PTC Girls Basketball Report: 'Second season' looms for area teams

By Colin Harris | Staff Writer Published:

The Super Bowl wasn't the only thing that happened last Sunday as the OHSAA tournament draws took place all across the state.

For a number of teams, the tournaments offer an opportunity for teams to regroup and rededicate themselves to making the most of things in a one-and-done setting.

Here are the announced tournament destinations for all 16 teams in the Metro and County Divisions of the PTC.

DIVISION I

AKRON DISTRICT

The PTC's lone Division I program, Kent Roosevelt, drew a tough opening-round opponent in Walsh Jesuit.

Walsh Jesuit has previously played in the Division II tournament, but has made the leap up a level and is putting together a good season with a 13-5 record.

The Akron Division I opening-round sectional match is set for Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Ellet High School.

DIVISION II

AUSTINTOWN DISTRICT

The fourth seed in the Austintown District, Ravenna draws No. 8 Hubbard in an opening-round contest on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Austintown Fitch High School.

The winner of that game will take on the winner of No. 6 Southeast and No. 5 Poland, which is played a day later on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. -- also at Fitch High School.

That sectional final contest will be played on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at Fitch.

Streetsboro received an opening-round bye in the Austintown District, but the Rockets will likely see No. 2 West Branch, which is set to take on Liberty on Feb. 20 in an opening-round game. Streetsboro is set to begin play three days later on Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at Fitch.

Crestwood is the lone team in the top half of the Austintown bracket after drawing a 7 seed. The Red Devils will play the winner of No. 3 Struthers and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Fitch.

MACEDONIA DISTRICT

Woodridge is the lone PTC team in the Macedonia District and the Bulldogs are set to take on Buchtel on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Nordonia High School. The winner of that game will square off against Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown, which received a firs-round bye on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. -- also at Nordonia High School.

UNIONTOWN DISTRICT

A four-pack of Metro Division programs will travel to Lake High School to square off in the Uniontown District -- led by the Metro Division-leading Norton Panthers.

The fifth-seeded team in the district, the Field Falcons, are set to take on Northwest on Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Norton on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

North has already swept the season series with Field, but a possible tournament rematch would be a golden opportunity for the Falcons to even the score and spoil the Panthers' postseason dreams.

Coventry will take on the winner of No. 4 Triway and East on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., while Springfield takes on No. 6 Canton South on Feb. 20 at 7:30 in an opening-round game.

DIVISION III

BARBERTON DISTRICT

Four County Division teams will take the court at Barberton High School, including one team which advanced all the way to the district finals on that very court one year ago.

Waterloo fell short in its bid for a County Division title, but the No. 2 -eeded Vikings still have a chance to make a nice postseason run. Waterloo will take on the winner of No. 7 St. Thomas Aquinas and Sullivan Black River, which square off on Feb. 18. The winner of that game will play Waterloo in a sectional final on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.

No. 6-seeded Mogadore drew No. 3 Burton Berkshire in an opening-rounder on Feb. 19 at 7:45 p.m., which the winner taking on No. 9 seed Garfield one day later on Feb. 20 at 7:45 p.m.

Rootstown made a dramatic run to the district finals in 2012 before falling to Berkshire. This year, the Rovers are the fifth seed and will square off against Columbia Station Columbia in an opening-rounder on Feb. 19 at 7:45 p.m.

Columbia is a familiar face as the Rovers beat the Raiders by a final of 52-34 last season in a district semifinal contest.

DIVISION IV

ROOTSTOWN DISTRICT

Windham is the lone PTC team in the Rootstown District and the Bombers open up play on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at Rootstown High School against Newbury. The winner of that match is set to take on Willoughby Cornerstone Christian two days later on Feb. 21.

CRESTON DISTRICT

The Crestwood District has long belonged to Mogadore and East Canton, as the two traditional girls powers have had countless clashes over the years at tiny Norwayne High School.

With Mogadore bumped up a division, however, East Canton will fend for itself, squaring off against Kidron Central Christian on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

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