Northrop’s Arielle Thatcher is the Fan Vote Preseason Player of the Year

Northrop's Arielle Thatcher is coming off a season where she was named to the News-Sentinel All-Area team. (Photo by Dan Vance of news-sentinel.com)

Northrop's Arielle Thatcher is coming off a season where she was named to the News-Sentinel All-Area team. (Photo by Dan Vance of news-sentinel.com)

After a final round that saw over 5,300 votes, Northrop senior guard Arielle Thatcher is the fan’s choice for the Preseason Player of the Year. Thatcher edged out South Side’s Taniece Chapman by 132 votes in the final round.

Last season, Thatcher started all 23 games for the Bruins, shooting a team high 53.5 percent from the field, also averaging a team high 13.9 points per game. Thatcher was also the team leader in assists with 71 and steals with 80.

In the opening round, Thatcher dominated Homestead’s Sydney Graber in voting. In the second round, Thatcher edged out Central Noble’s Sydney Freeman by 67 votes and her semi-final appearance saw her pick up a 74 vote win over Bellmont’s Grace Hunter.

Thatcher’s win in the fan vote wraps up news-sentinel.com’s preseason girls basketball previews. If you missed anything, see below of a complete list and links to all of the news-sentinel.com preview coverage for girls prep hoops as the 2017-2018 season kicks off.

MISS ANY PREVIEW COVERAGE?:

Girls prep hoops: The 2017 Fabulous Five

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #1 HOMESTEAD SPARTANS

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #2 SOUTH SIDE ARCHERS

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #3 CARROLL CHARGERS

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #4 NORTHROP BRUINS

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #5 BELLMONT SQUAWS

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #6 BISHOP DWENGER SAINTS

Girls prep hoops preseason countdown: #7 SOUTH ADAMS STARFIRES

Girls Prep Hoops Preseason Countdown: #8 CENTRAL NOBLE COUGARS

Girls Prep Hoops Preseason Countdown: #9 NORWELL KNIGHTS

Girls Prep Hoops Preseason Countdown: #10 CONCORDIA CADETS

SHOOTER: Area girls basketball is a series of wide open races

Girls prep hoops: SAC PREVIEW

Girls prep hoops: NE8 PREVIEW

Girls prep hoops: ACAC PREVIEW

Girls prep hoops: NECC preview

Girls prep hoops: AREA PREVIEW

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