Girls basketball: Ware scores 1,000th point for Greenon

Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 22 against Northeastern High School. Ware is averaging 13.1 points per game this season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
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Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware scored her 1,000th career point on Jan. 22 against Northeastern High School. Ware is averaging 13.1 points per game this season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware joined an exclusive club last month.

The 5-foot-7 guard scored her 1,000th point on a free throw against Northeastern on Jan. 22. Ware scored 22 points in the 79-18 victory.

“It was always one of my goals,” Ware said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches. They’ve always been there for me and have always supported me and encouraged me through it all.”

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The last Knights player to surpass 1,000 points was Allie Turner, who holds the school record with 2,076 career points scored between 2006 and 2010.

She’s averaging 13.1 points per game for the Knights (10-7, 8-4 OHC South Division) this season.

“Her teammates get her the ball,” said Knights coach Lonnie Robinson. “She obviously couldn’t do it without them. She puts so much time in on her game all the way around, not just looking to score 3s. She works super hard, she’s in the gym all the time. It’s well-deserved and earned.”

When asked what Ware does so well on the floor, Robinson simply said: “Everything.”

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“She’s very good at reading what’s going on,” he said. “She can handle the ball really well. Shooting the ball, she’s been touched by the heavens above, that’s for sure. She’s able to do everything.”

Ware is working hard at getting stronger to get more attempts around the rim and at the free throw line, Robinson said.

“I’ve been working on shooting off the dribble and getting to the free throw line, which I still need to do,” Ware said.

Ware burst onto the scene as a freshman, scoring 17.1 points per game while hitting 74 3-pointers for the Knights. Last season, Ware averaged 19.1 points in the Knights first season in the Ohio Heritage Conference.

This year, Ware has seen all kinds of different defenses, including teams face guarding to keep her from getting the ball. Greenon sits three games back of Greeneview (15-3, 12-1) in the division race. They picked up a big nonconference win over Oakwood on Tuesday.

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“I’m looking forward to finishing out the year strong and getting some good quality wins, hopefully getting a conference championship somehow and going on a tournament run,” Ware said.

Ware’s work ethic has been key in her success, Robinson said.

“She’s being a leader in the community and showing all the other girls that if you put in the work, it pays off,” he said.

Record seekers: Two area high school seniors are nearing major career milestones.

Kenton Ridge senior Mikala Morris remains on pace to finish her career as Ohio’s all-time leading rebounder.

Through Monday’s game against Greenon, Morris has 1,608 career rebounds, good for second on the all-time list. Morris needs 82 more rebounds to the break the all-time record of 1,690 set by Eastlake North’s Kaayla Chones from 1996-1999. Morris is averaging 21.1 rebounds per game for the Cougars (14-3).

Tecumseh senior Corinne Thomas is nearing the all-time state record for career made 3-point field goals. Thomas has made 335 career 3-pointers through Monday’s game against Centerville. The state record of 350 was set by Shadyside’s Karli Bonar in 2013.

The Arrows are 11-5 and have six games remaining this season.

All state records should be regarded as unofficial, according to the OHSAA. The records were compiled from information received schools, coaches, athletic administrators and local media.

Tournament draw: The postseason schedule will be determined at Sunday afternoon's tournament draw.

Several area teams could be potentially be in line for a high seeding including Kenton Ridge (14-3) in D-II, West Liberty-Salem (15-3) and Greeneview (15-3) in D-III and Catholic Central (13-4) in D-IV.

Sectional tournament play begins Feb. 11.

Big win: West Liberty-Salem earned a huge nonconference victory on Tuesday, beating D-III sixth-ranked Versailles 41-39.

The Tigers have won 15 straight games since starting the season 0-3. It was their third victory over a state-ranked team this season, including wins over D-III No. 11 Anna and D-IV No. 1 Fort Loramie.

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