More Viking Celebrations on Senior Day- Congratulations to Coach Phillips on surpassing 300 career wins this season. During her career she has won 8 GMC Titles, 7 District Titles, 2 McDonalds All-Americans, 1 State Championship. Your leadership and efforts on behalf of young people are appreciated!.

In a much anticipated clash of girls' basketball titans, The Mason Comets avenged their early season conference loss to Lakota West with a hard fought 61-54 win over a determined West Firebird squad. Playing with out superstar, Sammie Puisis, who was out with the flu, the Comets dug deep with a true team effort to battle the Firebirds wire to wire, hitting key three pointers and free throws to secure the victory. For the season, both Mason and Lakota West finished with identical 15-1 conference records to share their second GMC Co-Championship in a row. Overall, Mason finishes the regular season with a 19-3 record while Lakota West closes with a 20-2 record.

Mason was led by Alanna Carter (19 points) and Tihanna Fulton (17 points0, while West was led by Sarah Jones (13 points) and Abby Prohaska (13 points).  The game was marked by outstanding three point shooting, exemplary free shooting and tenacious defense by both squads. Without question, the near capacity crowd got their money's worth with an up-tempo, end-to-end game for four quarters.

Congratulations to both the Mason Comets and the Lakota West Firebirds on their co-championship and an outstanding display of fast paced basketball.

Next up...the OHSAA Sectional Tournament!

This past weekend, Princeton's Darweshi Hunter continued his trek of excellence and attained the exclusive 1,000 point scoring plateau. With a league leading average of 18.4 points per game, Hunter also finds himself third in the GMC with a 56.7 field goal percentage. First team All-GMC as a junior, Hunter is an integral piece of the league leading Princeton Viking boys basketball juggernaut. This weekend alone, he tallied 16 points vs. Middletown and followed up with 26 against Sycamore.

Congratulations to Darweshi Hunter, the GMC's newest member of the 1,00 point club.

Arguably Cincinnati's best girls basketball matchup is now set.  In the last game of the regular season, the Mason Comets 14-1 in the GMC will host arch rival the Lakota West Firebirds 15-0 in the GMC for ultimate bragging rights for the 2017-18 season.  Both programs bring a high intensity, wall to wall basketball style, featuring two of Ohio's outstanding players. Sammie Puisis (17.6 ppg), a Florida State commit leads the Comets charge, while Abby Prohaska (15 ppg), a University of Notre Dame signee, will do likewise for the Firebirds. 

In the first meeting of the year, the Firebirds bested the Comets 51-50 at Lakota West, handing Mason their only league loss.  Playing demanding out of conference schedules, Mason comes into the contest with an overall record of 18-3 and the Firebirds sport a 20-1 record. With the OHSAA Sectional Tournament on the horizon, the Firebirds earned a #1 seed position while the Comets were seeded #3.

The Mason Comets will be fighting for a home court victory which will earn them a GMC co-championship, while a Firebird victory will assure them of an outright GMC Girls Basketball title.  Regardless, this shapes up to be a "can't miss" exhibition of outstanding basketball.  The Lakota West Firebirds have won or shared the GMC Basketball title for the past three years, with Mason earning a co-championship in 2016-17.

Game time: 2:00 PM at Mason Middle School Arena!

Mike Dyer (WCPO.COM) has yet again reached behind the scenes to bring to life a heart warming human interest story. This article shares insights into the compassion of a family as well as the achievement of one very determined young man. Dillon Stone, defensive lineman from Hamilton High School signed his National Letter of Intent on February 7th, but there is a great deal more behind this "Big Blue " success story. To get the rest of Mike Dyer's story, check out the link provided below:

(Hamilton High's Dillon Stone's Success Story)

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