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Down to Regional Finals, Elite Eight.
Congratulations to Princeton and Kings!
Final 4 Prediction: Princeton, Solon, Pickerington Central and Olmsted Falls
Great run for Kings, surprised but not totally shocked, by the win over East; good guard play is key in HS.
Can Kings keep it going and make the Final Four dream a reality?
Think Kings only chance vs Princeton is if they shoot lights out and Officials call game really tight.
Tough end of season finishes for East and Mason.
Best season in History of East program?
Too bad French didn't get the "last shot" opportunity for East.
Congratulations on 1000 points to Miss French!
1st H of Kings East was as good an offensive half of basketball I'd seen all season.
It was played like a Mid January game where both teams had found what makes them good and were firing on all cylinders.
Enormity of game seemed to creep in to both teams minds 2nd H.
Missed Kings FTs late luckily didn't come back to haunt.
Multiple possession opportunities East missed on late will haunt.
Will East be able to maintain excellence with graduation of a very deep, talented Senior Class?
3 straight District Title game appearances, District Title this season.
22 wins this season, (I think) most in school history
Wallace masterfully used East's incredible depth to their advantage this season, press and run.
Does this success and style continue in West Chester and become the norm?
1st time he's has had "pressure of expectations" without French and Smith et al.......to lean on.
Continued growth/improvement of Blount is key to East next year. She improved by leaps and bounds during this season.
'Hawks return so many really good athletic guards, who plays inside with Blount, to keep the momentum rolling?
Princeton Mason was not a thing of beauty, it was more like a Duke North Carolina game. Emotionally charged and played as usual, very close.
If you look at total shooting stats from game, Princeton probably should have won by double digits.
Gerton looked much more under control compared to earlier in season, and shined as star of the game. Great compliment to Williams.
Princeton bigs were more involved in Game 3 vs Mason as opposed to 1st 2. Fortson is a beast, and I mean that in the best way!
And realize Vikings win over Mason was without Sole' having a great game, she has set a high bar! How is she not up for OH POY?
Mason is used to winning and found a way to make it a battle when they didn't play anywhere near their best.
Congratulations to Comets seniors on a great run. Found some amazing stats on GMC site.
Last 3 seasons: Total regular season record 58-3. 72-6 overall record, with 3 losses in state tournament.
Lakota East is the only OH team to beat Mason in the regular season (2 times) in the last 3 seasons. WOW!
3 straight GMC Championships (1 shared), 3 straight District Titles, with a Regional Championship and State Final Game appearance.
Matula doesn't get enough credit when it comes to post season honors, everyone just says, well it's Mason.
Might have been his best job ever. Lose McD All American many thought was the ONLY reason Comets made State Finals LY.
Probably rightfully (WC?) end season ranked #1 in State, pretty impressive. No one predicted that or beating Princeton twice before season.
If you look at beginning of this thread in May, consensus was Princeton was by far best team in area
Will Mason find some depth and size for next season to continue their recent level of excellence?
What a back court they have for 2 more seasons with Parrish and Habra (3 years)!!
Final thoughts on "it's always tough to beat a team three times in a season".
Winning team of 1st 2 games thinks what they have done will probably work again so don't make as many adjustments for 3rd contest, team that loses first 2 knows they have to try something at least a little different. Human nature!
Great change in game plan by Kings vs West Clermont to stay off Hicks (let her shoot from outside), looked to confuse them.
Davis made a great change in plan for Sneed to face guard Parrish, looked to fluster Comets and might have been the difference.
Great D by Princeton!
But 26% FGA Mason, OUCH!
Haven't heard many Princeton fans or male assistant coaches complaining about foul differential even though it was similar to 1st Mason game. Winning does that
Kings and Princeton get to play on!!
Good luck to both teams Saturday and here's hoping for as exciting a Regional Final as LY!!
Final Rant: Why weren't Region Semi Finals a doubleheader?!