The league and section title by Athens were mainly due to its strong defense throughout the season.
A 20-point loss in the final game doesn't diminish what the seven Athens seniors accomplished this season.
Athens needs its defense to step up in the district semifinals against Zane Trace.
Every game, Justin Hynes steps up when the team needs someone.
Strong zone defense and clutch free throws led Athens to a sectional championship over Logan Elm 43-40.
To win a sectional final Friday, Athens will need to use its experience and size advantage against Logan Elm.
Athens finished the regular season with two straight losses in which its shooting struggled.
The tournament seedings were announced Sunday.
Athens’ defense stepped up late to beat Meigs 55-51 and clinch at least a share of the TVC-Ohio title.
The ability to play a 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense has been crucial for Athens this year.