The Dabbelt Report has selected the Dayton All-Freshman team for the 2017-18 season. Listed below are 14 freshman who made a major impact for their teams and across the area this season. Also listed is an honorable mention list of rising freshman who will contend for a spot on the pre-season list for next season. Note: This is clearly NOT the only talented freshman in the area.
Kathleen Ahner, 5-7, Legacy Christian(8.0 pts, 5.4 reb, 3.3 ast, 2.6 stl)- Hard nosed scrappy player who has a great nose for the ball. Not afraid to get to the rim and draw contact, or step into the corner and bury the three. Her game improved as the season progressed, and was a key part in the great season that LCA enjoyed this year.
Abigail Dickson, 5-2, Valley View(9.2 pts, 4.6 reb, 4.4 ast, 2.0 stl)- One of her strongest points of her game is that she is an excellent shooter and despite a freshman, isn’t afraid to make the extra pass, or the tough pass. Abby is also a great defender and sees the floor very well. A very key part to the success Valley View has enjoyed this season.
Ella Doseck, 5-6, Anna(5.0 pts, 3.0 ast, 2.7 stl, 41 FG%)- She is very quick and drew the #2 defender. Plays great defense, and as a point guard handles pressure well. Too unselfish on open shots, but her skills are at a high level for a freshman.
Kendall Folley, 5-6, Lebanon(15.1 pts, 2.3 reb, 4.8 ast, 3.3 stl)- Played years above her age, Kendall has a high motor who attacks her opponent at both ends of the court. She has the ability to finish on the drive with either hand, and has extended range. Her solid mid-range game compliments her ability to see the share the ball in the open court.
Kenna Gray, 5-6 Bethel(11.0 pts, 5.5 reb, 3.5 ast, 4.2 stl, 39 3pt%)- She is the leader as a freshman for an improving Bethel program. She runs the offense and defense, and as a freshman she has grown into a tough role. She sees the ball well and anticipates well before the play happens. Sees the floor well. She just knock down shots when they need her too.
Bree Hall, 5-11, Wayne(10.2 pts, 5.1 reb, 1.8 stl)- Bree has opened the eyes of a lot of people in this game, including several college coaches who have already shown great interest in the Wayne freshman. She is an ultra-athletic wing with the ability to score in all three phases of the game. While superb in transition, she has shown the ability to consistently known down the open 3. Defensively her length allows her to create havoc for her opponents. She is also strong on rebounding and shot blocking.
Emma Hess, 5-10, Legacy Christian(14.6 pts, 5.5 reb, 1.6 ast, 1.6 stl)- very talented and versatile player for Legacy Christian, she scored over 20 points seven times as a rookie, and double digits 15 times. Very selfless as she will share the ball, or can take the big shot if needed. Bright future ahead.
Lauren Legate, 5-9, Valley View(8.6 pts, 7.5 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.2 stl)- Outstanding player who really came into her own this season with the Spartans. Lauren is a strong, physical player who is a solid inside presence. She does a great job on the boards, and distributes the ball very well. She is also a strong shooter.
Mickayla Perdue, 5-8, Springfield(22.0 pts, 4.3 reb, 5.3 ast, 5.2 stl)- Mickayla is an incredibly gifted player with unbelievable speed, aggressiveness and court vision. She is faster with the ball than without it, and is an open court nightmare. She can take a defender to the rim and finish, or step back for the three. She has a tough demenor to her and is a true student of the game.
Abbigail Peterson, 5-7, Springfield Catholic(16.5 pts, 4.0 reb, 5.0 ast, 4.0 stl)- She has a high IQ on the basketball court on both sides of the ball, and puts the emphasis on the defensive side of the ball. Abbigail has excellent court vision that forces defenders to respect her long and midrange shots, along with the ability to drive to the rim.
Jordan Rogers, 5-8, Franklin(7.8 pts, 2.3 reb, 2.6 ast)- Very coachable kid who has worked hard to become a threat for the Wildcats. Plays year around and stepped in and game the starting point game at Franklin. Ability to get to the rim and can hit the 3. Great decision maker for her young age.
Amy Velasco, 5-6, Centerville(8.7 pts, 3.2 reb, 3.9 ast, 2.7 stl, 41 FG%, 68 FT%)- Amy is a point guard with excellent vision that changes speed very well with the ball. She was the second leading scorer on a Centerville team that was very balanced without a major consistent high scoring threat. She is a great set shooter and her quickness causes problems for whoever is guarding her.
Ivy Wolf, 5-8, Minster(10.8 pts, 4.0 ast, 89 FT%)- Ivy broke into the MAC and its physical style with a lot of success. She helped lead a very talented team and had a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio, handled the point guard spot and guarded the opponents best guard threat. She plays like a season veteran, and this is just the beginning of what we will see from her the next four years.
Bailey Zerby, 5-9, Wilmington(10.0 pts, 4.0 reb, 1.2 ast, 2.6 stl)- Bailey has stepped into the second-option for Wilmington very well this season, and is a solid and improving guard. She is a 3-level scorer with range to 23-feet. She has good length which enables her to be a disruptive defender and effective rebounder from the guard position.
All-Freshman Honorable Mention
Abby Carter (Miamisburg), Margie Conrath (Oakwood), Alyssa Hall (Beavercreek), Grace Forrest (Mechanicsburg), Skipp Miller (Bradford), Morgan Taylor (Troy Christian), Rachel Tebbe (Middletown Fenwick).