senior, the Vikings led 15-10 early in the second quarter before the Raiders went on a 15-2 run to take a 25-17 lead.
Reynoldsburg led 25-23 by halftime, but the Vikings retook the lead at 29-27 with 5 minutes, 20 seconds to go in the third quarter and never trailed again.
Hoover built a 41-35 lead with 3:26 remaining and was 10-for-14 from the free-throw line in the final period. Vikings junior forward Julie Worley made all four of her fourth-quarter foul shots and finished with a game-high 22 points.
Reynoldsburg outrebounded Hoover 33-27, but shot 19-for-54 from the floor. Junior post player Alyssa Rice made nine of 15 shots and finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, but senior guard Yamonie Jenkins, senior forward Shiloh Murphy and junior forward Nicole Orr combined to shoot 7-for-33.