The West Liberty-Salem varsity boys basketball team pulled within 8 points during the 4th quarter of the Division III District championship game Thursday, but the surge was not enough to beat the defending state champions, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, as the Tigers fell 63-49 at UD Arena.
In coverage on 98.3 WPKO, senior Landon Hormann led the Tigers with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and a blocked shot to earn Steve Austin's Auto Group Player of the Game honors. Classmate Max Bailey scored 11 points and Travis Mayse added 9 points for the Tigers.
The Tigers end the season as the Division III District runners-up with a record of 20-6.
The 20 wins is a school record since the district consolidated in the 60s.
Summit Country Day improves to 24-1 and advances to the Division III Regional semifinal next Wednesday against Roger Bacon.
West Liberty-Salem coach Aaron Hollar comments on the game and season.
Division III boys district finals:
Versailles defeated Dayton Stivers 65-54. The Tigers will face Worthington Christian in the regional semifinal next Wednesday.
Roger Bacon handled Cincinnati Madeira 75-50.
Spencerville edged Liberty-Benton 53-51 in overtime.
Lima Central Catholic steamrolled Carey 66-33.
Ottawa-Glandorf nipped Evergreen 49-46.
Division III girls regional semifinals:
Anna shot past Miami East 62-52.
Middletown Madison outscored Fayetteville Perry 67-58.
The Rockets (23-4) will battle Middletown Madison in the regional final Saturday afternoon at 1:30 at Springfield High School.
Division IV girls regional semifinal:
Ft. Loramie defeated Marion Local 71-66.
The Redskins led the Flyers 54-32 after three quarters.
Marion Local then went on a 32-12 run to pull within two points in the final minute.
Ft. Loramie (24-3) will play Tri-Village (25-2) in the regional final Saturday night at 7:30 at Tipp City High School.