None of the five Madison County girls high school basketball teams advanced as far as a district championship, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t good basketball played in the county this winter.
West Jefferson (19-4) won the Mid-State League Ohio Division, the same division in which London (18-6) and Madison-Plains (7-16) competed. But the Lady Roughriders had their season come to an end with a loss to North Union in their postseason opener. London, which was the No. 2 seed in D-II won a tournament game before falling to Bishop Hartley.
Madison-Plains was knocked out of the D-III tournament by No. 3 Bishop Ready. Shekinah Christian (9-14) also lost its D-IV tournament opener, coming up short against Fisher Catholic.
Jonathan Alder didn’t win the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division, but the Pioneers (12-13) advanced deeper in the postseason then any other school in the county, winning two postseason games before falling in a D-II district semifinal to top-seeded Eastmoor Academy.
The Associated Press recently released the All-Central District basketball teams and plenty of Madison County athletes were recognized.
Alder senior guard/forward Alivia Milesky was selected second team All-Central District after a stellar season that saw her average 12.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.8 steals per game. Her leadership and hustle helped pace a Pioneers team that followed her lead.
A D-I college soccer recruit headed to Ohio University, would have options at the college level in basketball had she decided to go that route.
“She is a beast inside, she was honorable mention all-state last year,” Alder coach Bob Wehner said of Milesky. “She doesn’t score a lot of points, but she does a lot out there. She plays good defense and is a good rebounder, her soccer mentality comes into play out there.
“I bring a competitiveness, always going and never really stopping,” she said. “I guess that’s the soccer approach.”
London senior point guard Mackenzie Minner was selected third team all-district. She averaged 12.7 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
Her leadership at the point guard spot was the key to the Red Raiders posting 16 wins this season.
Fellow London senior Megan Cox earned recognition as she was named all-district honorable mention.
West Jefferson senior guard Claire Sterling was named second-team All-Central District in Division III.
Whenever West Jeff coach Tim Converse needed a basket this season Sterling was usually option No. 1. The talented playmaker could make shots, set up her teammates for baskets and handle the ball as well as anyone around.
Sterling averaged 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals per game in helping the Roughriders to their second straight Mid-State League Ohio Division championship.
Madison-Plains’ Macy McCollister was third team all-district pick after averaging 15.3 points per game and knocking down 77 percent of her free throws.
West Jefferson’s Kennedy Campbell, Alexis Good and Sydney Looby were all named D-III honorable mention.
Shekinah Christian senior Kiara Rohrer averaged nearly a double-double this season with 9.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She also had 3.1 assists per contest. These numbers helped earn her a spot on the All-Central District D-IV third team.
Her teammates freshman Kloe Yutzy (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg), sophomore Natalie Headings (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and senior Kendra Scheffel (8.5 ppg) were all named D-IV honorable mention.
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