GIRLS BASKETBALL TOPPLES WEST....REGIONAL CHAMPS!
FINAL FOUR AND STATE BOUND!
The Mason Girls Basketball team will return to State! The Comets defeated Lakota West 54-51 Saturday night at Trent Arena to claim the programs 5th regional title and advance to the State Final Four.
Saturday's classic was the "rubber match" between the two local basketball giants as the teams split during the regular season. The highly-anticipated All-Greater Miami Conference regional final lived up to every bit of the hype Saturday night. There were 11 lead changes and seven ties. For four quarters the packed house was thrilled with great plays and clutch shots with the Comets pulling away late in the game.
Mason was able to score key points at the charity stripe, going 27 of 35 from the free throw line while West was 10 of 12. Mason rolled off the last 10 points of the second quarter to grab a 28-23 halftime. West responded in the third quarter, grabbing a 29-28 lead but Mason came back with a 6-0 run. Mason hit a late three-pointer at the end of the third to lead 36-35.
The Firebirds led most of the fourth quarter until Sammie Puisis made a free throw to tie the game at 46 with 1:36 left. Sade Tucker’s transition layup 30 seconds later gave Mason a 48-46 advantage and the lead for good.
Brinkmann’s two free throws extended the lead to 52-49 with 18.1 seconds left before Tucker’s free throws.
Junior guard Sade Tucker led the Comets with 20 points. Anna Brinkman had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Comets. Tihanna Fulton added eight points and seven boards while Sammie Puisis scored seven of her nine points in the final quarter.
Mason girls now begin preparations to play the States #1 AP poll winner, Pickerington Central (26-2) this coming Friday night at OSU's Schottenstein Center. Pickerington got by Westerville South 60-52 last Saturday to punch their ticket to state.
The Division 1 State-Semi-Final game will tipoff at 8:00 pm. The Comets last won the state title in 2000. The winner will play either Wadsworth or Solon in the State Title game on Saturday, March 17th, 8:30 pm.
For information on tickets CLICK HERE and see below:
Cost: $8.00 pre-sale, $10 at the door
Ticket Info: Tickets for the public are NOT general admission - each ticket has an assigned seat - if you plan to get your tickets ahead of time, and want to sit with your group, please come into the High School Athletic Offices (back of the High School) to get set up... Tuesday-Thursday of this week, 8:00am - 3:00pm - NO TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE FRIDAY!