There were plenty of special performances at this year’s Classic in the Country, the 13th version of the annual girls basketball showcase in Berlin, Ohio. Each day we released our Top 5 Performances and now we are taking it a bit further. Up next, as we continue or Classic wrap-up content, is our 1st and 2nd All-Classic Teams for 2016. We went back-and-forth on several of these selections as it was extremely hard to narrow it down to just 12. That being said, here is the second team. (six players)
Dai’ Shona Polk – Junior – GlenOak
Polk was simply too much to handle for the Lady Hawks in game 20 of CitC. She dropped 25 points, several of those points coming in the paint as she bulled over Hiland on her way to the tin. GlenOak ended the Classic with a win over the home team Lady Hawks, 53-47.
Angela Troyer – Junior – Hiland
Home-town player Angela Troyer of the Hiland Lady Hawks had 15 points in a win over Dayton Carroll in game eight of CitC and then in game 20 she poured in 16 more. The smooth southpaw has been finding the net often lately and that scoring prowess didn’t stop at this year’s Classic.
Lauren Van Kluenen – Senior – Mason
Van Kluenen is no stranger to the Classic in the Country. Her and the Mason Comets have played two games in Berlin the last three years. This time around, the Comets won both games and Van Kluenen was a big reason why. In a blowout win over Magnificat, LVK dropped 13 points and had five rebounds. Then on Sunday night the Comets took down the number one team in Div. I, Wadsworth 41-30. LVK had 18 points and 10 rebounds against Wadsworth in the win.
Sylvia Hudson – Junior – Sidney
Who’s Sidney you may be asking? Well, they are the Yellow Jackets from the Greater Western Ohio League and are part of Div. I’s Southwest district. Coming into the Classic they were undefeated and they left that way with a 58-44 win over North Royalton. The win was fueled by Hudson’s sweet-shooting day. The junior scored 29 points against the Bears on a wicked 14-for-18 shooting night. It’s one of the best shooting nights in Classic in the Country history.
Nia Staples – Senior – Lakota West
University of West Virginia commit Nia Staples was the leading scorer for one of the most dangerous teams in the state of Ohio, the Lakota West Firebirds. Staples was fantastic for the Firebirds scoring 18 points against Pick Central in a Lakota West win on Sunday and then on Monday she added another 18 points in a win over Reynoldsburg. You better come to play when you are facing the Firebirds and Staples.
Maddie Blyer – Junior – Hoover Vikings
She may be small, but Blyer packs an amazing amount of heart and court-awareness when she’s on the floor. At the Reese Center she got everyone moving on Sunday morning when her and the Hoover Vikings made short-work of Beavercreek in an energizing effort. Blyer put up 19 points, made five pretty passes for assists and pulled down nine rebounds. That’s a lot of rebounds for a point guard.