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While the girls high school basketball postseason is in full swing, the boys second season kicks off this week.


There weren’t any surprises in girls sectional action.


In Division I, Lima Senior won the sectional title Saturday when it defeated Anthony Wayne in overtime at Fostoria, 55-52.


However, the sectional title game was probably a little tougher than what the Spartans expected. But, nonetheless, it was a victory.


And that’s all that matters, right?


Lima Senior’s fast-paced game was slowed down a little bit by Anthony Wayne.


However, the Spartans got balanced scoring. Indiya Benjamin led the way with 21 points, while teammates Rion Thompson and Essence Cowan scored 14 and 12, respectively. A 3-pointer by Thompson with 1:23 left in the extra session gave the Spartans the lead for good.


Next up for Lima Senior (20-4) is No. 1 seed Perrysburg on Thursday in a district semifinal.


In Division II, Bath ousted Western Buckeye League-foe Celina 49-35 in a sectional final at Spencerville on Saturday.


Bath’s defensive pressure paved the way for the sectional crown as the Wildkittens forced 29 turnovers. Danielle VanDyne led Bath with 17 points.


Bath (19-3) advances to the Paulding district Thursday, where it plays Wauseon.


Staying in Division II, Wapakoneta defeated Elida 48-24 Saturday to advance to the Paulding district. The Redskins’ opponent on Thursday is Napoleon. Napoleon knocked off Van Wert 29-26 to advance.


In Division III, Lima Central Catholic ran away from Parkway in its sectional finals at Wapakoneta on Saturday, 69-39.


The T-Birds had four players score in double figures. Kayla Verhoff led the way with 17 points. Sydney Mohler scored 14, while Meredith Shepherd and Liz Kidd each added 12.


The T-Birds will have a challenge when they take on No. 1 seed Liberty-Benton in district play Thursday night at Elida.


Staying in Division III, Columbus Grove avenged a regular-season loss to Allen East when it defeated the Mustangs 55-37 in its sectional final game at Wapakoneta Saturday night. Julia Wynn poured in 23 points to lead Columbus Grove.


Columbus Grove advances to the districts at Elida and will tangle with No. 2 seed Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday. O-G rolled past Bluffton 68-33 to notch a sectional crown. The Columbus Grove/O-G matchup should be a dandy.


Over in Division IV, Leipsic defeated Miller City Saturday in a sectional final at Ottawa-Glandorf, 55-35. Liz Klear led Leipsic with 11 points.


Leipsic will take on Ottoville Thursday at Lima Senior in a district semifinal. Ottoville defeated Kalida 58-53 Saturday night to win a sectional title at Van Wert.


Pandora-Gilboa advanced to district play when it defeated McComb 57-38. The Rockets will face No. 1 seed Crestview in a district semifinal at Lima Senior Thursday.


Ada advances to district play Thursday at Wapakoneta when it plays New Knoxville. The Bulldogs slipped past Waynesfield-Goshen 54-49 in a sectional final over the weekend.


Move over girls and make room for the boys. The boys begin their quest for Columbus this week.


In Division I boys action, Lima Senior will take on Bowling Green Wednesday night in Otsego at 7 p.m. The Spartans have won their last two games and look to keep the momentum going.


The winner of the Lima Senior/Bowling Green matchup will take on No. 2 seed Findlay in a sectional final Friday at 6:15.


In Division II, in what has been labeled over the years as the “Western Buckeye League sectional” at Lima Senior.


St. Marys will take on Shawnee in the first sectional semifinal Tuesday night. The winner of that matchup will go up against No. 1 seed Elida Friday at 6:15 in a sectional final.


Elida (19-3) has been on a roll, winning eight straight games. In their last five victories, the Bulldogs have won by a total of 10 points.


In Tuesday’s nightcap at Lima Senior, Celina and Wapakoneta will match up in a sectional semifinal, with the winner advancing to a sectional final Friday against No. 2 seed Bath at 8 p.m.


In Division III at St. Marys, Allen East and Parkway will meet in a sectional semifinal Tuesday. The winner of that game will face No. 1 seed Lima Central Catholic (18-4) Friday at 6:15 p.m.


In the other bracket at St. Marys, St. Henry will face Delphos Jefferson Wednesday in the early game. Van Wert will tangle with Coldwater in the nightcap. The winners of the two semifinals will meet Friday at 8 p.m. in a sectional final.


Up in Defiance, Bluffton takes on Fairview in a sectional final Tuesday with the winner moving on to face Ottawa-Glandorf in a sectional title game Friday.


In Division IV at Kenton, Ada and Waynesfield will meet in a sectional semifinal Tuesday. The winner of that matchup will take on Upper Scioto Valley Friday in the sectional championship.


Perry also will be at Kenton. The Commodores will play Ridgemont Wednesday with the winner meeting the winner of the other semifinal between Arlington and Hardin Northern.


At Coldwater, Spencerville will await the winner of Tuesday’s semifinal game between New Knoxville and New Bremen. That Division IV sectional final will be played Friday at 6:15 p.m.


At the Ottawa-Glandorf Division IV sectional, Kalida and P-G will meet Tuesday in a semifinal with the winner playing Miller City Friday night.


In the other bracket at O-G, Columbus Grove and Cory-Rawson meet Wednesday in a semifinal. McComb and Leipsic play the other semifinal. The winners of those two semifinals will play for a sectional crown Friday at 8 p.m.


At the Division IV sectional at Van Wert, Temple Christian and Fort Jennings match up in one semifinal Tuesday. The victor of that semifinal will take on No. 1 seed Crestview Friday for a sectional title.


In the other bracket at Van Wert, Lincolnview and Ottoville tangle Tuesday in a semifinal, with the winner taking on Delphos St. John’s Friday in a sectional final.


Up at Paulding’s Division IV sectional, Continental faces Patrick Henry. The winner will face Wayne Trace Friday in a sectional final.


Whew.


Now, that’s enough hoops action for any basketball-starved fan out there.

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