Jill (Kamerer) Smith
Class of 2001
Smith, a graduate of Buckeye Local High School, was a four-year letterwinner for a Bison women’s basketball program that won four PAC Championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. As a freshman, Smith averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in reserve, helping Bethany to its first PAC title. After missing most of the ’98 season due to an injury, she bounced back to earn her initial First-Team All-PAC award, leading the conference in scoring at 16.6 points per game.
Smith then when on to earn First-Team All-PAC honors in both the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. In 1999-00, she led the league in scoring (19.7 points per game) while ranking first in field goal percentage (51.5) and third in rebounds (7.5/game). In the following year, Smith was named conference MVP after leading the conference in points per game for the second straight year (20.5). She then averaged a double-double in the PAC Championship Tournament (19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds) in helping the Bison to their third NCAA Tournament appearance.
Smith finished her career as the Bison’s all-time leading scorer at 1,914 points, a record which still stands today. She also held the Bethany single-season record for points (551) until it was broken by Kelley Richardson in 2002.
Jill currently resides in Erlanger, Kentucky with her husband Justin and two sons, Jace and Jett. A graduate of the Bethany physical education program, Smith is currently employed with the Grant County School District as a physical education instructor.