OAK HARBOR — For local fans hoping to attend a Bowling Green State University women’s basketball game in the 2016-2017 season, there will not be one player with local ties playing for the Falcons. There will be two.
Oak Harbor’s Andrea Cecil will join Bellevue’s Carly Santoro at The Stroh Center, as Cecil committed to join the Falcons Friday after a visit to the campus.
“It feels awesome,” Cecil said. “It feels like a weight lifted off of my shoulders. I still have a lot of work to do to get to Bowling Green standards and college-level play.”
Cecil, who will be a junior this upcoming school year, will take her talents and join the Falcons, who are currently coached by Jennifer Roos.
“I think their style of play fits me,” Cecil said. “I really like that BGSU is close to home. I really liked the coaching staff.”
The 6-foot Cecil scored a school-record 488 points last season and led the Rockets to a 20-5 record and the district finals, losing on a buzzer-beater. The Rockets went 16-8 her freshman season.
Cecil averaged 19.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and nearly one block per game as a sophomore. Her accomplishments led her to be named 3rd team All-Ohio last season.
Oak Harbor coach Tom Kontak has nothing but excitement for one of his players.
“I’m so excited for Andrea,” he said. “She’s worked so hard, traveling the country and going to so many basketball camps. I’m happy for her Mom, Dad, and her brother, AJ.”
One person that has had the task of figuring a game plan against Cecil is Clyde coach John Cahill.
“She presents all kinds of problems because she is so versatile,” Cahill said. “Tom uses her so well in his system.”
Santoro, despite being opponents with Cecil over the course of their high school and AAU careers, is thrilled with the opportunity to play with another local player.
“It’s really cool to see another local player go to BG,” Santoro said. “She’s really done a lot of great things in high school and to be able to carry them on to a great college program is really a great accomplishment. It’s cool for us to know the next time we play this season, we are going to be feature teammates and it will definitely be about bragging rights in college.”
And when Oak Harbor and Bellevue meet on Dec, 16th, it’ll be about those bragging rights.
“She’s not going to quit working,” said Jack Cecil, Andrea’s father. “She’s not going to sit still. Everyone is excited.”