Girls’ basketball sectional draw announced

As the girls’ basketball regular season draws to a close, teams can begin to prepare themselves for a postseason run. The first step in that direction came earlier this afternoon when sectional draws were announced.

In Division II of the Southwest District, the 11th-seeded Western Brown Lady Broncos will travel to Withrow High School to square off against Taylor High School (7-12) at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. Should the Lady Broncos win that game, the squad advances to await the winner of 13th-seed Woodward High School (3-14) and 5th-seed Archbishop McNicholas (9-10).

In Division III, the Ripley Lady Jays drew a first-round bye. The team will take on the winner of Waynesville (12-7) and Seven Hills (7-11) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Wilmington High School.

The Bethel-Tate Lady Tigers are also in Division III. The 11-7 Lady Tigers squad will battle 12-6 Clark Montessori on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Should Bethel-Tate advance, they will face the winner of North College Hill (10-11) and CHCA (8-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 in Wilmington.

Three local squads will travel to Monroe High School for sectional action. The Felicity-Franklin Lady Cardinals will face New Miami (12-6) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m. Following that game, the Fayetteville Lady Rockets will face off against Lockland High School (1-18) at 2 p.m. The Georgetown Lady G-Men will then face Gamble Montessori (12-6) at 3:30 p.m.

A Felicity win advances the team to a matchup against 13-6 Middletown Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Should the Fayetteville Lady Rockets win, they will face Cincinnati College Prep (8-8) at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17. Georgetown would square off against Cincinnati Country Day (13-5) on Feb. 17 at 7:30 with a victory.

Finally, the Eastern Lady Warriors will travel to Valley High School in Lucasville, Ohio for their first-round match. The team will face off against 10-6 Rock Hill High School at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The boys’ sectional draw will be announced sometime during the afternoon of Feb. 7.

By Garth Shanklin

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or follow him on Twitter at @GNDShanklin.