A LOOK BACK AT THE STATE TOURNAMEMT

We take a look back at the just finished Girls Championships.

COLUMBUS - For both Minster and Chaminade-Julienne, they have plenty to celebrate about the 2003-04 season that concluded over the weekend in Columbus.

Minster, who most people thought could win the title when they beat Marion Local in the post-season, lived up to their billing with an easy win in the Division Four title game.

They don't have anyone who averages 20 points per game, but their balance is incredible.

Senior Robyn Hoying struggled from the field shooting, but was clutch from the free throw line, hitting 8-for-8 in the game. Also, Karen Brackman, who will be one of Ohio's top seniors next season, came through with her solid play.

That is something coach Nann Stechschulte prides her team on, the fact that everybody has a part in the state championship. Minster proved that a team doesn't need to have a big scorer to win the big game, just a complete team.

C-J on the other hand does have some big scorers, but ran into a powerful Mount Notre Dame team who was too much to handle last night. Mel Thomas without a doubt showed that she is the best player in Ohio this year, scoring 21 points, but more importantly, playing a complete game.

For the Lady Eagles, you have be very excited about their season. They lost Brandie Hoskins (Ohio State) and Ashley Goldsberry (Findlay) to graduation last year, and returned a group of juniors who were still learning.

They learned fast, as Maria Getty, Aisha Jefferson, Lindsey Goldsberry, and Jena Schafer maybe surprised some people going undefeated with their tough schedule, maybe the toughest in Ohio this year.

What about next year? Sure, they are the local favorites to make it back to Columbus, with those four even getting better.

Getty had a tough shooting game in the finals, but only had two turnovers, and hit 7-for-8 from the line. That performance didn't sway knowlegable basketball fans from saying she is the state's premiere junior point guard.

Jefferson also had a great final four. She played great those two days, and increased her stock for the college level.

Goldsberry and Schafer often get overlooked on this team, but they are both solid players. Lindsey is going to Bowling Green, and will work on getting stronger for the next level. Schafer will also get looks over the summer, and has the talent to play at the next level.

Those two teams will both be expected to challenge for another trip to the state next year, but there were other teams this season that opened some eyes and returns some top players for next level.


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