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All-Blade Girls Basketball Team 2014

03/20/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF

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Tierra Floyd

School: Notre Dame

Class: Junior

Height: 6-2

Position: Wing

Key stats: The versatile wing averaged 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.6 steals per game this season. She scored 468 points and grabbed 152 rebounds. She led the Eagles to a third straight Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship and third straight appearance in the Division I state final four where they fell to eventual champion Cincinnati Princeton. She shot 41.0 percent from the floor, including 35 percent from 3-point range. She scored a season-high 34 points against Lima Senior and was named All-TRAC, all-district, and All-Ohio first team. As a sophomore, she was All-TRAC, all-district, and All-Ohio third team.

Coach says: “Tierra has the unbelievable ability to take what the defense gives her. She makes her teammates better. She can create her own shot if that is what it takes to win. She's a great teammate on and off the floor. She just has a great understanding of the game. She has a very good basketball IQ. She does well in the classroom and kids like her. She is also goofy and funny. She's the type of player that all the players are drawn to because of her personality.” — Travis Galloway

Kaayla McIntyre

School: Notre Dame

Class: Junior

Height: 6-2

Position: Center

Key stats: She helped lead the Eagles to a third straight trip to the Division I state semifinals — a feat unmatched in Toledo basketball history by a boys or girls team. Notre Dame (24-4) also won a third consecutive Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship. She registered 11 double-doubles, averaging 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 61 percent from the floor. She also had 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 assists per contest. She has scored 833 career points and had a season-high 24 points against Clay. The Eagles were ranked as high as No. 7 in the state poll. McIntyre was selected All-TRAC and all-district first team and All-Ohio second team. She has received interest from midmajor colleges.

Coach says: “Kaayla does a tremendous job in the paint. She has a very high shooting percentage. She does a great job rebounding the ball at the defensive end and starts our fast breaks for us. She can bring the ball up against pressure. For 6-2 she has great ability to handle the ball. She had a tremendous junior year.” — Travis Galloway

Sarah Baer

School: Perrysburg

Class: Senior

Height: 6-1

Position: Center

Key stats:  The athletic post player averaged a double-double this season. She scored 441 total points (17.0 per game) and grabbed a school-record 309 rebounds (11.9). She registered a double-double in 21 of 26 games, and also averaged 2.2 steals, 1.8 blocks, and 1.7 assists. She shot 56.0 from the floor and hit 33 percent of her 3-point attempts to go along with a 66 percentage from the free-throw line. She finished her career with 962 points, 703 rebounds, and school-record 143 blocks. She scored a season-high 26 points against Clay. She set a school record with 24 rebounds in a game as a sophomore. She led Perrysburg (22-4) to the Division I district final and back-to-back undefeated seasons (14-0) in the Northern Lakes League. She was named NLL player of the year. She was All-NLL and all-district first team and All-Ohio second team two consecutive seasons. She will play at Bowling Green State University.

Coach says: “What makes her special is her athleticism. Most female post players don’t run and jump and move as quickly as she does. She is such a good athlete. That will help her in the college game at Bowling Green. She became one of our team leaders. She improved a lot as an offensive player. She increased her scoring by more than 4.0 points despite being the other team’s focal point.” — Todd Sims

Sasha Dailey

School: Rogers

Class: Senior

Height: 5-8

Position: Guard

Key stats: Simply put, she’s a natural talent who has excelled like few others at Rogers. She’s one of the anchors to the Rams’ emergence as one of the top girls basketball programs in the state. A four-year starter, she averaged 11.2 points, 4.4 steals, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. A two-time state finalist sprinter in track, she utilized her speed and quickness on the court to drive past defenders on her way to scoring more than 1,000 points in her career. Dailey delivered in a big way to help guide the Rams to their first Division I state semifinals appearance. She was named All-City League and all-district first team and All-Ohio second team. She will join former Rogers teammate Cha'Ron Sweeney at Eastern Michigan to continue her basketball career.

Coach says: “She’s a very special player. She’s meant a lot to the team and to the program. She’s very special to me because I’ve known her since the fifth grade. She trains and works hard. She’s a good leader and captain, and she’ll be really missed. She’s done nothing but respect me and has been a great kid. She put in the work during the offseasons and was one never to complain. Whatever I needed her to do she always stepped up and was dedicated to the game she loves.” — Lamar Smith

Keshyra McCarver

School: Whitmer

Class: Senior

Height: 5-10

Position: Forward

Key stats: A versatile inside-outside threat, she helped the Panthers to a 15-7 record, averaging 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. She shot 43 percent on 2-point field goals, 27 percent on 3-pointers, and 67 percent from the free-throw line. She earned All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference and Division I all-district first team, as well as All-Ohio third team. As a junior, she was voted TRAC and district player of the year and was selected All-Ohio first team. She had a season-high 27 points against Lima Senior and a career high of 29 against Lima Senior as a junior. She will play at Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.

Coach says: “Keshyra has been a pleasure to coach over the last two years. Her leadership, on and off the court, has had a positive influence on every one of her teammates. With her ability to score in the lane and from the perimeter, she was a match-up problem for most teams. Keshyra was also a leader on the defensive end of the court. She broke a school record with seven charges drawn on the year. It will be very difficult to replace Keshyra. However, her work ethic and positive demeanor will carry over to her teammates that return to our program next year.” — Sean Flemmings

 

GIRLS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

1996: Dawn Zerman, Fremont Ross

1997: Ericka Haney, Central Catholic

1998: Ericka Haney, Central Catholic

1999: DiDi Reynolds, Hopewell-Loudon

2000: Megan Baier, Northview

2001: Heather Hill, Gibsonburg

2002: Kamesha Hairston, Bowsher

2003: Jazlyn Davis, Bowsher

2004: Kate Achter, Clay

2005: Niki McCoy, Northview

2006: Shareese Ulis, Waite

2007: Shareese Ulis, Waite

2008: Natasha Howard, Waite

2009: Yolanda Richardson, Start

2010: Natasha Howard, Waite

2011: Azia Bishop, Start

2012: Miriam Justinger, Northview

2013: Cha’Ron Sweeney, Rogers

2014: Tierra Floyd, Notre Dame

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