By Ryan Isley | Photos of Gabe Haferman
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be taking a job-by-job review of some of Ohio’s top high school girls basketball players.
Our first list focused on the playmakers, then the shooting goalies, and now it’s the turn of the small forwards.
There are hundreds of outstanding female basketball players in Ohio, and these lists don’t claim to be exhaustive! Use the comments section to discuss other small forwards worthy of fan attention in 2021-2022.
In the photo above, Mya Perry from Reynoldsburg, right, is guarded by Maddie from Newark Vejsicky.
Bree Allen, Fairland, sophomore, 5’11 “
Named an All-Ohio Honorable Mention as a rookie last season with 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. She can stretch the floor offensively with her shooting range and can score indoors and outdoors, with a range of dribbling, post moves and 3-point shots. She can defend several points.
Allison Basye, Huntington Ross, senior, 5’11 “
Was named the All-Ohio second team last season and was on one of the All-Ohio teams in each of its first three seasons. She averaged 28 points per game last year after averaging 23 points per game in sophomore and 18 points per game in freshman. She’s also an aggressive rebounder and averages double-digit rebounds in each of her three seasons.
Kristin Chmielewski, Stow-Munroe Falls, senior, 5’11 ”
Won an All-Ohio Honorable Mention last season in Division I with 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.2 assists and 2.2 blocks per game and was even better to start this season to 20.2 points per game in the first five games. She has played for three consecutive teams in the National Suburban League Championship and is the top defenseman for a team known for her defense.
Kiley Dyrlund, GlenOak, senior, 5’11 “
Moved to GlenOak after playing at Uniontown Lake, where she averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior last season. She is good at driving to the basket and finishing or creating chances for her teammates. Defensively, she can keep the five places. It is active in defense, resulting in thefts and blockages. She joined Walsh University.
Tessa Grady, Dublin Coffman, junior, 6’2 “
Averaged 10.9 points per game and 4.1 rebounds last season and has taken a big step this season as she rose to 6’2. ”She can score from anywhere on the pitch and is a An aggressive and athletic defender, she holds several Division I offers.
Nelia Guice, Westerville South, junior, 5’10 ”
She averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds last season in sophomore. She can score from the perimeter or attack the basket. She’s also an aggressive player on offense when it comes to bouncing back and often gains additional possessions for the team. Defensively, she is tenacious and can anticipate her player’s next shot.
Mallory Hawley, Pomeroy Meigs, senior, 5’10 “
Named an All-Ohio Honorable Mention last season averaging 17.9 points and four rebounds per game and shooting 58.1% from the field, 41.8% over a 3-point range. She is a versatile player who can play all five positions on the floor. She entered her senior season after having already surpassed 1,000 career points. She was also voted reunion queen this fall.
Kylie Leibacher, Castalia Margaretta, junior, 5’11 “
As versatile as she is, she plays all five positions with an emphasis on the front and sometimes on the leader. Last year, she averaged 15.6 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. She shoots the ball effectively at 56% overall and 40% over 3s. She has the ability to score at all three levels on the pitch, is usually tasked with defending the opposing team’s best player, and performs at the highest level in big games.
Torre Kildow, Belmont Union, junior, 5’11 “
Named honorable mention last season in sophomore averaging 17.1 points per game. Always an away threat, she has already scored 20 or more points in several games this season and is on track to surpass 1,000 career points as a junior. She has the speed of a guard at 3 and can create a gap against many defenders.
Mya Perry, Reynoldsburg, senior, 5’11 “
She scored 15.3 points per game last season on 50.1 percent shots and 43.9 percent on 3 points to be named the All-Ohio Special Mention. A selfless player who cares more about team success than personal success, she can play either wing position and is a good shot who can also bring the ball to the basket and finish. She enlisted in the state of Ohio.
Imarianah Russell, Reynoldsburg, senior, 5’11 “
Was named to the All-Ohio first team last season in her debut at Reynoldsburg after two seasons at Dublin Coffman and averaged 20.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a junior. A career 1,000 point scorer who can score from anywhere on the floor. Defensively, she can lock down her defender and also has the quickness to enter the passing lanes for a steal leading to a transition opportunity. She enlisted in West Virginia.
Grace Schill, Archbishop Hoban, senior, 5’9 “
Co-captain this season, she played in all 24 Knights games last year and averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. She signed up to play at Westminster College. She is good at painting and can finish around the basket. She is a pillar of defense, whether in the press or in the half court.
Jamisyn Stinson, Sheridan, sophomore, 5’9 “
Was named All-Ohio Honorable Mention as a rookie last year with 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. A pure shooter, she set the school record in one season for 3 points achieved with 78 last season. She can score from anywhere on the ground and shoots quickly.
Lauryn Stover, Gilmour Academy, senior, 5’11 “
She averaged 13.5 points, seven rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per game last season and was named an All-Ohio Honorable Mention. She has versatility in defense and uses her length to keep multiple points. Offesnively, she’s a good perimeter shooter. She signed on to play at Indiana – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Maddie Vejsicky, Newark, senior, 6’0 “
Athletic wing who can play 2 or 3, she is also a lethal deep shooter as she set the school record with 10 3 points made in the District Championship game last season and also holds the record. school for the most 3 points in a season. She can also prepare her teammates for a shot. Defensively, she has the length to keep several points. She signed with Virginia Tech.
Reagan Vinskovich, Belmont Union, junior, 6’1 “
She was named the All-Ohio second team last season averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. She has already passed 1,000 career points at the start of her junior campaign. Known as a top scorer, she has been asked this season to handle the ball more and play in the midrange as well. She can play multiple positions including the wing and the position when needed.
Berry Wallace, Pickerington Central, sophomore, 6’1 “
One of the best sophomores in this role, she averaged a double-double last season with 10 points and 10 rebounds per game in freshman. She’s a bigger wing player who can score at all three levels. She has a high basketball IQ and a great feeling for the game. Has already received several offers from Division I.
Bella Ward, Gahanna Lincoln, senior, 5’11 “
Averaged 15.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season and was named an All-Ohio Special Mention. She’s a four-year-old varsity player who can play either wing position. Very strong and athletic which allows her to bounce and score in the paint at a high level. She made a commitment to Xavier.
Annie Watson, Saint-Vincent-St. Marie, senior, 6’0 ”
Average 13 points, six rebounds and two steals per game last season to earn the All-Ohio Honorable Mention. She is a very versatile player – a slasher who is fast and athletic with a big Euro step offensively. On the defensive side, she can keep anyone off the ground.
Cameron Zinn, McArthur Vinton, senior, 5’10 “
A versatile player who can play any position and was named the All-Ohio second team last season after averaging 12.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game. Zinn is one of the most competitive high school athletes you’ve ever seen – highly skilled on the offense and one of the best defensemen in the state.