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Mount Notre Dame basketball team ranked No. 3 nationally by MaxPreps

Posted: 10:36 AM, Jan 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 10:36:55-05
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READING, Ohio — The Mount Notre Dame basketball team is ranked No. 3 nationally by the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 rankings.

The undefeated Cougars (14-0) next play at Centerville (9-4) at 7:30 p.m. today. MND has a 14-0 record for the first time since the 2003-04 season when it was 28-0 and won the first of the program's seven Division I state titles.

The Cougars, ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, had four starters score in double figures in Saturday’s 74-44 win over host Ryle. Sophomore guard KK Bransford scored 22 points and had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Senior point guard Makira Cook (University of Dayton signee) scored 21 points and had seven assists. Junior guard Laila Phelia had 10 points, four assists and two steals while senior forward Grace Centrulla (Mercyhurst University) had 10 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

MND is ranked No. 22 in the MaxPreps computer rankings.

MND is tied with Pickerington Central (including old Pickerington High School) and Columbus Africentric Early College as the only Ohio schools to win seven state girls basketball titles.