Girls Basketball

Ready unable to sustain late surge, falls in regional semifinal

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SPRINGFIELD — The Ready High School girls basketball came back from a double-digit second-half deficit to take the lead but couldn’t hold on and lost 50-43 to Jamestown Greeneview in a Division III regional semifinal March 5.

After trailing 40-26 with 7 minutes, 5 seconds remaining, the Silver Knights went on a 15-0 run to take the lead at 41-40 with 3:30 left.

The Rams scored the next six points to make it 46-41 and Ready’s Caroline Riewe scored to cut it to three, but Greeneview senior Ashton Lovely made a turnaround jumper with 59 seconds left to again make it a two-possession lead.

Lovely, a University of Cincinnati-signee, finished with 22 points, including making three 3-pointers in the second half.

Ready finishes 18-7.

Greeneview improves to 24-3 and will play Versailles for a regional title at 1:30 p.m. March 8 at Springfield.

“It’s very hard to defend what (Lovely’s) got,” Ready coach Joe Lang said. “At the end of the third quarter we were down (37-24) and we said we needed to get it to six or seven at the five-minute mark. We came back and took the lead with 3:30 to go, and to come back in a situation like that showed a lot of courage and a lot of heart, but it was such a mountain to climb and it took a lot out of us.”

Lauren Ruth finished with 18 points, Riewe had 12 and Margie Berkemeyer added 11 for Ready, which was in the regional for the first time since winning back-to-back district titles in 2006 and ’07.

Eastmoor held Kenton Ridge’s Sydney Bates to 10 points — six under her scoring average — but gave up 18 points to Sara Thornton, who came in averaging 10.

The Warriors trailed 39-27 at the half.

Africentric 52, Bucyrus Wynford 32

A big fourth quarter helped the Africentric Early College girls basketball team beat Bucyrus Wynford 52-32 in a Division III regional semifinal March 5 at Lexington.

The Nubians take a 23-3 overall record into a regional final at 1:30 p.m. March 8 at Lexington against Archbold.

In the win over Wynford, Africentric led 24-14 by halftime and outscored the Royals 21-9 in the final period.

Sierra Harley made two 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and Kyrah Jones, Dayuna Johnson and Alexa Hart all scored six for Africentric.

Wynford, which got 12 points from Brenna Quinn, finished 19-7.

Archbold takes a 24-2 record into the regional final against the Nubians, who are looking for their third consecutive trip to the state tournament.

— Jarrod Ulrey

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