Girls Basketball

Newark Catholic faces little resistance in regional semifinal victory


The Newark Catholic High School girls basketball team gets a chance to avenge a loss last season when it faces Reedsville Eastern in a Division IV regional championship game at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Pickerington North.

On March 6, the Green Wave blew past Fairbanks 61-35 in a regional semifinal at Pickerington North to improve to 25-2, giving them the second-most wins in program history according to coach Rob Smith.

Jill Blacksten made four 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds and Ashleigh Parkinson had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Newark Catholic, which led 35-10 by halftime.

“We came out really quick,” coach Rob Smith said. “We came out really aggressively in the first quarter, which was a turnaround from our last game.”

Fairbanks, which was in a regional semifinal despite being seeded just 12th for the district tournament, finishes 15-11.

Last season, the Green Wave lost to Eastern 57-56 in a regional championship game. They are looking for their first appearance at the state tournament since 1987.

Eastern beat Waterford 47-30 in a regional semifinal March 6 at Jackson.