MASON — The Kenton Ridge Lady Cougars basketball team has reached the Division II district tournament once again. They take on the tradition-rich Chaminade Julienne Lady Eagles at Mason Hight School on Friday March 1 at 5:00 p.m.
The Eagles (16-9) are members of the usually powerful Girls Greater Cincinnati League. The season has been one of streaks for this CJ squad. They started out with a 6-1 season, then lost eight of their next eleven games to fall to 9-9. In that time, some of the prominent teams they lost to were Carroll twice, Kettering Alter, and a 60-44 loss to one of the top Division I team in the state, the Centerville Elks.
However, since January 28, CJ has not lost another game. The Lady Eagles have ripped off a string of seven consecutive victories, including wins over Springboro, Alter, and defending regional champion Bellbrook.
Chaminade Julienne started tournament play with a 74-32 defeat of Ponitz, a 54-47 disposal of Valley View, and a 49-46 sectional final defeat of Bellbrook. As a team they average 51 points per game while surrendering 42.2 points.
First-team GGCL senior guard Krista White leads the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game, in assists at 3.4 per game, and steals at 3.5 per game. Senior JaCole Tabor made second team in the GGCL and averaged seven points and 3.1 assists per game.
Brittaney Jefferson, a 5-6 senior, scores at an 8.7 per game and is first on the team with 20 three-pointers. Erinn Bailey, a 5-8 senior scores 5.6 points and hauls in 5.4 rebounds per game.
Kenton Ridge is led by senior guard and three-time all-conference selection Paige McCrary. She was third in the Central Buckeye Conference in scoring per game at 17. McCrary also has hauled in rebounds at a pace of 8.3 per game, is second on the team with 41 treys made and at a 50 percent field goal percentage.
Freshman Sydney Bates averages 12.3 points per game, six boards, and leads the team in free throw percentage at 78.5. Stefanie Davis, a 5-5 junior, is scoring 11.2 points and dishing out 4.3 assists per game. Davis leads the team in overall field goal percentage of 54 percent.
Sophomore dynamo 5-8 guard Baylee Bennett is close to double-digit scoring at 9.8 a contest and leads the team in three-pointers with 50. Bennett also dishes out 4.3 assists per game. Sara Thornton, a 5-8 junior, contributes roughly nine points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The inside presence in most games is filled with 6-3 senior Samantha Wiederkehr and her seven points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
The Lady Cougars are currently on a 10-game winning streak and have not smelled defeat since Jan. 10. They led the CBC in scoring at 71 points per game and only surrendered 52.1.