Harvest Prep wins Round 2 with Fort Loramie and the D-IV state title

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Harvest Prep senior Ayrealle Beavers had seven assists in the Warriors D-IV final win. (Gary Housteau)

There was no comeback this time. There was no need for one. Harvest Prep won its second straight Division IV state title and
beat Fort Loramie in the state tournament for the second straight
season with a 51-31 decision Saturday in the state championship game at
Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.


COLUMBUS – There was no comeback this time. There was no need for one.

Harvest Prep won its second straight Division IV state title and
beat Fort Loramie in the state tournament for the second straight
season with a 51-31 decision Saturday in the state championship game at
Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. A crowd of 4,892 watched as the
Warriors, down 7-6 after one quarter, outscored the Redskins 45-24 the
rest of the way.

Last year Harvest Prep trailed Fort Loramie by 18 points in the
state semifinals before mounting a historic comeback en route to the
school’s first state championship. This time around the Redskins were
the ones who needed the comeback and they didn’t get it. In fact, the
Redskins didn’t get much.

Held to their lowest scoring output of the season  and below 40
points for just the second time, Fort Loramie had a miserable day
shooting. The Redskins hit just 7-of-40 shots from the floor
(17.5-percent) and were 15-of-30 from the free throw line. They also
committed 23 turnovers, which led to 17 Harvest Prep points.

Senior Janel Olberding, who will run track at Ohio State, led Fort
Loramie with 10 points. Clair Ruhenkamp (Grand Valley State volleyball
recruit) chipped in nine points and seven rebounds.

Harvest Prep was led by Xavier commit Shicole Watts who had a
game-high 17 points. Junior Jaren Francis added 14 and junior Sarah
Crowder had 10. Seniors Chelsea McKnight (Miami, Ohio recruit) and 
Ayrealle Beavers (Loyola, Ill. recruit) had eight and seven assists,
respectively.

The Warriors shot just 7-of-26 in the first half but hit 14-of-25 shots in the second to pull away.

*Player of the Game: Shicole Watts, Sr., Harvest
Prep – The Xavier recruit dominated inside. In addition to her 17
points, Watts also had 12 rebounds, eight steals and three blocks.

*Stat of the Game: The only two stats Fort Loramie
won were rebounding and fouls. The Redskins outrebounded the Warriors
41-31 and had 17 offensive boards. They also committed just nine fouls
to Harvest Prep’s 21.

Division IV JJHuddle All-Tournament Team

Shicole Watts, Sr., Harvest Prep (Player of the Tournament)
Chelsea McKnight, Sr. Harvest Prep
Ayrealle Beavers, Sr., Harvest Prep
Janel Olberding, Sr., Fort Loramie
Clair Ruhenkamp, Sr., Fort Loramie

JJHuddle All-Ohio Teams (Coming the first week of April)

The first annual JJHuddle All-Ohio Girls Basketball Teams will be
announced the week of April 4. The teams will feature five-player
first, second and third teams and will have a 10-player honorable
mention. There will also be an “Also Receiving Votes” section. The
teams will encompass all divisions and will be selected by a panel that
includes the best in the business: Tom Jenkins (Ohio Girls Basketball
Report), Mark Lewis (ESPN HoopGurlz) and Dan Olson (Collegiate Girls
Basketball Report). A points system will be used and a player’s
collective career will be taken into consideration (i.e. high school
and club seasons).

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