Mason Girls Basketball earned their 2nd consecutive and 5th overall District Championship with a huge “come-from-behind” win over Ursuline on Saturday at Princeton HS. The Comets erased a 15-point deficit on their way to a 34-31 win. Mason cut the deficit to 21-13 by halftime despite going 2-for-18 from the field.
Mason didn't get a lead in the contest until senior Samari Mowbray (after tying the score at 28 on a layup with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter) sank two free throws for a 30-28 lead with 5:12 remaining. She added two more free throws with 58.4 seconds left for a 33-29 lead. Mowbray led Mason with 12 points and 8-8 from the charity stripe. The Mason defense forced 16 Ursuline turnovers and building an 18-9 advantage in points off of turnovers. Junior Anna Brinkmann and freshman Megan Wagner each finished with four steals for Mason.
Mason (22-3), ranked second in the Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll behind Lakota West and fifth in the Associated Press Division I statewide poll, will play Lakota West in the Sweet Sixteen (Regional Semi-Final) this coming Wednesday night at Kettering Fairmont’s Trent Arena. West (24-2) also had a “come-from-behind contest on Saturday, defeating Beavercreek 53-51 to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16.
The contest will be a re-match of last years Regional Final in which Mason came away with a win then went on to a State Runner Up finish in 2016. The two teams split the series this season with Mason winning 44-42 and West 64-61. The Comets take a seven-game winning streak into the game. Tip off is set for 8:00 pm. The winner will play either Mt. Notre Dame or McAuley on Saturday, March 11th for a trip to State.