Girls Basketball To Host Green in Sectional Semifinals on Feb. 13
The Louisville Leopards Girls Basketball Team drew the 6th Seed in Sunday’s DI Walsh University District Tournament Draw and will host the 7th Seeded Green Bulldogs in the Sectional Semifinals on Saturday, February 13 at 1:00 PM.
Louisville is currently 17-1 on the season and Green holds a record of 7-11. The Leopards clinched their conference improving their mark to 13-0 on Saturday with a win over the Wildcats. The Bulldogs are currently 1-8 in the Federal League.
A preview of this Sectional Semifinal matchup will take place on February 8 when Green travels to Louisville for a regular season contest. The two squads will be plenty familiar with each other by February 13. A similar situation occurred last season when the two non-conference foes met up twice in the Regular Season. The Leopards fell to the Bulldogs at the Jackson Holiday Tournament 48-40, but just eight days later won at Green 44-39. The time difference between this year’s match-ups will be even less as they play only five days apart.
The all-time series between the two squads is tied at 3-3 and the first five meetings were played on neutral courts. Green has never played at Louisville, but will do so twice in the same week. The Leopards and Bulldogs have also played twice in past State Tournament games. Green beat Louisville 48-41 in the AAA Sectional Sectional of 1979 and the Leopards returned the favor with a 49-23 win over the Bulldogs in the DII Lake District Semifinals in 1992.
The winner of this Sectional Semifinal matchup will travel to Perry to face the 4th Seeded Panthers in the Sectional Finals on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 PM. The Leopards lost they last game against the Panthers 53-33 at PHS. Louisville last played Perry in the tournament during the 2010-11 season at the DI Alliance District Tournament. The Leopards won the Sectional Final matchup 53-37. The Panthers lead the all-time series 21-15, but Louisville holds a 2-1 edge against them in tournament play. #2 Seed North Canton Hoover will be the most likely opponent awaiting the winner of this Sectional.
The Lady Leopards are looking to snap a streak of five straight tournament losses. Louisville is 42-39 all-time in state tournament games, which includes a 4-2 mark at home (LHS hosted the Division II District Tournament in 2004 and 2005).
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Saturday, February 13
#11 Akron Garfield at #1 Canton McKinley, 1:00
#7 Green at #6 Louisville, 1:00
#9 Barberton at #8 Lake, 1:00
(Home Team is Higher Seed)
Thursday, February 18
#1 Canton McKinley/#11 Akron Garfield Winner Vs. #10 Massillon, 7:00
#5 GlenOak at #3 Jackson, 7:00
#6 Louisville/#7 Green Winner at #4 Perry, 7:00
#8 Lake/#9 Barberton at #2 North Canton Hoover, 7:00
Monday, February 22 (at Walsh University)
District Semifinal #1, 7:00
District Semifinal #2, 8:15
Thursday, February 25 (at Walsh University)
District Championship Game, 7:00
1. Canton McKinley – 86 Points
2. North Canton Hoover – 74 Points
3. Jackson – 63 Points
4. Perry – 54 Points
5. GlenOak – 53 Points
6. Louisville – 49 Points
7. Green – 35 Points
8. Lake – 32 Points
9. Barberton – 24 Points
10. Massillon – 18 Points
11. Akron Garfield – 8 Points
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