Northwest Guilford’s (NC) Elizabeth Kitley SSN National Girls HS Basketball Player of the Week

#31 Northwest Guilford’s Elizabeth Kitley



(2-26-17) Northwest Guilford’s (North Carolina) Elizabeth Kitley (6’4 C,PF Sophomore) is this week’s SSN National Girls High School Basketball Player of the Week.

Kitley was a key in Saturday night’s Northwest Guilford’s (27-2) 80-40 win over Dudley in the 4A NCHSAA Sectional Finals. She scored 24 points to help the Vikings move forward to round four in tournament play. Kitley has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, but if last night was any indication she seems ready to go. With the Vikings having just one Senior on the roster, she has had to help with a leadership roll on the team.  Kitley has been getting lots of attention and offers from D1 coaches from around the country this season and continues to impress others.

Northwest Guilford Head Coach Darlene Joyner told after the game:

“She does set the tone. She’s has the largest matchups on the floor. She’s finishing really well right now.”

The Vikings have now won 22 straight games this season, with their last loss coming two weeks before the holiday break in early December.  Northwest Guilford moves on to round four of the tournament.


HS Basketball Twitter ‘Video’ HIGHlights – 02-25-17

(2-25-17) Boys and girls high school basketball tweets from across the US this past week.
































Jordan Brand Classic Girls Basketball Rosters Released

(2-23-17) The girls high school basketball rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic have been announced. The JBC is scheduled to be played April 14th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

2017 Jordan Brand Classic Girls Basketball Roster

Some of the top girls high school basketball players in the country will be a part of the Jordan Brand Classic. The girls game started in 2015.

Leading the way are all-time California career scoring leader Destiny Littleton (The Bishop School), Indiana All-American Dana Evans (Gary West Side), Megan Walker (Monacan (Va)) and Anastasia Hayes from #1 SSN Public High School Riverdale (Tenn).

Jordan Brand Classic Week 2016 Recap

2017 All-SSN Girls HS Basketball Team Named, Hunter Player of the Year

(2-23-17) The 2017 SSN Girls High School Basketball Team is dominated by players on the Indiana side of the Stateline.

Three of the five players named this year to the All-SSN Girls Basketball team are from Indiana, including Player of the Year Grace Hunter.  Hunter, who is just a Sophomore, is also the team’s Captain and was the main reason Bellmont won the NE8 title this year.

After a game this season Head Coach Andy Heim told the Journal-Gazette:

“She just kind of takes it all in stride. She has played in big AAU games that have helped her out. She was a leader on the floor that helped us get through that (rally).”

All-SSN Girls High School Basketball Team

  • Grace Hunter – Bellmont – Player of the Year (5’9 G Sophomore)

  • Kourtney Diller – Coldwater (SG Junior)

  • Whitney Will – Ft. Recovery (6’0 F Senior)

  • Lexi Dellinger – South Adams (5’5 PG Junior)

  •  Taylor Homan – Jay County (5’7 Senior)

Coldwater Junior Shooting Guard Kourtney Diller is deadly from behind the arc, during the season she had multiple games of 4 or more 3’s.


Jay County Senior Taylor Homan has helped the Patriot program dominate the ACAC since joining the conference, winning the ACAC tournament and a share of the ACAC regular season title.


South Adams Junior PG Lexi Dellinger was a key to the success of the Starfires program this season, including a share of the ACAC title,  deadly from the outside and a great overall game.


Ft. Recovery Senior Whitney Will is one of the top inside people in the Stateline area. Will was a key for the Indians this season, she will continue her career at St. Francis University in the fall.

Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will – courtesy Pat Agler and





‘Hang On Sloopy’ Here Comes Union City

The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy (Shindig)


(2-22-17) Union City is a unique community, the main street is the Ohio-Indiana stateline border. Both communities share the street, but they both have their separate identities as communities.  The Ohio kids go to Mississinawa Valley High School, while the Indiana kids attend Union City High School.  Everyone knows that the McCoy’s are from Union City, their song ‘Hang On Sloopy’ is the song that the Ohio State Marching Band has has adopted as the theme for the Buckeyes.

Now Union City has the excitement of possibly picking up the Indiana Class A State Championship this weekend. The Indians who are ranked #8 (24-4) will play #1 Wood Memorial (27-1)  for the state championship Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

It’s almost the girls version of ‘Hoosiers’ after the Indians hung on for a dramatic double-overtime win over (Michigan City) Marquette Catholic in the State Semistate game 69-64. Union City 5’1 PG Justiss Cantu had a game to remember scoring 36 points to make it possible. Thanks to that win the Indians are now just one win away from making school history with a State Championship.

The Indians Head Coach Sarah Black, a 2001 Union City graduate and all-time winningest coach, reflects on the trip to Indianapolis.  She told Pal-Item this week:

“It still seems so surreal. We kept telling them, when the sectional starts, we have seven games and this many practices and every day we count down practices and we count down games, and now we’re down to three practices and one game and this is a reality for them.”


Coach Norman Dale:

Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team – no one more important that the other.

The Indians show why a team needs to have balance, 6’1 Senior Courtney Wise is the school’s career scoring leader,  6’0 Senior Baylee Hartman holds the Union City rebound record, 5’5 Senior Kora Kerns is the all-time leader in steals and 5’7 Senior Kelsey Zimmers is the all-time 3-point leader.

This season will be longed remembered on both sides of the Stateline.  The Indians have left a mark on their community.

Union City Indiana and Ohio


# Name Position Gr. Ht

  • 2 Justiss Cantu PG Jr. 5-0
  • 3 Kora Kerns G Sr. 5-5
  • 4 Ellie Kerns G Jr. 5-1
  • 10 Courtney Wise F Sr. 6-1
  • 11 Kelsey Zimmers SG Sr. 5-7
  • 12 Mackenzie Green PG Fr. 5-3
  • 14 Kahlee Dowler G Jr. 5-7
  • 20 Baylee Hartman F Sr. 6-0
  • 22 Sophia Spence F So. 5-8
  • 30 Reagan Hoggatt PG, SG So. 5-2


Union City Girls Basketball 2016-17 Season

11/5 @ Southern Wells 45 – 36 Win
11/11 Seton Catholic 87 – 17 Win
11/15 Jay County 69 – 47 Loss
11/18 @ Northeastern 66 – 39 Win
11/19 South Adams 52 – 31 Win
11/25 @ Union County 61 – 31 Win
12/3 @ Richmond 41 – 26 Win
12/7 Centerville 68 – 42 Win
12/10 Randolph Southern 47 – 45 Win
12/13 Winchester Community 59 – 56 Win
12/16 @ Cambridge City Lincoln 44 – 39 Win
12/17 @ Campbell County (TN) 58 – 42 Loss
12/21 Tri 55 – 40 Win
12/28 Liberty Christian 56 – 48 Win
12/29 Morristown 39 – 29 Win
12/29 Hauser 55 – 30 Win
1/6 Winchester Community 55 – 52 Win
1/7 Monroe Central 52 – 38 Loss
1/13 @ Monroe Central 56 – 38 Loss
1/18 @ Mississinawa Valley (Union City, OH) 56 – 28 Win
1/21 Wapahani 58 – 45 Win
1/24 @ Ansonia 54 – 43 Win
1/27 Hagerstown 41 – 24 Win

2/3 Tri 70 – 45 Win
2/4 Randolph Southern 54 – 42 Win
2/11 Tri-Central 53 – 41 Win
2/11 Riverton Parke 59 – 39 Win
2/18 Marquette Catholic 69 – 64 (2OT) Win

Girls Basketball-SSN National Public HS Rankings

(2-21-17) Many of the top SSN teams are in the midst of State High School Basketball tournaments.

In Illinois, two schools are moving down the tournament trail.

Byron (#9) will play Camp Point Central in an IHSA 2A semifinals game on. Friday in Bloomington, with the winner advancing to the state championship game on Saturday. The Tigers had no trouble beating Sherrard 56-20 in the Monmouth’s Supersectional. Byron is looking to repeat as State Champions, their only losses this season were to 4A state-ranked Rockford Boylan and 4A nationally ranked Montini.

Edwardsville advanced to the IHSA 4A sectional final game  at Normal Community after beating Springfield 67-47 and will now play Rock Island (31-1). Junior guard Kate Martin led the Tigers with 18 points.

Homestead (27-2) advanced to the IHSAA 4A state finals with a  63-40 win over Northridge on Saturday, where the Spartans will play Indianapolis Pike (24-3) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Spartans have knocked off three state-ranked teams on their way to the Championship game, No. 3 Zionsville and No. 5 Carmel in the regionals and No. 7 Northridge in the semistate.

Homestead’s Jazmyne Geist and Teryn Kline (2/21/17)


Cara Ursin (Baylor signee) had a triple-double last night with 30 points,  18 rebounds and 11 assists to lead  Destrehan to a 75-49 win over No. 19 state-ranked New Iberia in the second round of the Class 5A Louisiana nonselect playoffs.

The Top 5 schools remain the same in this week’s ranking, with Riverdale dominating the #1 spot again this week. Riverdale’s  Anastasia Hayes (PG) and Megan Walker (W) of Monacan both found out today they are two of the five finalist for the Naismith Trophy.


SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings

  1. -Riverdale (27-0) Murfreesboro, TN
  2. -Centennial (29-2) Las Vegas, NV
  3. -Monacan (24-0) Richmond, VA
  4. -Grandview (22-1) Aurora, CO
  5. -Clovis West (27-2) Fresno, CA
  6. -Central Valley (23-0) Veradale, WA
  7. -Hopkins (25-0) Minnetonka, MN
  8. -Homestead (27-2) (Indiana)
  9. -Byron (32-2) Illinois
  10. -Edwardsville (29-0) (Illinois)
  11. -Milwaukee Rufus King (21-0) (Wisconsin)
  12. -Destrehan (32-0) (Louisiana)
  13. -Duncanville (34-2) Duncanville, TX
  14. -Mesquite (29-1) Gilbert, AZ
  15. -Norcross (26-2) Norcross, GA
  16. -Timberview (34-2) Mansfield, TX
  17. -Long Beach Polytechnic (22-3) Long Beach, CA

7 of the ranked teams this week is undefeated, one school Long Beach Poly has the most losses 3.  Homestead, after an impressive tournament run to this point, moved 8 spots this week.


Four schools who are hoping to break in to the rankings includes; Amarillo (TX), Olive Branch (Miss), Wichita South (KS) and Indianola (Iowa).

Related Stories

Just In: Five finalists named for the Naismith High School Girls Trophy were announced today by the Atlanta Tipoff Club-

  • Rellah Boothe, forward, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Texas
  • Dana Evans, point guard, West Side (Gary, Ind.), Louisville
  • Anastasia Hayes, point guard, Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Tennessee
  • Megan Walker, wing, Monacan (Chesterfield, Va.), Connecticut
  • Evina Westbrook, guard, South Salem (Ore.), Tennessee
2017 Naismith Trophy – courtesy Naismith Trophy

2016-17 All-Midwest Athletic Conference Girls Basketball Team Named

January 18, 2017

(2-21-17) It was a clean sweep this year for the Minster Wildcats girls basketball team, MAC Championship, MAC player of the Year Rosie Westerbeck and Coach of the Year first year Head Coach Mike Wiss.

Stateline area players named to the MAC 1st team include Coldwater’s Kourtney Diller, Ft. Recovery’s Grace Thien and Whitney Will, Marion Local’s Sarah Fesenmyer and Macy Griesdorn and St. Henry’s Danielle Lange.

Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will – courtesy Pat Agler and

The 2nd team includes four Coldwater Cavaliers, Maura Hoying, Olivia Harlamert, Madie Schoenherr and Danielle Welsch and Parkway had three players named, Bailey Bates, Haley Hawk and Sydney Crouch.  Also named to the second team is Ft. Recovery’s Jocelyn Kaiser and Marion Local’s Natalie Rethman

Parkway’s Sydney Crouch, Haley Hawk and Bailey Bates – courtesy Pat Agler and

Picking up Honorable Mention honors is Ft. Recovery’s Carley Stone, Marion Local’s Chloe Bertke and St. Henry’s Allison Siefring.



NAME                                                SCHOOL                              GRADE

  • KOURTNEY DILLER                          COLDWATER                     11
  • GRACE THIEN                                   FT. RECOVERY                   11
  • WHITNEY WILL                                FT. RECOVERY                   12
  • SARAH FESENMYER                         MARION LOCAL               12
  • MACEY GRIESDORN                        MARION LOCAL                12
  • ROSIE WESTERBECK*                    MINSTER                          12  *PLAYER OF THE YR
  • COURTNEY PRENGER                     MINSTER                             10
  • KENZIE SCHROER                             NEW KNOXVILLE             12
  • DANIELLE LANGE                             ST. HENRY                          10
  • MADILYNN SCHULTE                      ST. JOHN’S                         12
  • KAMI McELDOWNEY                      VERSAILLES                        11
  • DANIELLE WINNER                         VERSAILLES                        11

MIKE WISS*                                     MINSTER                                           *COACH OF THE YR


NAME                                                SCHOOL                              GRADE

  • MAURA HOYING                              COLDWATER                     11
  • OLIVIA HARLAMERT                        COLDWATER                    11
  • MADIE SCHOENHERR                     COLDWATER                     12
  • DANIELLE WELSCH                          COLDWATER                     12
  • JOCELYN KAISER                              FT. RECOVERY                   12
  • NATALIE RETHMAN                        MARION LOCAL                10
  • JANE HOMAN                                   NEW BREMEN                     11
  • MACY PUTHOFF                               NEW BREMEN                    9
  • BAILEY BATES                                   PARKWAY                           11
  • HALEY HAWK                                    PARKWAY                           11
  • SYDNEY CROUCH                            PARKWAY                           11
  • ELIZABETH ORDING                        VERSAILLES                      10




2017 All-ACAC HS Girls Basketball Team Named

(2-20-17) Co-League Champions South Adams and Jay County both had two players named to this year’s All-ACAC Girls Basketball team.

Jay County Seniors Taylor Homan and Britlyn Dues and South Adams with Lexi Dellinger and Madi Wurster.  The two Starfires were the only underclassmen named to the first team.

The Patriots also had Junior Hanna Ault named to the second team.


All-ACAC First Team

Jay County

  • Taylor Homan (Senior)
  • Britlyn Dues (Senior)

South Adams

  • Lexi Dellinger (5’5 – Junior)
  • Madi Wurster. (6’2 – Junior)



  • Rain Hinton (Senior)


  • Zoey Pearson (Senior)



All-ACAC Second Team


  • Roz Everhart (Senior)

Southern Wells

  • Jessica Yencer (Junior)
  • Jada Johnson (Junior)

Jay County

  • Hanna Ault (Junior)


  • Gabby Streveler (Junior)


  • Addie Bayman.(Freshman)

Girls Basketball-Dearborn Heights Robichaud’s Kamaria McDaniel SSN National Player of the Week

Dearborn Heights Robichaud’s Kamaria McDaniel – 29.9 PPG 8.1 Rebounds Per Game 3.5 Assists Per Game 5’10 (G) McDonalds All American Nominee Penn State University commit

(2-19-17) Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan announced on Monday night that it had narrowed the field for its 2017 Miss Basketball Award down to five candidates. One of those candidates is this week’s SSN National Player of the Week, Dearborn Heights Robichaud’s Kamaria McDaniel (5’9 Senior Guard).

McDaniel led the Bulldogs to two wins this week. On Tuesday she scored 33 points, had 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a 72-50 win over Dearborn Heights Crestwood, on Friday she scored 31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in a 67-25 win over Romulus.

McDaniel was a McDonalds All American Nominee this year and will continue her career at Penn State.

Deja Vu All Over Again

NY Yankee great Yogi Berra is credited with this one –

Deja Vu All Over Again

(2-14-17) Twenty-six years ago in an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) girls basketball regional in Bellefontaine, Celina, who was unranked, upset nationally ranked Pickerington 48-46 on an incredible buzzer beater.  Bulldog guard Jill Froning threw up a shot way behind the arc for the game winner.  The Celebration started, it was one of the greatest sports moments in Celina sports history. Celina would go on to win the State Title in Columbus the next weekend.

Last night in Illinois Alex Kantecki of McHenry County Sports shared on Twitter  KC Davids’ buzzer beating game winner  over Marian Central   ( IHSA Class 3A Richmond-Burton Regional semifinal) to give Richmond-Burton a 53-51 win over Marian Central.

Davids told Kantecki after the game:

“My coach on the sideline said, ‘You’ve got two seconds. I don’t know … it’s really unbelievable. Our team just never gave up. The fight was always there.”


It is amazing how much those game-winning shots mirror each other.

Some Deja Vu-

  • Both teams trailed by one point
  • both teams had under four seconds to go the entire distance of the floor
  • shots were in the identical spot
  • both were tournament games
  • celebrations broke out at mid-court
  • a memory that will last a life-time

Jill (Froning) Ballard told Century 21 Master Key Realty:

“Every time someone realizes who I am, people still talk about ‘the shot.’ Being the only team to win a state title from Celina hit home more when I got older, then when I was actually a Senior (1991). In High School it was cool, in college you try and separate yourself from who you were, but when you get older you realize that was quite an accomplishment. You appreciate it more.”

KC Davids and Jill Froning don’t know each other, but now they share the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, the memory of a game winning shot. Someday Davids and her teammates will appreciate the ‘shot’ a little more as they look back, just like Froning does now.

Thanks to Carey Poor Walley for use of Jill Froning picture