Arlington girls top Berlin Hiland, win state title

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Arlington's first trip to the state tournament started four years ago when Seth Newlove became coach and culminated in a championship Saturday.

Newlove and the seniors that grew with him cut the nets in Value City Arena on Saturday after beating Berlin Hiland 52-37 in the girls Division IV title game.

"That's what we've been working for, for a long time," senior Amelia Recker said.

Dani Heaster had 13 points to lead four teammates in double figures as Arlington (27-1) won its 25th in a row and ended Hiland's hopes of winning a fifth state title since 2000.

The Red Devils' 7-1 run in the final 80 seconds of the first half doomed the Hawks (19-9) as they fell behind 26-10.

"We defended the heck out of them," Newlove said. "That was the key."

Hiland got as close as 12 in the fourth quarter with 3 1/2 minutes to go but Arlington was able to seal the win at the foul line.

"We thought we were the team to apply pressure," Hiland coach Dave Schlabach said. "They were the team that made us feel extremely uncomfortable."

Joy Reamsnyder and Alivia Recker had 11 points, and Amelia Recker added 10.

McKenzie Miller had nine points for Hiland.