For my final Portage Trail Confernece Girls Basketball Report of the 2012-13 season, I thought it might be good to look forward instead of behind and list some key players that will return for the 2013-14 season.
I consider this list incomplete, because many players will undoubtedly take a leap forward during the off-season, but I also feel confident that those listed below will shine next season.
• Brittany Butcher, Southeast
It was a record-setting season for the sharp-shooter this season, when she set new school marks for single-game 3-pointers made (8) and career 3s (87), after burying 74 as a junior and 13 as a sophomore.
• Jessica Isler, Windham
The Bombers won't be in the PTC next season, but they made this list. Isler was one of the PTC's best overall scorers at 15.4 points a night this season and was a deadly outside shooter, knocking down 33 percent of her attempts from 3-point range. Isler was also a strong defender for the Bombers, averaging 5.8 steals per game and really helping to power the Windham transition game.
• Dari Heller, Windham
Heller is one of the more underrated players in the league, scoring 11.3 points to go along with 8.3 rebounds. If you've ever watched her play, you can't help but be impressed with her aggressiveness.
• Ashley Barker, Mogadore
When she returned from an early season injury, the Wildcats became a completely different team. She averaged 12 poitns per game and helped resurrect the second portion of the season that carried over to postseason success.
• Grace Reilly, Mogadore
Reilly led the Wildcats in scoring with nearly 16 points per game this season.
Honorable Mentions: Garfield's Madisson Geddes and Alicia Witte, Rootstown's Casey Miracle, Windham's Brittany Knight, Streetsboro's Alison Targosky, Woodridge's Abbe Esterak and Morgan Thompson.
• Taylor Geib, Ravenna
Geib seemed like the reincarnation of current University of Akron player -- and four-year starter at Ravenna -- DiAndra Gibson at this season, averaging 6.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as one of the main weapons in the paint for Ravenna.
• Jalynn Starks, Ravenna
Starks had some big games this season, scoring nearly seven points per game inside an offense that likes to spread the ball.
• Deja Sanders, Ravenna
Sanders led Ravenna in scoring this season with 11.3 points a game in her first season of real minutes at the varsity level.
nBrianna Rock, Kent Roosevelt
Rock played major minutes this year for the first time and turned out to be one of the county's best scorers at nearly 16 points an outing. Rock is a dedicated basketball player and has already said her first job in the offseason is improving her all-around game, including adding a jumper to her already strong ability to get to the rim.
• Justina Fortson, Kent Roosevelt
Fortson does not score at a heavy clip, but she will be in her fourth year of varsity play after transferring from Ravenna before her junior season. Roosevelt head coach Craig Foreman, as well as her former coach at Ravenna, Sonny Tilden, have constantly praised Fortson's ability to distribute the ball, while playing top-level defense.
Honorable Mentions: Field's Camille Adelman, Crestwood's Allison Vannoy, Norton's Brooke Robinson.