(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.
(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.
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).
(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.
(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.
(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.
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 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 2-21-17
-Riverdale (27-0) Murfreesboro, TN
-Centennial (29-2) Las Vegas, NV
-Monacan (24-0) Richmond, VA
-Grandview (22-1) Aurora, CO
-Clovis West (27-2) Fresno, CA
-Central Valley (23-0) Veradale, WA
-Hopkins (25-0) Minnetonka, MN
-Homestead (27-2) (Indiana)
-Byron (32-2) Illinois
-Edwardsville (29-0) (Illinois)
-Milwaukee Rufus King (21-0) (Wisconsin)
-Destrehan (32-0) (Louisiana)
-Duncanville (34-2) Duncanville, TX
-Mesquite (29-1) Gilbert, AZ
-Norcross (26-2) Norcross, GA
-Timberview (34-2) Mansfield, TX
-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.
(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.
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
Picking up Honorable Mention honors is Ft. Recovery’s Carley Stone, Marion Local’s Chloe Bertke and St. Henry’s Allison Siefring.
MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
2016-2017 ALL–CONFERENCE TEAMS
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
CARLEY STONE, FT. RECOVERY; CHLOE BERTKE, MARION LOCAL; LINDSAY ROETGERMAN, MINSTER; KAYLA BERGMAN, NEW BREMEN; ASHLYN MILLER, NEW KNOXVILLE; ALLISON SIEFRING, ST. HENRY; JESSICA GIESE, ST. JOHN’S; CAMILLE WATREN, VERSAILLES
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.
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.
“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