FROM STAFF REPORTS
Twinsburg High School's girls basketball team saw its 43-game winning streak ended in the Division I state finals March 16 as Kettering Fairmont claimed the 2013 championship with a 52-48 victory.
Meanwhile, four Northeast Ohio boys varsity squads will compete this weekend in the state tournament.
The Tigers, who previously beat Aurora 72-29 in the sectional tourney at Akron Ellet, finished the season with a 29-1 record. The loss in the finals was their first to an Ohio team in 74 games. Fairmont, which finished 27-1, had lost to Twinsburg in the last two state title games.
Ashley Morrissette, who is headed to Purdue University, led the Tigers with 27 points. She was named Ohio's Ms. Basketball last week. Twinsburg had beaten Olentangy Orange 73-63 to gain a berth in the finals.
Hathaway Brown (23-6), a school in Shaker Heights, won its fifth straight Division II state title with a 56-44 win over West Holmes from Holmes County.
Other state champions were Anna in Division III -- a 67-49 winner over Columbus Africentric -- and Fort Loramie in Division IV -- a 57-42 victor over Berlin Hiland of Holmes County.
In boys action, Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division school Beachwood (23-4) bowed out of postseason play after a 59-30 loss to Leavittsburg Labrae in the Division III regional finals.
Labrae (24-3) will face Versailles (22-5) March 21 at 2 p.m. while Ironton (23-2) will meet Ottawa-Glandorf (24-3) at 10:45 a.m.
Other state semifinals are as follows: Division I -- Mentor (23-5) vs. Columbus Northland (28-0) and Cincinnati Walnut Hills (271-1) vs. Toledo Rogers (20-7) in evening March 22; Division II -- Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-9) vs. Vincent Warren (26-1) and Kettering Alter (21-5) and Columbus Watterson (26-1) in evening March 21; and Division IV -- Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph (23-4) vs. Troy Christian (26-2) and Leipsic (24-4) vs. Lancaster Fairfield Christian (25-2) in morning/afternoon March 22.