Twinsburg guard Ashley Morrissette enters her senior year with two consecutive Division I state basketball championships.
She wants one more and already has plans for a Division I college title, too.
Morrissette said she has orally committed to play at Purdue University.
“I chose Purdue because it is a great academic school,” Morrissette said. “I like their coaching staff, too, and I like where that program is headed. They want to reach the ultimate goal of being national champions.”
Morrissette, who is 5-foot-9, has been on Twinsburg’s varsity team since her freshman year.
She started about half the games as a freshman and was a full-time starter as a sophomore and junior.
Morrissette averaged about 15 points per game last season along with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block. She was a Division I All-Ohio special-mention honoree and was named to the All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division team.
“The last two years I think have had a lot of growth,” Morrissette said. “The seniors from last year taught me how to be a leader this year. I am hoping to lead our team to another state championship.”
The Tigers lost four starters — Malina Howard, Leah Fechko, LaShawna Gatewood and Nichole Mabry — from last season’s team to graduation. All four are set to play college basketball.
Morrissette said she plans to study psychology in college and wants to get a PhD in clinical psychology.
Hudson’s Boesinger to YSU
Hudson senior Hannah Boesinger said she has given an oral commitment to continue her academic and basketball careers at Youngstown State University.
“I really felt comfortable with the coaches and the team,” Boesinger said. “I feel really good with what they are doing with the program. They are turning it around and I want to be part of something like that.”
Boesinger averaged 14.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game last season. Boesinger also was named to the All-Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division first team and was an honorable-mention selection on the All-Northeast Ohio Inland District team.
“I think it is a great opportunity for Hannah,” Hudson coach Dennis Lawler said. “They are excited to be getting her. She will fit into their style of play. They play a similar style to us, which is nice. Another thing is she wants to get into pre-pharmacy and they have a great program at Youngstown State. They offer the program that she wants to study.”
Boesinger said she plans to attend the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown after completing her degree at YSU.
Boesinger aspires to be a pharmacist.
Boesinger has a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.
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