Girls Basketball

Middletown aims to build foundation for success under new coach

The Middletown High girls basketball team takes on Miamisburg on Saturday in its season opener. SUBMITTED PHOTO

MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown High girls basketball team isn’t just looking to make improvements from last season. The Middies are hoping to gain a new identity under the new leadership of first-year coach Russell Banks.

Here’s a snapshot of this year’s Middletown girls basketball program:

QUOTABLE: “We are building a foundation for success,” Banks said. “We have an outstanding group of players that are hungry and willing to sacrifice for each other to win.”

NOTABLE: SaMill Calhoun received second team All-Greater Miami Conference honors last season. Calhoun averaged a team-best 11.1 points a game last season.

LAST SEASON: The Middies finished 4-19, including wins over Hamilton, Western Hills, Dunbar and Colerain.

2018-2019 POSTSEASON: Lost to Walnut Hills in the first round.

2019-2020 SEASON OPENER: At Miamisburg on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:45 p.m. FULL SCHEDULE HERE

RETURNING STARTERS: SaMill Calhoun and Kaliah Wilson.

Middletown’s SaMill Calhoun looks to make a move against Lakota East last season. AJ FULLAM/


Grace Boles, senior forward/center

SaMill Calhoun, senior guard

Randi Hendrix, senior guard/forward

Ari Ingram, senior forward/center

Olivia Wells, senior forward/center

Jayden Bingham, sophomore guard

Keke Gregory, sophomore guard

Kaliah Wilson, sophomore guard/forward

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