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Canton McKinley’s Kierstan Bell Sets Record with Third Straight Ohio Ms. Basketball Award

The OHSAA announced on Thursday that Canton McKinley High School senior Kierstan Bell has taken home the Ohio Ms. Basketball award for the third straight year, the first time ever any lady has won the award three straight times.

Bell’s win puts her in very elite company, as she joins LeBron James as the only three-time winners of Ohio’s top high school basketball award.

A statewide media panel from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association announced the selection earlier on Thursday.

James was Ohio’s Mr. Basketball from 2001-03 while at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

Bell led McKinley to a 25-2 record this season and the regional championship game by averaging 27.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 3.8 steals and 3.0 assists.

She finished her career with 2,833 points, passing Ohio legends Katie Smith and Semeka Randall on the state’s career scoring list in recent weeks.

Bell’s point total is fourth in OHSAA history. Canton McKinley went 93-14 with three district titles and one regional title with Bell.

Other finalists for the Ms. Basketball Award included Constance Chaplin from Euclid, Jacy Sheldon from Dublin Coffman, Jordan Horston from Columbus Africentric, Sammie Puisis from Mason, Lauren Flannery from Hannibal River, Peyton Scott from Lynchburg Clay and Zia Cooke, Toledo Rogers.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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