Shania Taylor Claims All-Ohio Honorable Mention

St. Marys’ Shania Taylor earned Division II All-Ohio Honorable Mention accolades on Tuesday. The senior finished her high school career with 1,012 points.
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Add another achievement to the long list of accomplishments for St. Marys Roughriders senior forward Shania Taylor.

The 5-foot-9 senior was named to the Associated Press’ 2017 All-Ohio girls basketball team as an honorable mention selection on Tuesday evening.

Taylor scored a career-high 391 points this past season for the Roughriders (14-10), averaging 14.3 ppg on 141-of-341 shooting from the field — 41.3 percent. She posted her best free throw percentage at 67.4 percent. She collected a team-high 230 rebounds to go alone with 39 assists and 31 steals.

In her senior season that also saw her eclipse the 1,000-point barrier — becoming the eighth player in St. Marys’ girls basketball history to do so — Taylor was named First-Team All-Western Buckeye League and First-Team All-Northwest Ohio.

“This season has been blessed, my entire career has been blessed,” Taylor said in an interview two weeks ago. “Honestly, with all my surgeries and setbacks, I didn’t think I was going to get 1,000 points.

“Looking at how far I have come and what I have been through, I am blessed. I really am, and I feel like that is my testimony. God had a plan for me and I relied on him to get me there.”

For her career, Taylor finished with 1,012 points in 71 games played — 14.3 ppg. From the field, Taylor shot 364-of-881 from the field (41.3 percent) and 262-408 from the free throw line, 64.2 percent). 

She recorded a career 693 rebounds, 111 assists and 93 steals.

Norwalk’s Jiselle Thomas was named Division II Player of the Year. 

Co-Coaches of the Year were Ben Ackley of Washington Court House Miami Trace; Andy Holderman of Tipp City Tippecanoe and Brindi Kandel of Perry.