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.
"Maybe, just maybe, if you put her [Johnson] and Miki in the gym she'd beat her one-on-one,'' continued Marshall. "But when you put them on a basketball court and put them with zero experience and ask them to lead you to a state title, Miki is the one I'd place all my faith in.''Glenn led a team that had lost its only other returning players from the year before and took her team to the top of the Class AA division."Don't get me wrong, it's an accomplishment,'' said Glenn. "Not one that I considered winning at the beginning of the season and one that I could not have won without the help of my teammates and Coach Marshall.''Glenn's numbers, both season and career, are worthy of such a high award. The senior averaged 23.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.4 steals during her final season in Bridgeport. Her career numbers include averages of 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.7 steals - most coming against Class AAA programs during her first three seasons with the Indians.Finishing third in the balloting was Akers, followed by Andre, Lester and Puskarich."It means a lot,'' said Glenn. "But it probably means more to our program because younger players will look at what I accomplished, just like I used the accomplishments of players that came before me, and realize that they, too, can win an award like this.''Glenn will receive her award at the annual Victory Awards Dinner, slated for Clarksburg at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5.