A 6-foot-2 senior, Ariel Cummings capped her high school career by helping the Eagles to a 21-5 finish, which included a perfect 14-game run to win the Three Rivers Athletic Conference and a Division I district title.
It was Notre Dame’s seventh consecutive TRAC title and its sixth district championship in seven seasons.
Cummings, who will play at the University of Toledo, averaged 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.8 blocked shots per game, shooting 54 percent from the field and 57 percent at the foul line.
Her career-high, single-game scoring and top rebounding outputs came in her junior year, when she scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 75-59 upset of top-ranked Newark in a D-I state semifinal. She was 12-for-17 from the field and also blocked four shots in that victory for Notre Dame, which finished 26-4 with a loss to Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame in the state final.
This season Cummings was named TRAC player of the year, and she was also selected to the All-Northwest District first team.
“Ariel has shown great improvement from one season to the next,” Notre Dame coach Travis Galloway said. “Her offseason work ethic and in-season desire to get better has made her a dominant post player.
“She developed the ability to be a go-to offensive player, as well impact the game in a major way on the defensive end. Ariel was a big reason that we won a TRAC championship and a district championship.”
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.