PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - When the 2012-13 season opened there were as many as six players around West Virginia mentioned as possible recipients of this year's Mary Ostrowski Award, given each year to the player of the year in girls basketball by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Two names in particular, St. Joseph's Mychal Johnson and Bridgeport's Miki Glenn, were considered the early front-runners to replace Scott's Makenzie White on the plaque's nameplate.
The other four drawing support were Wheeling Park's Emily Puskarich, Greenbrier East's Bianca Andre', Westside's Hope Lester and Princeton's McKenzie Akers.
When all was said and done, though, it was Glenn who impressed the 11-member all-state committee with her leadership and play in taking the Indians to their first state title in the sport.
"[Winning a state title and the award] was hard to process at first,'' explained Glenn. "Then, once I realized what all my team had accomplished, [the Ostrowski Award] made me feel really good.''
It also made longtime Bridgeport head coach Dave Marshall feel good.
"Anything 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 others around her and makes them better.''
Johnson and 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.