2016-17 Dayton Girls Basketball Preview
Welcome to the 2016-17 girls basketball season here in Ohio, and in particular the Miami Valley. Like every year, the talent in the Dayton area is at a very high level, with many kids looking to advance their games to the next level.
Check back here daily as more teams will be added to the Preview page, as all of the teams who have returned their info sheets will be added to their respective conference page.
Also below is the pre-season Dayton area rankings, heading into the season.
Dabbs Miami Valley Pre-Season Rankings
As the season begins November 25, I will take a look at the pre-season rankings for the Dayton area.
1. Wayne- brings back everyone from last year, as they started all freshman and sophomores last year. The favorites from Dayton to make the deepest tournament run. Several next-level kids on this team to contend with.
2. Beavercreek- also returns four key players from last year, they didn’t bring back a bigtime scorer, rather several players who could go big any given night. Deep team with talent.
3. Centerville- the return of Tori Harrison from injury will help lead the way for the Elks. Talented group of returnees will push for another successful season.
4. Fairmont- based on the talent coming in, this team could be one of the better teams in the area. Returns Mariah Roe at the guard spot, and throw into the mix possibly some very talented youngsters and if they develop quickly, they could make some noise.
5 (tie). Tecumseh– brings back one of the premier guard tandems in the area in sophs Presley Griffitts and Corinne Thomas, but we will see who steps up with them. Lost some top talent from last year meaning more responsibilty for the talented guard duo.
5 (tie). Springboro- hit by losses of two key guards last year including the top guard in the GWOC Kelly Wurth and pesky guard Kasey Hughes. Returns Jordan Diehl who will step into the leadership role, and a couple of other younger players who I expect to shine.
1. Alter- the defending state champs return their top two players in Libby Bazelak (Duquesne) and Braxtin Miller (Oklahoma State), along with a good supporing cast as they look to get back to Columbus in March. Expect another long run.
2. Kenton Ridge- arguably the state’s top athlete Jamari McDavid returns for her senior year, while Mikala Morris looks for a big sophomore year. Every year one of the top D2 contenders, that won’t change this year.
3. Tippecanoe- eight seniors are gone off of this team that advanced to the past two regional championship games. They return two of the top six players in the GWOC American North Division this year in senior Taylor Prall and junior Allison Mader.
4. Bellbrook- the guard duo of Cassidy Hofacker and Bekah Vine are both returning as the Eagles try to repeat last year’s unbeaten regular season, and hopes for a nice tourney run. Fun team to watch and well coached.
5 (tie). Ben Logan- returns the area’s top junior guard Nikki Current, and time will tell how well she returns from her ACL surgery. She is expected to be back by the opener, and will also bring with her seniors Hayley Boysel and Coreen Crosby. Center Darian Rockhold also should play a key role for the Raiders.
5 (tie). Carroll- After the tough passing of longtime head coach Rob Berry, the Patriots return a lot of talent to challenge this season. Amanda Schroeder is back in the paint, and two guards Ellie Rumme and Morgan King will be big factors in the success of the team.
1. Miami East- returns a solid group, led by sophomore Morgan Haney, one of the top guards in the area. Haney will get help from Haley Howard, along with Bailey Miller. Will battle Tri Village for the league title, and could make a nice run.
2. Anna- a solid cast returns for the Rockets, led by Macey Huelskamp, along with some rising sophomores who could make an impact this year. Jada Rowland moved into the district from Sidney, and will provide talent for the Rockets.
3. Versailles- it will be another solid year for the Tigers, as they return junior guard Kami McEldowney, along with a solid post in Danielle Winner. Always has a tough schedule thanks to the talented MAC, and their non-conference games will be solid.
4. Waynesville- returns the duo of Rachel Murray and Aubrey Rains, both capable of putting up big numbers at any given time. Murray is the returning leading scorer in the SWBL, while Rains was among the assist leaders. They have additional younger players who can contribute and lead this team.
5. West Liberty Salem- gone is OHC Player of the Year Jamie Peterson, but Dennis McIntosh returns good talent to lead the Tigers this season. Seniors Mikalia McIntosh and Lily Yoder are both capable to putting the ball in the basket.
1. Tri Village- returns four key players from another great season. Led by D4 1st team all-Ohio wing Allie Downing, along with seniors Danika Mann, Rachel Miller and sophomore Emma Printz. They have some younger players who also expect to contribute this year also.
2. Minster- the excellent tradition will continue with the Wildcats, as they look to challenge for a trip to Columbus. 6-foot sophomore Courtney Prenger is no longer a hidden gem, and is among the top sophomores in Ohio. Also watch for Rosie Westerbeck, Lindsay Roetgerman and Demaris Wolf to shine this season. Longtime legend Nann Stechschulte stepped down after last season, but the success should continue from what she built.
3. Jackson Center- they advanced to the state final four last season after a magical post-season tournament run. Returns Cassie Meyer, a 5-11 senior to lead the way, but they could get off to a slow start. Their volleyball team is unbeaten and has advanced to the regionals this week. First year coach Jeff Reece returns to coaching after a great stint at Anna several years ago.
4. Miami Valley School- a preseason poll means the Rans have found a usual spot in the top five. They lost some good talent, but returns elite guard Tia Karras for her senior year. Also watch for Alyssa Clements and Liz Bush. They look to make a run in February.
5. Russia- will challenge Jackson Center and Anna for the top spot in the SCL. The guard tandem of Tiffany Hatcher and Maria Herron both return to cause havoc in the area. They also have a new coach.