Chief, onerous employee and competitor had been frequent themes when coaches described the members of the ThisWeek Tremendous 12 ladies basketball group.
All of the honorees are finalists to be named Captain – our ladies basketball Athlete of the Yr. That honor will probably be introduced through the Central Ohio Excessive College Sports activities Awards on-line present at 8 p.m. June 30.
Subsequent week, we’ll announce the honorees for boys basketball.
Under is the Tremendous 12 for ladies basketball:
Aja Austin, Westerville South
This 6-foot-1 senior middle averaged 21.9 factors and 12 rebounds and shot 68 p.c from the sphere.
A Delaware recruit, Austin was named first-team all-district and all-OCC-Capital Division and second-team all-state in Division I.
South was 11-5 and getting ready for a postseason run when Austin suffered a season-ending left ACL damage in a 44-38 win at Canal Winchester on Feb. 5. She had surgical procedure Feb. 23, and the Wildcats completed 11-7.
“She had an outstanding season and did every part we’ve got requested her to do,” coach Jermaine Guice mentioned. “I want she didn’t get harm so she might need been capable of obtain just a few extra of her targets. She could be very sensible and hardworking, and we want her a fast restoration.”
Maliyah Johnson, Africentric
A 6-0 senior ahead who has dedicated to Pittsburgh, Johnson was first-team all-Metropolis League-South and all-district and third-team all-state in Division III.
Johnson began in 2018 and 2019 when the Nubians received back-to-back state titles, in addition to throughout her junior season after they certified for the state event earlier than it was canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
This winter, she averaged 15 factors and 6.0 rebounds as Africentric completed 11-3 and had its season finish with a 38-34 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf in a regional ultimate. Within the a 54-50 additional time win over Willard in a regional semifinal, Johnson had 20 factors and 7 rebounds.
“She has an incredible motor and is a very good rebounder and scorer,” coach Will McKinney mentioned.
Jenna Kopyar, Dublin Coffman
The three-pointer Kopyar hit with 20 seconds left in a Division I regional semifinal, serving to Coffman defeat Reynoldsburg 60-57, was one in all many huge moments for the 5-10 sophomore guard.
Kopyar was first-team all-OCC-Central and all-district and second-team all-state because the Shamrocks completed 23-2 and had been regional runners-up.
She averaged 12.3 factors, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals whereas capturing 50 p.c from the sphere.
“Jenna is the last word competitor,” coach Adam Banks mentioned. “Solely a sophomore, (she’s) smart past her years when it comes to basketball expertise. She was a captain this 12 months and one in all our leaders. She’s a knock-down shooter from anyplace on the courtroom (and) is our major ball-handler. … She has a little bit little bit of old-school toughness in her recreation.”
Kami Kortokrax, Hartley
Though Kortokrax has dedicated to play softball for Ohio State, she helped Hartley earn a Division II district title and closed her prep basketball profession with 831 factors and 528 rebounds.
A 5-10 senior ahead, Kortokrax averaged 17 factors and 10 rebounds whereas capturing 57 p.c from the sphere and 46 p.c from 3-point vary.
She additionally was first-team all-CCL and all-district and second-team all-state because the Hawks completed 15-6.
“She’s (a) chief,” coach Donald Dennis mentioned. “She’s only a actually optimistic child and a tough employee, the form of child you need to lead your program. She’s there each evening with consistency. (You) know what (you’re) going to get out of her and she or he provides it each evening.”
Kilyn McGuff, Watterson
McGuff earned first-team all-CCL and all-district and third-team all-state honors as Watterson completed 17-5, received the league title and had a 3rd consecutive Division I district runner-up end.
After averaging 14 factors as a junior when the Eagles went 23-3, the 5-11 senior guard averaged 16.4 factors, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 steals whereas capturing 81.8 p.c from the free-throw line.
She has dedicated to Belmont.
“I solely had one season with Kilyn, however it was actually a deal with,” coach Sam Davis mentioned. “It’s onerous for a participant of her caliber to get a brand new coach in her senior season with a completely completely different offensive scheme, however Kilyn was very coachable and labored onerous to know the ideas we had been instructing. Her management qualities had been revealed by how onerous she labored.”
Mya Perry, Reynoldsburg
An Ohio State commit, this 5-11 junior ahead shot 50.1 p.c from the sphere, together with 43.9 p.c from 3-point vary, because the Raiders went 16-5 and received their third consecutive Division I district championship.
She averaged 15.3 factors and 2.5 rebounds whereas incomes first-team all-OCC-Buckeye, second-team all-district and particular point out all-state honors.
“Mya is an incredible participant and even higher individual,” coach Jack Purtell mentioned. “She took on a management position on our group this 12 months and led by instance in each follow and video games. She’s a really onerous employee and among the finest shooters we’ve ever had, if not the very best.”
As a sophomore, Perry averaged 14 factors and was first-team all-league and honorable point out all-district.
Imarianah Russell, Reynoldsburg
In her first season with Reynoldsburg after spending her first two seasons at Coffman, this 5-11 junior guard put collectively her finest statistical season.
After averaging 17.0 factors as a freshman and 12.0 as a sophomore when she was named OCC-Central Participant of the Yr for the Shamrocks, Russell averaged 20.1 factors, 6.5 rebounds and a couple of.5 assists whereas additionally main the Raiders in steals (70) as they went 16-5.
A primary-team all-league, all-district and all-state honoree, Russell scored the 1,000th level of her profession in a 73-31 win over Gahanna on Feb. 2.
“Imarianah is an incredible athlete and loopy explosive,” Purtell mentioned. “She’s onerous to protect and performs extraordinarily onerous. Her competitiveness and energy on the defensive finish set her aside.”
Lauren Scott, Worthington Kilbourne
Scott made program historical past this season, turning into the third Kilbourne participant to achieve 1,000 profession factors.
The 5-7 guard, who ended the season with 1,186 profession factors, additionally was the primary Wolves participant to achieve the milestone as a junior.
She led the Wolves in scoring for the second 12 months in a row, averaging 21.6 factors. She earned OCC-Capital Participant of the Yr, first-team all-district and third-team all-state honors, main Kilbourne to a 16-8 document.
“Lauren is a participant who exemplifies coronary heart, perspective, grit and all-out hustle,” coach Stephanie Jones mentioned. “She is bold, environment friendly, extraordinarily reliable and a much-committed particular person. She is a group participant with nice sportsmanship and has a wonderful rapport together with her teammates and coaches.”
Arianna Smith, Africentric
A 3-year starter for the Nubians, this 6-2 senior guard and Indiana State commit was requested to tackle a heavier ball-handling load this season and averaged 14 factors, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists because the Nubians went 11-3 and received their sixth consecutive Metropolis title and thirteenth general.
Smith scored 20 factors as Africentric beat Cardington 58-33 to earn its sixteenth district championship in 18 seasons.
She helped Africentric win back-to-back state titles in 2018 and 2019, win a regional title in 2020 and earn a regional runner-up end this winter.
“She needed to play level guard this 12 months and she or he was completely fantastic for us this 12 months,” McKinney mentioned. “She did all of it. She rebounded, ran the offense, scored and defended the opposite group’s finest participant.”
Jocelyn Tate, Pickerington Central
Tate, a 5-11 senior ahead and Bowling Inexperienced recruit, averaged 7.1 factors to assist the Tigers to a late-season surge and their sixth consecutive Division I district championship.
Central received 11 video games in a row from Jan. 26-Feb. 27 and completed 13-7, falling to eventual state runner-up Newark 65-26 in a regional semifinal. Tate was first-team all-OCC-Buckeye, second-team all-district and honorable point out all-state.
She completed her profession with 502 rebounds, 241 steals and 233 assists.
“She impacts the sport on each ends of the courtroom,” coach Johnathan Hedgepeth mentioned. “She has an explosive first step that enables her to get to the basket and create alternatives for her teammates. On the defensive facet, she creates havoc together with her instincts and size.”
Bella Ward, Gahanna Lincoln
Ward was requested to tackle a number one position for the primary time and responded by averaging 15.9 factors, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals whereas incomes OCC-Ohio Participant of the Yr honors.
A 6-0 junior ahead, Ward helped Gahanna end 15-6 general and win the league title at 10-0.
She has dedicated to Butler and can enter her senior season with 718 profession factors and 323 profession rebounds.
“I believed Bella had an excellent 12 months,” coach Ron Bailey mentioned. “All through the course of the season, Bella did an superior job stepping up and main our younger basketball group. Throughout follow and competitors, Bella’s grit, psychological toughness, dedication and optimistic management motivated our group to compete at a excessive stage.”
Katherine Weakley, Worthington Christian
The Division III district Participant of the Yr and a first-team all-state honoree, Weakley helped Worthington Christian end 23-2 and earn a regional runner-up end.
A 5-10 senior guard, she averaged 20.3 factors, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a couple of.8 steals and scored a program-record 40 factors in a 73-37 win over Thomas Worthington on Dec. 7.
A Lipscomb commit, Weakley closed her profession with 1,539 factors to rank second in program historical past. She additionally shot 85.1 p.c from the free-throw line this season, second finest in program historical past.
“Her offseason work paid off,” coach Jason Dawson mentioned. “She challenged her deficiencies and continued to work. She was the chief that made everybody else need to work onerous and is a big-time competitor.”