The Notre Dame Academy Lady Eagles will be taking flight to Columbus for a return trip to the OHSAA Division I state basketball championship semifinals that will be played on Friday, March 15 , 2013 at Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University.

The Eagles earned a spot in the state final four with a 43-39 victory over No. 6 Wadworth in the regional championship game on March 9 at Norwalk High School.

Last year, Notre Dame defeated the same Wadworth team 55-51 to claim their first-ever regional title and appearence in the state championship tournament.

In a case of de’ja’ vu, the Eagles defeated the same team, by the same margin of victory, with clutch free throws by the same player, on the same court.

Junior Jayda Worthy found herself once again at the free throw line with the game on the line just as she did last year.  With 15 seconds remaining in the game Worthy sank two free throws to put her team up 43-39.  Last year she went to the line with 5.4 seconds left in the game and nailed her two free shots to give the Eagles a 55-51 victory.

Notre Dame’s opponent in the state semifinals will be second-ranked Kettering Fairmont (25-1), which is the same team that defeated the Lady Eagles 54-45 in last year’s semifinal bout.

The Eagles play in the second game of the OHSAA Division I tournament at 8:00 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.  Defending DI champion Twinsburg (28-0) takes on Lewis Center Olentangy Orange (26-2) in the first game of the double-bill at 6:00 p.m.

Notre Dame head coach Travis Galloway told Toledo Blade sports writer Steve Junga that his team stayed together throughout the game and had to grind out the win.  “We were just fortunate to gut one out,” Galloway said. “Down the stretch, we were a little more patient, and I thought [Wadsworth] got a little tired. We came up with some stops at the end, and we made some free throws. You take it any way you can get it, and we’re going back to Columbus.”

“Having four new starters and still making it back to state is a tribute to how well this team has come together and how much hard work they have put in throughout the season,” Eagles coach Travis Galloway said. “I couldn’t be happier for them.”

To read the Toledo Blade’s complete story on the game click on the link.

Eagles top Wadsworth again to advance to state semifinals   3/10/2013