As my 4-year-old son sat playing in a pile of dirt (unbeknownst to me) over by the butter cow at the Ohio state fair last weekend, I ran into Gahanna girls basketball coach Rick Hauser.

The veteran coach, who led the Lions to their third Division I district championship last winter, told me that over the summer a couple members of his talented senior class, Zenobia Bess and Quiera Lampkins, had made their verbal commitments.

Lampkins, a 5-foot-9 point guard who made the ThisWeek Super 12 last season, verbally committed to Ohio University. Bess is a 6-foot post player who has verbally committed to Illinois State.

They join senior teammate Maddison Blackwell, a 6-footer who verballed a few months ago to Xavier.

Lampkins was Gahanna's leading scorer at 12.8 per game and made first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Bess averaged six points and made honorable mention all-league last season.

The Lions obviously should be pretty good again this winter, considering senior teammates Chrishna Butler and Reyna Montgomery also should be back. Bess, Butler, Lampkins and Montgomery have been key players since their sophomore seasons, and Montgomery saw significant action as a freshman. Blackwell transferred to Gahanna before her junior season after previously attending Hilliard Davidson.

Lampkins plays for the All Ohio girls basketball AAU program, which also includes 2013 college recruits such as Olentangy Orange's Taylor Agler (Indiana) and Africentric's Marley Hill (Cincinnati).

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