Girls Basketball: Downing, Westerbeck named first team All-Ohio

Seniors Allie Downing of Tri-Village and Rosie Westerbeck of Minster were named first-team All-Ohio Division IV girls high school basketball by the Associated Press on Monday.

A 5-foot-11 center, Downing is a repeat first-teamer. She averaged 17.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals. Among her other honors were the district 9 player of the year and the Cross County conference player of the year and a second consecutive season.

Downing also was the Southwest District player of the year and surpassed 1,200 career points. She signed with Belmont Abbey College (N.C.), an NCAA D-II program, to play basketball. Tri-Village (24-2) was beaten 42-29 by Jackson Centerville in a D-IV regional semifinal.

Westerbeck, a 5-10 frontliner, averaged 13.0 points for Minster (24-3). The Wildcats won the Midwest Athletic Conference (9-0) and lost 39-35 to Jackson Center in a regional final.

Southeastern senior Jessica Erwin was named to the second team and Cedarville junior Ise Bolender to the third team.. A 5-11 guard/forward, it was an especially rewarding season for Erwin because she missed her junior season following an ACL knee injury and surgery. Southeastern (17-7) was third in the OHC and lost 42-38 to Covington in a D-IV sectional final.

Erwin averaged a team-high 18.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals. She was the Ohio Heritage Conference player of the year, a District 9 media selection and is an Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association North/South game alternate. She has signed to play basketball at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind., (NAIA).

Bolender, a 5-10 guard, averaged 18.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. She’s a three-time, first team All-OHC selection and surpassed 1,300 career points this season. The Indians won the OHC South Division, Cedarville’s first conference championship since 1978. Tri-Village defeated Cedarville 49-42 in a district final.

Berlin Hiland/s Angela Troyer and Dave Schlabach swept D-IV All-Ohio player and coach of the year honors.

Players were nominated by coaches and voted on at six district levels by media panels. The All-Ohio teams were selected by the Associated Press based on district teams.

Girls Divisions II-III All-Ohio teams will be announced on Tuesday and D-I and Ms. Basketball on Wednesday. Boys All-Ohio teams and Mr. Basketball will be released next week.

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