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Woods, Davis Captain 43rd All-Valley Girls’ Basketball Team

BIG SCHOOL

Shanley Woods

Wheeling Park

Captain

One of the most exciting players in the state to watch, Shanley Woods is a threat to pull up from anywhere on the court. She proved that this year with 82 3-pointers as she averaged 18.9 points and 2.3 assists a game and shot 89 percent from the free-throw line for a Park squad that ranked first in the state nearly all season. The senior was named first team all-state and finished her illustrious Park career with 223 total 3-pointers, a school record for boys and girls.

“Shanley has been a four-year letterman and is one of the best shooters to come through Wheeling Park,” Patriots coach Ryan Young said. “She is a gym rat who is always putting in extra work. She really put the team on her back the last couple of years and I know she’s going to be successful at the next level for Coach (Mike) Llanas and Wheeling University. I can’t wait to see what she does over the next four years.”

Bella Abernathy

Wheeling Park

When Wheeling Park isn’t draining 3’s from downtown, the Patriots are passing the ball inside to the dominant Bella Abernathy. The junior earned all-state honorable mention with her 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, while turning in 42 blocks and shooting 76 percent from the charity stripe.

“Bella is a three-year letterman and has started every game she’s dressed for since coming to Wheeling Park,” Young said. “She’s our anchor in the middle and I really thought she stepped her game up this year. She’s a leader in practice and is always encouraging teammates. I can’t wai

t to see her lead this team next year with the rest of a really talented junior class.”

Catherine Hunnell

John Marshall

Catherine Hunnell is a rising star for Coach Brock Melko and the Monarchs. As a sophomore, Hunnell bucketed 11.4 points and 3.8 rebounds a game, while starting all 25 games. She drained 45 3-pointers on her way to an all-state honorable mention.

“Catherine took a big step this year and really improved her game as a sophomore,” Melko said. “I’m looking forward to seeing her continue that growth in the years to come and I’m excited to watch her continue to work and make our team better.”

Taylor Jones

Indian Creek

This junior was a tower of power in the paint for the Redskins of Coach Steve Eft. She was a double-double machine, averaging 14.1 points , 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game in helping Creek to the OVAC 5A championship. Jones was also a first-team all-Eastern District honoree. “We had an unbelievable season this year and Taylor was a big reason for that. She worked extremely hard and stepped up to be one of our leaders,” Eft said.

Kylie Kiger

Indian Creek

This junior dynamo was a key backcourt cog in Creek posting an impressive 22-2 record while winning an OVAC 5A title. She averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals per game for Coach Steve Eft. “Just like Taylor, Kylie was a big reason for our great success this year. It was fun to see her grow and mature throughout the season. She and Taylor both have very bright futures and looking forward to see what they can accomplish their season season,” Eft said.

Elexis Martin

Steubenville

This sophomore dandy enjoyed a breakout season for Coach Jeff Lombardo. The multi-talented performer did a lot of everything for the Big Red. She averaged 13.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals a contest. “Elexis is a playmaker on the offensive end who creates for her teammates. She can score from the outside, off the dribble and in the post,” Lombardo said.

Sophia Mikula

Weir

This four-year starter closed out her Red Rider career in splendid fashion, eclipsing the coveted 1,000-point mark. She averaged 17.1 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. She also dished out three assists each outing. “Sophia is one of the hardest working players and talented athletes that I have had the pleasure of coaching,” Weir head coach Rick Stead said. “She really understands the game of basketball.”

Richella Spielvogel

Martins Ferry

This Purple Rider senior was a key cog in the success experienced this season under head coach Dave Reasbeck.

Spielvogel averaged 14.4 points a game and she finished the season with 316 points. She also averaged 10 rebounds and three blocks a contest.

Spielvogel was a First-Team All-Eastern District, Special Mention All-Ohio and First-Team All-Buckeye 8, All-Times-Leader and District 12 pick.

“Richella had an outstanding year,” Reasbeck said. “She was one of the most dominating players around that no one really had an answer for. Her ability to score and rebound around the basket will be missed greatly.”

SMALL SCHOOL

Katrina Davis

Bellaire

Captain

This Big Reds senior almost literally did it all for Coach John Farrier’s squad this season.

She led the Big Reds in every statistical category. She scored 630 points, pulled down 201 rebounds, made 185 steals and passed out 66 assists. She also had four triple-doubles and posted an 18-steal game against East Liverpool in January.

Davis was named the state of Ohio’s Division III Player of the Year, Eastern District Player of the Year, District 12 Player of the Year and All-Times-Leader. She was selected to play in the OVAC, North-South and District 12 All-Star Games.

“Kat is a straight winner,” Farrier said. “She makes winning plays and makes her teammates better. Obviously, she’s physically gifted and her numbers speak for themselves. However, I believe her mental knowledge of the game is her biggest asset. She understands positioning, strategy and personnel. I will definitely miss my ‘player-coach’ next year.”

Kalista Friday

Monroe Central

This Seminole sophomore showed no signs of letdown this season for Coach Troy Baker’s team.

Friday helped lead the Seminoles to the Division IV district final thanks to scoring 16.7 points a game. She did much more than score, however. She passed out 6.1 assists, 3.9 steals and collected 3.7 rebounds per game. She also knocked down 85 percent of her foul shots and dialed up 52 bonus goals.

Friday was named First-Team All-Eastern District, All-District 12, All-MOVL, All-Times-Leader and Special Mention All-Ohio.

“Kalista was a very dependable ball handler, scorer and rebounder for us,” Baker said. “She was also able to create good looks for her teammates with 159 assists. She’s an all-around, tremendous basketball player with a lot of skills.”

Hannah White

Wheeling Central

After returning from a scary torn ACL, Hannah White left her heart on the floor as a senior. White accounted for 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 steals a game, while playing through injuries of her own. She helped lead the Knights to an OVAC title and a state tournament appearance and also helped carry the Maroon Knights through a spurt in the season with standouts Eden Gainer and Kaylee Reinbeau sidelined due to injuries.

“Hannah was able to persevere through multiple injuries that would have sidelined most players,” Kurtz said. “Her determination was inspiring.”

Kaylee Reinbeau

Wheeling Central

With an injury to all-state senior guard Eden Gainer, Kaylee Reinbeau rose to the occasion. The senior netted a remarkable 19.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 4.1 steals and 3.7 assists a game on her way to her own first team all-state honors, an OVAC title and a state tournament appearance, while also dealing with her own injuries.

“Kaylee raised her game to another level after the injury to Eden Gainer,” Central coach Penn Kurtz said. “She led the team in points, rebounds, steals and assists.”

Kyndra Pilant

Magnolia

Kyndra Pilant put together a once in a lifetime career at Magnolia. The senior finished it by averaging 21.7 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.9 steals and two blocks a game on her way to earning second team all-state. In total she recorded 499 points, 301 rebounds and 46 blocks this season. She also became the all-time leading scorer in Magnolia girls’ basketball history, finishing her stellar prep career with 1.531 points. She also tallied 1,403 boards in her time with the Blue Eagles and became the second female in program history to reach both 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

“Kyndra is a competitor in every sense of the word,” Magnolia coach Meredith Pilant said. “She is leaving our program as the all-time leading scorer and second all-time leading rebounder. She led every statistical category for us this year. It is hard to describe what she has meant to our program.”

Reagan Vinskovich

Union Local

This talented freshman wasted no time in making an impact for Coach Rob Barr’s team.

Vinskovich was a go-to-player throughout the season on the interior, averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game.

Her fine season has been recognized by virtue of her placement on the Second-Team All-Ohio squad, First-Team All-Eastern District, All-Buckeye 8, All-Times-Leader and All District 12.

“Reagan had a wonderful season, and I don’t even think she’s scratched the surface of how good she can be,” Barr said. “She has size, speed and strength. In terms of basketball, she’s still learning, and that’s scary, because the sky is the limit.”

Tory Hendershot

Shadyside

This talented junior definitely filled up the stat sheet all season long for Coach Serge Gentile’s team.

Hendershot averaged a team-best 17.6 points a game, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists a contest. She also had three steals per game and eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark late in the season.

She was named to the All-Eastern District first team, all-District 12 team, All-Times-Leader and Special Mention All-Ohio squad.

“Tory is an extremely dedicated player who is always in the gym working on her game,” Gentile said. “She’s the type of kid who doesn’t care about her stats. She only cares about winning.”

Baylee Wach

Shadyside

This multi-talented guard enjoyed a third consecutive impressive campaign for Gentile’s Tigers.

Wach absolutely filled it up from behind the 3-point arc once again en route to averaging 17 points a game. She didn’t just score the ball. She also averaged four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Her fine campaign earned her a spot on the All-Eastern District First Team, All-Times-Leader, All-District 12 First Team and Special Mention All-Ohio.

“Baylee is another one who is constantly in the gym, working on her game,” Gentile said. “She’s extremely dedicated and a great teammate. She also doesn’t care about her own stats.”

Wach also topped the 1,000 point plateau this winter.

Ashlie Louden

Beallsville

This senior put forth a brilliant final campaign for Coach Tori Jarrett’s team.

The second-team all-Ohioan led the Blue Devils with a 17 points per game average. She also added five rebounds in helping to lead Beallsville to a 21-4 record, trip to the district tournament and another OVAC Class 1A title. She was also named All-Times-Leader.

“Ashlie is a great shooter and a hard worker,” Jarrett said.

GIRLS

BIG SCHOOL

Second Team

1. Madison Ging …..Martins Ferry

2. McKenzie Taylor..Indian Creek

3. McKayla Dunkle.. Harrison Central

4. Asia Roby.. Wheeling Park

5. Macy Malin.. St. Clairsville

6. Lindsey Garrison..Wheeling Park

7. Maddie McKay..Oak Glen

8. Lakyn Groves..John Marshall

Third Team

1. Alysea Fiedorczyk… Richmond Edison

2. Kieran Johnson… Wheeling Park

3. Kerri Klinkoski… St. Clairsville

4. Madge Lucey….John Marshall

5. Ava Bolen…Brooke

6. Reese Enochs…Oak Glen

7. Isabella Aperfine…Weir

8. Abby Blake…John Marshall

SMALL SCHOOL

Second Team

1. Ashley Howell…Beallsville

2. Casey Kildow…..Union Local

3. Torre Kildow…Union Local

4. Isabella Oliver..Steubenville Central

5. Jaren Tucker…Bridgeport

6. Molly Herron…Linsly

7. Carliegh Grimm… Linsly

8. Lili Neely… Cameron

Third Team

1. Amy Bettinger…Monroe Central

2. Marissa Horan..Wheeling Central

3. Hannah Merritt …Union Local

4. Rylee Stephens..Barnesville

5. Allie Long…… River

6. Abby Stackpole…Paden City

7. Lauren Templeton…Tyler

8. Kennedy Martin….Madonna

9. Tristen White…Wheeling Central

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