County girls team picked (03-21-13)
Written by Sentinel Sports Staff
Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:11
Perrysburg and Elmwood each had two first-team selections on the Sentinel-Tribune's All-Wood County girls high school basketball team.
Sarah Baer and Allex Brown of Perrysburg, and Brittany Gross and Kristen Curtis Elmwood were named to the first-team.
Haley Glandorff of Bowling Green and Julie Hotz of Rossford round out the first-team.
The team was selected by members of the Sentinel sports staff.
Baer and Brown helped Perrysburg to records of 23-2 overall and 14-0 in the Northern Lakes League.
The Yellow Jackets were eighth in the final Division I state poll and advanced to a regional semifinal.
Baer, a 6-foot-1 post player, averaged 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
"Her biggest strength is her activeness," Perrysburg coach Todd Sims said. "She is very hard to guard because she moves a lot. Defensively, she tips the ball and steals the ball on our press. She's so active for a post player, a 6-1 girl. She's very active, very athletic."
Baer, a junior, improved on a solid sophomore season that saw her earn honorable-mention All-NLL honors.
"I knew she'd improve, but I didn't know she'd improve this much," Sims said. "She's improved dramatically. Her athleticism is off the chart and she still has room to improve."
Brown was a 6-1 center-forward who averaged 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
"She was a relentless rebounder," Sims said, "She's a very good offensive rebounder, a very good defensive rebounder. She keeps the ball alive, tips it, tips it to her teammates."
Brown came off the bench this season after playing last season on the junior varsity.
"She couldn't crack the varsity last year, that's a testament to how strong our program is," Sims said. "She had a great (junior varsity) season and now she's first-team all-county. That's a great tribute to her and her worth ethic."
Gross and Curtis were part of a successful season for Elmwood. The Royals were 21-4 overall and won the Northern Buckeye Conference with a 13-1 record. They advanced to a Division III district final.
Gross, a 5-8 guard, averaged 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
"She's played four years, so that experience just made her better and better, and she was a kid who played all of the time," Elmwood coach Doug Reynolds said. "She played in the summer. She just loved to the play and she was a competitor."
"She got more and more confidence in her shooting, which was a big step," Reynolds added. "Last year, she averaged right around nine (points) a game and this year she stepped up because she knew she needed to score. That was a big key. She worked on her shooting."
Gross shot 40 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free-throw line.
"She handled the ball and that was a major thing for us," Reynolds said, "Many times in the last three minutes of the game, we would slow things down and run four corners, and she was one of the main ones doing it. We knew she'd be able to go to the foul line and make foul shots."
Curtis played on the wing, averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
"Last year, we knew she was going to be a really good one and she stepped up this year," Reynolds said. "Her work ethic is very good. She loves to play the game and you end up having to chase her out of the gym."
Curtis made 34 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts.
"Her 3-point shot was really big for us," Reynolds said. "She worked on that and she would be there after practice shooting. That made a big difference. We could put her down inside and we could run plays for her there, and she was able to score. She was a tough matchup."
Glandorff's offense and defense helped BG finish 13-10 overall and 7-7 in the NLL. The senior averaged 11.0 points per game and shot 87 percent from the free-throw line.
"We graduated five starters, so she provided a lot of solid leadership and a lot of experience playing in varsity games before helped in leading younger players in terms of what to expect and what they had to do to improve their game," BG coach Jeff Nichols said.
Glandorff, a 5-5 guard, often drew the assignment of guarding the opponent's best player.
"We wouldn't have been 13-9 in the regular season without the leadership she provided and the defensive ability she has," Nichols said. "She always responded and really did a nice job defensively. We always had lot of confidence in her defense."
Hotz, a 5-9 wing, averaged 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game to help Rossford finish 14-10 overall and 10-4 in the NBC.
"She was a good all-around player," Rossford coach Kevin Mitchell said. "She was good at the offensive end and she was good at the defensive end. She was a good rebounder, a good shooter. She could handle the ball. She was a difficult matchup because she could play inside and outside."
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