Ohio’s Top 50 Athletes of the Decade: No. 42 Jantel Lavender

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No. 42: Jantel Lavender, Cleveland Central Catholic, Basketball, 2003-2007

Today we continue the countdown of JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Every Monday through
Friday from now until March 26, a new athlete will be released.

Today’s entry is currently one of the most dominant women’s college
basketball players in Big Ten history. She wasn’t too bad in high
school either.


Today we continue the countdown of JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Every Monday through
Friday from now until March 26, a new athlete will be released.

Today’s entry is currently one of the most dominant women’s college basketball players in Big Ten history. She wasn’t too bad in high school either.

42. Jantel Lavender, Cleveland Central Catholic, Basketball, 2003-2007: The two-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year at Ohio State, Lavender was named Ohio’s Ms. Basketball in 2007 when she led CCC to its first state championship. In the two D-III state games, Lavender dominated with 37 points, 23 rebounds and 11 blocks. A McDonald’s, Parade and USA Today All-American as a senior, Lavender ended her career with 1,978 points, 1,278 rebounds and 527 assists. She became CCC’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder as a junior. Lavender was a  four-time All-Ohio selection (first team as senior and junior, second team as sophomore and freshman).

COMPLETE COUNTDOWN

Honorable Mention

50. Daequan Cook, Dayton Dunbar, Basketball, 2002-2006

49. Maurice Hall, Columbus Brookhaven, Football, 1997-2001

48. Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover, Football, 2006-2010

47. Jared Sullinger, Columbus Northland, Basketball, 2006-2010

46. Marc Sylvester, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Track,  1997-2001

45. Collin Palmer, Lakewood St. Edward, Wrestling, 2005-2009

44. Dustin Schlatter, Graham/Massillon Perry, Wrestling, 2001-2005

43. Cachet Murray, Girard, Track, 2002-2005


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