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Old 03-14-19, 02:13 PM
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Canton McKinley's Kierstan Bell Three-Peats as Ohio Ms. Basketball

Canton McKinley's Kierstan Bell Three-Peats as Ohio Ms. Basketball

Bell becomes first three-time winner of the Ohio Ms. Basketball Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Becoming the first three-time recipient of the Ohio Ms. Basketball award, Canton McKinley High School senior Kierstan Bell has joined 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 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.


Ring a Bell? McKinley standout makes history with third Ms. Basketball award

By Joe Scalzo
The Canton Repository
GateHouse Media Ohio

CANTON – Like a lot of high school seniors, Kierstan Bell is looking forward to college because of the independence it will provide.

One difference. Hers will come on the court.

"No more box-and-one," the Ohio State recruit said, laughing. "They'll have to play man-to-man."

During Bell's four-year term at McKinley, it often looked like she was being defended by the Secret Service. One person in front, one in back and several others watching her out of the corners of their eyes.

Didn't matter. Thanks to a rare combination of size (6-foot-1), skill and athleticism, Bell put together one of the most dominant rιsumιs in Ohio history, finishing as the state's fourth-leading scorer while going 93-14 with three district titles and one regional title.

On Thursday, she did something that no other girl in Ohio history has done — win Ms. Basketball for a third time.

"I give it all to God," said Bell, a McDonald's All-American and the nation's sixth-rated recruit in the Class of 2019. "God put me on this earth for a reason. He gave me a good talent and a gift, so I owe it back. I put it all on the floor and tried to use that gift."

Bell averaged 27.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 3.8 steals and 3.0 assists this season for the Bulldogs (25-2), who shared the Federal League title with state semifinalist Canton GlenOak and who lost on a last-second shot to Toledo Notre Dame Academy in the Division I regional final. 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.

Randall is one of five players to win Ms. Basketball twice, joining Garfield Heights Trinity's Vonda Ward (1990-91), Mason's Michelle Munoz (2000-01) and McKinley's Ameryst Alston (2011-12).

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's LeBron James is the only player to win Ohio's Mr. Basketball three times.

"She's the most physically dominant player I've ever seen at the high school level," said Massillon Jackson coach Anthony Butch, who went 1-8 against Bell despite having Big Ten Freshman of the Year Taylor Mikesell of Maryland for seven of those games. "We couldn't defend her with one player. Immediately, your game plan shifts when you're playing against her because you have to keep two girls on her at all times."

Flanked by a pair of Division I recruits in sophomore guards Nakayah Terrell and Kyla Foster, Bell led the Bulldogs to a 21-1 record during the regular season. She had maybe her finest game of the season in the overtime loss to GlenOak on Jan. 12, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, five steals and five blocks, including one on a game-winning 3-point attempt at the end of regulation.

She had 25 points to help the Bulldogs avenge last year's district championship game loss to Wadsworth, pulling away for a 54-32 victory that was essentially over at halftime.

She laughed off chants of "Overrated!" from the Avon Lake student section in the regional semifinals, scoring 20 points in the first half alone of a 60-33 victory.

And in a defensive-minded regional final loss to Notre Dame Academy, Bell scored 17 of McKinley's 38 points to go with five blocks, including two in the final 90 seconds.

"I've just been replaying that game in my head," Bell said. "Asking what I could have done better? What could I have changed?

"Our main focus was on winning a state championship."

Her high school career may not have finished in Columbus, but her college career will continue there.

Big Ten, beware.

"It was a journey and it was fun," she said of the past four seasons at McKinley. "I'm sure I'll come back 10, 12, 13 years later and say, 'Dang, I really set the gold standard for other kids to beat.' Maybe someday they will."

She laughed, then added, "Maybe not too soon, though. Leave it up a little bit longer."

Past Ohio Ms. Basketball Ohio winners

2019 – Kierstan Bell, Canton McKinley, senior

2018 – Kierstan Bell, Canton McKinley, junior

2017 – Kierstan Bell, Canton McKinley, sophomore

2016 – Jensen Caretti, Hannibal River, senior

2015 – Hallie Thome, Chagrin Falls, senior

2014 – Kelsey Mitchell, Cin. Princeton, senior

2013 – Ashley Morrissette, Twinsburg, senior

2012 – Ameryst Alston, Canton McKinley, senior

2011 – Ameryst Alston, Canton McKinley, junior

2010 – Natasha Howard, Tol. Waite, senior

2009 – Kendall Hackney, Cin. Mount Notre Dame, senior

2008 – Amber Gray, West Chester Lakota West, senior

2007 – Jantel Lavender, Cleveland Central Catholic, senior

2006 – Tyra Grant, Youngstown Ursuline, senior

2005 – Maria Getty, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, senior

2004 – Mel Thomas, Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, senior

2003 – Brittany Hunter, Columbus Brookhaven, senior

2002 – Barbara Turner, Cleveland East Tech, senior

2001 – Michelle Munoz, Mason, senior

2000 – Michelle Munoz, Mason, junior

1999 – (TIE) Kaayla Chones, Eastlake North, senior; LaToya Turner, Pickerington, senior

1998 – Tamika Williams, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, senior

1997 – Semeka Randall, Garfield Hts. Trinity, senior

1996 – Semeka Randall, Garfield Hts. Trinity, junior

1995 – Beth Ostendorf, Pickerington, senior

1994 – Na'Sheema Hillmon, Garfield Hts. Trinity, senior

1993 – Marlene Stollings, Beaver Eastern, senior

1992 – Katie Smith, Logan, senior

1991 – Vonda Ward, Garfield Hts. Trinity, senior

1990 – Vonda Ward, Garfield Hts. Trinity, junior

1989 – Carol Madsen, Reading, senior

1988 – Janet Haneberg, Cincinnati Seton, senior

Notable

Three-time winner: Kierstan Bell, Canton McKinley (2017, 2018, 2019)

Won as junior (5): Vonda Ward, Garfield Heights. Trinity (1990, 1991); Semeka Randall, Garfield Heights Trinity (1996, 1997); Michelle Munoz, Mason (2000, 2001), Ameryst Alston, Canton McKinley (2011, 2012), Kierstan Bell, Canton McKinley (2017, 2018, 2019)

Won as sophomore (1): Kierstan Bell, Canton McKinley (2017)

Co-winners (1): 1999 - Kaayla Chones, Eastlake North and LaToya Turner, Pickerington
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Old 03-14-19, 02:18 PM
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Congrates Ms Bell,outstanding winning Ms Basketball three seasons in a row....good luck moving forward.
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Old 03-14-19, 03:58 PM
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Her reward?


She'll be drafted by Cleveland.


Congrats to Miss. Bell and look forward to watching her at the next step.
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Old 03-14-19, 05:59 PM
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This was a no brainer for anyone predicting. Too bad she and her teammates are sitting at home this weekend.
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Old 03-15-19, 10:00 PM
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Amazing career! So many great memories, more than can be counted! Couldn't have happened to a better, more deserving person! You've made history few will ever go near. Best of luck @ OSU and beyond!

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Old 03-15-19, 10:19 PM
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It’s laughable that a 3 time winner isn’t the top ranked player in the state. Should be Horston from Africentric. She is ranked #2 in the country while Bell is #18.
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Old 03-16-19, 10:54 AM
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It’s laughable that a 3 time winner isn’t the top ranked player in the state. Should be Horston from Africentric. She is ranked #2 in the country while Bell is #18.
What's also laughable is the fact you obviously have no clue what you're talking about. Horston is #2 and Bell is #6 Nationally and they are the #1 and 2 guards in the country. Their rankings could go either way when you are a top 10 player. And rankings aside if you are talking about stats it's an even easier pick. Horston is great but I'm talking Bell over her or any day of the week. Maybe next time do a little research before making judgements based off rankings, and incorrect rankings at that.
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Old 03-16-19, 11:34 AM
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Congrats Jordan Horston for winning her 3rd state title with 4 state appearances, ending the season as a top 3 team in the country, 5 star recruit, and #2 ranked player in the country.
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Old 03-16-19, 12:00 PM
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Congrats Jordan Horston for winning her 3rd state title with 4 state appearances, ending the season as a top 3 team in the country, 5 star recruit, and #2 ranked player in the country.
Yes congrats to her. She is a great player. But the thread is about Ms.Basketball, and 3 time Ms.Basketball at that. You want to start a Jordan Horston congrats thread then get it done. Otherwise could you kindly take your hate to that thread. You are coming off as kind of miserable and a hater. Just saying
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Old 03-16-19, 01:23 PM
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Probably the ones not arguing about this are the girls that were most deserving. It's a nice recognition if you get it and a put it in the past thing if you don't. I imagine they will all acquit themselves quite well. This will be an interesting class to follow to the next levels.
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Old 03-16-19, 04:12 PM
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5 of 9

Interestingly, 5 of the last 9 Ohio Ms Basketball winners have been from Canton McKinley. Amethyst Alston won back to back in '11 and '12 to go along with Kierston Bell's three peat.
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Old 03-16-19, 04:21 PM
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Yeah but the 10th has been on the last three WNBA championship teams. Gotta rep the neighborhood.
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Old 03-16-19, 10:40 PM
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I believe Kierston will be there one day,, too!
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Yeah but the 10th has been on the last three WNBA championship teams. Gotta rep the neighborhood.
The 10th was and is an awesome basketball player... rep that hood all you want lol
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Hardly seems that long ago. Howard will probably be out of the league by time Bell gets in it.
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