Kenton Ridge ready to run; House returns for senior season

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Kenton Ridge Girls Basketball
Kenton Ridge has long been considered one of Ohio’s premiere girls
basketball programs, but it’s also been a while since the Cougars made
an appearance at the state tournament. That could change this season. Kenton Ridge returns four starters from a team that finished 19-4 last
season and fell to a talented and veteran Tippecanoe team in the
sectional final.


Kenton Ridge has long been considered one of Ohio’s premiere girls basketball programs, but it’s also been a while since the Cougars made an appearance at the state tournament. That could change this season.

Kenton Ridge returns four starters from a team that finished 19-4 last season and fell to a talented and veteran Tippecanoe team in the sectional final. The loss snapped a streak of five straight appearances in the Division II district finals.

One of the reasons the Cougars are a threat to reach Columbus for the first time since 1995 and third time overall (also went in 1991) is senior standout Sakara House.

A 5-9 guard, House is a four-year starter and three-time All-Ohioan who is headed to St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J. House, who has 1,335 career points, is one of Ohio’s top guards. Last season she averaged 21.5 points, 9 steals, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. House has 521 career steals which ranks her fifth all-time in state history. She also has 429 career assists.

In addition to House, the Cougars also return senior Katie Ketterman and sophomores Alicia Ware and Saira House.

Ketterman is a 5-7 guard that averaged 7.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 steals.

Ware is a 6-5 post that will be counted on to increase her scoring (3.3) and rebounding (5.5) averages from a season ago. Head coach Ed Foulk points to her development as key to postseason hopes.

Saira House, Sakara’s younger sister, is a 5-8 guard who averaged 11.1 points, 4 rebounds and three steals.

In addition to tackling its CBC schedule and looking for its eighth straight conference title, the Cougars will play Rocky River Magnificat, Mentor Lake Catholic and Cincinnati Withrow in a Christmas tournament in Cleveland.

“We will play our normal Kenton Ridge style basketball – press and run,” said Foulk, who is 416-129 in 23 years. “We have good guards that can score, but we must play better pressure defense.”

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