McConnell ties career high in leading Tigers to Elite Eight

ZANESVILLE — Kenzie McConnell tied her career high with 27 points as Circleville’s girls basketball team advanced to a regional final for the first time in school history after defeating Lakewood 61-41 Tuesday night.

McConnell had 10 of her points in the first quarter as the Tigers (26-0) got out to a 24-11 lead.

Circleville was up 40-23 at halftime.

The lead was at 50-33 after three periods.

Along with McConnell’s 27, Meghan Davis kicked in six points in the first quarter and six in the fourth as part of a 14-point night. Tori Bircher chipped in nine.

Madison Linn led Lakewood with 12 points and Bella Findlay had 11.

Tuesday was the third regional appearance by the Lady Tigers.

They lost to Warren 71-49 in 1999 and fell to Mifflin 34-26 in 2008.

Now the Tigers will face Tri-Valley – a 50-48 winner over Sheridan in the other semifinal – for a berth in the Division II Final Four.

The two teams will face off Friday night in Zanesville with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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