As a whole, Scioto County has not only been known for fielding very competitive basketball units, but for also producing very competitive basketball players who can pack a punch on the court.
On Monday evening, that fact was proven in spades once again.
Ellie Jo Johnson and Hagen Schaefer were named as Division IV Co-Players of the Year, J.D. McKenzie was named as the District 14, Division IV Coach of the Year, nine Scioto County players obtained first or second team honors, and 25 girls basketball players from across the county lines made the District 14 Coaches Association’s Girls All-District unit for the 2016-17 campaign.
Johnson and Schaefer, who are two of the best talents that Scioto County has to offer in the Division IV realm, obtained their honors by showing off their impressive versatility on both ends of the floor. Johnson finished the year as South Webster leader in points, rebounds, assists and steals in a vastly impressive junior campaign, while Schaefer capped off an illustrious career by averaging 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per contest.
New Boston’s Ali Hamilton, who has led a change of fortunes for the Lady Tigers as compared to previous years, joined the prior pair on the first team. Hamilton averaged 16 points, 9.1 rebounds, four steals and three blocks to establish herself as one of the premier post players in the SOC I.
The riches kept coming for Scioto County on the second and third teams as well, as nine out of the following 10 slots were taken up by individuals who were a part of Scioto County units. The Lady Tigers and Lady Titans, along with Clay, East, and Green, put Kaylee Stone (11.5 points, seven rebounds, three steals), Lexi Smith (14 points, 10 rebounds), Jensen Warnock (15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 3.2 blocks), Shay Brown (20.2 points), and Kaylynn Blizzard (16 points, 10 rebounds) on the second unit.
The Lady Tigers and Lady Titans, along with Clay, East, and Green, put Kaylee Stone (11.5 points, seven rebounds, three steals), Lexi Smith (14 points, 10 rebounds), Jensen Warnock (15.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.3 steals, 3.2 blocks), Shay Brown (20.2 points), and Kaylynn Blizzard (16 points, 10 rebounds) on the second team.
Then on the third team, Notre Dame put together two representatives on the unit in Katie Dettwiller (9.6 rebounds, 8.8 points, 3.4 blocks) and Molly Hoover, who averaged six assists per contest. The Lady Panthers and the Lady Tartans added Peyton Helphinstine (18.3 points) and Skylar Artis (4.9 assists, 3.4 steals) to the unit. South Webster’s Madison Cook (9.6 points, 8.8 rebounds) and New Boston’s Mariah Buckley (11 points, five rebounds, three steals) headed up the honorable mention list, which also included Cameron Delotell (Clay) and Bri Humble (East) from inside the county lines.
In the Division III realm, Wheelersburg’s Ellie Ruby (nine points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 steals), a renown track star in the area, was the county’s lone representative on the second team. Fellow Lady Pirate Abbie Kallner (14 points, 3.1 steals) and Valley’s Hannah Conley (8.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, four blocks) represented the county on the third team. West’s Makayla White (13 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals per contest), Northwest’s Shae Patty (9.5 points, six assists, five rebounds), Wheelersburg’s Kalle Coleman (8.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.2 steals) and Portsmouth’s Semajah Parker (8.6 points, 8.7 rebounds) made the honorable mention list, along with Valley’s Bre Call, who is only of freshman eligibility.
As far as Pike County was concerned, Waverly, Piketon, and Western each had at least one player obtain first team honors inside the District 14 realm, as Laken Smith (23.3 points), Kara Blanton (14.7 points) and C.C. Shanks (20.6 points) all obtained top billing. Waverly’s Kami Knight, Piketon’s Avery Reuter, Eastern’s Cassidy Fremont, Eastern’s Olivia Hatfield and Western’s Haley Whitt also made either the second team, third team, or honorable mention lists.