Fairland's Stapleton quite the 'All-Star'
PROCTORVILLE, Ohio — Terra Stapleton is a University of Michigan recruit, but she’ll wear the uniform of Ohio one more time.
Stapleton, a 6-foot-4 center from Fairland High School, is one of 15 players from the state invited to play in the 22nd Ohio-Kentucky High School All-Star Game. The contest is April 12 at the Connor Convocation Center on the campus of Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.
“Our coach (Jon Buchanan) told me right before one of our practices,” Stapleton said. “He handed the letter to me and told me my parents already knew about it. I was very shocked and happy. When I got home, my mom and dad were jumping up and down. They were so excited .” The games — boys and girls — pit stars from the Buckeye State against standouts from the Bluegrass State. Fairland has sent several girls to play college basketball through the years, but Stapleton is the first to be honored with selection to the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game.
A McDonald’s All-American nominee, Stapleton averages 15.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game. She has led Fairland to an 18-3 record and a third consecutive Ohio Valley Conference championship. Stapleton was named the Ohio Division III player of the year as a junior.
“I don’t even know my stats,” Stapleton said. “I don’t really look at them. After games, I don’t ask how many points I scored or how many rebounds I got. For me, it’s all about the team. It’s all about us winning as a team. Stats aren’t important to me.”
Stapleton has played against some of the better players in Kentucky this season, including Boyd County's Logan Fraley, who is committed to play at Marshall University; Ashland's Alexis Robinson, who is committed to play at the University of Colorado; and Lewis County's Savannah Anderson, a junior who is being heavily recruited.
"I expect to see very good competition," Stapleton said. "I expect it to challenge me and I expect to see what I'm capable of. I'm excited about it. I've worked very hard to get here." Buchanan agreed.
"Terra has worked hard and she deserves this," Buchanan said. "She's such a talented, hard-working, unslefish player. " Kentucky leads the girls series, 12-8. Ohio leads the boys series, 14-7. Last season's girls game featured players who signed with Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Xavier and several other universities.
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