Central Ohio high school girls basketball and Pickerington has been synonymous since the 1990s. Around that same time, ThisWeek Community Newspapers began presenting its Super 12 girls basketball team.
Since 1994, ThisWeek named the area’s best 12 girls basketball players including a captain. Six of the 14 captains were from Pickerington.
This year, ThisWeek asked for your help in determining who is most deserving. Our poll has closed and the winner of fans’ choice will count as one vote among the ThisWeek staff as they determine this year’s captain. The fans’ choice will count as one vote among the ThisWeek staff as they determine this year’s captain.
The team will be released in the March 22 editions of ThisWeek Community Newspapers and online at ThisWeekSPORTS.com.
Here is a rundown of the five finalists:
Taylor Agler, Olentangy Orange: A junior point guard and the daughter of former Columbus Quest coach Brian Agler, this 5-9 star of a team that went 19-1 during the regular season has developed into an offensive star (15.7 points per game) in addition to averaging six assists and 3.5 steals.
Jaila Bryant, Pickerington North: Before being lost for the remainder of the season in late January, the 5-7 senior was averaging 12.8 points, five rebounds and five assists for a Panthers team that entered the postseason at 18-2.
Alexis Peterson, Northland: The 5-6 junior who has been a starter since her freshman season has developed into one of central Ohio's top scorers at 19 points per game. She has offers from Illinois, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Xavier.
Alyssa Rice, Reynoldsburg: The No. 1-ranked Raiders completed their first perfect regular season with this 6-3 sophomore among the key players. She averages 11.5 points and nearly eight rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the floor.
Aliyah Zantt, Reynoldsburg: A 5-7 senior, Zantt averages 12 points, nearly four steals and shoots 46 percent from the floor. She has signed with Eastern Michigan for the state's No. 1 team, the Raiders.
Past captains include Africentric’s Raven Ferguson (2011), New Albany's Hannah Robertson (2010), Pickerington Central's Emilee Harmon (2009), 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 (2000-01), Pickerington's LaToya Turner (1998-99), Pickerington's Tamara Stocks (1997), Brookhaven's Helen Darling (1996) and Pickerington's Beth Ostendorf (1994-95).