By Ryan Isley
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, followed by the small forwards. Now it is the turn of the powers ahead.
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 attackers worthy of fan attention in 2021-2022.
Pictured above is Claire Henson of Valley View (photo by Ben Jackson).
Chloe Chard-Peloquin, Newark Catholic, senior, 6’2 “
Was named the third All-Ohio team last season after averaging 14 points and 13 rebounds per game. She can play in multiple positions, including the playmaker and each position station. A tough defender who enjoys the challenge of keeping all points on the ground. Has the strength to keep in the post but also the speed to keep on the perimeter. She signed up to play at Canisius College.
Olivia Cooper, Pickerington Central, junior, 6’1 “
She averaged eight points and six rebounds per game last year in sophomore. She is very long and athletic with a great first step. Defensively, she is a very versatile defender who can keep inside or on the perimeter. Already holds several Division I college offerings.
McKayla Dunkle, Cadiz Harrison Central, senior, 6’2
Named second All-Ohio team last season after averaging a double-double with 17.8 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. She can play at the post, where she has excelled over the past three seasons, and at the perimeter, where her game has improved a lot and can now score at all three levels. She is a formidable rebounder and has become an excellent shot blocker.
Lauren Gerken, Liberty Benton, sophomore, 5’11 “
Entered the scene as a freshman last season and earned an All-Ohio Honorable Mention averaging 17.2 points per game. Creates defensive offset with his length and quick hands, allowing him to get blocked shots or steals.
Kamryn Grant, Africentric, sophomore, 6’1 “
Made his mark as a freshman with his athleticism. Offensively, she can play in the paint or on the perimeter and she handles the ball well for a big one. On the defensive side, she uses her length as a dominant shot blocker in the paint.
Claire Henson, Valley View, senior, 5’11 “
She averaged 12 points and six rebounds per game last season winning All-Ohio honors with special mention. A very versatile forward who can score from the basket or go out and shoot the jumper at mid-distance and can also score from the perimeter. She enlisted at Long Island University.
Alexa Hocevar, West Geauga, junior, 6’1 “
Average 11.7 points and nine rebounds per game last year and was named All-Ohio Special Mention in Division II. She is strong on the offensive and defensive side of the pitch. She’s a good perimeter shooter and has the athletic ability to come out in transition and score before defense.
Helen Holley, Laurel, sophomore, 6’2 “
A sophomore student with high potential, she is a formidable athlete with a fast first and second jump. She’s starting to take on real meaning and can score in the paint as a post player, but also attack from the perimeter like a keeper. She has a high IQ for the game and always seems to know the right place and the right thing to do.
Morgan Hunt, Tri-Village, junior, 5’10 ”
Won the Division IV All-Ohio First Team and Southwest District Division IV Co-Player of the Year last season averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. She’s a great all-around player who has a great competitive nature and really shines in the transition game. Can take down open perimeter shot, but his best gift is his ability to finish around the edge.
Sarah Johnson, Troy Christian, senior, 6’2 “
She averaged 9.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a junior last season. Her size creates problems on the defensive end, and she can block or switch shots because of it. Also use this size to be a good rebounder in the paint. She is a very effective scorer in painting the offensive side.
Ashley Kerekes, Copley, junior, 5’10 “
She was named the All-Ohio Special Mention last season in sophomore. She is very athletic and can come out quickly in transition. On the defensive side, she’s a good rebounder and shot blocker in the paint.
Blessing King, Worthington Christian, senior, 5’11 “
Named All-Ohio Honorable Mention last year with 12.6 points per game. She is an elite athlete who knows how to use that athleticism to come out in transition and start or finish the quick break. It’s also a great rebounder that plays with a motor that doesn’t stop. Defensively, she uses this athleticism to maintain multiple positions.
Mallory Mullen, Springfield Catholic Central, senior, 6’0 “
A two-time state champion in the high jump, she uses that athletic ability on the basketball court to be a great rebounder and offensive threat around the basket. She was named All-Ohio Honorable Mention in basketball last season. She signed up to compete in track and field at the University of Kentucky.
Asia Nicholson, Brush, senior, 6’1 ”
She averaged 13 points and 14 rebounds per game last season. A dynamic forward who is very athletic, she can touch the rim and is very fast. She’s a monster downstairs and can shoot the ball too. She signed to play for Alabama A&M.
Samara Savoy, Reynoldsburg, junior, 5’11 “
A physical player who is a good rebounder and defenseman in paint as she is not afraid of a physical style of play. This also allows it to be a good marker in the paint through traffic. She had a great game this season in a convincing victory over Newark, scoring a career-high 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Jayne Six, Glouster Trimble, senior, 6’1 “
Average 15.3 points per game last season, winning the All-Ohio Honorable Mention. Uses its size and length to be a double-double threat on any given night and also to defend the paint on the defensive side as a shot blocker.
Jenna Smith, Garrettsville Garfield, senior, 6’0 ”
Honorable mention All-Ohio last season with 18.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. She has already scored 1,000 career points during her junior season. Offense goes through her and she’s a head-to-head problem for teams because of the way she runs the ground and can handle the ball. She signed up to play at Marietta College.
Faith Stinson, Sheridan, senior, 6’1 “
Average 18.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game last season to be named All-Ohio first team for the second time in his career. She can play inside or outside and handles the ball as a secondary ball manager against the press. On track to become Sheridan’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker. She pledged to play at Akron University.
Allie Stockton, Sidney, junior, 5’11 ”
She averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game last year and has been a starter since her first season. She’s learned to focus on other aspects of the game like rebounds and assists when her shot doesn’t fall. She has been a key contributor for Sidney since her first year and is poised to surpass 1,000 career points this season.
Bella Zirzow, Bristol, senior, 6’0 “
Named an All-Ohio Honorable Mention last season after averaging 19.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, both of which led the team. She can score from inside or outside as she is a good perimeter shooter. She uses her size on the inside to be a good rebounder.