Mason Girls Overwhelm MND
In A Sweet 16 Rematch!
The Comet Girls Basketball team put last years regional final loss to Mount Notre Dame behind them, Wednesday night at Kettering Fairmont. As a matter of fact they put it "way" behind them with a 53-32 win to propel them to the State Great 8!
Mason used a 11-0 first quarter run to jump out in front, all the while their swarming defense suffocated the Cougars. The defense forced MND, the defending state champions, into hurried shots and 17 turnovers on the night, while Mason racked up 17 steals, many of which turned into points. The Comets (23-3) held MND (22-5) to a season-low in points.
Mason led 26-12 at the half and expanded the lead to 20+ points during the fourth quarter. Mason is in the regional tournament for a third consecutive season and sixth time overall.
The Comets were led by senior forward Sammie Puisis, who had a game-high 17 points including three 3-pointers. Junior guard Sade Tucker was a spark plug on the night had 15 points including three 3-pointers.
The Comets advance to play Lakota West (25-2) in the regional final at 7 p.m. this Saturday, back at Kettering Fairmont. Lakota West easily defeated Walnut Hills 60-31 in the night's first semifinal.
Lakota West (ranked #5) and Mason (ranked #7)---Greater Miami Conference co-champions the past two seasons -- split the regular-season series. Most recently, Mason defeated visiting Lakota West 61-54. Its sure to be another classic between the two league powerhouses.
The winner will advance to the State Final Four and face either Pickerington Central (25-2 ranked #1) or Westerville South (21-5), Friday, March 16th @ Jerome Schottenstein Center at 8:00 pm.