Junior attacker Miriam Bassani of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team has a program-record 79 goals this season and is the program's career leader in goals with 198.
But according to coach Doug Troutner, as good as Bassani is offensively, the Wolves won't need to depend solely on her scoring touch when they compete in the Division II state tournament.
Kilbourne faces Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown or Toledo Notre Dame Academy in a state semifinal at 5:15 p.m. Friday, May 30, at New Albany. The winner will play Chagrin Falls or Cincinnati Summit Country Day in the state final 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at New Albany.
"Miriam is our leading scorer, but if another team concentrates on trying to shut her ... down, we have other girls who are capable of scoring in their place. We just need to make sure we run our offense well and get the ball to the players who are open so they can put the ball in the net."
Kilbourne features two other potent scorers in Allison Martz (71 goals, 43 assists) and Kara Hines (46 goals, 5 assists) as well as Grace Cameron (33 goals, 9 assists) and Maggie Baumgardner (27 goals, 12 assists).
The Wolves defeated Bexley 13-12 in double overtime in the South/Central Region final May 22 at Thomas Worthington to capture their third consecutive regional title and improve to 15-3.
Martz scored six goals, including the game-winner with 1 minute, 13 seconds left in the second overtime.
"When I had the ball, I was just thinking, 'Don't drop it or mess this up,'" Martz said. "I just went with my gut and took a lane toward their goal. I always pump-fake before I shoot, and I was able to beat their goalie over her right hip. It felt great to score with our team under that kind of pressure."
Bassani added five goals and Hines scored two against Bexley.
"This was the first tournament game where someone has really challenged us because we were able to blow out every other team," Hines said. "We just needed to maintain possession of the ball because that was a challenge against Bexley."
Kilbourne beat Cincinnati Seton 21-7 in a regional semifinal May 20, behind eight goals from Martz, five from Bassani and three from Cameron.
"We haven't had much hard competition in the (regional) tournament, so beating Bexley the way we did should benefit us in the state tournament," Troutner said.
Kilbourne is making its third consecutive state appearance. The Wolves, who are looking for their first state title, lost to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 16-13 in a semifinal in 2012 and lost to New Albany 11-10 in the final a year ago.
Kilbourne has never played Notre Dame Academy and is 0-2 all-time against Hathaway Brown. The Wolves are 3-0 all-time against Summit Country Day, including a 16-15 win in 2012, and are 2-0 all-time against Chagrin Falls, having won 17-14 in a state semifinal a year ago and 10-9 in 2012.
"These will be new opponents for us (this season), so we'll need to adjust on the fly to what they do against us," Troutner said. "We have to do what we do best. It wouldn't be wise to change who we are this deep in the season."
Wolves boys win tourney opener
The Kilbourne boys team defeated 15th-seeded Hilliard Bradley 18-3 in the first round of the Division I Central Region tournament May 24.
Tyler Roe led the third-seeded Wolves with six goals. Jared Happ added three goals, Josh Happ, Jayce Miller and Cam Watson each scored two and goalkeeper Mike Turnbull had eight saves.
Kilbourne was 14-5 before playing fourth-seeded Olentangy in a regional semifinal May 28. The winner faces second-seeded Dublin Jerome or fourth-seeded Olentangy Orange in a regional final Saturday, May 31, at a site to be determined.
The regional champion will play Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Loveland or Mason in a state semifinal Wednesday, June 4, at a site to be announced. The state final is June 7 at Olentangy Liberty.
Season ends for Cardinals boys
The Thomas boys team lost to host Olentangy 8-6 in the first round of the Division I Central Region tournament May 24 to finish 8-11.
The 10th-seeded Cardinals beat 12th-seeded Dublin Coffman 11-7 in play-in game May 22 as Michael Hilliard, Justin May, Luke Porteus and Michael Schonhiutt each scored two goals and Sam MacKenzie had eight saves.