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Super 12 Captain

Peterson driven from young age to succeed


Even when she was in elementary school, Northland High School senior girls basketball player Alexis Peterson refused to get used to losing.

"I used to always play with boys until I was in about fourth grade," Peterson said. "I've never been somebody who liked to lose. When I was younger, I was a really bad loser actually."

She believes that attitude helped transform her into central Ohio's top player the last two seasons.

Peterson, who was the district's Player of the Year a year ago, increased her scoring average by nearly 10 points as a senior.

The 5-foot-6 point guard again was named district Player of the Year and added first-team all-state honors in addition to being named the ThisWeek Super 12 captain for the second consecutive season.

A Syracuse University signee, Peterson is expected to play in the North-South all-star game April 21 at Capital University.

"I'm looking forward to just playing at another level and competing with different talent," she said.

Peterson stayed a step above most of her competition this season.

She led central Ohio in scoring average at 28.1 points per game and scored 34 to help the Vikings defeat eventual Division I regional champion Olentangy Orange 69-59 on Dec. 10.

Peterson was a four-year starter who helped Northland go 82-14 with City-North Division titles each of the last three seasons.

The Vikings lost to Africentric 83-67 on Feb. 9 in the City final and fell to Dublin Coffman 64-45 in a district semifinal Feb. 28 to finish 18-6.

Peterson also averaged five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

"Without her we wouldn't have been 18-6," coach Dean Washington said. "I can't think of anybody in the state who averaged 28 points, and that's with her shooting about 50 percent from 2-point range, 44 percent from 3 and 71 percent from the foul line. She pretty much did it all for us."