2-26-00...Ohio's top team and the nation's No. 2 team according to
USA TODAY Mason HS, won their fifth straight sectional title with a 69-35
win over Withrow (16-6). Mason was led on the interior by Michelle Munoz with
27 points, followed by Beth Jones with 11 points. Next game: A win today by
Lindsey Hicks' Lebanon team will set up another clash between two Purdue
signees. Mason advances to play the winner of the Lebanon/St. Ursula game in
the Division I district title game at noon March 4 at Wilmington College.
2-24-00...In the first round of the Ohio state tournament, Mason defeated Cincinnati Seton 51-30.
Junior forward Michelle Munoz had a game high 25 in the paint while Jones bombed
three three-pointers from the perimeter. Jones finished with 11 points. Next game:
2/24/00 vs. Cincinnati Withrow (16-5)
01-10-00...USA TODAY had Mason High as the nation's #2 girls high school
team, and Mason still has a stranglehold on the top spot in the Ohio
high school polls. Mason moves to 10-0 with an 84-44 victory over Northwest
yesterday, again taking advantage of the inside-outside duo of Munoz and
Jones. Beth Jones hit a season-high six shots from the perimeter and finished
with 22 points. Munoz added 23.
01-07-00...Ohio girls basketball programs across the state let out a collective
cry of relief Friday as Mason showed it can have a bad night. Mason still
managed to hang on to a 49-41 win over Harrison, but switching defenses held
Jones to just 4 points on the evening. Mason also went with a 3-2 zone and
limited Munoz to just four points in the second half. Mason eventually pulled
away by hitting their freethrows late in the game. It remains to be seen if
Mason's nation ranking is affected by this close game.
12-31-99...Mason held Toledo Central Catholic scoreless until 3:08 remained
in the first quarter while jumping out to a 9-0 lead on the way to a 51-35
victory in the championship game of the Mason Holiday Classic. The game was
a rematch of a Division I state state semifinal last year. Mason won that
game 51-45. Both Beth Jones and Michelle Munoz finished with 19 points.
12-06-99...It is clear that defenses will have to pay more attention to the
perimeter skills of Jones if they are going to try to keep the game from
being an absolute blowout. But if you switch and double Jones and also Munoz,
that means there is only one person left to guard junior Jere Issenmann.
While Jones had her best offensive output of this young season, leading all
scorers with 23 points - only three less than the entire Anderson team
scored in the entire game, Issenmann was red hot from the perimeter. Issenmann
hit five threes and Jones added three more, as Mason cruised to a 79-26
victory over Anderson. Mason is 2-0, currently ranked #2 in the nation by
12-01-99...The outlook for another run at a national title for Mason High
is promising. Mason was the chosen as the preseason #1 team in the state
of Ohio, and USA TODAY has picked Mason at preseason #2 in the nation. The
loss of 6'1 post player Dallas Williams will be felt, but the team has
plenty of talent returning including four starters. Likely to replace the
interior play of Williams is 6'1 juniorpost Michelle Munoz. Munoz, like
her NFL father, is a handful and will demand the attention of more than one
defender. The Tennessee-bound Munoz has great moves to go along with a
powerful body. If Munoz dominates the paint as expected, it should allow
mason's perimeter game to thrive. That's where the numbers of Beth Jones
could increase tremendously from her 11.5 average as a junior. Mason has
several good perimeter shooters to compliment Jones. What will be the test
is trying to bring along the new members of the team while keeping the
veterans healthy. Only sixe player return from last year's team, but they
were all important pieces to the team's success last year. Barring injury,
this team could again push for the honor of best team in the nation.
11-13-99...Purdue recruit Beth Jones has officially signed her national
letter of intent to play for Purdue. "Beth is a pure shooter," Purdue
head coach Curry says. "She has tremendous leadership skills and will
give us instant depth on the perimeter. Another great thing about Beth
is that she comes from a winning high school program. She knows what
it takes to be successful."
07-08-99...One of the best players on one of the best teams in the nation
has verballed to Purdue basketball. Rising senior winger Beth Jones from
Mason High, Ohio, has given the staff a verbal commitment. Jones functions
as a swing player and offensive creater on a Mason squad that also contains
two elite high school players. Jones averaged 11.5 points as a junior and was
the team's best perimeter defender. For more details, check out this
Journal and Courier article.
03-20-99...With #1 rankings in the state and in the country on the line,
Mason could not overcome a determined Pickerington team in the Ohio
Division I title game. Playing without their shooter Beth Jones, out
due to a knee injury suffered in the semifinal game, Pickerington
defeated Mason 46-30. Mason had not been held to under 53 points all
season, that mark coming in a victory against Pickerington earlier in
the year. Pickerington, ranked #3 in the country by USA TODAY, took
the state championship after defeting another Purdue-bound player's
team in the semifinals...Elise Inman's Wadsworth High.
03-19-99...Mason will be without starting off-guard Beth Jones after
she suffered a dislocated knee off a rebound in the semifinals of
the Ohio state championship. Mason went on to win 51-45 over Toledo
Catholic. Before Jones had to leave the game, she had five points and
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