Girls basketball state tournament scouting reports

Chippewa (25-1) vs. Waynesville (26-0)

What: Division III state semifinal.

Where: Schottenstein Center’s Value City Arena at Ohio State University.

When: 3 p.m. Thursday.

Notebook: Chippewa returns to the state tournament under coach Dennis Schrock. Buchtel handed Chippewa its only loss this season in the Joe Siegferth Basketball Classic at Firestone. Chippewa topped Warren Champion and Elyria Catholic to win a regional title last week at Cuyahoga Falls. Chippewa’s starters are 5-6 senior Kerra Amelung, 5-11 junior Celina Koncz, 6-0 senior Grace Lindquist, 5-6 senior Bailee Ferrell and 5-7 senior Bailey Clark. The Chipps' top reserves are 5-8 senior Madi Hall and 5-9 sophomore Taylor Thomas. Koncz averages about 16 points and eight rebounds per game, and Lindquist is about 12 points and seven rebounds per game. Waynesville is coached by Tim Gabbard, and his starters are 6-0 senior Marcella Sizer, 5-8 junior Kenzie Purkey, 5-6 junior Carli Brown, 5-6 senior Rachel Murray and 5-6 senior Lynzie Hartshorn. Murray averages almost 20 points and five rebounds per game, and Sizer contributes about 13 points and 10 rebounds per game. Leah Butterbaugh, a 5-8 sophomore, is Waynesville’s top reserve.

 

St. Vincent-St. Mary (18-9) vs. Dayton Carroll (26-2)

What: Division II state semifinal.

Where: Schottenstein Center’s Value City Arena at Ohio State University.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday.

Notebook: The Irish will seek to get the ball inside on offense and play a pressure defense with 6-foot freshman Lanae Riley, 5-8 senior Maria Dobson, 6-0 senior Sophia Williams, 5-6 senior Jada Haines and 5-4 sophomore Dream Cherry leading the charge. “They look like a very good team,” Carroll coach Cecilia Grosselin said of St. V-M. “They have strong post play, so we are sizing them up and figuring out what is going to be the best approach when we play them.” Carroll features 6-0 junior Julia Keller, 5-8 senior Elisabeth Bush, 5-6 junior Allie Stefanek, 5-6 sophomore Ava Lickliter and 5-10 sophomore Megan Leraas. “Dayton Carroll is pretty good,” St. V-M coach Carley Whitney said. “They are very unique as well. They have a lot of guards and they play a lot of kids. Julia Keller is very, very good. I think they play inspired basketball, and we do, too. I think this is going to be a great matchup.”

— Compiled by Michael Beaven