SOUTH WEBSTER, OH - All-District point guard Courtney Blanton is the newest member of OCU Women's Basketball. Blanton signed her letter of intent this past week during a special ceremony at South Webster High School. The 5'2" senior was a cornerstone player for South Webster this past season as she led her team to a 19-4 record under the direction of head coach, Kristie Johnson.
Blanton averaged 8.2 points per game as a senior and was the team leader on the floor, always setting the tone defensively. For her strong showing, she received 1st Team All-Southern Ohio Conference honors as a senior. She also took home 3rd Team All-District honors after leading her team to the district finals.
"I'm just very proud of the career that she's had and the person that she's become," Johnson said. "Her freshman year, we needed her, and she jumped right in, became our point guard, and just did a great job. We made the district finals in her junior and senior years. She helped lead us there both years, was our best defender by far and just does a great job defensively. She's going to be hard to replace next year."
"I think that a lot of what went into my decision was the overall atmosphere of the campus," Blanton said. "They also have a great group of girls, a great coach who has a great background for basketball, and the program is very good."
According to Blanton, her family could sense that the atmosphere surrounding the Ohio Christian campus was appealing to her and encouraged her to go there as a result. "Both of my parents loved the atmosphere of the campus," Blanton said. "My sisters were a big part of the decision too, they kept telling me that 'I think that's where you need to be,' so they all definitely played a part in my decision."
Blanton, who started all four years for the Jeeps at point guard, has played a major role in South Webster's improvement as a basketball program over the past several years, as the Jeeps went from a 4-17 overall record during Blanton's first year with the program to a 19-4 record in her final season with South Webster as the Jeeps went on to make their second OHSAA Division IV Southeast District Final appearance in a row in 2014.
Blanton said that she wants to participate in missionary groups that are offered at the university while gaining the necessary experience to become a registered nurse. "I think that being able go and participate in the missionary groups and potentially have a job at a hospital as an RN are the goals that I am looking forward to setting and completing while I am at Ohio Christian," Blanton said.
Blanton joins an OCU program that has made five consecutive trips to the NCCAA National Tournament dating back to 2010. The Trailblazers will set out to make it six in a row this upcoming season as they pursue their first NCCAA National Championship.