Girls tournament draw set


Tippecanoe earned No. 2 seed

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Tippecanoe’s Claire Hinkle (left) pulls in a loose ball earlier this season. Hinkle and the Red Devils earned the No. 2 seed in the Division II Tecumseh sectional tournament draw.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Lauren McGraw and the Troy girls basketball team open the Division I sectional tournament against Xenia.


Photo Courtesy of Ben Robinson | Gobuccs.com Head coach Jim Meyer and the Covington girls basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in the Division IV Brookville sectional bracket.


By David Fong

dfong@civitasmedia.com

MIAMI COUNTY — The battle lines have been drawn in what is perhaps the toughest girls basketball sectional bracket in the state.

Going into Sunday’s draw, three Division II teams — Tippecanoe, Carroll and Trotwood-Madison — all were ranked seventh or better in the Associated Press state poll. All three teams also are in the Tecumseh sectional bracket, meaning a showdown between at least two of the teams was pretty much inevitable.

Carroll, ranked third in the Division II state poll going into the tournament draw, earned the No. 1 seed and went into the lower half of the 14-team bracket.

Tippecanoe, the No. 7 team in the state and No. 2 seed in the draw, went into the top half of the bracket, where they were soon joined by Trotwood-Madison, the No. 6 team in Ohio and the No. 3 seed in the sectional.

That sets up a potential rematch between Greater Western Ohio Conference foes Tippecanoe and Trotwood in the sectional finals in a matchup probably more suited for the district or regional level.

In a Jan. 21 meeting between the two teams, Tippecanoe defeated Trotwood 35-32.

Before Tippecanoe and Trotwood can start thinking about a rematch, however, they both will have to play their way into the sectional final.

The Red Devils open the tournament with a Feb. 18 match-up against No. 12 Graham. Should the Red Devils win, they would move on to the sectional semifinals against No. 10 Urbana, which took a bye through the first round.

Here’s how the tournament draw went for the rest of Miami County’s teams:

Division I

Troy, the No. 15 seed in the Dayton 1 sectional, opens the tournament against No. 16 Xenia Feb. 18 at Butler High School. When the two teams played on Jan. 25, Troy beat Xenia 36-32.

Should Troy win, it would face the winner of No. 2 Springboro vs. No. 19 Springfield in the sectional semifinals Feb. 21.

Piqua, the No. 20 seed, will face top-seeded Wayne in the opening round of the Dayton 2 sectional. The winner plays No. 21 West Carrollton in the sectional semifinals.

Division II

Tippecanoe is the lone Division II team in Miami County.

Division III

Milton-Union, the No. 4 seed, will face No. 8 Anna in the first round of the Franklin-Monroe 2 sectional. The winner will move on to face the winner of No. 6 Carlisle vs. No. 7 Preble Shawnee in the sectional semifinals.

Miami East, seeded No. 10, will play No. 9 National Trail in the opening round of the Franklin-Monroe 3 sectional. The winner will face No. 11 Dayton Christian in the next round.

Bethel, the 12th seed in the Franklin-Monroe 1 sectional, will face No. 5 Madison in the opening round. The winner will face No. 13 Dixie.

Division IV

Perhaps in an effort to stay away from Tri-Village — the No. 2 team in the state and the No. 1 team in the Brookville sectional — the second, third and fourth seeds in the sectional all went into the top half of the bracket, away from the Patriots.

That sets up an intriguing first-round match-up, as No. 2 Covington will take on No. 3 Miami Valley. The winner will face No. 11 Twin Valley South.

Bradford, seeded ninth, will face No. 8 Yellow Springs in the first round. The winner will meet No. 4 Southeastern.

In the lower half of the Brookville bracket, No. 5 Newton will open against No. 10 Tri-County North. The winner of that game will move on to face the winner of No. 5 Franklin-Monroe vs. No. 7 Legacy Christian.

Troy Christian picked up the No. 5 seed in the Sidney sectional The Eagles took a bye through the first round and will face the winner of No. 4 Botkins vs. No. 8 Houston.

Lehman, the No. 9 seed, will take on No. 2 Russia in the opening round. The winner will advance to face No. 6 Mechanicsburg.

Contact David Fong at dfong@civitasmedia.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Tippecanoe’s Claire Hinkle (left) pulls in a loose ball earlier this season. Hinkle and the Red Devils earned the No. 2 seed in the Division II Tecumseh sectional tournament draw.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_120916jb_tipp_hinkle.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Tippecanoe’s Claire Hinkle (left) pulls in a loose ball earlier this season. Hinkle and the Red Devils earned the No. 2 seed in the Division II Tecumseh sectional tournament draw.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Lauren McGraw and the Troy girls basketball team open the Division I sectional tournament against Xenia.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_170121aw_Troy_22.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Lauren McGraw and the Troy girls basketball team open the Division I sectional tournament against Xenia.

Photo Courtesy of Ben Robinson | Gobuccs.com Head coach Jim Meyer and the Covington girls basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in the Division IV Brookville sectional bracket.
http://tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_thumbnail_jim_meyer.jpgPhoto Courtesy of Ben Robinson | Gobuccs.com Head coach Jim Meyer and the Covington girls basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in the Division IV Brookville sectional bracket.
Tippecanoe earned No. 2 seed
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