Mike Dyer reports:
With district final berths at stake, Monday’s Division I girls’ basketball sectional finals at Lakota East are another significant step in the postseason for some of the area’s top teams.
The Mason (22-1) vs. Lakota West (19-5) game at 7:30 p.m. is definitely one of the top games to watch this postseason. Monday marks the third meeting between the teams this season.
Mason defeated host Lakota West 45-39 in overtime on Dec. 4. On Jan. 11, the host Comets edged Lakota West 55-54.
“The girls have heard us say that games like Monday are why being a contender is so much fun,” Lakota West coach Andy Fishman said. “The girls know I see both of Mason and Lakota West as two very strong, balanced teams with state championship aspirations.”
Mason is ranked No. 44 nationally by USA Today and ranked No. 2 in the season’s final Associated Press state poll. Lakota West is ranked No. 3 in The Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll.
“So far, Mason has proved better in both games when its mattered most,” Fishman said. “Our girls know that this game provides another opportunity to answer the bell.”
Princeton (22-2), ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press state poll and No. 1 in The Enquirer poll, plays Colerain (15-8) at 6 p.m.
The District 16 Senior East vs. West All-Star Games are March 19 at St. Bernard High School. The Divisions II-IV game will be at 6 p.m. The award presentation of District 16 all-stars and coach of the year is at 7:30 p.m. The Division I all-star game is at 8 p.m.