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Cougars No. 7 in final D-II state poll

Kenton Ridge was the only area girls basketball team to rank among the top 10 in the final Associated Press state polls that were released on Tuesday.

The Cougars (20-1) have been ranked all season and finished in the No. 7 Division II spot with 89 points.

Millersburg West Holmes drew 18 first-place votes was voted the D-II state poll winner by a 20-point margin over Alter, which had four first-place votes. Clinton-Massie also had one first-place vote and finished No. 3.

Millersburg, Alter and Massie all posted perfect 22-0 regular seasons.

Kenton Ridge clinched the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton championship last Saturday with a 63-62 win at Tippecanoe. The Cougars were 10-0 in conference play.

Kenton Ridge brought a 14-game win streak to Graham in Tuesday’s regular-season finale. The Cougars have lost only to Westerville South, 51-46.

The Cougars, led by head coach Ed Foulk, were voted a No. 1 seed in the 14-team D-II sectional at Tecumseh. They’ll open the postseason against Shawnee on Thursday. The winner will play Urbana on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The other poll winners were Princeton (20-2) in D-I, Andover Pymatuning Valley (19-0) in D-III and Reedsville Eastern (21-1) in D-IV.

The polls are determined by voting from sports writers and broadcasters throughout the state.

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