Griner, Bone Tabbed For Another Honor

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: February 18, 2009

HOUSTON — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has selected the nation’s top 20 girls basketball players to participate in the 18th annual WBCA High School All-American Game presented by Nike.

The game will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Washington University’s Athletic Complex at 4:30 p.m. in St. Louis, Missouri. This highly anticipated event is part of the WBCA’s National Convention, which takes place at the site of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

The Greater Houston Area will be well represented as three of the nation’s top post players take court. They include: 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner-Nimitz High School (Baylor), 6-foot-5 Kelsey Bone-Dulles High School (undecided), and 6-foot-4 Waltia Rolle-Westbury Christian (North Carolina).

Griner, who led Nimitz to a 31-1 record is averaging 27.4 points per game. Bone , who has led Dulles to the Region III tournament for the past two seasons is averaging 19.6 points per game.

And Rolle has led her Westbury Christian High School team to a 40-1 record. She has averaged 17.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 assists in only 18 minutes of action per game.

“The 20 members of this year’s High School All-America team are a great representation of the future of the college game and beyond,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “I always look forward to watching another group of talented young women.”

This game marks the 18th year that the WBCA has sanctioned a girls high school All-America team. The inaugural WBCA’s High School All-America game was held on April 17, 1992 at Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee.

The 1995 game, which marked the beginning of Nike’s title sponsorship, was played in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The event moved east to Philadelphia in 1996 and south to Nashville in 1997. The game was then held in Hartford, Connecticut from 1998-2002.

The game made it’s debut as part of the “WBCA Night of All-Stars” in 2003 and now stands on its own as part of the WBCA National Convention each year.

“Nike is honored to partner up with the WBCA on such a prestigious event,” stated Mary Thompson, Nike Girls High School and Elite Youth Basketball Manager.

“The WBCA All-America game gives the best players in the country the opportunity to showcase their talents in a competitive atmosphere at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in St. Louis.”

“We recognize the importance of women in sports and these 20 selected All-Americans are the future of women’s basketball.”

Below is a list of players selected to participate in the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike:

Kelsey Bone-Dulles, Mariah Chandler-SW Atlanta Christian Academy (Baylor), Layshia Clarendon-Cajon High School (California), Skylar Diggins-Washington High School (Notre Dame), Nikki Greene-Diboll High School (Penn State), Brittney Griner-Nimitz High School (Baylor), Krista Gross-Cannon School (North Carolina), Jasmine Hassell-Wilson Central High School (Georgia), Tayler Hill-South High School, Stephanie Holzer-Cardinal O’Hara High School (Vanderbilt), Monique Oliver-Long Beach Polytechnic High School (USC), Sam Ostarello-Stanley County High School (Purdue), Cokie Reed-Waco Midway High School (Texas), Waltia Rolle-Westbury Christian (North Carolina), Tierra Ruffin-Pratt-T.C. Williams High School (North Carolina), Taber Spani-Metro Academy (Tennessee), DeNesha Stallworth-Pinole Valley High School (California), Joslyn Tinkle-Big Sky High School (Stanford), Markel Walker-Schenley High School (UCLA) and Destiny Williams-Benton Harbor High School (Illinois).

North Shore’s Lauren Flores (Texas) and College Park’s Monique Smalls (Texas Tech) received Honorable Mention for the 2009 WBCA High School All-America Game presented by Nike.