Ashland University head women's basketball coach Robyn Fralick has announced the signing of four players in the 2018-19 recruiting class.
"We are thrilled about our 2018 recruiting class," Fralick said. "They embody what our program stands for – being a great teammate and hard workers. The work ethic and character of this group really stands out. Coach (Kari) Pickens, our recruiting coordinator, did a tremendous job assembling this group."
Joining the Eagle women's roster starting in the fall of 2018 are West Salem Northwestern forward Kelseigh Wright, Minford guard Erin Daniels, Cincinnati McAuley guard Hallie Heidemann and Cardington-Lincoln guard Sage Brannon.
- Wright, at 6-feet-0, is a two-time first-team All-Wayne County Athletic League selection. She was first-team District 4 Coaches Association and third-team All-Northeast Inland District as a junior, and honorable mention District 4 Coaches Association as a sophomore.
"Kelseigh is an excellent rebounder and has a great motor," Fralick said. "We are excited for the energy, leadership and work ethic she will bring to our program."
Added Northwestern head coach Roy Woodring, "Kelseigh Wright is the truest embodiment of leadership I've ever seen. She leads by example and by word. Ever since she was a sophomore, her teammates have looked to her for guidance and inspiration. Not only is she a great player in the locker room, she is a phenomenal athlete.
"She frustrates opponents with her strength and ability to finish around the rim. When the ball is on the glass, she has the mentality that it belongs to her. Without a doubt, the Northwestern Lady Huskies have succeeded the past two years, in no small part, thanks to Kelseigh Wright."
- Daniels, at 5-feet-8, is a three-time All-Ohio pick (second-team once), in addition to being first-team all-conference and first-team all-district.
"Erin has a very high basketball IQ," said Fralick. "You can tell she has grown up around the game her whole life. She is very impactful on the court with and without the ball."
Said Minford head coach Scott Caudill, "This is going to be a very emotional year for me. As a coach, you want dedicated players on and off the court, and Erin is just that. Her basketball IQ is very high, and she has a growth mindset when it comes to developing mentally and physically. Minford has had some very good girls basketball players, and she is arguably the best. Erin is a very unselfish player, and is on pace to break the school's all-time scoring record.
"Erin's work ethic and leadership to younger players is invaluable, and her inspiration to our youth is even bigger. The young peewee girls in our program really look up to her, and I couldn't pick a better role model for my own daughter. I was literally in tears when coach Fralick and coach Pickens called to offer Erin a scholarship."
- Heidemann, at 5-feet-7, had a junior season which saw her earn first-team All-Girls' Greater Catholic League, second-team all-district and Cincinnati Enquirer High School Female Athlete of the Year honors. As a sophomore, she was first-team all-conference and second-team all-district.
"Hallie has a great feel for the game and is a reliable and consistent shooter," Fralick said. "She is also a tough competitor, and will bring versatility to the guard position."
Commented McAuley head coach Dan Wallace, "Hallie is a tremendous all-around player with a very high basketball IQ. She is a consistent shooter from 3-point, with a quick release which allows her to really put pressure on the defense. She is a great rebounder for her size and position, and is willing to sacrifice her body for the team, averaging at least 1-2 charges taken every game.
"Hallie is a great student, a leader by example through her tremendous work ethic and high morals. She is one of the most caring young women I have ever coached, and a great teammate to have in the locker room."
- Brannon, at 5-feet-7, is a two-time first-team All-Knox Morrow Athletic Conference and two-time first-team All-Central District selection, and earned KMAC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore. She also has been named special mention All-Ohio and honorable mention All-Ohio in her prep career.
Said Fralick, "We are so excited about Sage Brannon. She is an athletic combo guard, who really fits our style of play. She can play multiple positions and adds a strong defensive presence, too."
"Sage is the type of player a coach dreams about coaching," said Cardington-Lincoln head coach Jamie Edwards. "She is the definition of a true floor general. I have been blessed to have her leadership these past three seasons. She keeps practice interesting, and the coaching staff on their toes with her wit and quirky personality."