Sina King and Erica Dawson, two of the greatest prep basketball players ever to have competed in Washington County, will be taking a break from the action on the hardwood this winter.
The 6-foot King, a former Waterford Wildcat and currently a senior on the University of Akron women's basketball squad, is being treated for blood clots. She is expected to be evaluated in six months.
Dawson, a 5-9 freshman recruit at Xavier University, suffered a knee injury during the summer, and will also miss the 2013-2014 hoops campaign. She of course played her high school ball at Marietta, where she is the lady program's all-time leading scorer.
It's really going to be strange not seeing King and Dawson in a box score when the season tips off in earnest next month.
King, a third-team all-Mid-American Conference honoree as a junior (15 points and 8.7 rebounds per game), was instrumental in helping the Zips capture the MAC East Division crown last season. This upcoming year, she will be a student coach on the team.
Dawson is expected to be red-shirted at Xavier.
During her basketball career at MHS, she was pretty much all-everything, and helped the Lady Tigers advance to the regional tournament when she was a junior.
Also in Washington County women's basketball news, former Fort Frye standouts' Taylor Buchanan and Deidra Combs are getting ready to begin their college-playing days.
Buchanan, a 5-10 freshman, is on the Palm Beach Atlantic University roster, while the 5-10 Combs will be in her first season at Fairmont State University. Both schools are NCAA Division II.
Buchanan will be seeing her first Sailfish action in an exhibition game against Division I power Baylor University in Waco, Tx., on Oct. 30.
Combs' Fighting Falcons' team is scheduled to open up its season against visiting Bluefield State on Nov. 9.
At the University of Charleston (W.Va.), former Marietta Tigers' standout LeAnne Ross will be a junior. Last season, the 5-8 sharpshooter was the Golden Eagles' second-leading scorer, averaging 10.8 points per game.
UC is slated to tip off its season against Johnson C. Smith University on Nov. 9.
In Division III, you don't have to look any further than Marietta College, if you want to see any local players compete on the court. The Stacia Shrider-coached Lady Pioneers boast four area cagers on the roster - freshman Jordanna Rauch (Warren), freshman Morgan Liedtke (Fort Frye), junior Heather Booth (Frontier), and senior Paige Lamb (Marietta).
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or by email at rjohnston@