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Super 12 Captain

Peterson driven from young age to succeed

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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."

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