Opening Ohio girls basketball poll: Mount Notre Dame No. 1, Princeton No. 3

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The first 2022 Ohio high school girls basketball poll from the Ohio Prep Sportswriter's Association was released Tuesday afternoon. Leading the way locally is defending state champion Mount Notre Dame who is 9-0, thanks to a forfeit victory over Princeton. The Vikings have not lost on the court, but are technically 9-1 and No. 3.

MND is led by Notre Dame signee K.K. Bransford, the reigning Ohio Ms. Basketball. Bransford leads the Girls Greater Catholic League in scoring (25.4), rebounding (9.1), assists (5.7) and steals (3.0).

Mount Notre Dame head coach Dr. Scott Rogers joins assistant Sonny Tudor as they celebrate KK Bransford as Ohio Ms. Basketball
Mount Notre Dame head coach Dr. Scott Rogers joins assistant Sonny Tudor as they celebrate KK Bransford as Ohio Ms. Basketball

Princeton has Greater Miami Conference-leading scorer Solé Williams at 24.8 points per game and La'Sonja Hill leading in assists (4.0).

MND's Cougars received six first-place votes, with Princeton receiving five. Mason at 10-1 finished just out of the Top 10 at No. 12. Coach Rob Matula recently celebrated his 300th coaching win and will travel to Princeton on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

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

After playing East Central Tuesday night, top-ranked MND will continue Girls Greater Catholic League play Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Mercy McAuley.

In Division III, unbeaten Purcell Marian received one first-place vote but finished at No. 10 overall. The 8-1 Cavaliers play Norwood Wednesday, then are at Summit Country Day Saturday afternoon. The Silver Knights dealt Purcell Marian their lone loss.

Unbeaten (8-0) Seven Hills also received Division III votes, while Cincinnati Country Day, now 7-3 after a holiday tournament received Division IV votes. CCD hosts Miami Valley Conference rival Summit Country Day Wednesday evening.

Division I

1. Mount Notre Dame (6)

2. Reynoldsburg

3. Princeton (5)

4. Dublin Coffman (1)

5. Bellbrook (1)

6. Canton Glenoak

7. Pickerington Cent.

8. Newark

9. Akron Hoban

10. Holland Spring.

Others receiving 12 or more points: Olmsted Falls 28. Mason 26. Powell Olentangy Liberty 21. Green 13.

Division II

1. Granville (3)

2. Napoleon (5)

3. Columbus Hartley (3)

4. Alliance Marlington

5. Dresden Tri-Valley

6. Kettering Alter (3)

7. Shelby

8. Toledo Central Catholic

9. Canal Fulton Northwest

10. Thornville Sheridan

Others receiving 12 or more points: Bryan 28. Lancaster Fairfield Union 21. 13. Salem 16. Akron SVSM 16. Lima Shawnee 15.

Division III

1. Wheelersburg (2)

2. Worthington Christian (3)

3. Cardington-Lincoln

4. Wauseon

5. Arcanum (1)

6. Ottawa-Glandorf (1)

7. Apple Creek Waynedale (3)

8. Sardinia Eastern (1)

9. Columbus Africentric

10. Purcell Marian (1)

Others receiving 12 or more points: Bloomdale Elmwood 27. New Lexington 25. Spring. Greenon 22. Berlin Hiland (1) 22. Delphos Jefferson 21. Richwood North Union (1) 21. Seven Hills 15. Youngstown Liberty 12.

Division IV

1. Ft. Loramie (13)

2. New Washington Buckeye Cent.

3. Glouster Trimble

4. Russia

5. New Madison Tri-Village

6. Waterford

7. Sugar Grove Berne Union

8. Tree of Life (1)

9. New Riegel

10. Convoy Crestview

Others receiving 12 or more points: Toledo Christian 22. 12. Miller City 14. 13 New Knoxville 13. Cincinnati Country Day 12.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: MND takes early No. 1 in Ohio girls hoops with Princeton third

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