Ohio State 2014 signee Makayla Waterman personally tied Springfield 11-11 Wednesday night in Greater Western Ohio Conference girls’ basketball action. Meanwhile, Waterman’s Kettering Fairmont teammates outscored the Wildcats 91-0 as the defending Ohio Division I state champions improved to 14-1 on the season (H/T).
As you might expect, the 102 points for the Firebirds is their season high, but they have rolled early in GWOC play with an average margin of victory of 43.2 points during a 5-0 start.
Their level of competition will ramp up considerably this weekend when they head to Berlin, Ohio, for the annual Classic in the Country, where they are scheduled to play Toledo Notre Dame and Solon. TND (despite what ESPN might think) is led by Tierra Floyd, one of the top junior prospects in Ohio.
The closest conference game so far for Fairmont is a 42-41 squeaker against Centerville on Dec. 21. The Elks held a 29-17 lead at the half before the Firebirds rallied, outscoring them 25-12 after intermission.
Centerville is 13-2 on the season with both its losses coming against teams that boast at least one Ohio State signee. They lost 77-70 to Princeton on Nov. 30 as future Buckeye Kelsey Mitchell scored 42 points in 30 minutes. Her twin sister, Chelsea, added six points and two assists.
The Elks might be able to turn the tables next year as their lineup features Shannon Coffee, a 6-5 junior center who leads the GWOC in scoring at 20 points per game. She is shooting 65.8 percent from the field and figures to garner significant attention from colleges far and wide.
Coffee scored eight points with five rebounds against Fairmont and posted 10 points with four rebounds against Princeton.