PTC Girls Basketball Report: Handing out unofficial awards for 2012-13 season

By Colin Harris | Staff writer Published:

By Colin Harris | Staff writer

The girls basketball regular season is over and postseason play has already begun across the state of Ohio.

With the All-PTC league meetings taking place this Sunday, I thought I'd give my best guess at who is going to take home the two biggest awards in the league: Player and Coach of the Year.

With the exception of one or two teams, I have been able to see every team in the Metro and County Divisions this season, so I thought I'd also throw in a nod to the best player in each division that either stepped up their game in 2012-13 or was a first-year player who arrived on the scene with a bang.

METRO DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Cara Cook, Norton

Cara Cook was the top scorer in either division of the PTC this year and one of the best in Northeast Ohio, averaging slightly over 20 points a game for the Metro Division champion Panthers.

Just as impressive is that Cook was a double-double each time she took the court as the 5-foot-8 Panthers senior guard also averaged 10.6 rebounds a night.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Sonny Tilden, Ravenna

Not to diminish the work Norton's Brian Miller did in leading his team to its first-ever Metro Division title in 2012-13, but it is hard to ignore the job Ravenna head coach Sonny Tilden did in getting his team of unknowns to just one game shy of a fourth straight league championship.

With stars like DiAndra Gibson and Malorie Gibson at the the helm, Ravenna lost just three games in the past two seasons.

But both standouts were lost to graduation and replaced with a largely inexperienced and freshman and sophomore-heavy rotation.

Depite that, Tilden watched as players like freshman Taylor Geib and sophomore Deja Sanders developed and Ravenna managed to finish 12-2 in the league and 16-6 overall.

The future is bright in Ravenna and that should continue to be the case, as long as the Metro Division's top coach is at the helm.

BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brianna Rock, Kent Roosevelt

Kent Roosevelt sophomore forward Brianna Rock burst onto the scene this year as one of the best scorers in the league, averaging just over 15 points a night.

Rock saw very little time as a freshman as the Rough Riders featured a number of talented upperclassmen, but the sophomore took advantage of her opportunity in 2012-13 and should be one of the front-runners for Player of the Year honors next season.

COUNTY DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Shayna White, Southeast

Southeast senior center Shayna White has been a force for a couple of years now, but 2012-13 saw the Pirates post player take her game to another level.

White led all County Division players in scoring (18.9 points a game) and was narrowly edged out by Waterloo's Megan Forney (13.2 rebounds a game) for the division lead in rebounds with 12.4 boards a night.

My preseason pick for Player of the Year in the Division was Woodridge's Lizzy Wilkinson, who still had a strong season. But White's individual and team success make her a no-brainer for the league's top honors this year.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Bob Dunn, Southeast

This one is an easy choice.

Since taking over the girls program three seasons ago, the long-time boys coach has steadily built the Pirates back into a winning program.

Southeast was on the verge of success last year with a 9-5 record in the County Division, but the Pirates kicked the door down in 2012-13 with a 13-1 record in league play.

BREAKTHROUGH PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brittany Butcher, Southeast

Why not just make it a sweep for the Pirates?

Brittany Butcher is not a newcomer in the traditional scene, but the junior guard more than doubled her scoring output this year from six points to 14.2 a game as Southeast surged to the top of the County Division standings.

Butcher firmly established herself as the County's top 3-point shooter as well, including setting a Southeast single-game record with eight 3-pointers as part of a 32-point effort in a mid-January win over Mogadore.

CONGRATULATIONS

Honors are already beginning to roll in for PTC athletes as the Women's Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association recently announced its 2013 all-star teams.

Norton's Cara Cook was one of just 10 area seniors selected to participate in the Summit vs. Stark Rotary game, which will be held at Malone College on March 27.

Cook was also named the WTCBCA's Division II Player of the Year, while Southeast head coach Bob Dunn was named the Division II Coach of the Year.

Woodridge senior forward Lizzie Wilkinson was named to the WTCBCA's Division I and II combined First Team, while Jaclyn Fortner of Norton and Ravenna senior Moe Moe Smith were named to the Division I and II combined Second Team.

Congratulations to all players and coaches for what will be the first of likely a ton of honors for a great season.

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