Astros enjoying a storybook trip to the region

LEES CREEK — East Clinton sophomore Jordan Collom said the team is enjoying the run of its historic season.

First women’s basketball championship in 37 years.

First time in a District Championship game in 30 years.

First time EVER in a regional semi-final game.

“We’re all in a surreal state of mind,” Collom said. “We are all absorbing it. We must continue, go as far as we can. He really hasn’t caught up with us yet.

East Clinton’s storybook ride continues at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Springfield High School when the Astros meet the Marion Pleasant Spartans in a Region 12 semifinal game.

While many teams are feeling the stress of a long tournament, Libby Evanshine says the Astros are just getting started.

“At the end of the season, some teams fall apart,” said the 5-10 junior. “They get tired of each other.

“Not us. I think we are closer now as a team.

MOAC: Marion Pleasant is a member of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference. Kyla Columber was an all-conference first-team player while Emerson Williams received honorable mention.

Avah Steele led Pleasant with 2.8 assists per game. Columber averaged 16.6 points.

Shelby won the MOAC Championship this season and will play in the Region 6 Semifinals with a 26-0 record.

THE STORY: Marion Pleasant was knocked out of last season’s tournament in the first round, 62-58 in overtime against West Jefferson.

In 2018 and 2017, the Spartans lost in the district finals. Marion Pleasant won the 2016 Division III State Championship with a 27-3 record.

16 WHO ARE SWEET: Here is the complete list of Division III Sweet 16 in Ohio by region as well as the pairings for the state tournament.

Region 9

Apple Creek Waynedale (26-0) vs. Youngstown Liberty (23-1) at Cuyahoga Falls HS, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Garrettsville Garfield (19-6) vs. Warrensville Heights (23-1) at Cuyahoga Falls HS, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Regional Final: at Cuyahoga Falls HS, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Region 10

Castalia Margaretta (18-7) vs. Worthington Christian (24-2) at Lexington HS, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Wauseon (22-3) vs. Ottawa-Glandorf (19-7) at Findlay HS, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Regional Final: at Lexington HS, Friday, 7 p.m.

Region 11

Proctorville Fairland (24-2) vs. Beverly Fort Frye (22-4) at Logan HS, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Belmont Union Local (23-3) vs. Wheelersburg (23-0) at Logan HS, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Regional Final: at Logan HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Region 12

Marion Pleasant (17-8) vs. Sabina East Clinton (20-5) at Springfield HS, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Waynesville (21-4) vs. Cincinnati Purcell Marian (24-1) at Springfield HS, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Regional Final: at Springfield HS, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Division III State Tournament

Region 12 vs. Region 11, Thursday, March 10 at UD Arena, 12 p.m.

Region 10 vs. Region 9, Thursday, March 10 at UD Arena, 2 p.m.

Division III State Championship: Saturday, March 12 at UD Arena, 10:45 a.m.

Kami Whiteaker goes up for two in a game earlier this season for East Clinton (13) against Fairfield.


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