By Mitch Spinell
DAYTON, Ohio - The Hiland Hawks won their sixth girls' basketball state championship in Saturday's 45-25 Division III final win over Ottawa-Glandorf.
Brynn Mullet led the scoring for the Hawks with 14 points and 11 rebounds, along with Zoe Miller (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Morgan Yoder (7 points) adding to the offense.
The Hawks led 10-7 after the first quarter and 20-11 at halftime and didn't allow double-digit scoring in a quarter until the final period. The Titans struggled from the floor, shooting 10/33 (30.3%) and 0/5 from the 3-point line. Even free throws (5/12, 41.7%) proved difficult for the runners-up.
Hiland's five senior starters - in Miller, Mullet, Yoder, Kylie Horn, and Kelsey Swihart - broke through for a state title after losing the 2019 finals to Columbus Africentric in 2019 and seeing the 2020 tournament canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hiland wins the state tournament for the first time since 2017, and their sixth to join 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2008 - all under head coach Dave Schlabach.