Bridgeport's Glenn player of year
PARKERSBURG -- When the 2012-13 season opened there were as many as six players around the Mountain State mentioned as possible recepients of the Mary Ostrowski Award given each year for the Player of the Year in girls basketball by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Two names in particular, Huntington St. Joseph's Mychal Johnson and Bridgeport's Miki Glenn, were considered the early front runners.
The other four drawing some form of support included Wheeling Park's Emily Puskarich, Greenbrier East's Bianca Andre, Westside's Hope Lester and Princeton's McKenzie Akers.
As the season went along, however, two other names -- Parkersburg South's Taryn McCutcheon and Logan's Shayna Gore -- entered the discussion.
Then, as the regular season moved into the postseason, two names emerged as the front runners for the prestigious honor and they were the two most observers felt would be in contention when the season began -- Johnson and Glenn.
Johnson, a verbal commitment to the University of Notre Dame, went into the state tournament with all of the glitz and national attention. The Irish junior hadn't only added her name to ND's future roster, but was ranked among the top players in the country at her position.
Both led their respective programs to state titles on the final day of the season. Johnson and Huntington St. Joseph took home their fifth consecutive Class A title, becoming only the second team to accomplish the feat, with a dominating performance over St. Marys while Glenn and the Indians, which lost in the Class AAA finals the year before, unseated defending state champion Westside in the Class AA finals.
When all was said and done, it was Glenn, who impressed the 11-member all state committee with her leadership and play in leading the Indians to their first state title in the sport.
"It (winning a state title and the award) was hard to process at first," Glenn said. "Then, once I realized what all my team had accomplished, it (the Ostrowski Award) made me feel really good."
It also made long time head coach Dave Marshall feel good.
"Any thing that comes Miki's way is well deserved," said Marshall. "She is one very special, special young lady who has earned everything she's gotten and leads other around her and makes them better."
The fact that Glenn and Johnson might never face one another on the hardwood will cause the debate to go on and on.
Glenn's numbers, both season and career, are worthy of such a high award.
The senior averaged 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.4 steals during her final season in Bridgeport. Her career numbers include a 17.1 ppg average, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.7 steals -- most coming against Class AAA programs during her first three seasons with the Indians.
Finishing third in the balloting was Akers followed by Andre, Lester and Puskarich.
Glenn will receive her award at the annual Victory Awards Dinner slated to be held in Clarksburg at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.