Friday, May 11, 2018

Swish Falls Short in Super Regional

WTNO-Runner Ups Otterbien Classic
Coach Chad Schafer’s 2024 Cincy Swish squad recently finished 3-1 at an AAU Super Regional in Cincinnati last week. The Swish notched wins over RGB Gold, Dayton Metro and SMAC Akron before being upended by the Cincy Angels in the championship game.  It’s important to note that the Swish was playing up in the 7thgrade division at this event and was without the services of their third best player!  Standout for the Swish included Shelby Hofman, Sarah Hofman, Logan Palmer, and Lily Martin. For the season, the Swish has amassed an impressive 22-5 overall record!  Needless to say, they have made an impact to our Buckeye Prep Power Rankings.

The 5th Grade Girls WTNO (Win The Next One) coached by Kyle Martin and Brian Bales is off to an impressive start this Spring season.  They have won three (3) Championships going undefeated in each of those tournaments including the GBA Jimmy V Classic in Dayton, Ohio, the Ohio Players Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio and the GBA Tip Off Classic in Cincinnati, Ohio where they knocked off the Kentucky powerhouse team of Kentucky Premiere in the Championship!  The WTNO team were the runner up this past weekend in the GBA Otterbein Classic - see story below.  

This past weekend, the WTNO squad went 3-2 in the Otterbein University Classic hosted by GBA.  They beat Ohio Impact and Ohio Stars in pool play.  Also, in pool play they took on #9 Ohio Power ranked 740 Ohio Thunder where WTNO lost 34-32 in a very well played game between both teams.  In bracket play, WTNO squared off versus a very talented Ohio Lady Hoopsters squad who was 20-2 on the season coming into the tournament.  The game went back and forth for most of the game before WTNO eventually won in overtime by a score of 24-22. 

 WTNO had great play from wing Ava Wade(Springboro) who carried most of the scoring load for the team and was interviewed by GBA and Jim Dabbelt after the game for her play.  Mackenzy Shackelford(Franklin) was a force inside for WTNO with physical play in the paint.  Bryn Martin(Springboro) also had a nice game on the offensive end.  Annie Bales, point guard (Franklin) was a floor general for the team leading them in assists and great defensive play.  Carly Clark(Springboro), Brooke Clear(Springboro), Morgan Harleman (Kettering Fairmont), and Jaycee Wallace (Fairmont) were also big contributors for WTNO with great defense and rebounding for their squad.  Their overall record for the spring season is 16-2 with their only losses coming from 740 Ohio Thunder.  WTNO will be back in action in a few weeks. 

With their 4-0 run, the 4thranked Cincy Angels collected an AAU Super Regional title in Cincinnati last weekend.  The Angels’ rout to the title included wins over the Ohio Stars (61-7), 6thranked SMAC Akron Elite (54-21), 10thranked RGB Gold (41-33) and 5thranked Cincy Swish Schafer (46-14).  The Angles’ overall record stands at 7-1.  

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