You vote, you decide…who had Ohio’s best performances this Year? Find out who the nominees for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Girls Basketball Player & Team of the Year awards are and how to pick the winner. The choices are impressive…
The regular season competition for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio HS Girls Basketball Team and Player Of the Week is over. Now it’s time to decide the Team and Player of the Year. During the regular season, over 200,000 votes were cast in the weekly competitions, which generated our 22 finalists for the year-end awards. Here’s who won what in Weeks 1-11 and who You Can Vote for:
ONG JJH Ohio Girls BKB Player of the Year
The 2013 Voting for the Ohio Team of the Year will conclude March 17
at 12:30 p.m. Winners will receive an award from the Ohio National Guard and
JJHuddle. Vote now for one of the nominees below:
The senior earned POW honors in Week 1 after scoring a school record 49 points with eight 3s in a 69-63 OT win
over Russia. She followed that up by scoring 27 points and setting the
school record for career 3s with seven more in a 72-52 win over
crosstown rival Lehman Catholic. Harris, surpassed 1,000 career points this season, and leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference in scoring (20.5 ppg). She was also named the GWOC North Player of the Year.
The senior G and Indiana recruit earned POW honors in Week 2 after ranking in the Top 5 in the GWOC
in scoring (18 points), rebounding (11), assists (five) and steals
(four) per game throguh three games. Gassion’s numbers were fueled by a 24-point, 14-rebound
performance against Centerville and a 14-point, nine-rebound,
nine-assist performance against Springboro. Gassion, a 1,000-point scorer, was named the Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division Player of the Year after leading the conference in assists (5.3) and steals (4.6). She ranks third in scoring (18.8 ppg).
The senior G and Akron recruit earned Week 3 POY honors after scoring 25 points to became her program’s
all-time leading scorer in a 62-32 win over New Lexington, Plybon broke
the previous school record of 1,470 points set by former Ohio State
player Stacie Howard over 20 years ago. She finished the game with 1,483
points. Since then, Plybon has become the school’s all-time leading scorer (boys or girls). She scored 29 points in a win over Mansfield Senior to surpass Marcell Denson’s previous record of 1,722 points.
Freshman G earned Week 4 POW honors after scoring 41 points in two games. Mayle had 19 points (three
3s), four steals and two blocks in a win over Willoughby South and 22
points (four 3s) in a win over Lakeside. Mayle leads the Premier
Athletic Conference in scoring and free-throw shooting percentage (87%) and is second in 3s made.
The junior G earned Week 5/6 POW honors after hitting seven 3s – all in the second half – in a win over Weir (WV). Earlier this season Ledger hit a school-record eight 3s in a win over Indian Creek.
The junior G earned Week 7 POW honors after scoring 31 points in a double-OT win over Marion Local. She also had a
team-high 16 points in a 49-43 road win at Waynesfield-Goshen. Against
ML, Horstman hit 9-of-11 free throws and connected on a long-range 3 at
the buzzer to force the second OT. Horstman, who was named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore, helped the Rangers win their first MAC title since 2005 this season.
Junior F earned Week 8 POW honors after a stellar weekend at the Classic in the Country. Westbeld
had 21 points and 17 rebounds in a win over nationally ranked Regis
Jesuit (Colo.) and 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 67-47 win over
Wadsworth. Westbeld surpassed 1,000 career points this season and ranks among the Top 5 in the GWOC in scoring (14.9), rebounding (9.1), blocks (1.6) and FG-percentage (71.8).
The senior G earned Week 9 POW honors after becoming the seventh player in school history to surpass
1,000 career points when she went for 22 in a 57-56 win over
Waynesfield-Goshen. Willeke has since been named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year.
The senior PG earned Week 10 POW honors after scoring 23 points to surpass 1,000 for her career in a 73-49
win over Brookville. A four-year starter, Thomas also had eight
rebounds, four steals and four assists. Said head coach Brad Gray: “If
there is a better point guard in Division IV I’d like to see her.” Thomas has since been named the Cross County Conference Player of the Year.
Senior G earned POW honors in Week 11 after setting a new OHSAA record for career 3s (boy or girl) by canning seven in a 52-49 win over Bridegport to end with 332. In the second game of the season Bonar went over 1,000 career points.
ONG JJH Ohio Girls BKB Team of the Year
The 2013 Voting for the Ohio Team of the Year will conclude March 13th
at noon. Winners will receive an award from the Ohio National Guard and
JJHuddle. Vote now for one of the nominees below:
The Irish earned Week 1 TOW honors by winning their first two games thanks to the ability to “close.” Scioto followed up a 41-36 overtime win over Watterson with a
59-51 come-from-behind win over Worthington Kilbourne. Scioto trailed
Kilbourne after each of the first three quarters, but used an 11-0 run
to end the game to net the win. Scioto finished the regular season 15-7 and second in the OCC Cardinal Division.
The Wildcats earned Week 2 TOW honors after beating Pickerington North for the first-time ever with a
dramatic 52-50 win in double overtime. It was also Newark’s first win
over a Dave Butcher-coached team in 12 years. The Wildcats were led by
PG Maggie Mitchell who scored 23 points, including 13 free throws and
the game-winning 3-pointer. Newark finished the regular season 11-11.
The Comets won the Week 3 TOW award after remaining unbeaten by winning two big Greater Miami Conference road games at Sycamore (39-31) and Princeton (54-45). Mason finished the regular season 19-1 and won the Greater Miami Conference title.
The Firebirds earned Week 4 TOW honors after remaining unbeaten and handing
rival Centerville its first loss with a 69-62 win. The victory was
Fairmont’s 11th straight over the Elks. The Firebirds owned the glass
(45 rebounds) and hit 33-of-41 free throws. Fairmont ended the regualr season 20-1 and was co-champ of the Gretaer Western Ohio Conference Central Division title (with Centerville).
The Golden Eagles added four catholic schools to their schedule this season and earned Week 5/6 TOW honors after beating two of them in succession over break – Toledo Central Catholic and Cincinnati St. Ursula. Bellbrook finished the season 19-3 and won its 12th SWBL title in 13 years.
The Knights earned Week 7 TOW honors after running their win streak to nine with a road win at Beavercreek
(60-50) and a key 36-point GGCL victory over visiting McNicholas
(77-41). Alter wrapped the regular season 16-5 and with a share of the Girls Greater Cincinnati League North Division title.
The Eagles earned Week 8 TOW honors after stretching their
winning streak to six with Southwestern Buckeye League wins over
Franklin (54-25) and Valley View (57-22). The victory over Valley View
snapped the Spartans 12-game win streak and marked their lowest point
total of the season. Two weeks earlier Eaton snapped Bellbrook’s 31-game
SWBL win streak. Eaton finished the regular season 18-4 and one game back of Bellbrook in the SWBL standings.
The Elks earned Week 9 TOW honors after snapping undefeated and host Fairmont’s 37-game Greater Western Ohio
Conference Central Division win streak that dated back to Feb. 4, 2009
(lost at Beavercreek) with a 54-48 win at Trent Arena. It was
Centerville’s first ever win in the building and snapped an 11-game
losing streak to Fairmont. Both teams entered ranked nationally by
MaxPreps (Fairmont No. 5 & Centerville No. 17). Centerville finished the regular season 21-1 and tied with Fairmont for the GWOC Central Division title.
Fueled by the return of junior G Kelsey Mitchell (and her 30
points), the Vikings earned Week 10 TOW honors after beating previously undefeated Mason on the road 64-55.
Princeton also beat Hamilton 65-40. The Vikings ended the regular season 15-7 and one game back of Mason in the Greater Miami Conference standings.
The Roughriders earned Week 11 TOW honors by endeding host Liberty Union’s 26-game Mid-State League win
streak with a 42-40 win. The kicker? West Jeff trailed 27-14 at
halftime. The Roughriders finished the regular season 12-8 and tied for second in the Mid-State League Cardinal Division.