Emilee Harmon posted impressive numbers for three seasons for the Pickerington High School Central girls basketball team.

THE CAPTAIN

Emilee Harmon posted impressive numbers for three seasons for the Pickerington High School Central girls basketball team.

Entering her senior season, Harmon was averaging 18.0 points and 8.2 rebounds, had established herself as one of the state's best players and had signed with Ohio State. Would there be anything left to offer her a challenge in her final season with the Tigers?

Last April, Wade Brockwell replaced Ken Schneider as coach, and Harmon had her challenge.

"That was really hard," she said. "Me and coach Schneider are pretty close. I didn't know what to expect, and it was my senior year. Things turned out for the best."

Harmon, a 6-foot-2 post player, averaged 19.8 points and 11.5 rebounds and shot 56.6 percent from the field in becoming the sixth player from Pickerington to be named captain of the ThisWeek Super 12 team.

Central finished 19-6 after a 73-55 loss to Dublin Coffman in a regional semifinal March 10.

Harmon was named Player of the Year in the OCC-Ohio Division and district. She shared the Division I state Player of the Year honor with Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame's Kendall Hackney.

"Emilee loves this game, and she's put a lot of heart and soul and time into Pickerington Central," Brockwell said. "That's why she's the type of player she is."

Harmon finished third on Central's career scoring list with 1,639 points behind Beth Ostendorf (1992-95) with 2,006 and LaToya Turner (1996-99) with 1,721.


Harmon takes most pride in her class' ability to win at least a share of three league titles, four consecutive district titles and one regional title (2006).

"When I was a little girl, I was pretty competitive," Harmon said. "I've carried that with me. I never expected to lose and if I could change anything, it would have been winning a state championship. Sometimes you don't go out the way you want to."

•PAST CAPTAINS - Eastmoor's Ayana Dunning (2008), Dublin Scioto's Crystal Murdaugh (2007), Pickerington Central's Stephanie Stevens (2006), Mifflin's Marshae Dotson (2005), Pickerington North's Marscilla Packer (2004, 2002), Brookhaven's Brittany Hunter (2003), Grove City's Charisse Crews (2000, 2001), Turner (1998, 1999), Pickerington's Tamara Stocks (1997), Brookhaven's Helen Darling (1996) and Ostendorf (1994, 1995).