Thoughts as basketball season winds down

A few things to touch on as the high school basketball season begins to come to a close….

Congratulations to the Maplewood girls basketball team for the best season in school history.

Though the Rockets lost on Saturday to Berlin Hiland in the Division IV Canton regional final, the team made it the farthest than any other squad in school history.

And while the team left its legacy, senior Allison Bell also became the schools all-time leading scorer and eclipsed the 1,000 point mark.

Not many teams are left standing in the state right now, kudos to the Rockets for being one of the last teams standing.

Another congrats goes out to Bristol, which finished the season on Tuesday with a loss to McDonald in the Division IV Warren district semifinal.

Though the Panthers weren’t ready for their season to end, they will still go down in the record books. Bristol will always be the first team in Trumbull County history to have a 22-0 regular-season record, and will go down in Bristol history as the best start to a season by any team.

Having not been to many basketball games this season, I forgot how much I missed entertaining student sections. They truly keep the game fresh and lively.

Two big thumbs up to the McDonald student section, painted from head-to-toe in white against Windham on Friday night.

While the rollercoaster is a popular thing with the kids these days, this might be the most impressive one. During halftime, even though their team was trailing, the entire student section didn’t use the break to hit up the concession stand, but used it to perform a very impressive rollercoaster – one that included the entire McDonald fan base.

It’s those kind of fans that keep high school basketball a one-of-a-kind event.

In any sport, upsets are unpredictable and jaw dropping when heard. But, upsets create Cinderella stories, which are what basketball tournaments are all about.

Playing the role of the girl looking for the glass slipper this year are the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals and the Youngstown Christian Eagles.

Mooney, a sixth seed, knocked off the top-seed Poland and second seeded Salem to advance to the team’s first regional tournament since 1998. Also, for the first time in a long time, the Mooney basketball team made it farther in the playoffs then the football team. Just a nugget to chew on.

Youngstown Christian advanced to the district final with a buzzer beater 3-pointer to defeat Mogadore, then took down top-seeded Wellsville in the district final.

Not many expected either of these teams to still be standing going into the second week of March. But it’s teams like these that make this time of the year one of the most exciting when it comes to high school sports.