Bonar, Kinney honored
Sure, Shadyside’s Karli Bonar and Martins Ferry’s Jessica Kinney could fill it up virtually any night of the week.
But as their respective coaches Tina Yates and Lindsay Coyne will immediately attest, their overall play at both ends of the floor helped solidify Bonar and Kinney’s status as first team all-Ohio cagers.
The Associated Press confirmed that knowledge today as Kinney (Division III) and Bonar (Division IV) were officially recognized as two of the Buckeye State’s elite players.
SHADYSIDE’S Bonar enjoyed a prep career like few others in Ohio Valley hoops’ history. The LT’s superb senior went out in a blaze of glory this past season.
Though Yates’ Lady Tigers came up short in their quest for a return to this weekend’s OHSAA Girls’ State Tournament, Bonar, nevertheless, set new standards for future girls’ basketball stars in the bi-state area.
Bonar became Ohio’s most prolific three-point shooter, finishing with a remarkable 350 buckets beyond the arc. That total included no fewer than 110 rainbow connections enroute to a 19.5 ppg. norm as a senior. Bonar was also a four-year foul-shooting ace, converting at over an 80 percent clip.
The LT’s 5-7 ace is taking her considerable talents to Division II Findlay University this coming fall.
KINNEY, meanwhile, achieved a majority of her offensive production on the inside where her fierce determination and tireless work ethic continually wreaked havoc for Purple Riders’ opposition.
Ferry’s ever-hustling 5-9 standout netted some 21.6 points per outing while crashing the boards with authority. Kinney’s scoring was not exclusively a result of in-the-paint production. She also had the ability to step back and drain an occasional three-point bomb.
ON the Division III all-Ohio list, Union Local junior Cori Medley earned special mention status following another season of excellence for the Lady Jets’ talented guard. Medley, easily one of the area’s finest all-around players, netted 15.6 points per game playing on a well-balanced unit for Drew Greenwood’s ball club. Medley is also regarded as a lights-out free throw shooter.
A pair of locals gained honorable mention D-III status – Monroe Central’s savvy senior Chelsie Roberts, a 20.2 ppg. scorer for Troy Baker’s Lady Seminoles, and Harrison Central’s splendid sophomore Katie Ellzy whose overall game continues to evolve.
Ellzy, at 5-10, was a reliable double-double producer for Nick Yourkovich’s Lady Huskies, scoring at a 17.6 ppg. clip while bringing down 11 boards per night.
THE Division IV all-state list includes a pair of special mention honorees – Shadyside’s Hayley Holenka and Bridgeport’s Nicole Smolenak.
Holenka joined Bonar to form one of the state’s most potent backcourt combos during a spectacular four-season career.
Known for her relentless play at both ends of the floor, Holenka hooped 17 points per outing this winter and like Bonar, was a 1,000-point career scorer. Holenka’s aggressive play is reflected in 178 visits to the foul line where she was a 70 percent converter.
Smolenak has already achieved much during her three seasons in a Lady Bulldogs’ uniform. This season, she averaged 14.8 points not to mention playing stellar defense for Rob Zitzelsberger’s ball club.
River’s smooth-operating Cassidy McCullough and Bridgeport’s freshman force Caitlyn Kroll are honorable mention D-IV all-Ohio cagers.
McCullough capped a rock-solid prep career under Rick Isaly, scoring just under 14 points per start and sparking the Lady Pilots with continual clutch play.
Kroll, meanwhile, became much more than an impact player for Zitzelsberger’s Bulldogs. She connected for 17.3 points per start and was a steady rebounder as well.
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