North College Hill ( Cincinnati) figured to struggle after losing O.J. Mayo, who
transferred to Huntington (W.Va.), and Bill Walker, who enrolled at Kansas
State. But after opening the season with four losses in five games, the Trojans
finished 17--7 and surged to their third straight Ohio Division III hoops title
last Saturday with a 50--45 win over Liberty-Benton ( Findlay). "No one gave
us a chance," coach Jamie Mahaffey says. "We weren't ranked in the
state and we weren't even ranked in the city." Damon Butler (above), who
scored 20, was named the tournament's outstanding player.
WAIT TILL NEXT
Duke had an ugly one-and-done in the NCAA basketball tournament, but at least
its incoming recruits found postseason success. Taylor King, a 6'8" forward
and future Blue Devil, had 29 points and 15 rebounds as Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
took the California Division II title last Friday. Two weeks earlier forward
Kyle Singler, another Duke recruit, led South Medford to an Oregon 6A
BOYS AND GIRLS
Here's equality of the sexes: Oregon-Davis (Hamlet) took Indiana basketball
titles this year in boys' and girls' basketball, the first school in the state
ever to do so. The girls beat Wood Memorial ( Oakland City) 54--46 for the Class
A title, and the boys later took down Barr-Reeve ( Montgomery) 63--52.
To say that senior Mary Kathryn Govero (left) is the best basketball player in
her class isn't saying much: There are only 11 seniors at Mount Salus Christian
Academy, a private school in Clinton, Miss. But in fact she's the best scorer
in her state—ever. Her 5,015 career points is a record. The 5'11" guard is
headed to Mississippi State.
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