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Three former Kenosha County girls basketball standouts will pack their bags for the NCAA Division I Tournament later this week.

Sisters Hannah and Ellie Harmeyer, who starred at Shoreland Lutheran, and Sidney Cooks, a former St. Joseph standout, will compete for Belmont and Michigan State, respectively.

Belmont (26-6) drew the 13th seed and will face fourth-seeded South Carolina (21-9) on Friday at 1:45 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C. The winner faces either fifth-seeded Florida State (23-8) or 12th-seeded Bucknell (28-5) on Sunday.

The Bruins enter the tournament on the heels of their fourth straight Ohio Valley Conference title.

Ellie Harmeyer, a junior, has started all 32 games and is second on the team in points at 16.7 per game. Hannah is a senior on the Belmont roster.

Cooks and her Michigan State teammates received a ninth-seed. The 20-11 Spartans face eighth-seeded Central Michigan (25-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Notre Dame, Ind.

The winner gets top-seeded Notre Dame (30-3) or 16th-seeded Bethune Cookman (21-10) in the second round Monday. Notre Dame currently is ranked third in the country by the Associated Press.

Cooks, a sophomore, has 28 starts this season and enters the tournament averaging 8.8 points a game.

Marquette (26-7), the lone Wisconsin team in the field, is seeded fifth and faces 12th-seeded Rice (28-3) on Friday at 2 p.m. in College Station, Texas. The winner advances to the second round against either fourth-seeded Texas A & M (24-7) or 13th-seeded Wright State (27-6) on Sunday.

Dan Truttschel

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