ThisWeek's 2017-18 Super 12 Girls Basketball Team
The assault on the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team’s record book – and beyond – continued this season for junior Jacy Sheldon.
The runner-up for Ohio Ms. Basketball and now a back-to-back ThisWeek Super 12 captain, Sheldon already holds Coffman records for points (1,643), steals (372) and field goals (619).
If the 5-foot-9 guard duplicates this season’s 683 points as a senior, she’d move up to 13th on the OHSAA’s all-time list.
Sheldon averaged a program-record 26.3 points this season, although she prefers to build up her teammates whenever possible. She has 473 career assists and needs 28 to become the program’s all-time leader.
Sheldon also was named state co-Player of the Year in Division I as well as Player of the Year in the district and OCC-Central Division. “I realize these kinds of honors only come with great teammates and team success,” she said.
Sheldon, who has committed to Ohio State, led the Shamrocks to a 24-2 record this winter and a district runner-up finish. Coffman won the OCC-Central at 10-0.
Sheldon also holds the program marks for steals (147) and field-goal percentage (60.0) in a season, and she scored a program-record 40 points in a 79-45 victory over Eastmoor Academy on Dec. 16.
She also holds single-game program records for steals (10) and 3-pointers (7). She has 154 career 3s and needs 25 to become the program leader.
In the offseason, Sheldon said she plans to “improve every aspect of my game” and build her physical strength.
“Jacy improved statistically in just about every category, which is a testament to her work ethic,” coach Bryan Patton said. “As great as she is, she doesn’t take a day off. The thing that stands out is not only is she extremely skilled, competitive and coachable, but she makes her teammates better because of her play. She works on her game religiously, but it rubs off on her teammates.”Super 12
While leading Reynoldsburg to a share of the OCC-Ohio title and a 20-6 record, Ezeudu increased her offensive production by nearly 50 percent per game.
In a 54-52 overtime loss to Gahanna in a Division I district final, the 6-0 junior forward grabbed a program-record 22 rebounds. Ezeudu averaged 15.3 points and 10 rebounds and was first-team all-district and all-league and third-team all-state.
“Uju had a tremendous season both from her attitude and effort on the court and her leadership off it,” coach Jack Purtell said. “I feel like the biggest area of improvement … was her shooting and in particular her free-throw shooting.”
The 5-8 senior guard concluded her career for Thomas Worthington by being named OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year, second-team all-state and first-team all-district.
Gaiters set single-game marks in points (35) and steals (11) in a 61-29 win over Mifflin on Feb. 1 and in rebounds (23) in a 54-48 loss to Chillicothe on Jan. 29. She set season records in points (391) and rebounds (232) and is the Cardinals’ career leader in rebounds (804). She averaged 19.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals as Thomas finished 11-9 overall and shared the league title with Dublin Scioto at 9-3.
“Jazz meant so much for this program,” coach Laurie Barr said. “She gave us everything she could in so many areas.”
Greene, a 5-6 junior guard, averaged 19.3 points in Pickerington Central’s final four games to help lead the Tigers to their seventh Division I state title and first since 1999.
A three-year starter who was named OCC-Ohio Player of the Year as well as first-team all-state and all-district, Greene averaged 11.8 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds as Central went 28-2 overall, defeating Solon 49-45 in the state final. The Tigers also went 9-1 in the league to share the title with Reynoldsburg.
“We demand so much from her,” coach Johnathan Hedgepeth said. “She has the ball in her hands all the time and we typically put her on the other team’s best player.”
In her only season with Gahanna, Harris helped the Lions win a Division I district title.
The 5-8 senior guard/forward, who averaged 12.5 points for Westerville North as a junior, was first-team all-OCC-Ohio and second-team all-district as the Lions finished 19-8. A Wright State commit, she averaged 13.5 points, three rebounds and two steals.
Gahanna lost to Pickerington Central 58-44 in a regional semifinal.
“Anisja was a vital part of our success this season,” coach Betsy Baker said. “She’s a tremendous athlete and brought a lot of basketball skill to our team.”
Considering NCAA power Connecticut has scouted her, the future looks bright for this 6-1 junior guard.
Horston, who was district Player of the Year and a state co-Player of the Year in Division III, helped the Nubians beat Versailles 53-47 to earn their sixth state title and finish 27-3. She averaged 16 points, four assists and four steals.
“She’s showed a lot of character because for two years she’s played point guard but this year we moved her to (shooting guard),” coach Will McKinney said. “Words can’t express how nice it is to have a player that caliber that you can just shift around. It’s like with chess pieces on the board and she’s like a queen.”
Perry, a 5-11 junior forward, averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists to help lead Pickerington Central to its seventh Division I state championship.
The Auburn commit was named first-team all-district and all-league and special mention all-state. A three-year starter, coach Johnathan Hedgepeth said Perry’s versatility enabled her to play every position except center this season. Central went 28-2 overall and 9-1 in the OCC-Ohio to split the league title with Reynoldsburg.
“She’s such a tremendous athlete that we can utilize her at multiple positions,” Hedgepeth said. “She can rebound, score and play inside and outside.”
The 5-5 junior point guard helped lead Westerville South to its first district title and the OCC-Buckeye championship at 10-0.
Pitzer averaged 11.7 points and was named first-team all-district. She also earned an OCC Player of the Year award for the third consecutive season.
The Wildcats lost to eventual Division I state champion Pickerington Central 60-52 in a regional final to finish 21-6 overall.
“To come back from a (knee) injury (in) January (2017) and help lead this team to its OCC title, district title and the regional final was phenomenal,” coach Silas Williams said. “She played at a high level against great competition. It was like she never missed a beat.”
After helping Newark reach a Division I state semifinal in 2017, Shumate led the Wildcats to a 25-2 season and a regional semifinal.
A 5-10 junior guard who has committed to Kent State, she averaged 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals while shooting 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range.
“(She) comes up big when it matters most,” said her father, coach J.R. Shumate. “(She) only plays two or three quarters in most of our games because of the scoring differential. Katie assisted a lot more this year and got a lot more disciplined on the ball on defense. She did a great job pressuring the ball and creating turnovers.”
The development of this 5-9 sophomore guard continued after she averaged 11 points and five rebounds a season ago.
A first-team all-district and special mention all-state selection in Division III, Smith averaged 13.5 points, four rebounds and three steals while helping Africentric win its sixth state title. She had 22 points as Africentric beat Versailles 53-47 in the state final to finish 27-3 and opened the season by scoring 20 as the Nubians beat eventual Division I state semifinalist Mason 42-40 on Nov. 25.
“I’ve been loving the steps Alexia has taken forward,” coach Will McKinney said. “Alexia is a great rebounder and reminds me of (2012 Africentric graduate Kianna Black).”
Spielman, a 5-10 junior guard, averaged 17.4 points and became Upper Arlington’s third 1,000-point scorer in leading the Golden Bears to a Division I district runner-up finish. She was first-team all-OCC-Central and all-district and third-team all-state as UA went 20-6, losing to Newark 48-28 in a district final. Spielman enters her senior year with 1,087 points, 42 shy of the program’s all-time leading scorers in Michele DeVault and Kortney Eisenman.
“Macy is constantly striving to improve every facet of her game,” coach Chris Savage said. “She is a great leader for our current program players but is also a wonderful influence for our girls in our community.”
While leading Northland to a 21-4 finish, this 5-10 senior guard/forward averaged 17.5 points and made first-team all-City-North and second-team all-district.
Weatherspoon surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career in late January.
During the final three of Weatherspoon’s four seasons on varsity, Northland lost in City League championship games to Africentric, including 44-43 on Feb. 10.
The Vikings, who have won 33 consecutive City-North contests, reached a Division I district semifinal.
“She’s bought into the system and taken on a leadership role,” coach Jaybee Bethea said.
“(She did) everything I ask of her and I sure ask a lot. (She averages) a double-double and has taken on responsibility within this new system.”Honorable Mention
Edyn Battle, Gahanna, So., G; Emma Burns, DeSales, Sr., G; Savannah Childress, Wellington, Jr., G; Maggie Crozier, Worthington Kilbourne, Sr., G; Lilly Edwards, Dublin Coffman, Sr., F; Mchale Grant, Eastmoor Academy, Jr., G/F; Dani Hall, Ready, Sr., G; Emma Humenay, Olentangy Liberty, Sr., G; Anyssa Jones, Westerville South, So., G; Trinity McClure, Westland, Jr., G; Annie Rauch, Hilliard Darby, Jr., F; Morgan Sharps, Newark, Jr., G; Emily Simon, Hilliard Davidson, Jr., G; Lyssi Snouffer, Delaware Christian, So., F; Carlisa Strickland, Independence, Jr., G; Kennedy Taylor, Hartley, Sr., G; Maddy Vincent, Bexley, Jr., G/F; Kyria Walker, Reynoldsburg, So., GPast Captains
Dublin Coffman’s Jacy Sheldon (2017), New Albany’s Meche’la Cobb (2016), Newark’s Kym Royster (2015), Reynoldsburg’s Alyssa Rice (2014), Northland’s Alexis Peterson (2012, 2013), 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 (2002, 2004), Brookhaven’s Brittany Hunter (2003), Grove City’s Charisse Crews (2000, 2001), Pickerington’s LaToya Turner (1998, 1999), Pickerington’s Tamara Stocks (1997), Brookhaven’s Helen Darling (1996) and Pickerington’s Beth Ostendorf (1994, 1995)