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Alazaus, Ridgway represent Branch on All-Ohio

COLUMBUS — One thing that Beaver Local could always count on was the play of Jenna Riccardo.

The Beaver Local senior, the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, is first-team selection on the Division II All-Ohio high school girls basketball team released Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

Riccardo posted 20 double-doubles as she averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Beavers to a 13-11 season.

The last player in the program to be a first-team All-Ohioan was Rachel McCoy in 2004.

An NCAA Division II West Liberty University recruit, Riccardo also was a third-team All-Ohio selection as a junior and received honorable mention as a sophomore.

Riccardo ranks first in school history with 1,767 points and 1,032 rebounds in her career.

Joining Riccardo on the first team is Poland junior Jackie Grisdale. Grisdale, already a 1,000-point scorer, averaged 18.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game for the 22-3 Bulldogs. She also shot 37.5 percent from three-point range and 78.8 percent from the free throw line.

State semifinalist West Branch had two players receive All-Ohio mention — Peyton Alazaus received special mention and Hannah Ridgway gained honorable mention.

West Branch (24-3) will play defending state runner-up Dayton Carroll (23-5) in a Division II state semifinal at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena.

Alazaus is the Warriors’ leading scorer, averaging 13.2 points, a game, along with 3.7 rebounds and an 82-percent shooter from the foul line.

Ridgway is the Warriors’ leading rebounder (6.6) and second-leading scorer (10.5).

Salem junior Kyla Jamison received honorable mention for the second straight season. Jamison led the Quakers by averaging 14.5 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 58 percent from the field and 88 percent from the foul line.

See page B2 or the complete Division I and II All-Ohio teams.

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