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Honor Roll: Stapleton D-3 top player, Buchanan gets coaching award

Fairland Lady Dragons' 6-4 junior center Terra Stapleton was named the Associated Press Division III Co-Player of the Year. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Fairland Lady Dragons’ 6-4 junior center Terra Stapleton was named the Associated Press Division III Co-Player of the Year. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos.com)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

Not a bad starting five.

Led by Fairland Lady Dragons’ Terra Stapleton, five area girls were named to the Associated Press Division III All-Ohio team Tuesday.

Stapleton — a 6-foot-4 junior center — was not only named first team All-Ohio but shared the year’s Player of the Year honor along with Hannah Plybon of Orrville and Marley Hill of Columbus Africentric.

Also earning a state honor was Fairland’s Jon Buchanan who was selected Coach of the Year along with Mike Coreno of Beachwood and Brenda Friend of Collins Western Reserve.

Buchanan has guided the Lady Dragons to back-to-back unbeaten regular seasons. Fairland has been 20-0 each of the past two years, 23-1 overall and two district titles.

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ freshman guard Lexie Barrier was named special mention All-Ohio and teammate Ariel Schweickart was named honorable mention.

Fairland 5-5 junior guard Chandler Fulks and Coal Grove Lady Hornets’ 5-6 senior guard Ashley Adkins were also selected to the honorable mention list.

Stapleton — who has been the Southeast District Player of the Year the past two seasons — averaged 174 points and 11.8 rebounds per game along with 5.3 blocked shots.

Stapleton has given a verbal commitment to Minnesota.

The 5-10 Barrier was a first team all-district pick. She averaged 13.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.2 steals as Ironton went 20-6. Barrier shot 50 percent from the field, 73 percent from the line and 44 percent from behind the 3-point line.

A 5-6 senior guard, Schweickart averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.7 steals a game.

Fulks — a 5-5 junior guard — provided the outside shooting Fairland needed to keep teams from smothering Stapleton. She averaged 12.4 points and 3.7 assists.

The 5-6 Adkins scored 15. 0 points a game and averaged 5.0 rebounds as she helped the Lady Hornets to a runner-up spot in the Ohio Valley Conference behind Fairland.

Adkins enjoyed a milestone this past season when she eclipsed the 1,000-career point total.

Schweickart, Fulks and Adkins was all second team all-district.