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Big week of regional basketball for 8 Greater Cincinnati high school girls teams

Eight Greater Cincinnati girls basketball teams remain in the hunt for an Ohio High School Athletic Association state title. Starting Tuesday evening, those teams will play in regional basketball games throughout the week.

The four remaining Division I teams square off Tuesday, March 1, at Lakota West. These games were originally scheduled at Princeton, but with the Vikings advancing, the location was changed Sunday for neutral-site purposes.

Winton Woods and Mason begin the night at 6 p.m., followed by Princeton and Mount Notre Dame at 8 p.m.
Also Tuesday, in Division II, Badin will travel to Springfield to play Eaton at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Purcell Marian returns to the Division III regional with a semifinal matchup against Waynesville. Tip-off will also be at 8 p.m.

It's Cincinnati Country Day in the Division IV regional semifinal against Fort Loramie at 8 p.m., Thursday, at Vandalia Butler High School.

Here's a preview of the upcoming contests.

Mount Notre Dame vs. Princeton, Division I regional semifinal

This is the rematch everyone was hoping for.

Technically, Mount Notre Dame has won 97 straight games and hasn't lost since Jan. 14, 2019, against Centerville. That includes their district triumph over Bellbrook. Their Dec. 22 contest at home with Princeton is officially listed as a 2-0 forfeit. MND coach Dr. Scott Rogers was ill, but the score at the end of the night was Princeton 86, MND 59. Greater Miami Conference top scorer Solé Williams had 33 points, while current Ohio Ms. Basketball K.K. Bransford scored 34 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

It was later found that a Princeton player who had also played in the junior varsity game went over the number of quarters the OHSAA permits. The Vikings selfreported and the game is in the record books as their first loss. Princeton is now 23-3, having also lost to Mason and Pickerington Central.

It's far from a secret that both teams have looked forward to meeting again. Princeton coach Dee Davis has had a solid year coaching where she also was a McDonald's All-American.

"Yes, I'm back at my alma mater and I'm happy to be here," Davis said. "More importantly, I want these young ladies to experience success at the highest level. It means a lot for me to be able to lead them, but I'm more excited about the opportunity for them to attain this goal."

Princeton last won a state title in 2014 under previous coach Jill Phillips and another McDonald's All-American, Kelsey Mitchell. Bransford will join Gray and Oldacre in that game, heading to Notre Dame after graduation. She'd like to add a third state title, which would be the ninth for MND and the sixth for Rogers.

To do that, they'll have to overcome the asterisk on their record.

"A lot of teams have great players and we're going to see one on Tuesday (Solé Williams)," Rogers said. "Unfortunately, I missed the last one (December game vs. Princeton). I'm glad I get to be here for this one. I'm looking forward to it. They're a great team. We've got a lot of respect for them. We'll see what happens."

The Mason/Winton Woods vs. MND/Princeton regional final will be 7 p.m. Saturday night at Lakota West.