By Ryan Isley
Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken post-by-post reviews of some of Ohio’s top high school girls basketball players.
Our first list focused on playmakers, then shooting goalies, followed by small forwards and power forwards. Now let’s finish with the centers.
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 focal points worthy of fan attention in 2021-2022.
Pictured above is Mason’s Kyla Oldacre (photo by Ben Jackson).
Natalie Allen, Middletown Fenwick, senior, 6’3 “
A good rebounder and defender who can change shots in the paint due to his length. On offense, she has a nice mid-range jump shot and can come out to shoot 3s if left open. Has a good advantage.
Stephanie Altstaetter, Indian Lake, junior, 5’10 ”
Average 15 points and eight rebounds per game last season, winning unanimous honors in all leagues. Was a point guard in college before she experienced a growth spurt, and because of that, she can still play as a backup point guard and prepare for the attack. A hard worker who is constantly working to improve her game.
Caroline Berlekamp, Liberty Union, junior, 6’2 “
She has good speed for a post player and uses it to score in the paint. She can also go out and shoot halfway. A hard worker in the paint who can grab offensive rebounds and give her team a second chance to score.
Lily Bottomley, Fulton Canal Northwest, junior, 6’3 “
Average 12.5 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season and was honorably mentioned as All-Ohio, with District Player of the Year. Has excellent footwork and moves well for a post player. She has already set the school record for career blocks. She can score at the post and also shoot from the perimeter.
Ella Brandewie, Bishop Hartley, junior, 6’3 “
Average of 12.3 points per game last season and started this season averaging 12 points and 16 rebounds per game in the first few weeks. She’s an elite rebounder on both ends of the court and a defensive bully in the paint with her length. She is also one of the state’s top volleyball rookies.
Molly Castellanos, Hathaway Brown, sophomore, 6’2 “
She can score at all three levels by shooting from the perimeter and midrange or carrying the ball to the basket and finishing in the paint. Makes a difference on the defensive with its size in the paint.
Regan Clark, Sidney, junior, 6’0 ”
Entering her first season at Sidney after transferring from the Jackson Center, she is a strong defender in painting. Offensively, she can score low or go out and create a gap for most defenders.
Meghan Downing, Tri-Village, senior, 6’2 “
On average 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 3.3 assists per game last season. She is a strong advocate in painting. She can knock down midrange jumpers and passes the ball well for a post player.
Taylor Gray, Arcane, senior, 6’0 ”
Average of 12 points and eight rebounds per game last season taking first-team honors of all conferences. She’s the anchor for a team that enjoys playing stuffy defense and can keep other teams from scoring.
Grace Hagemyer, North Baltimore, senior, 6’1 “
Shows excellent footwork in the post and is a good marker in the paint as a true post-up center. She’s a defensive force in the paint with her size and had 12 blocked shots in a playoff game last season.
Ciara Horney, Cedarville, senior, 5’11 ”
Scored 10.2 points and took 6.1 rebounds per game last season. She can play 3, 4 and 5. She is a versatile player and a good rebounder who can go out and shoot or show herself in the paint.
Sophia Kline, Berne Union, junior, 6’1 ”
Average 11 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season. She can play any position as she has the ability to either score in the post or go out and play on the perimeter, where she can shoot or attack the dribbling basket. Defensively, she can keep all five positions.
Mary Meng, Midview, junior, 6’4 “
Transferred to Midview after two seasons at the non-OHSAA Christian Community School in North Eaton. She has excellent footwork for someone her size in the painting. She upped the competition and averaged 16 points and 17 rebounds per game in the Middies’ first handful of games this season. In her first game for Midview, she scored 21 points, grabbed 26 rebounds and blocked eight shots against Avon.
Kyla Oldacre, Mason, senior, 6’5 “
Average 14.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game last season, his first season at Mason after being transferred from Princeton. She was named to the Conference First Team All-Star in all three seasons and was the Conference Defensive Player of the Year in both freshman and sophomore. She is engaged at the University of Miami (Florida).
Abbey Parker, Sandy Valley, senior, 6’2 “
Almost averaged a double-double last season with 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and was named to the first team of all conferences as well as the second team of all districts. Has the ability to be a great rebounder and showed that by grabbing 17 boards in an early season win over Indian Valley.
Lanae Riley, Archbishop Hoban, senior, 5’11 “
Was named to the All-Ohio first team last season averaging 22.1 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 63 percent from the field. She signed to play at Middle Tennessee State. She’s a great rebounder and a good scorer in the paint. Worked on adding a jumper to complete his offensive play. Although she is already an exceptional player, she continues to be very coachable.
Riley Rismiller, cold water, junior, 6’5 “
Average a double-double last season with 17.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in sophomore and received an All-Ohio Honorable Mention. She has a great understanding of the game and is a team player with a high work ethic and drive.
Abbie Smith, Vincent Warren, senior, 6’0 “
Average 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game last season while shooting 64% from the field. She has excellent footwork for a post player. She is difficult to keep indoors but can also come out and shoot the jumper. His vision of the court allows him to get out of double and triple teams.
Mauria Stanley, Trinity, senior, 5’11 ”
Her athleticism and versatility allow her to play in multiple positions as she can score in the paint or come out where she is one of the best shooters on the team. She’s great defensively and can be a game-changer at this end of the pitch with her ability to block shots.
Jordan Weir, GlenOak, senior, 6’6 “
Average a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists per game last season. She’s a very good rebounder and a great shot blocker who can change the game defensively.