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Greeneview’s Lovely D-III district player of year

Ashton Lovely of Greeneview High School was named a player of the year and Sydney Bates of Kenton Ridge and Mechanicsburg’s Jamie Dodane joined Lovely as first-team selections on the Associated Press Southwest All-District girls basketball teams that were released Wednesday.

Lovely, a 5-foot-9 senior, was named the player of the year for Division III. She averaged 23.5 points during the regular season and surpassed 2,000 for her career with the Rams. She has signed to play basketball at the University of Cincinnati.

Greeneview teammate Sophie Sonneman, a junior, was a D-III honorable mention selection.

Greeneview (23-3) played Columbus Ready in a D-III regional semifinal Wednesday night at Springfield High School.

Bates, a 5-8, sophomore, averaged 16.3 points for the Cougars and was named to the D-II first team. Kenton Ridge (26-1) will play Alter (27-0) in a D-II regional final on Friday, also at Springfield High School.

Also named to D-II honorable mention for the girls were Kenton Ridge teammates Baylee Bennett, a junior, and senior Stephanie Davis.

Dodane, a 5-7, junior, was named D-IV first team. She averaged 19.3 points for the Indians (11-10).

The only other area player to be placed on the top three teams was Lexie Perry of Southeastern. The 5-4 sophomore was a third-team, D-IV selection. She averaged 13.0 points for the Trojans (18-5).

Tecumseh had three players named honorable mention in D-I. Dalton Davis and Josiah McFarland, both seniors, were named to the boys team. They helped lead the Arrows to a 20-5 season that ended with a loss to Fairborn in a sectional final.

Senior Danielle Franklin of Tecumseh also was named D-I honorable mention. The Arrows’ girls were 19-6 and lost to defending state champion Fairmont in the D-I sectional.

All the other area sections were named honorable mention.

The boys and girls teams were selected by a media panel from the Southwest District. First-team district players will be considered for All-Ohio.

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