COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Angela Troyer scored 20 points and Morgan McMillen had 17 for Hiland as it won its fifth state title with a 61-41 victory against defending champion Waterford in the Division IV final on Saturday at Value City Arena.
Troyer was the 2017 Associated Press Player of the Year in Division IV and made 4 of 5 3-pointers.
“The award was great, but ultimately winning a state championship in my senior year is all I wanted,” Troyer said.
McMillen had 10 of her points in the second half when the Hawks (29-1) outscored Waterford 18-9 in the third quarter to take a 49-30 lead.
“I felt like we had good control most of the game,” Hiland coach Dave Schlabach said.
Hiland also won titles in 2000, ’05, 06 and 08. The Hawks have been runner-up on five occasions, most recently in 2013.
Alli Kern had 17 points for Waterford (25-4), who was also runner-up in 2015.
Hiland took it largest lead of the first half, 27-16, with 4:10 left in the second quarter on the strength of hitting four straight 3-pointers over a two-minute stretch.
“We had a run in the second quarter where we had the speed we wanted,” Schlabach said.
Waterford scored the next five points but Hiland but missed several free throws to cut the deficit even more and Hiland scored the final four points of the half. Jessica Troyer scored a layup on the fast break and she added two free throws for a 31-21 lead.
“We could have been down three or four points but instead of 10,” Waterford coach Jerry Close said.
McMillen fueled the charge in the third when she scored seven points in the first 3 ½ minute. The Hawks came out and made four of their first eight shots while Waterford missed all seven of its shots.
“We haven’t faced pressure like that all season,” Close said.
The hot shooting by Hiland was in contrast to the Hawks leading 9-6 after the first quarter despite hitting 4 of 14 shots, including 1 for 8 from 3-point range.