Cincinnati Purcell Marian junior Dee Alexander was announced as the 2024 Ohio Ms. Basketball Wednesday by a statewide media panel. She won the award last year as a sophomore.  Now in its 37th year, the prestigious award was first given by the Associated Press in 1988. It has been voted by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association since 2017.

Loudonville senior Corri Vermilya was the runner-up. Pickerington Central senior Berry Wallace finished third and Shaker Heights Laurel sophomore Saniyah Hall finished fourth. Other finalists included Whitehouse Anthony Wayne junior Elise Bender, Bloom-Carroll senior Emily Bratton, Springboro junior Bryn Martin and Berlin Hiland senior Ashley Mullet.

This weekend nationally-ranked Purcell Marian (27-1), a reigning two-time state champion, plays Copley (25-3) in a Division II state semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday at University of Dayton Arena. The state final is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena.   Purcell Marian, winners of 25 consecutive games, could become the sixth girls basketball team in Ohio history to win three state championships in a row.