Classic in the Country

2018 All-Classic in the Country First Team

What do people want to see when they attend the Classic in the Country Challenge high school girls basketball showcase at Hiland High School’s Perry Reese, Jr. Community Center? Fans want to see athleticism, flash and flair but not at the expense of fundamentals.

Fans got their wish Jan. 13-15 when plenty of athleticism was on display at every turn, including some from out of state with Regis Jesuit (Aurora, CO) joining some of Ohio’s best and brightest teams.

Following is the 2018 All-Classic First Team.



It was all Jacy Sheldon, all game. Not only did the Dublin-Coffman Shamrock shoot down the all-time Classic in the Country Challenge single-game scoring record by scoring 37 points against a very talented Toledo Rogers team, but it’s how she went about doing it. She made 13-of-14 two-point shot attempts and was 3-of-8 from behind the arc, which might have been enough for a Most Valuable Player award. However, what sealed the deal was Sheldon snagging seven rebounds, thieving six steals and dishing out four assists to go with her monster point total. Sheldon stuffed the stat sheet and dominated in an epic CitC performance.



Valencia Myers on a basketball court is equal parts grace and grit. Her skills are so gracefully smooth that it seems at times the 6′ 2″ post is going through the motions, only to lull the opposing team into a feeling of false comfort. Then BAM! Next thing you know, Myers has redirected countless shots and ripped off an abundance of boards while showing off an inside-outside game on offense that is rarely seen from an athletic center playing at the high school level. Once the dust settled after Solon’s close win over Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame and loss to Mason, Myers was standing tall as the only player to average a double-double at Classic in the Country XV.



North Canton Hoover’s Annie Roshak averaged 22 points per game with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals while seemingly racing the full length of the court every time there was a loose ball on offense or defense. Even though Hoover fell to Wadsworth in a nail-biter on Sunday and Pickerington Central on Monday, her hustle seemingly had her in the right place at the right time for the Vikings to keep them in both games. With the Vikings roster plagued by injuries this season, defenses keyed on Roshak every time she touched the ball, and she proved her toughness while making them pay whenever she toed the charity stripe, where she swished 14-of-17 free throws overall.



Mason’s Sammie Puisis can handle the rock and play any position on the floor. Her versatility and ability to dominate on offense while locking down her opponent on defense make her games fun to watch. Puises led the Comets to two victories at Classic in the Country XV over Gilmour Academy and Solon by averaging 20 points and seven rebounds per game. It was her 27 points, six boards and six steals against the Lancers that earned her a spot on the All-Classic First Team.



Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame’s Makira Cook has mad skills, and she is only going to get better. The sophomore had a bumpy game on Saturday when she finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists on 5-of-12 shooting while turning it over six times in a three-point loss to Solon. However, the pesky 5′ 5″ point guard bounced back strong on Sunday in the Cougar’s matchup against Reynoldsburg, where she finished with 20 points, five steals and four assists on route to a 56-44 win.

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