GIRLS ALL-OHIO Howland's Shields named to first team in Division II
Boardman's Courtney Schiffauer earned third team in Div. I.
VINDICATOR STAFF/WIRE REPORT
COLUMBUS -- Ellie Shields, who led Howland High to a Division II district championship, was named to the Associated Press All-Ohio girls basketball first team Monday.
Shields, a 6-foot-3 junior, averaged 18 points per game for the Tigers, who finished 19-6.
Her teammate, Alexa Williams was named honorable mention, along with Michelle Dykes of Liberty, Hannah Harner of Southeast and Mallory Yajko of Beaver Local.
In Div. I, Boardman sophomore Courtney Schiffauer was named third team. Schiffauer, who averaged 18.1 points per game, led the Spartans to a 15-8 record.
Also, Boardman's April Melquist and Canfield's Kate Popovec and Bryanne Halfhill of Canfield were selected honorable mention.
Top player honors
Cincinnati Princeton's Lesslee Mason-Cox, Warsaw River View's Kristin Daugherty and Liz Repella of Steubenville were the top award winners.
Mason-Cox, a 6-0 senior, averaged 7.4 rebounds and 4 assists for the state's No. 1-ranked team in the final AP poll. She was selected the Div. I player of the year based on the recommendations of a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters.
Joining the Ohio State signee as a big-school honoree were two coach of the year candidates: Leonard Patterson, the 17th-year coach at Cleveland JFK, who led his team to a 19-1 mark, and Dublin Scioto's Todd Hardesty, whose team had an 18-2 mark for only its fourth winning season since the school was created in 1996.
Div. I first team
Also on the Div. I first team with Mason Cox were: Katie Mastrodonato of North Royalton (6-1, sr., 14.5 points per game); Brittany Orban of North Canton Hoover (5-11, soph., 22.7); Findlay's Carlee Roethlisberger (6-0, jr., 19.1); Shareese Ulis of Toledo Waite (5-7, jr., 19.1); Columbus Brookhaven's Ashleigh Brown (5-6, sr., 18.7); Cassie Schrock of Wadsworth (5-8, jr., 19.4); Lydia McCully of Bedford (5-9, jr., 15.5); and Stephanie Stevens of Pickerington Central (5-8, sr., 16.2).
Daugherty and Repella shared player of the year honors in Division II.
Daugherty, a 6-1 junior who averaged 18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4 assists a game, will lead River View (24-1) into the state semifinals Friday against Copley (22-4).
Repella, a 5-10 junior, averaged 27.5 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots a game and became the Big Red's career scoring leader.
Top coach in Div. II
The coach of the year in Division II was Little Miami's Mark Short.
Daugherty and Repella were joined on the first all-state team by Bellbrook's Lynzee Johnson (5-10, sr., 20.9); Bexley's Bree Hinkle (5-8, sr., 16.9); Samantha Leach of Washington Court House Miami Trace (5-9, jr., 14.7); Haley Kapferer of Jefferson Area (6-3, jr., 22.2); Van Wert's Allie Clifton (5-11, sr., 19.9); Cierra Bravard of Sandusky Perkins (6-2, soph., 22.2), and Shields.