PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Pickerington Central played host to the first annual Classic in the City in conjunction with the Ohio Girls Basketball Report (OGBR). The event featured top talent from Ohio and across the country.
Let's take a quick look at the results from the last three games of Day 3 of the event!
Game 17: Purcell Marian 70, Bishop Hartley 36
Game 18: IMG 64, Pickerington Central 45
Game 19: Newark 24, Gahanna Lincoln 23
Jayda Mosley (5'8 G / Purcell Marian / 2024) - Mosley, the MVP of game 17, has an absolute burner. Last week, she made 11 threes in a single game, breaking their school record and landing in the fourth spot on the all-time list in OHSAA history. Sunday, she hit four in the first half and another three in the second. She has an incredibly quick release and her rhythm stepping into a shot is beautiful. Thanks to her consistency from three, this opened the floor and she drove to the basket with success.
Dee Alexander (6'1 G / Purcell Marian / 2025) - Alexander, the #1 player in the ESPN Top 100 for the class of 2025, is a rare talent. The freshman is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game and is unstoppable. She has great size, is extremely athletic and has a high basketball IQ. She did not score much Monday but found other ways to impact the game. She kept plays alive with offensive boards, fed Mosley at the three point line and facilitated Purcell Marians offense. There is a reason she's ranked number one in her class, she can do it all.
Kiki McElrath (5'6 G / Bishop Hartley / 2023) - McElrath struggled on Sunday but bounced back in Monday's game against Purcell Marian. The junior has developed a smooth midrange jumper and is consistent from deep. She attacked the basket and finished through contact on multiple occasions. She has a nice handle on the ball but scrambled at times when being trapped. She passed the ball effectively and played solid defense. If the Hawks want to make a long run in the tournament, they will need McElrath to shoot like she did today.
Kailyn Gilbert (5'9 G / IMG / 2022) - Arizona and Adia Barnes are getting a PHENOMENAL point guard and competitor in Gilbert, the game 18 MVP. She has the ball on a string and is virtually ambidextrous with her handle and when shooting within 5 feet of the basket. She has an impossible to guard, Harden-like step back three that she utilized in the first half. She scored on drives in transition and with a midrange jumper. She is a great floor general and is constantly keeping the defense on their toes. Gilbert is already college ready.
Grace Vanslooten (6'4 G / IMG / 2022) - Vanslooten, an Oregon commit, might be the tallest kid on the floor but can play all five positions. She is incredibly versatile on both offense and defense. She gives opposing offenses problems in the paint with her shot blocking abilities and length. She has an extremely well polished midrange game and can penetrate and score from the perimeter. She handles the ball like a point guard and rebounds like a true center. She will see much success at the next level.
Madison Greene (5'7 G / Pickerington Central / 2023) - Greene proved that she can play with the best of them on Saturday and Monday, holding her own against some of the best point guards in the country. She has a tight handle and great court vision. She penetrates with purpose and finishes consistently through contact on both sides of the rim. Her three point shot is becoming more and more consistent from deeper on the floor, she is a threat from nearly anywhere. She is a solid defender with great lateral quickness. After her performances the last couple of games, Greene will be getting lots of calls from big time coaches.
Brie Gingras (5'8 G / Newark / 2023) - Gingras, the game 19 MVP, played a solid game for Newark. She is fundamentally sound and has a great three point shot. She found her most success from behind the arc but her drives to the basket got her to the free throw line. She is a good defender and offensive rebounder. After seeing limited varsity time last season, she has really grown into her role and is developing into a great basketball player.
Gwen Stare (5'9 G / Newark / 2022) - Stare is a workhorse with an extremely high motor. With Vejsicky unavailable, the majority of the offensive responsibilities fell to Stare who fared well. She is a fantastic passer, fundamental ball handler and poised leader. She is very effective with her back to the basket, pivoting over her right shoulder for a left handed hook shot. Stare could make an impact at the next level with the right fit, especially at the D2 level.
Laila Marshall (5'7 G / Gahanna Lincoln / 2023) - Marshall took the game into her own hands in the fourth quarter. The junior knocked down a three from the right wing and then a layup on the left side to tie the game. She has developed her game significantly from 15 feet and in, scoring frequently off of one and two dribble moves. She runs well in transition and is a monster on the offensive boards. Marshall has a high ceiling with lots to look forward to.