Tri-Village girls basketball team loses No. 1 ranking


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com



Tri-Village’s Shelbey Dowler puts up a shot during a girls basketball game against Fort Recovery on Saturday in New Madison.


Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

COLUMBUS – Tri-Village dropped three spots to No. 4 in the Associated Press’ girls basketball state rankings.

In the fifth poll of the 2015-16 season, Tri-Village fell from No. 1 to No. 4 in the Division IV rankings. Arlington, Waterford and Berlin Hiland bypassed the Lady Patriots in the poll.

Despite dropping in the rankings, Tri-Village still earned three first-place votes this week. The Patriots were one of five Division IV teams to earn first-place votes.

Tri-Village has been ranked in every AP girls basketball poll this season, ranging from No. 5 in week one to No. 1 last week. Tri-Village is the lone Darke County girls basketball team to be ranked this season.

A number of other schools with local connections are ranked this week. Sidney from the Greater Western Ohio Conference is ranked No. 3 in Division I, Wayne from the GWOC is ranked No. 5 in Division I, Fort Recovery from the Midwest Athletic Conference is ranked No. 11 in Division III, and Minster from the MAC is ranked No. 6 in Division IV.

Below is how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

DIVISION I
1, Wadsworth (10) 19-1 154
2, W. Chester Lakota W. (2) 21-1 141
3, Sidney (3) 22-0 132
4, Mason (1) 20-2 115
5, Huber Hts. Wayne (1) 21-1 91
6, Pickerington Cent. 19-3 86
7, Powell Olentangy Liberty 19-1 58
8, Canton McKinley 15-3 38
9, N. Can. Hoover 18-3 33
10, Louisville 18-2 23

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Dublin Coffman 20.

DIVISION II
1, Kettering Alter (11) 20-2 162
2, Oak Harbor (1) 20-0 144
3, Bellbrook (3) 22-0 142
4, Zanesville Maysville 20-2 91
5, Millersburg W. Holmes (1) 19-3 87
6, Ottawa-Glandorf 18-2 77
7, Circleville 20-2 56
8, Tol. Rogers (1) 15-5 49
9, Clarksville Clinton-Massie 14-3 38
10, Washington C.H. Miami Trace 20-2 15
(tie) Bellevue 17-4 15

Others receiving 12 or more points: 12, Steubenville 12.

DIVISION III
1, Ashland Crestview (16) 18-0 169
2, Lynchburg-Clay 20-1 111
3, Sugarcreek Garaway 15-2 100
4, Marion Pleasant 19-1 88
5, Anna 19-3 78
6, Columbus Grove 18-2 75
7, Archbold 18-2 70
8, Cin. Summit Country Day 19-3 66
9, Doylestown Chippewa 17-3 63
10, Metamora Evergreen 17-2 48

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Ft. Recovery 17. 12, Cols. Africentric 14.

DIVISION IV
1, Arlington (10) 20-1 154
2, Waterford (2) 19-1 121
3, Berlin Hiland 20-3 104
4, New Madison Tri-Village (3) 19-3 103
5, Carey 19-1 99
6, Minster (1) 18-3 90
7, Ottoville (1) 19-2 87
8, Fairfield Christian 17-2 49
9, Ft. Loramie 17-4 23
10, Gorham Fayette 20-1 20

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, N. Baltimore 17. 12, Haviland Wayne Trace 16. 13, Defiance Ayersville 13.

Tri-Village’s Shelbey Dowler puts up a shot during a girls basketball game against Fort Recovery on Saturday in New Madison.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2016/02/web1_Shelbey-Dowler-WEB-1.jpgTri-Village’s Shelbey Dowler puts up a shot during a girls basketball game against Fort Recovery on Saturday in New Madison. Dale Barger|For The Daily Advocate

By Kyle Shaner

kshaner@aimmedianetwork.com

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.

Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.