Ohio Ms. Basketball: Buckeyes recruit unanimous winner

By Associated Press  • 
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Kelsey Mitchell

Kelsey Mitchell, a unanimous choice as the 27th annual Associated Press Ms. Basketball winner, stands out from the crowd.

Except for team and family photos, that is.

Kelsey, a 5-foot-8 senior from state-bound Cincinnati Princeton High School, is a twin. And they are just one of two sets of twins in the immediate family.

While others might marvel over her unique moves on the court, others wonder about her relationship with her 5-11 sister Chelsea, a Princeton star who also is joining her at Ohio State next year.

“We’re two relatively different people,” Kelsey said. “We do our own things, but then again she is one my best friends. So we talk about a lot of things together, but she’s so different from me. She very outgoing.”

Kelsey’s play speaks volumes, however.

She’s a do-everything guard who averages 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 4.1 steals for a team that is 26-2 heading into Friday night’s Division I state semifinal against Toledo Notre Dame (24-3).

“She can get to the basket, she can shoot the three, she finds open people and plays great defense,” said her coach, Jill Phillips.

Asked what she does best on the court, the student with a 3.76 grade-point average hesitated for a second.

“Best? I think I distribute the ball well,” she said. “Lately I’ve been averaging a lot of assists. My teammates have been making big-time shots in big-time games, so I’m more than happy to distribute the ball to them.”

Ms. Basketball is determined in voting by a state panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Other finalists for this year’s award included Reynoldsburg’s Alyssa Rice, Clyde’s Amanda Cahill, Kristen Confroy of Solon, Reedsville Eastern’s Jenna Burdette, Laina Snyder of Millersburg West Holmes and Cortland Lakeview’s Alli Pavlik.

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