Entering the playoffs with a 1-21 record, Hathaway Brown (Shaker Heights, Ohio)
would be the team you least expect to set a record regarding long-term playoff dominance.
Yet there the Blazers were over the weekend, winners of their second game of the season, and most importantly, sole owners of the longest playoff winning streak in Ohio girls basketball history.
Their 77-28 triumph over King (Cleveland) Saturday in an OHSAA Division II sectional semifinal was the program's 37th postseason victory in a row. That eclipsed Regina's mark of 36, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Scoff if you will at the Blazers' record this year, but Hathaway Brown is a five-time defending state champion. Graduation certainly hit the team hard, and its tough freelance schedule definitely did not help. And they're young: Out of 12 players, eight are freshmen or sophomores.
The No. 6 seed in the Division II Macedonia sectional/district will go to Revere (Richfield, Ohio) Thursday looking for win No. 3 and to extend the streak, which began in 2008.
“This is definitely one of the best moments during my career here at Hathaway Brown,” senior Beth Brzozowski
told the newspaper. “Winning the state title last season was definitely incredible moment, but being able to break the record for most consecutive playoff victories is pretty special as well. I have had such a great time during my four years playing for coach (Paul Barlow), but this is easily a top two moment."