OGBR JJHuddle Girls Basketball D-II Preview: Teams, Players, Predictions…

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Ohio Girls Basketball Report & JJHuddle Girls Basketball Previews

A Region-by-Region breakdown of Ohio’s top games, teams, players,
coaches and more…Everything you need to know about the upcoming high
school girls basketball season by the best experts in the business.


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OGBR JJHuddle Girls Basketball Previews

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National Guard OGBR JJH Girls Basketball D-II Preseason Power Poll

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Division II

Division II Pre-Season Final 4 Predictions:               
Bellbrook, Hathaway Brown, Toledo Rogers & West Holmes

Division II Pre-Season Top 10 Team In-State Match-Ups:               
@ The Gary West Tip-Off Classic November 23-24, 2013
Dayton Carroll vs Reynoldsburg (D-I)
Hathaway Brown vs Pickerington North (D-I)
Hathaway Brown vs. Reynoldsburg (D-I)    
@ Classic in the Country X  January 19-21, 2013
West Holmes vs. Columbus Africentric (D-III)
Bellbrook vs. Akron Hoban
Clinton Massie vs. Proctorville Fairland (D-III)

Other Notable In-State D-II Games between Top 10 Teams (all divisions):       
Nov 23      Toledo Rogers @ Canton McKinley (D-I)
Nov 28      Hathaway Brown @ Akron Hoban
Dec 1        West Holmes @ Hathaway Brown
Dec 4        Anna (D-III) @ Lima Bath
Dec 8        Canton McKinley (D-I) @ Hathaway Brown
                Columbus Africentric (D-III) @ Toledo Rogers
Dec 15      West Holmes @ Orrville (D-III)
Dec 27      Clyde @ Bellevue
Jan 8         Lima Bath vs Ottoville (D-IV)
Jan 12       Solon (D-I) @ Hathaway Brown
Jan 17       Orrville (D-III) @ West Holmes
Jan 28       Lima Bath @ Liberty Benton (D-III)
Jan 30       Twinsburg (D-I) @ Hathaway Brown
Feb 2        Hathaway Brown @ Kettering Fairmont (D-I)

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Overviews

The Northwest Region will again be the most competitive D-II region in the state with 5 teams in our pre-season Top 10 poll. (Toledo Rogers, Clyde, Lima Bath, Akron Hoban & Bellevue).

The Southwest Region will be the 2nd most competitive region in Division II with Bellbrook, Clinton-Massie and Dayton Carroll in our pre-season Top 10 poll with traditional powers Chaminade Julienne and Kettering Alter on the outside looking in.   
   
The Central / Eastern Region is a year away from having a competitive crowd. This year West Holmes is the odds on favorite in this region and the only Top 10 team in our D-II poll from the Central?Eastern Region.

The Northeast Region {whether the favorite is that good or the competition is not up to the task} will be the least competitive in Division II and has only 1team in our pre-season Top 10 Poll, Hathaway Brown who cruised thru last year’s Sectional, District & Regional Tournaments with an average margin of victory of 28.2 points…The Blazers return all 5 starters…yikes!!!.

Division II Northwest Region Overview:

Without question the most crowded field in any of the four D-II regionals. Toledo Rogers with their talent and depth have the edge going into the season but not without a few questions…Can Ohio’s version of The Muscle Hamster, Charon Sweeney the 5’2 (being generous) Eastern Michigan bound senior point guard get her underclassmen mates all on the same page? Is top tier guard Jazmyne Smith fully recovered from injury which caused her to miss the entire season last year? Can guard extraordinaire Sasha Dailey get all the way back from a pre-season foot injury? Can freshman phenom Akienreh Johnson make the transition to the backcourt pace of “big girl” basketball? If you are paying attention you will see all of The Rams questions are in the backcourt..their frontcourt is solid and healthy with a pair of top juniors in 6’1 Marquelle Williams and Tori Easley along with 6’1 KeAsja Peace, who like Johnson is a freshman phenom and Top 10 player in Ohio’s  Class of 2016. A clean bill of health and the Rogers Rams have the best shot in the state to end the D-II reign of the Hathaway Brown Blazers.  
   
Clyde returns three starters in the trio of juniors led by 6’1 Amanda Cahill, a top 25 power forward in America’s Class of 2014 along with guard Lexi Weber and forward Breanne Michaels. The competitive level of The Fliers schedule is suspect and may hinder having a complete rotation ready come tourney time.   
   
In their efforts to repeat as regional champs Lima Bath will be led by a 6’1 top tier player from Ohio’s senior class, Kaitlyn Singhaus. The Wildkittens face a tremendous challenge in filling the gaping holes in both the backcourt and frontcourt left by graduation. It will be up to the Dackin girls (seniors Taylor & Katie) and junior Jenna Hollar…not sure there is enough quickness on their schedule to prepare for the pace and pressure of the Rogers Rams.

The old adage is “post players get you to the tournament; guards advance you in the tournament”…never is this more true than with Archbishop Hoban. Megan Donohue, 6’3 senior (Siena signee) is capable of getting Hoban to the regionals…don’t think any backcourt combination for the Knights from Akron can match up in this region. 

Bellevue, well Bellevue if they can stay close in any game 5’11 sophomore top- tier prospect Carly Santoro can get on a roll at anytime and close games out.

Division II Southwest Region Overview:

The second most crowded field of competitive teams is the Southwest Region. Bellbrook returns three starters and four of its top six. The Golden Eagles have plenty of fire power on the perimeter in senior prospects Erin Dorn and Gabrielle Etter with junior Chea Taylor and sophomore Emily Smith providing a solid tandem inside.

The biggest challenger to Bellbrook’s return to the State Final 4 is expected to be Clinton Massie. The Falcons have Sydney Brackmyre, a top 25 forward in America’s junior class, along with the athletic talents of junior Kasey Uetrecht.

Remember this is the Dayton Region and one can never discount The Big 3: Dayton Carroll, Chaminade Julienne and Kettering Alter. Even in down years The Big 3 are still worthy and deserving of Top 10 mention.

Division II Northeast Region Overview:

Hathaway Brown, the incumbent with a record setting six consecutive years in the Final 4, will add a seventh term…Hathaway Brown returns all five starters from a year ago when they were on cruise control to Columbus. A quartet of seniors who have been an integral part of three state championships make The Blazers the heavy favorite again this year. Vanessa Smith (Princeton signee), a 6’1 Top 50 senior in America’s Class of 2013; Nia Marshall (Cornell signee), a 6’0 Top 25 senior in Ohio’s Class of 2013; senior Stephanie Poland, deceivingly skilled at 6’4 (Colgate signee); and Beth Brzozowski who is much more than a serviceable point guard headline HB’s stellar line-up.

Hathaway Brown may also add another 1st to the Ohio High School Girls Basketball record books this year. The Blazers may become the first team to win a state championship with a regular season losing record and they may have single-digit wins. Have you seen their schedule? The only team missing is the Minnesota Lynx !!!
   
HB will play…
*D-I Top 10 teams: Kettering Fairmont, Reynoldsburg, Cincinnati Princeton, Twinsburg, Solon, Canton McKinley & Pick North
*Other D-I top teams: North Canton Hoover, Sylvania Northview & Toledo Notre Dame
*D-II Top 10 teams: West Holmes & Akron Hoban
*2 top teams in Kentucky: DuPont Manual & Marion County
*Plus 3 games in the nationally recognized Naples (FL) Daily News Shootout.
Wow.

Division II Central/Eastern Region Overview:

Of the 320 player
minutes played last year by State Runner-Up West Holmes in the State
Final 4, the Knights not only return all five starters they return 317 of
those 320 minutes. (5 players x 32 minutes per game x 2 games = 320
player minutes)

These Knights from West Holmes are led by the quality
point guard play of junior Emily Molnar and the versatility of top tier
college prospect, 6’0 junior forward Laina Snyder. No team in this
region can match West Holmes’ balance and experience in their player
rotation.

Indian Creek with Ohio’s top prospect in the Class of 2015,
6’5 Bri Berryman and highly touted 6’1 junior Kierra Kamarec could pose
a problem if The ‘Creek develops some serviceable guard play.

This
region next year (although West Holmes will probably still be the
favorite) will have a totally different look as the youth movements at Columbus Eastmoor, Dover and Centennial will change the landscape of
the D-II Central/Eastern Region.

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