Centerville eighth grader lands scholarship offers

Centerville eighth-grader Cotie McMahon (with ball). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Centerville eighth-grader Cotie McMahon (with ball). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Football isn’t the only sport in which middle school students are being offered college scholarships.

Take note of this girl: Cotie McMahon.

The Centerville eighth-grade girls basketball standout isn’t on par - yet - with local legends Alison Bales (Beavercreek High School), Brandie Hoskins (Chaminade Julienne) and Tamika Williams (CJ), but she is crafting a similar story.

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McMahon, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward, currently holds offers from Xavier and Northern Kentucky universities. She will be 14 years old next month.

McMahon led her Centerville team to a Greater Western Ohio Conference middle school title in seventh grade and this past season averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds for the conference runner-up Elks. She scored 24 of her team’s 35 points as Centerville Black beat Centerville Gold 37-35 in the eighth-grade girls final.

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Last summer McMahon was part of the Dayton Lady HoopStars team that captured the seventh grade AAU national championship at Kingsport, Tenn. She scored 11 points in the final.

This spring McMahon bumped up to the DLH Elite high school team. At the Ohio AAU 11th grade/Open state championships at Kingdom Sports in Franklin last weekend, McMahon shined against much older competition (a combined 37 points, 43 rebounds, 15 assists, six steals and four blocks in four games).

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DLH Elite lost to DLH Premier in the event finals.

The Class of 2022 standout has visited Ohio State and had a planned visit to Dayton this week postponed due to a make-up track and field meet.

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McMahon is also receiving interest from a number of other schools including Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Boston College.

She moved to Centerville from Miamisburg in third grade.


What: 5-11 Centerville eighth grader

Sport: Basketball

Offers: Xavier and Northern Kentucky

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