Chillicothe - Thursday night’s district final showdown between two top five Division II programs lived up to the bill.
In the end, it was the fifth-ranked Sheridan Generals who were victorious over the No. 4 Warren Warriors, 45-39. The win gave Sheridan (23-2) its third straight district championship.
Warren had its 22-game winning streak snapped and finished the season 23-2 overall, capping an incredible run.
“This (loss) did not define our season,” said Warren head coach Amy Colgrove. “This is a close-knit group. We lost in first round of sectionals last year and they didn’t like that feeling. They worked their butts off in the offseason. The love that they have for one another and the work ethic they’ve put in and committed to shows and paid off.”
Warren trailed by as many as eight points in the first half when Sheridan standout Kendyl Mick drained a 3-pointer and then stole the inbound pass for a layup to make it 19-11. Warren closed the half on a 6-0 run thanks to two baskets by Abbie Smith and an acrobatic drive by Molly Grayson to cut it to 21-20 at halftime.
Smith was a monster in the paint for the royal blue and white, finishing with team-highs of 18 points and seven rebounds
“I thought Abbie had a great game,” Colgrove said. “She played fantastic.”