Two of Ohio’s top girls hoopsters square off


C-J and Samarie Walker fell to Beavercreek and Mikaela Walker Monday night

Two of Ohio’s – and the country’s – top girls basketball players battled last night as Mikaela Ruef and Beavercreek traveled to Dayton Chaminade-Julienne to face the Eagles and Samarie Walker.

Beavercreek nabbed the win and we have more from the game.

It was a match up that we could very well see again in the postseason and even at the next level.

But the winner of this round was Mikaela Ruef and Beavercreek.

The Battling Beavers traveled to city rival Dayton Chaminade-Julienne Monday and knocked off the Eagles and star junior Samarie Walker 56-46.

C-J (10-5) was ranked No. 9 in last week’s Division I state poll while Beavercreek (11-2) is still looking to crack the top ten.

The win marked Beavercreek’s third straight over C-J.

Add two of the top players in Ohio this season and this rivalry game grows even more intense.

Senior and Stanford-bound Ruef led Beavercreek with 21 points and 14 rebounds while UConn recruit Walker was held to just 10 points.

Ruef (6-foot-3) is rated as the No. 4 wing in the country by ESPN and is ranked as the No. 16 player overall in her class. She committed to No. 9-ranked Stanford over Purdue and Ohio State last September.

She currently leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference with 12.4 rebounds per game and is fifth in scoring with 13.6.

As a junior, Ruef led the Greater Western Ohio Conference in rebounding with 11.2 and added 13.1 points per game for the district finalist Beavers.

Walker (6-1) is an ESPN Super 60 player ranked as the top player in the country for the Class of 2010. She selected the No. 1-ranked Huskies over Rutgers last October.

Walker is currently second in scoring the Girls Greater Cincinnati League with 14. 9 points per game and she averaged nearly a double-double as a sophomore with 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds.

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