Expert Jim Dabbelt weighs in with who he thinks are the Miami Valley’s top players and teams this season. A complete look at everything you need to know in regards to Miami Valley girls basketball…
A complete look at the current girls basketball season. It’s still
early. Get educated.
Kelley Austria, 5-8, Jr., Carroll – Outstanding guard who is
among the elite players in the state in her class. Very good handles,
lock down defender and can shoot the three ball well. She is among the
top two junior players in the Dayton area (other being Brooke Pumroy).
Rebecca Burch, 5-8, Sr., Anna – Very solid combo guard for the Lady
Rockets, Burch is one of the most underrated players in the region.
Hard-nosed player, outstanding shooter, and aggressive. Has the ability
to get to the next level.
Leisha Crawford, 5-10, Jr., Bellbrook – Very strong competitor,
always thinks pass before her own scoring. She makes others around her
better, and is a tenacious defender.
Whitney Dabbelt, 6-0, Sr., Alter – No relation to yours truly,
Whitney is known for her post defense. Possibly the best post defender
in the area, she looks to improve her overall game this year. Verballed
Ally Malott, 6-3, Sr., Middletown Madison – One of the top two
seniors in Ohio, Malott is a matchup nightmare. At 6-foot-3, she will
play the perimeter, even bring the ball up court. She’s the best player
in Southwest Ohio in any class. Malott and Raven Ferguson (Harvest
Prep/Ohio State commit) are the top two seniors in Ohio.
Andrea Hoover, 5-9, Sr., Spring Valley Academy – Simply put, the best
player in the immediate greater Dayton area. Creates her shots well,
aggressive and lights out from the perimeter. Headed to the University
Kayla Linkous, 5-11, Jr., New Madison Tri Village – Known for her
61-point performance in the post-season last year, “KJ” is a dominant
force in the paint. Very difficult to stop around the basket.
Raytea Long, 6-1, Jr., Chaminade Julienne – Very intense rebounder,
and a deceptively quick first step to the basket. Physically strong
player who controls the paint. Looking for her time to shine at CJ.
Janel Olberding, 5-10, Sr., Fort Loramie – The big question, track
or hoops in college? She could do either, and be successful. Long
point guard, great floor leader.
Brooklyn Pumroy, 5-9, Jr., Fairborn – Pumroy is the area’s top
junior, and runs the show on offense. Flashy player, great distributor,
can hit the three. Quick defender, can cause turnovers.
Bianca Quisenberry, 5-7, So., Tecumseh – Quisenberry has exploded
onto the scene, and is the top sophomore in Southwest Ohio. Explosive
off the dribble, and nobody outworks her. Ranked Top 100 in the nation
in her class.