Coach Laurie Pirtle has one of Ohio's top players staying home to help the Bearcats next season. While we can't wait for her to take the court at Fifth Third Arena, this future Bearcat has some unfinished business to tend do during her senior year of high school.
Michelle Jones isn't your typical high school basketball player. Standing 6'2, Jones has the height and size to become a top college player. Add in her athletic ability, and you have the makings for a major contributor for next season.
But while Bearcat fans can't wait for Jones to take the court, she has some unfinished business to accomplish at Mt. Notre Dame.
The Cougars are the states defending Division One Champion. Last season they defeated Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 59-44 to earn the title as top team in the "Big School" division. Led by senior Mel Thomas, the Cougars took and early lead and never looked back.
While everyone was watching Thomas, junior Michelle Jones was working the glass and pulled down 7 boards to go with 6 points. This year, Thomas has moved on to UConn and the Cougars are using the physical play of Jones towards another "Big School" championship.
Jones, who earned 1st. Team All-Ohio by the AP, scored 14 points, pulled down 19 rebounds with 2 assists as Mt. Notre Dame defeated Youngstown Boardman 49-37. The Cougars finished the season as the #1 team in the Ohio AP Poll and are ranked 13th in the nation by USA Today.
Michelle will be a great addition to Anne Stephens down on the blocks next season for the Bearcats.
Bearcat Insider will be on hand to watch Michelle play for a second straight
state championship on Saturday night.