Ohio high school girls basketball poll: MND keeps slim lead over Princeton for state No. 1

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With the second week of the Ohio high school girls basketball season drawing more votes, defending Division I state champion Mount Notre Dame still holds a slim lead over Princeton for the top spot in the state. The Cougars received 10 first-place votes statewide from the Ohio Prep Sportswriter's Association to nine for Princeton.

Under first-year coach Dee Davis, Princeton defeated MND by 27 points on Dec. 22, but later forfeited when a junior varsity player appeared in an extra quarter on varsity than what is permitted. Thus, the Cougars remain undefeated with a regular-season win streak that stood at 83 before Tuesday's game with Mercy McAuley.

MND guard K.K. Bransford attempts a jump shot in the game between Princeton and Mount Notre Dame high school at Mount Notre Dame High School Dec. 22, 2021.
MND guard K.K. Bransford attempts a jump shot in the game between Princeton and Mount Notre Dame high school at Mount Notre Dame High School Dec. 22, 2021.

As a result, Princeton is 12-1 with a crucial Greater Miami Conference home date with 11-1 Mason on Wednesday. Coach Rob Matula's Comets received votes and finished just on the outskirts of the Top 10.

Princeton guard Sole' Williams scores a traditional three point play in the game between Princeton and Mount Notre Dame high school at Mount Notre Dame High School Dec. 22, 2021.
Princeton guard Sole' Williams scores a traditional three point play in the game between Princeton and Mount Notre Dame high school at Mount Notre Dame High School Dec. 22, 2021.

In Division II, there were no Cincinnati-area teams, while Purcell Marian received four first-place votes and was voted No. 6 overall in Division III. Purcell Marian is 10-1 with Miami Valley Conference mate Seven Hills 10-0. The Stingers received votes in the DIII poll and play at Summit Country Day Jan. 19. The Silver Knights dealt Purcell Marian their lone loss Dec. 4., 57-54.

DIVISION I

1. Mount Notre Dame (10)

2. Princeton (9)

3. Reynoldsburg

4. Bellbrook (1)

5. Dublin Coffman

6. Akr. Hoban

7. Can. Glenoak

8. Newark

9. Pickerington Cent.

10. Olmsted Falls

(tie) Holland Spring

Others receiving 12 or more points: Mason 22.

DIVISION II

1. Granville (12)

2. Cols. Hartley (3)

3. Kettering Alter (4)

4. Dresden Tri-Valley

5. Shelby (1)

6. Tol. Cent. Cath.

7. Napoleon

8. Thornville Sheridan

9. Alliance Marlington

10. Lancaster Fairfield Union

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Akr. SVSM 18.

DIVISION III

1. Wheelersburg (9)

2. Cardington-Lincoln (4)

3. Worthington Christian (3)

4. Apple Creek Waynedale

5. Arcanum

6.Purcell Marian (4)

7. Sardinia Eastern

8. Cols. Africentric

9. Ottawa-Glandorf

10. Wauseon

Others receiving 12 or more points: Richwood N. Union 21. Delphos Jefferson 17. Spring. Greenon 12. Seven Hills 12. Proctorville Fairland 12. New Lexington 12. Youngs. Liberty 12.

DIVISION IV

1. Ft. Loramie (20)

2. New Washington Buckeye Cent.

3. Glouster Trimble (1)

4. New Madison Tri-Village

5. Sugar Grove Berne Union

6. Waterford

7. Tree of Life (1)

8. New Riegel

9. New Knoxville

10. Russia

Others receiving 12 or more points: Convoy Crestview 21. Bainbridge Paint Valley 18.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Which Southwest Ohio girls basketball teams have been voted Top 10?

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