COLUMBUS — Ashland University-bound Sage Brannon of Cardington has already been named the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference girls’ Player of the Year and a First Team honoree in the Division III Central District. So her most recent accolade, Second Team All-Ohio, comes as little surprise.
Brannon was one of seven local girls who were named to Division III and IV All-Ohio teams when the lists, selected by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, were announced on Monday.
A 5-foot-7 senior, Brannon was a state Honorable Mention in 2017. She earned her third all-conference honor this season, when she was at or near the top of the area list for nearly every statistical category. She was the area leader in assists (5.7 apg) and steals (5.2 spg) while also taking second in scoring average (16.3 ppg). She was in the top 10 of field-goal percentage (52.3%), free-throw percentage (77.3%) and three-point percentage (32.8%), and also grabbed 4.7 rebounds per contest and blocked 13 shots. Cardington also won four straight conference crowns with her in the lineup.
Utica’s Emily Londot, a 6-1 sophomore, earned selection to the Division III Third Team. Also a state Honorable Mention as a freshman, Londot was only one of two girls who average a double-double on the season, leading area players in both scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (11.5 rpg) and blocked shots (78, 4.3 bpg). Her 59.7 percentage on field goals was second in the area.
Two other Pirates were named Honorable Mention, Casey Bertke and Kynlee Edwards, and were joined by Centerburg’s Cierra Joiner. Bertke led all players in field-goal percentage (65.8%) while scoring 14.3 points per game. She hauled in 9.5 rebounds per game, third in the area, blocked 2.7 shots per game, second overall, and averaged 2.0 steals a contest.
Edwards was one of four Pirates to average over nine points per game (9.2 ppg), shooting 35.3 percent overall and 28.2 percent from behind the arc. She was third in the area in assists (3.6 apg) and second in steals (4.1 spg), despite playing with Brannon.
Joiner, a Second Team Central District choice, was the Trojans’ leader in most categories with 15.3 points, 2.9 steals, 8.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 41.4 percent on field goals, 70.5 percent at the free-throw line and even 29.6 percent on 3-pointers. He also averaged 2.1 assists.
Two players from Danville were named to Division IV teams. Lauren Mickley, a 5-9 senior, was named Special Mention for the second straight season. A First Team Central District and First Team KMAC selection, she was the Blue Devils’ second-leading scorer at 14.9 points per game while shooting 40.3 percent from the floor and 38.2 percent from three-point land. She averaged 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals, 5.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
Cece Newbold, a 5-7 sophomore, earned Honorable Mention. A KMAC First Teamer and Central District Second Teamer, Newbold led Danville and was third in the area at 16.2 points per game, and shot 38.4 percent overall and 67.8 percent at the line. She also dished out 1.8 assists, made 2.6 steals and grabbed 6.1 boards a game.
Division I and II teams will be announced in Wednesday’s edition of the News.