2012 Republic Bank Holiday Classic (Girls) Participating Teams
©2012 by Ron Harrison
Anderson County (Region 8) – Coach Tony Kays’ Lady Bearcats finished 24-6 last season and should be a chief contender for the regional title this season. 6-0 Jr. guard MacKenzie Cann and 5-10 Jr. forward Eriel McKee are two of the top players in the region and 6-1 Sr. center Kali Whiteside could be a big factor in the paint this season. 5-3 Jr. point guard Destiny Stewart returns after battling a knee injury last season and 5-4 So. Corrin Robinson is a tenacious defender. This team is still relatively young but they captured a regional championship in 2010 with this nucleus and this squad is deep and talented.
Ashland Blazer (Region 16) – Coach Bill Bradley’s Kittens finished 29-7 last season, captured the regional title and should challenge for the top spot again this season. 5-9 So. Alexis Robinson is ranked as the top player in the region. 5-6 Sr. guard Kaylyn Gambill is a deadly perimeter shooter and 5-11 So. Haley Sue Foutch is very effective in the paint. 5-8 Sr. Allie Stone is a solid contributor with a high basketball IQ.
Assumption (Region 7) – Coach Steve Small’s Rockets finished 17-14 last season and should challenge for the regional title as well as a high ranking in the state. 6-6 So. Nora Kiesler is a game-changer at both ends of the court. 5-7 Sr. Dee Dee Sliter returns after missing last season with a knee injury and could be the missing piece of the puzzle. 5-11 Sr. Katie Friedrich is a solid performer capable of recording a double-double in any game. Other solid contributors include 5-8 Sr. Kelsey Kaiser and 5-5 Sr. Brandy Hunter.
Bourbon County (Region 10) – Coach Juan Byars’ Lady Colonels finished 13-17 last season and returns a lot of experience from that team. 5-7 So. Asia Sims, 5-8 Fr. Anovia Byars, 5-6 Sr. Olivia Sparks, 5-8 Sr. Jazmen Chenault, 5-7 Jr. Jessica Stamper, and 5-7 Sr. Kylie Hilander should be some of the top contributors this season.
Bowling Green (Region 4) – Coach LaVonda Johnson’s Lady Purples finished 25-4 last season and will compete for the top spot in the region this season. They are led by 5-5 Sr. Brittany Vaughn and 5-8 Sr. Diamond Marshall who should provide offensive firepower for this talented squad. 5-8 So. Keely Vincent and 5-10 Jr. Makayla Gray are expected to be key contributors.
Bryan Station (Region 11) – Coach Donna Murphy’s Lady Defenders finished 16-15 last season and she returns an experienced group capable of making some noise in the region this season. They will be led by 5-8 Sr. Serena Sandusky who averaged 14 ppg last season. Other key performers include 6-1 Sr. Hallie Crumbie, 5-8 Sr. DeShante Clay, 5-10 Jr. Victoria McCoy, 5-6 Sr. La’bianca Frazier, 5-11 Fr. Baireshia Gill, 5-9 Jr. Lakyesha Stennis, and 5-7 Fr. Destiny Cozart.
Campbell County (Region 10) – Coach Mike Murray’s Lady Camels finished 22-11 last season and have the talent to compete for the regional championship this season. 5-8 Sr. Taylor Robinson (13 ppg) and 6-3 Sr. Kaitlin Siegmundt (11 ppg) gives Coach Murray a potent inside-outside duo. 5-6 So. Carson Gray and 5-10 Sr. Molly Kitchen are expected to be valuable contributors.
Christian Academy of Louisville (Region 7) – Coach Don Rice’s Lady Centurions finished 21-13 last season and welcome back 5-10 Sr. China Dow who averaged 23.2 ppg and 11.1 rpg last season. 5-8 Sr. Kate Joss returns after being injured last season and will provide perimeter offense. Other key returnees include 6-0 Jr. McKenzie Campbell, 5-8 Sr. Chalisa Helm, and 5-6 Jr. Lindsey Dunn.
East Carter (Region 16) – Coach Hager Easterling’s Lady Raiders finished 17-16 last season and returns some good young talent. 5-10 So. Megan Stickler is one of the top players in the region and 5-5 8th grader Kristen Mayo is a good young point guard. 5-10 Jr. Bryanna Greenhill, if healthy, will provide a big help to the Lady Raiders and could be one of the top players in the region.
Elizabethtown (Region 5) – Coach Tim Mudd’s Lady Panthers finished 26-6 last season and will again challenge Marion County for regional supremacy. 6-1 Fr. Erin Boley and 6-2 So. Reauna Cleaver will lead the Lady Panthers and Coach Mudd has other talented returnees including 5-4 Jr. Kinsey Mudd, 5-7 Sr. Anna Bowling, 5-9 So. Livie Bowling, and 5-8 So. Darien Huff. 5-8 Sr. Alexis Powell returns after being sidelined with an ACL injury.
Franklin County (Region 11) – Coach Joey Thacker’s Lady Flyers finished 17-16 last season but was hampered by the injury bug. The Lady Flyers should be led this season by 5-5 Sr. Raven Timmons and point guard 5-4 Jr. Nannilena White. 5-9 Fr. Malaka Frank, 5-8 Fr. Dasia Kilbourne, and 5-8 8th grader Rebecca Cook are talented young players and 5-6 8th grader Princess Stewart appears to have a bright future. 5-2 Sr. Brittany Mello has battled injuries and illness throughout her career but could add stability and intangibles to the team’s success if healthy this season.
Lafayette (Region 11) – Coach Allison Denton’s Lady Generals finished 15-14 last season and returns a young, talented squad. 6-3 So. Ashanti Thomas averaged 7 ppg and 7.8 rpg and has unlimited potential. 6-0 Jr. Sarah Cooley averaged 9.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg last season. 5-8 Jr. Ken’yale Demus averaged 10.2 ppg. 5-11 So. Dee Givens can score in a variety of ways and 5-6 Jr. Megumi Nagahiro will be in the starting rotation. 5-7 Jr. Shirlisa Demus will play quality minutes and 5-8 8th grader Kiara Pankins displays ability and a high basketball IQ for her age. This team should mature throughout the season and could peak at tourney time.
LaRue County (Region 5) – Coach Travis Wootton’s Lady Hawks finished 17-11 last season. They will be led by 6-0 Jr. guard/forward Ivy Brown who averaged 19.4 ppg and 9.6 rpg and is a very skilled performer. 5-10 So. Alexis Brewer is an athletic guard who averaged 14.2 ppg and is the other member of the dynamic duo. 6-2 Sr. Alisha Durbin is greatly improved and appears poised for a great senior campaign.
Lexington Catholic (Region 11) – The Lady Knights finished 20-12 last season and Scott True takes over as head coach this season. Lexington Catholic graduated most of their size but do return 5-8 Sr. Octavia Wilson who averaged 12.5 ppg last season. 5-8 So. Rachel Blake has the ability and appears poised to have a good season. 5-5 Jr. Suzanne Miller, 5-4 Sr. Sara Cawood, and 5-4 So. Bailey Browning are key returnees. Size will be a factor this season as Lexington Catholic does not have a player over 5-10.
Lincoln County (Region 12) – Coach Cassandra McWhorter’s Lady Patriots finished 26-10 last season and are heavily favored to repeat as regional champions. They will be led by 5-8 Sr. Emily Fox who averaged 18 ppg and is an excellent three point shooter. 6-0 Sr. Sydney Harris averaged 11 ppg and is a versatile scorer with three point range. Other key returnees include 5-5 Jr. Rachel Spangler, 5-6 Sr. Ciara Saylor, 5-9 Sr. Kourtney Belcher, 5-9 So. Tiandra Hocker, 5-6 So. Spencer Sims, and 5-5 Sr. Chansler Gilbert.
Magoffin County (Region 15) – The Lady Hornets finished 29-5 last season and captured the regional championship. Scott Castle takes over as head coach this season and the Lady Hornets will be led by 5-4 Jr. Jamie Castle who averaged 15.6 ppg last season. Other key returnees include 5-4 Fr. Jasmine Howard, 5-7 Sr. Morgan Arnett, and 5-7 Sr. Morgan Connelley. The Lady Hornets suffered a loss when 5-7 Jr. Madison Reed who averaged 12.6 ppg transferred.
Marion County (Region 5) – Coach Trent Milby’s Lady Knights finished 34-5 last season, was runner-up in the state tournament, and appears to be poised for a great season. Coach Milby will be led by two of the premier players in the state in 5-11 Sr. PG Makayla Epps (17.3 ppg) who can get to the basket as well as shoot the three and 6-1 Sr. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (13.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg) who is a good rebounder and a versatile scorer. The talent doesn’t stop there as 5-9 Sr. Patrice Tonge is a fierce defender who is very athletic and has improved her offensive game. 5-11 Sr. Logan Powell has great hands, is an excellent rebounder, and can score. 6-1 Jr. forward Alexus Calhoun is a good rebounder and defender . 5-3 8th grader PG Haeli Howard is a versatile performer with a bright future.
Meade County (Region 3) – Coach Josh Hurt’s Lady Waves finished 18-15 last season and return all their key players from last year’s squad. 6-1 So. Morgan Turner averaged 14.2 ppg and 7 rpg last season. 5-7 Jr. Raley Johnson averaged 13.9 ppg. Other key returnees include 5-3 Jr. Katelyn Cucino, 5-6 So. Addi Lynch, and 5-11 Sr. Maya Luney.
Mercy Academy (Region 6) – Coach Mark Evans’ Jaguars finished 27-6 last season and will challenge for the regional title again this year. Mercy graduated the Roush twins (Courtney and Christine) but returns a lot of talent and their trademark suffocating defense. 5-8 Sr. Whitney Hartlage is a deadly outside shooter and 5-7 Sr. PG Kayla Richardson is a versatile scorer who should have a great season. Other key players include 6-0 So. Malerie Martin and 5-9 Sr. Victoria Dircksen.
Monroe County (Region 4) – Coach Dwayne Murray’s Lady Falcons finished 27-6 last season but graduated 6-2 center Caylan Bybee. They return several talented performers including 5-7 Sr. Madison Clements. 5-7 Jr. Kayla Murray returns after battling a knee injury last season. Other key returnees include 5-7 Jr. Lauren Turner and 5-6 Sr. Molly Harlin.
Owensboro Catholic (Region 3) – Coach Ray Zuberer’s Lady Aces finished 18-15 last season but will be favored to capture the regional title this season. Their chances were greatly improved with the return of 6-1 Sr. Becca Greenwell one of the premier players in the state, who missed last season with an ACL injury. Greenwell averaged 32.6 ppg and 12 rpg as a sophomore. 5-5 Sr. PG Leah Greathouse averaged 11.5 ppg last season. 5-9 So. Destiny Howard averaged 11.2 ppg and 8.6 rpg last season and is excellent around the basket. 5-9 Jr. Haley Garvin (5.9 ppg) is a versatile performer. 5-9 Jr. Kaylyn Pearson sat out last season after transferring from Owensboro and is a strong player who can score in a variety of ways. Other players expected to contribute include 5-4 Sr. Elizabeth Searcy, 5-6 Jr. Lydia Miller, 5-5 So. Mallorie Polston, and 5-3 So. Alexis Hodges. Newcomers include 5-8 Fr. Caroline Hayden, 5-8 Fr. Annabel Moore, and 5-5 Fr. Mikayla Berry.
Simon Kenton (Region 8) – Coach Jeff Stowers’ Lady Pioneers finished 21-11 last season and their defense always makes them a tough opponent. The Lady Pioneers will be led by 5-3 Jr. Abby Owings and 5-5 Jr. Christina Cook. Other key returnees include 5-10 Jr. Rachel Cox, 5-5 Jr. Sarah Tomlin, and 5-7 So. Kelsey Schmiade.
Southwestern (Region 12) – Coach Tim Rice’s Lady Warriors finished 21-10 last season and returns a young, talented squad that will be very competitive this season. 5-9 So. Adison Corder averaged 17 ppg last season and is a deadly outside shooter. 5-5 So. Destiny Molden also reached double figures last season and 5-7 So. Brittany Combs averaged 8 ppg. 5-11 Fr. Samantha Fitzgerald averaged 10.6 ppg and 7 rpg last season . Other key returnees include 6-1 Fr. Elisabeth Latham and 5-11 So. Dylana Fothergill.
St. Patrick (Region 10) – The Lady Saints finished 16-14 last season and DeSarae Chambers takes over as head coach. Some of the key players include 5-4 Sr. Jessica Fowler, 5-4 Jr. Hayley Hay, 5-7 Sr. Hannah Klee, 5-8 Sr. McKayla Likins, 5-7 Fr. Victoria McKay, 5-7 Sr. Hannah Ring, and 5-4 Sr. Kaitlyn Yeary.