Franklin coach John Rossi starts to enjoy his team’s Division II sectional championship with Kristin Earles (11) and Madison Earles (22) late in the Feb. 26 game against Monroe at Lebanon. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

2017-18 Journal-News All-Area Girls Basketball Team

COACH OF THE YEAR

John Rossi, Franklin

» Season: Led the Wildcats to a 19-7 record, a third-place finish in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division and the program’s first-ever Division II district title, with Franklin losing to eventual regional champion Bellbrook in a regional semifinal. Owns a 295-170 career record — 19-7 in one season at Franklin, 199-44 in 10 seasons at Madison, 56-77 in six seasons at Fenwick and 21-42 in three seasons at Middletown. Job: Sales representative for Ohio Eagle Distributing.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Abby Prohaska, Lakota West, 5-10, senior, wing

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division I All-Ohio first team, All-Southwest District first team; Greater Miami Conference Co-Player of the Year. Career points: 1,053. College: Notre Dame.

FIRST TEAM

Emma Broermann, Badin, 6-1, junior, forward

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II All-Ohio special mention, All-Southwest District first team; Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division first team. Career points: 891.

Addie Brown, Talawanda, 5-9, senior, guard

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division I All-Ohio honorable mention, All-Southwest District second team; Southwest Ohio Conference first team. Career points: 1,063. College: Undecided.

Layne Ferrell, Franklin, 6-1, junior, guard

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II All-Ohio third team, All-Southwest District first team; Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division first team. Career points: 1,419.

CiCi Riggins, Hamilton, 5-10, junior, forward

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division I All-Ohio honorable mention, All-Southwest District second team; Greater Miami Conference first team. Career points: 1,085.

Kenzi Saunders, Madison, 5-5, sophomore, guard

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division II All-Southwest District third team; Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division first team. Career points: 691.

Alexis Straw, Lebanon, 5-9, senior, guard

» Honors: Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division I All-Southwest District third team; Greater Western Ohio Conference National Division first team. Career points: 714. College: Miami.

Hamilton’s CiCi Riggins is fouled by Ross’ Grace Stenger during their game Jan. 8 at the Hamilton Athletic Center. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

SECOND TEAM

Zahrya Bailey, Fairfield, 5-0, junior, guard; Jasmine Ballew, Lakota West, 5-9, senior, forward; Aubriana Bellard, Middletown, 5-8, senior, wing; Kendall Folley, Lebanon, 5-6, freshman, guard; Christa Harris, Carlisle, 5-7, senior, guard; Olivia Wells-Daniels, Monroe, 5-10, sophomore, guard

THIRD TEAM

Hannah Beckman, Fenwick, 5-8, sophomore, guard; Jaydis Gales, Lakota West, 5-8, junior, guard; Callie Hunt, Edgewood, 5-11, freshman, forward; Cierra Lipps, Edgewood, 5-5, senior, guard; Sophie Sloneker, Monroe, 5-10, junior, guard; Jordan Stanley, Lakota East, 5-7, junior, guard

FOURTH TEAM

Jenna Adams, Fenwick, 6-1, senior, center; Anna Beebe, Fenwick, 5-7, senior, guard; Aliyah Burks, Middletown, 5-2, senior, guard; Nevaeh Dean, Lakota West, 6-1, sophomore, forward; Aaliyah Johnson, Cincinnati Christian, 5-7, freshman, guard; Emily Maher, Badin, 5-7, junior, guard

HONORABLE MENTION

Kira Ash, Hamilton, 5-8, sophomore, guard; Grace Edmonston, Cincinnati Christian, 5-11, senior, forward; Kyra Koontz, Talawanda, 5-6, sophomore, guard; Jahsalyn Robinson, Monroe, 5-8, senior, forward; Jordan Rogers, Franklin, 5-9, freshman, guard; Lillie Runnells, Madison, 5-5, senior, guard

Carlisle guard Christa Harris is covered by Madison’s Kenzi Saunders during their game at Carlisle on Dec. 10, 2016. COX MEDIA FILE PHOTO
Springboro’s Lauren Thomas (with ball) draws Lebanon defenders Alexis Straw (1), Ashley West (11) and Cassidy Osborne during a Division I sectional final at Troy on Feb. 24, 2017. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF
Talawanda’s Addie Brown tries to deflect a pass by Badin’s Grace Larkin during their game Nov. 29, 2017, at Talawanda. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Talawanda’s Kyra Koontz puts up a shot over Badin’s Emma Broermann during their game Nov. 29, 2017, at Talawanda. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Lakota West’s Abby Prohaska puts up a shot during the Division I regional final against Mason on March 10 at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Franklin’s Layne Ferrell dribbles up the court while being defended by Monroe’s Brooke Frazier during a Division II sectional final Feb. 26 at Lebanon. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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