West, Alter, Tri-Village 2nd in final girls polls

Carroll’s Amanda Schroeder (with ball) secures a rebound from Alter’s Emily Long. Alter finished No. 2 in the final D-II state poll and GCL Co-Ed North rival Carroll No. 7. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Carroll’s Amanda Schroeder (with ball) secures a rebound from Alter’s Emily Long. Alter finished No. 2 in the final D-II state poll and GCL Co-Ed North rival Carroll No. 7. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Lakota West (Division I), Alter (D-II) and Tri-Village (D-IV) were No. 2 in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press girls high school basketball state polls that were released on Tuesday.

West (20-2) couldn’t overcome all 23 first-place votes that top-ranked Newark (22-0) received and trailed by a final margin of 230-200. West won the D-I state title in 2015 and defeated then-top ranked Newark in the state semifinals.

Alter (20-2), the two-time defending D-II state champion, trailed poll champ Ottawa-Glandorf (19-0) by 22 points. Glandorf had a 19-3 advantage on Alter in first-place votes. Alter defeated Glandorf in the 2016 state final. Glandorf also lost to Versailles in the 2015 D-III state championship.

Tri-Village (20-1) trailed top-ranked Berlin Hiland (20-1) by 40 points. Both teams suffered their only losses last week. Hiland had 17 first-place votes and Tri-Village two. A perennial small-school state power, Hiland has been to 14 state final fours and has won four state titles.

The D-III poll champ was Cincinnati Summit Country Day (22-0).

Springfield-area basketball was represented by Tecumseh (20-2) at No. 5 in D-I and West Liberty-Salem (21-1) No. 12 in D-III.

State-wide media that subscribe to the Associated Press are eligible to vote for the weekly polls. The final boys state polls will be released next week.

The final polls: rank, team, first-place votes in parenthesis, record, points.

DIVISION I

1, Newark (23), 22-0, 230

2, Lakota West, 20-2, 200

3, Toledo Start, 19-1, 161

4, Canton GlenOak, 18-1, 152

5, Mason, 19-3, 120

6, Tecumseh, 20-2, 110

7, Solon, 18-2, 99

8, Dublin Coffman, 19-2, 59

9, Reynoldsburg, 19-3, 34

10, Toledo Notre Dame, 18-3, 29

Others: North Canton Hoover 19. Cin. McAuley 13.

DIVISION II

1, Ottawa-Glandorf (19), 19-0, 214

2, Alter (3), 20-2, 192

3, Perry, 17-2, 128

4, Upper Sandusky, 20-1, 120

5, Beloit West Branch (1), 22-2, 112

6, Tippecanoe, 19-3, 102

7, Carroll, 18-4, 84

8, Elyria Catholic, 20-2, 57

9, Trotwood-Madison, 17-5, 53

10, Shelby, 19-1, 49

Others: Warren Howland 25. Poland Seminary 15. Cin. Mariemont 15. Clyde 14. Shaker Hts. Laurel 14. London 12.

DIVISION III

1, Cin. Summit Country Day (16), 22-0, 198

2, Archbold (3), 20-0, 172

3, Columbiana (2), 22-0, 143

4, Cols. Africentric, 19-3, 119

5, Columbus Grove, 18-1, 93

6, Versailles, 19-3, 84

7, Waynesville, 21-1, 80

8, Findlay Liberty-Benton, 18-2, 60

(tie) Fort Recovery, 15-2, 60

10, Gates Mills Gilmour (1), 16-5, 40

Others: Richwood N. Union 18. West Liberty-Salem 15. Coldwater 13.

DIVISION IV

1, Berlin Hiland (17), 20-1, 198

2, Tri-Village (2), 20-1, 158

3, Fairfield Christian, 20-1, 144

4, Waterford (1), 14-3, 130

5, Minster, 18-3, 107

6, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton (1), 19-2, 93

7, Ottoville, 17-3, 89

8, Arlington, 19-3, 78

9, Haviland Wayne Trace, 18-2, 46

10, Reedsville Eastern, 19-3, 22

Others: Norwalk St. Paul 18. Cle. Cuyahoga Hts. 14. Jackson Center 13.

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