Women’s basketball: region players and coach selected for North-South all-star game – The Morning Journal

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Women’s basketball: region players and coach selected for North-South all-star game – The Morning Journal


North Ridgeville’s Grace Kingery shoots Feb. 22 against Rocky River. (Joe Colon – For the Morning News)

Less than 10 miles separate Olmsted Falls, Columbia and North Ridgeville, but three players and a coach from those schools were selected to represent the women’s basketball scene in the Morning Journal’s coverage area.

On April 17, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association announced the rosters for its annual North-South All-Star Games for boys and girls, which included North Ridgeville’s Grace Kingery, Columbia’s Elise Champagne, coach Jordan Eaton and Danielle Cameron of Olmsted Falls.

The game will take place on April 26, with the girls’ game starting before the boys’ game at 6:30 p.m. at Olentangy Liberty High School.

Cameron and Eaton, a Division I state championship duo, will team up on the South team, alongside Olivia Skillings (Mechanicsburg), Emily Bratton (Bloom Carroll), Berry Wallace (Pickerington Central), Jamisyn Stinson ( Sheridan), Kelsey Harlan (River), Airah Lavy (Nelsonville-York), Bree Allen (Fairland), Payton Johnson (Peebles), Kassie Ingram (Kings), Riley Smith (Kettering Alter) and Jayda Mosly (Purcell Marian). South Gallia’s Corey Small will coach alongside Eaton.

Mosley is a D-II state champion for the Cavaliers and was signed to play at Youngstown State, which is in the same recruiting class as Cameron.

Cameron won the Morning Journal Player of the Year award. Cameron was a DI second-team All-Ohioan averaging 19.3 points per game.

Led by Cameron and Eaton, Olmsted Falls went 26-3 (13-1 in SWC) to win its sixth consecutive conference championship. The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in the playoffs was 23.7 points per game, after beating Springboro 52-45.

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Kingery, the Lorain County Ms. Basketball winner, and Champagne will be part of the North team, along with Sophia Gregory (West Branch), Chelsea Johnson (Warrensville Heights), Megan Campbell (Massillon Jackson), Cori Vermilya (Loudonville), Ashley Mullet. (Berlin Hiland), Hillari Baker (Carrollton), Destiny Robinson (Fremont Ross), Lauren Gerken (Liberty Benton), Brooklyn Vaugh (Toledo Central Catholic) and Cali Gregory (Crestview).

The North team will be coached by Klarke Ransome of Marysville and Steve Suter of Hopewell-Loudon.

Champagne became the third Columbia women’s basketball player to be named All-Ohio four times, a historic feat that has only been accomplished by Alison Schafer and Allyson Ross (three at Columbia, one at Lake Ridge).

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Over the course of a season, she averaged 14.5 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.4 steals. Champagne was named Lorain County D-III Co-Player of the Year and Lorain County League Most Valuable Player.

Kingery received numerous accolades to eventually become Lorain County’s all-time leading scorer. She received DI First Team All-Ohioan honors, Southwest Conference Most Valuable Player and DI Northeast Lakes District Co-Player of the Year.

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