Preseason Top Girls Teams (Div. I-IV)
PRESEASON TOP 6 TEAMS (DIV. I)
#1 CENTERVILLE: TruHoopz Preseason Top Team will be the Girls Program from Centerville, OH. The Lady Elks have a stud duo in Cotie McMahon (6-0/Soph.) and Amy Velasco (5-7/Jr.). McMahon is one of the state's top players in her class and averaged 14.7 PPG & 9.3 RPG on 53.1% from the field. Velasco, a BGSU commit showed herself as a top 5 floor general in the state while she averaged 13.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG & 2.8 SPG. Also, be on the watch for elite freshman Kendal George (5-9/Frosh) who will be an immediate impact and key piece to this team's success. The Elks will also receive some help from Emma Stanley (5-5/Sr.) & Kenzie Smith (5-5/Jr.) during the process. Expect this group to out fundamental you on most nights and defend at the highest level with 3 elite D1 prospects. I'm sure this team will have a surprise player when the season starts up.
#2 FAIRMONT: This Kettering team could be fun to watch! Notre Dame commit Madeline Westbeld (6-3/Sr.) is the #1 Player in Ohio and is determined to compete for a state title with their revamped roster. Westbeld averaged 15.8 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 3.6 APG, 2.1 SPG & 1.8 BPG. She's an all-around elite prospect that will have a great 4 years at the next level. Her frontcourt teammate Madison Bartley (6-4/Sr.) is no slouch either while she coming off of a 14.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG & 1.1 BPG on 63.3 FG% & 47.8 3P% season. She is a Belmont commit and that Westbeld-Bartley tandem will be a force! They have a loaded group of players that can be major contributors this year in Makira Webster (5-7/Sr.), Kierra Thornton (5-9/Jr.), Mallory Hullinger (5-8/Soph.), Ashley Daniels (5-7/Jr.) & Oakwood transfer Kyndall Ketterer (5-11/Sr.).
#3 WAYNE: Our #3 team is the Wayne Lady Warriors led by Coach Travis Trice, who is one of Ohio's most legendary coaches. After finishing 17-5 last year his squad will be led by ESPN rated Junior Aubryanna Hall (6-1/Jr.). Hall averaged 11.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.3 SPG & 1.5 BPG. She's flat out an athletic freak with long legs that can get down the floor in transition for easy buckets. Nyla Hampton (5-7/Sr.) is the floor general and is a dog on the ends of the floor. She gets after it every game and produces at a high level. After averaging 10.4 PPG, 3.8 APG & 3.4 SPG on 48.2 FG% and 53.8 3P%, she should have a huge senior year. A new transfer from Beavercreek, Alyssa Hall (5-9/Jr.) is the biggest X-factor on this team. She averaged 10.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG & 2.7 SPG while shooting 44.4% from the field. Their supporting cast of Jaida Wolfork (5-10/Sr.), Jacquel Bronough (6-2/Jr.), Teyarra Johnson (5-8/Sr.) & Lovie Malone (5-10/Jr.) may be Ohio's best defensive group as they are all active and quick every play.
#4 SPRINGBORO: This loaded and deep Springboro squad is deep with talent and promising young stars. Jordan Hobbs (6-1/Jr.) & Peyton Nation (5-10/Jr.) will lead the pack both coming back as the 2 leading scorers. Nation, a bruising and physical guard averaged 11.2 PPG & 3.5 RPG on 46.8% shooting. Hobbs is one of the area's top young prospects and has shown it by averaging 11.1 PPG & 4.5 RPG on 45.0 FG% and 33.3 3P%. Olivia Majors (5-6/Sr.) will run the point for this group as she brings back major experience. Haley Crozier (5-6/Soph.) should make more of an impact after she had an excellent summer and fall. Other potential key players are McKel Nation (6-2/Sr.), Julia Secrist (5-10/Sr.) and Jordan Crace (5-6/Sr.). This team could be a sleeper but wouldn't be shocked if they did upset any of the 3 teams mentioned above.
#5 TROY: The only non GWOC team in the Top 6 is from Troy. Led by super soph. Macie Taylor (5-8/Soph.). Taylor is a score-first guard with a gift for scoring the ball at a high rate. Last season as a freshman she averaged 16.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 2.5 SPG. She will have a major role this season and will be the offensive focal point. Tia Bass (5-10/Sr.) is a walking double-double machine. Bruising big with good IQ and a great low post skill set. Tia averaged a gaudy 13.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG & 2.5 BPG on 56.6 FG%. Mckenna Taylor (5-7/Sr.) will be the x-factor and round off the big 3 as she will look to produce more than last year after averaging 8.2 PPG and 3.1 APG. This team will go as far as the Taylor sister's go this year.
#6 MIAMISBURG: A couple years back you would've never expected to see this team as one of the area's top teams in Div. I. They are led by elite soph. and sharpshooter Anna Long (5-9/Soph.) who averaged 11.7 PPG & 4.9 RPG. Another key to their potential success is Abby Carter (5-10/Jr.) who sat all last year with an injury. Her freshman year in 2018 she put up 10.7 PPG to go along with 3.9 RPG as she played more of a guard role back then. Trotwood transfer Sparkle Leigh (5-7/Jr.) was more of a last-minute surprise but I'm for certain they are glad to have her. An active defender with good ball-handling and playmaking abilities. This team's x-factor is soph. Addison Frymoyer (5-8/Soph.) who is a streaky shooter but brings tons of swag and energy to this team. They do lack height but make up for it with skilled players. Don't be surprised if this group can make some noise this winter.
PRESEASON TOP 3 TEAMS (DIV. II)
#1 DAYTON CARROLL: DII #1 Team is from Dayton, OH. The Patriots of Carroll are coming off of a state championship appearance and return a lot of their roster. This team is loaded with hardworking talented players that all come together and fit perfectly. This group is led by the senior duo of Julia Keller (6-0/Sr.) & Allie Stefanek (5-6/Sr.). Keller put up 13.3 PPG & 7.4 RPG on 51.5 FG% and 46.7 3P%. She's among one of the area's and state's best post players that is a proven winner. The players surrounding these 2 are among some of the state's top supporting cast. Megan Leraas (5-10/Jr.) averaged 7.7 PPG & 2.9 RPG while Ava Lickliter (5-6/Jr.) & Sarah Ochs (5-6/Soph.) averaged 4.6 & 4.2 PPG respectively. Both are high energy players that are relentless on both ends of the floor. This team has a chance to take the big leap if they can play at the level they produced last year.
#2 VALLEY VIEW: The Lady Spartans return a nice core of talent led by Purdue Ft. Wayne commit Aubrey Stupp (6-2/Sr.). Stupp averaged 11.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG along with 1.6 SPG last year. She's their proven leader and most valuable asset. Abigail Dickson (5-7/Jr.) is the next highest returning scorer as she scored 10.0 PPG to go along with 4.6 APG. Highly competitive PG with a great 3 point stroke as she shot 43.8% from deep last year. Claire Henson (5-11/So.) & Lauren Legate (5-11/Jr.) are the two x-factors for this team. Legate had a stellar soph. season putting up a near double-double with 9.1 PPG & 8.5 RPG. On the other hand, Henson is a multi-talented wing that averaged 7.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.8 APG & 1.5 SPG. Expect this group to be a force and give Carroll a run for #1.
#3 TIPPECANOE: The sleeper team in Division 2 are the Red Devils from Tipp City. The star of this group is Ashleigh Mader (5-9/Jr.). Mader averaged 11.2 PPG along with 2.1 SPG on 41.7% from the floor. She's a high motor guard with a great basketball bloodline as her brother Nolan is a senior at Tippecanoe. Kendall Clodfelter (5-6/Sr.) is her backcourt mate and a really good one. Kendall will be in competition for one of the top players in the league. She averaged 8.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.5 APG along with 2.5 SPG. An all-around threat at the PG spot with good defensive instincts. Down low they have the 2 twin towers with Rachel Wildermuth (6-0/Jr.) & Kate Hemmelgarn (6-2/Jr.). This group will need someone to step up if they want to dethrone either one of the teams listed above.
PRESEASON TOP 4 TEAMS (DIV. III)
#1 ARCANUM: The Arcanum Lady Trojans come in at #1 while being a really deep squad with loads of potential. They aren't really led by anyone specific but their success will come from more of a team effort. We should look out for Taylor Gray (6-1/So.) & Hailey Unger (5-8/So.) as they both could be ready to take the next leap after stellar freshman seasons. Gray is a hound on the glass and is a solid post presence while Unger is a 3 point assassin that has great fundamentals. Also, look for Madelyn Fearon (5-5/So.) & Kayla O'daniel (5-8/Sr.) to contribute in a major way. O'daniel has lots of experience at that level and has had big moments throughout the last year and will likely be the captain of this group, while Fearon is developing every day and will have a major role this season after being an All-Conference player last season.
#2 VERSAILLES: The Tigers return as our #2 team after getting bested by Waynesville last season. Senior Lindsey Winner (6-3/SR.) is the team's best-returning player. Winner averaged around 9.4 PPG last year and has grown into being an ultra-versatile post player. Always plays the right way and never has a bad game it seems. She could be a candidate for the Top 10 at the end of the season. Floor general Caitlin McEldowney (5-4/Sr.) is a good shooter as well as ball handler. She has the ultimate varsity experience and has an IQ that not many have. Behind those 2 not much comes back to the Lady Tigers but on the bright side they have a rich history of finding good talent.
#3 WEST LIBERTY-SALEM: Last season West Liberty Salem's team had a great year finishing 22-4 on the season. After losing two key stars they are returning young and hungry for success. Selena Weaver (6-0/Jr.) & Emily Hollar (5-6/So.) will take over this young group. Weaver averaged nearly a double-double last year and will likely reach that mark this year while shooting around 58-60% from the floor. Hollar is a all-around player that has great speed and is always active on both ends. Grace Estes (5-5/Jr.) will be another player that will have an expanded role after her 5 PPG season last year. Add Sophie Cole (5-9/Jr.) to the mix and this team should be in the same spot they were in last year.
#4 ANNA: Anna's Girls Hoops team returns as a solid choice for a DIII contender. They return the duo of SCAL 1st team player Lauren Barhorst (Sr.) and 2nd team stud Ella Doseck (Jr.). Barhorst is a creative scorer and picks aparts defenses while Doesck is a savvy PG that gets the the rim at will. Kiplyn Rowland (Sr.) will be another player that could see her role expand this season. She made the All-League HM and could have 1st/2nd team on her mind as well as a conference title. They will have some young players surrounding this group and will be active nonstop. I would say this team has the potential to be more of a surprise team this winter rather than a contender.
PRESEASON TOP 6 TEAMS (DIV. IV)
#1 TRI-VILLAGE: The clear-cut favorites to win it this year. The D-IV state championship is theirs to lose. They have guards, wings, and bigs that can get the job done. They return the twin towers in Meghan Downing (6-2/So.) & Maddie Downing (6-1/Sr.). Both were all-area performers last season and will be a load to handle in the paint every night. Maddie has the experience and scoring ability while Meghan is a bruising rebounder with great post skills. They return high-quality vets in Lissa Siler (5-8/Sr.), Trisa Porter (5-9/Sr.) & Andi Bietry (5-5/Sr.). Bietry has developed a great amount of confidence in her game over the summer. Siler & Porter could be stars on many teams around the area but are elite role players with this group with advanced skills. Lastly, freshman duo Rylee Sagester (5-6/Fr.) & Morgan Hunt (5-10/Fr.) are studs! They will be immediate impact players and adding those 2 have put them into the conversation as best D-IV team in all of Ohio.
#4 LEGACY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: LCA will be back and primed for revenge tour after falling to #2 Loramie last season. Emma Hess (6-0/Jr.) has the potential to be Ohio's top player in the 2021 class when it's all said and done. She can make a really good case for it if this team gets to Columbus next spring. Hess can do it all and play all 5 positions. Saw her at the Dayton Shootout earlier this fall and she was a force. Her school and AAU teammate Kat Ahner (5-9/Jr.) is fresh off of a commitment to Taylor University and is ready for all of her focus to be on this season. Ahner is a streaky shooter with range and a high IQ and passing ability. Margaret Kensinger (5-5/Jr.) should fill in the other guard spot as she got heavy minutes last season as well could Maddy Combs (5-6/Sr.). If either can play a big part come tourney time this team could upset many.
#2 FORT LORAMIE: Loramie is LOADED and ready for this season. This veteran squad will be our #2 team in Division IV and for good reason. They have a star with senior wing Marissa Meiring (5-8/Sr.) and they play hard collectively as a group. Meiring is a household name in the area as she's one of the better senior prospects we have. A couple of other good impact players are 6-foot post Mckenzie Hoelscher (6-0/Jr.) & veteran Kennedi Gephart (5-7/Sr.). Both contribute a ton for this group and have been solid pieces to this team's success the past couple of years. Another major contributor is Dana Rose (5-6/So.) who had a great season last year as a sophomore and was actually First Team All-Conference. Excellent energy player that can put the ball in the rim from the guard spot. Lastly senior Taylor Ratermann could be a x-factor for this team as she saw some success with this group last season before they fell to Minster in tournament play.
#5 MINSTER: This year the Wildcats are more of the underdogs after being dominant last season. They have one of the state's best backcourts in Ivy Wolf (5-8/Jr.) & Janae Hoying (5-6/Jr.). Ivy is one of the state's best players as well as our #6 ranked player in the area. She is always in attack mode and can make plays for herself as well as others. Hoying is possibly the most underrated player in Ohio. She averaged around 12 PPG last season for one of Ohio's best teams but wasn't ever in any conversation for a top guard. I think they will win many games in the next 2 years with these 2. Their biggest worry is losing Courtney Prenger & Demaris Wolf and having to find pieces to support the 2 mentioned above. Minster is a solid team always and I'm sure multiple girls on this roster will step up to the challenge.
#3 BRADFORD: This team is young and hungry. They had a solid season last year and that was without 2017-18 leading scorer Skipp Miller (5-9/Jr.). While we anticipate Miller's return we can't help but wonder how good can this team be. Skipp averaged a double-double in 2018 and that will possibly replicate this season. Austy Miller (5-6/So.) was the new star for the team last year and that tandem will be a force for this season. Elite scoring guard with a good feel for the game. Another sophomore Rylee Canon (5-5/So.) will likely play a ton and possibly be a starter. She ended the season having a solid tournament outing and will only look to develop from here. They also have 2-3 others that will contribute in minor ways to their wins this season.
#6 FRANKLIN MONROE: This division is so hard to predict as any of these teams could come out of the region. I almost feel like we are snubbing FM with their rank but in due time we will find out what they are capable of. After suffering a loss to LCA, senior stud Corina Conley (6-1/Sr.) is determined to put her group over the top. She is amazing on both ends of the floor and is an overall hard worker. We feel like she's gonna play like a top 5-6 player this winter for her team. Belle Cable (5-6/Sr.) was an All-CCC first-team player and with good reason. She's a bulldog on offense as well as a pest on defense. She takes care of the majority of the guard duties. The 1-2 punch of Conley-Cable will be a problem in this division. After graduating Kennedy Morris they will need to find a third go-to player and I think that's what's going to put them over the hump.