Girls Varsity Basketball · Semeka Randall to Have Her Number Retired

In the mid-90’s the Trinity High School girls’ basketball program had established itself as one of the premier basketball programs in Ohio, and across the entire country. The Lady Trojans made six Final Four appearances in 8 seasons, winning three Ohio State Championships, and were nationally ranked by USA Today during that time. Two of those state championships were engineered by the best player to ever come out of Northeast Ohio, Semeka Randall, running the show. During her incredible career on Granger Road, #22 would be voted as Ms. Ohio Basketball twice, an All-American, National Player of the Year and garner numerous other honors. She and her Lady Trojans teammates won state titles in 1994 and 1996, before Randall headed off to SEC powerhouse Tennessee to play for legendary coach Pat Summit, going to two National Championships, winning one during Randall’s career in Knoxville.

On Wednesday night, January 29, 2020, Randall will have her #22 retired to honor her incredible career at Trinity. She will be only the fourth number in school history to receive such an honor, joining other basketball legends Vonda Ward and NaSheema Hillmon and football star Mike Hudec. “We were very privileged to have some of the best girls basketball teams and players in the 1990’s at Trinity but there is no doubt Semeka was the best player in Ohio and arguably the nation,” said Tony SanFilippo, Trinity Athletic Director. One look at her accomplishments and it is easy to see why she will be part of basketball immortality.

• 1996 & 1997 Ms. Ohio basketball
• 1997 Parade Magazine Player of the Year
• 1997 First Team All-American
• 2008 inductee into the Ohio Hall of Fame
• Gold Medal Winner and Member of the 1996 & 1997 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Teams
• MVP of the Ohio state basketball tournament in 1994 & 1996
• 1997 Gatorade Circle of Champions Midwest Player of the Year
• First Team All-SEC 1999 & 2000
• SEC All-Freshman Team & Second Team All-SEC in 1998
• Women’s Basketball Journal Defensive Player of the Year, 1999 & 2000
• Two-time First Team All-American, 1999 & 2000
• Honorable Mention All-American, 1998
• Ranks 7th all-time in scoring at Tennessee (1,915 career points)
• Drafted 17th overall by the Seattle Storm of the WNBA
• Currently the Associate Head Coach at Winthrop University

“Semeka Randall is the greatest player to ever wear a Trinity uniform and without much argument, the greatest player from the state of Ohio,” said current Lady Trojans Head Coach Kevin McNamara. “We are honored as her Basketball Family to bring her home, honor her accomplishments and retire #22.” The ceremonies begin at 6:30 PM and will be hosted by Fox Sports Net’s and 92.3 The Fan’s Jeff Phelps. “In sports at any level, it’s not often that right away, it becomes very clear that one individual is without doubt, the best player in the game”, said Phelps. “But Semeka Randall was that player during her years at Trinity High School – the best player on the court each and every game.”