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Northeast Ohio Girls Basketball Stars of the Month: January

NEO Sports Insiders would like to highlight some great student athletes for excellent performances in the month of January.

Great Lakes Conference

Maddie Edgerly – Bay – Sophomore guard averaging 14.4 points per game. Helped lead Bay to a 6-3 month in January.

Nora Hopkins – Elyria Catholic – Senior guard averaging 11.5 points per game, leading first place Elyria Catholic (16-2, 7-0) in scoring. Scored 17 in big win over Holy Name.

Samantha Filiaggi – Elyria Catholic – Senior guard averaging 11.0 points and 3.2 steals per game. One of Elyria Catholic’s main “hustle” players. She’ll be playing college ball at Ursuline.

Lindsay Humbel – Parma – Senior forward averaging 17.9 points per game, the highest average in the conference.

Ella Dukarm – Normandy – Junior guard leading Normandy in scoring. Averaged 15 points per game in January, scoring 20 or more twice in the month.

Greater Cleveland Conference

Valencia Myers – Solon – The junior forward is a model of consistency, averaging 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, one of the leaders on the fifth-ranked Division I school in the state.

Alexis Stover – Solon – The senior guard is committed to play at Ohio University next season, but in the mean time hopes to lead Solon (15-2, 12-0) to Columbus again. She’s averaging 12.5 points per game on the season.

Dee Bekelja – Solon – The senior guard is committed to play at DePaul University and is leading Solon with 20 points per game this season. She’s also averaging 6.8 rebounds per game.

Maddy Moyer – Mentor – Senior guard has scored double digits in 16 of 17 games, leading Mentor (12-5, 8-3) to an impressive season.

Nicole Heffington – Mentor – Senior guard leading Greater Cleveland Conference in total points (17.0 per game).


Alex Cade – Laurel – The 6-foot-1 senior forward is committed to play basketball at Yale. She’s averaging 17.1 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.

Emily Kelley – Gilmour – Senior forward has drained 43 three-pointers in 18 games, averaging 15.4 ppg.

Naz Hillmon – Gilmour – Junior forward averaging 14.4 points, 9.5 rebounds per game.

Colleen Neitzel – St. Joseph Academy – Junior forward averaging 12.5 points, 9.4 rebounds per game.

Colleen Drellishake – St. Joseph Academy – Senior guard averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 steals per game.

Sara Spicer – Magnificat – Senior guard averaging 13.2 points per game.

Hannah Harlor – Hathaway Brown – Senior guard averaging 14.3 point per game.

Lake Effect Conference

Michaela Harrison – Lake Ridge – Junior point guard averaging 16.7 points, 4.4 assists.

Sydney Mayberry – Lake Ridge – Junior forward averaging 18.3 points, 8.8 rebounds.

North Coast League: Blue Division

Emma Tecca – Hoban – Sophomore guard averaged 16.8 points per game in the month of January.

Rachel Chessar – Hoban – Senior guard eclipsed 1,000 career point mark. One of the leaders of first place Hoban (11-7, 6-1)

Elena Rauhe – Padua – Senior guard leads the North Coast League in scoring (18.8 ppg). Also averages 4.6 steals per game.

Ali Medaglia – Padua – Senior guard averaging 10.1 points per game. Leads North Coast League in 3PTM with 21.

Alex Pillin – Padua – Sophomore guard averaging 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals per game. One of the “hustle” players for Padua.

Katie Clark -Walsh Jesuit – Freshman guard scored 17 or more points six times in January. Walsh’s leading scorer (15.0 ppg).

Patriot Athletic Conference: Stars Division

McKenah Peters – Keystone – Senior guard committed to Youngstown State. Averaging 23.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.7 steals per game, leading Keystone (14-3, 11-0) to a possible third-straight PAC Title.

Alexis Lehmkuhl – Wellington – Sophomore forward averaging 10.4 points, 9.1 rebounds per game.

Sam Sparks – Wellington – Senior point guard averaging 4.6 assists per game. One of Wellington’s “hustle” players.

Jalen Gibbs – Wellington – Freshman forward averaging 9.2 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.4 blocks per game.

Patriot Athletic Conference: Stripes Division

Raiyah Johnson – Lutheran West – Junior point guard averaging 10.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 steals per game, leading LW (14-3, 11-1) to first place in PAC Stripes Division.

Brandyce Smith – Clearview – Junior guard averaging 17.3 points, 3.0 steals per game.

Vanecia Billings – Clearview – Sophomore forward averaging 15.2 points, 10.5 rebounds per game.

Becca Tacchite – Columbia – Senior guard averaging 15.3 points per game.

Cate Schmiedl – Fairview – Senior guard averaging 13.1 points,3.8 steals per game.

Southwestern Conference

Sydney Roule – Amherst – Senior guard committed to IUPUI. She scored 44 points in a double overtime win over North Ridgeville. Averaging 20.3 points, 3.3 steals per game.

Jayla Hall – Amherst – Senior forward averaging 13.0 points, 8.6 rebounds per game.

Kate Illiff- Amherst -Junior guard averaging 11.1 points per game. 30 3PTM in 17 games.

Jada Marone – Berea-Midpark – Junior guard averaging 18.5 points, 3.9 assists, 3.9 steals per game. The Titans (16-1, 15-0) are 15-0 when she has played this season.

Miranda Otero – Berea-Midpark – Senior center averaging 14.8 rebounds per game. Broke record for most career rebounds in school history.

Gina Adams – Westlake – Freshman guard averaging 14.5 points, 7.6 rebounds.

Isabella Geraci – North Ridgeville – Junior guard averaging 18.1 points, 4.7 steals per game. Scored 35 in double OT loss to Amherst.

Clare Kelly – Olmsted Falls – Sophomore guard averaging 19 points per game.

If you’d like to nominate players throughout the season, e-mail

Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.

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