Several coverage area players made their presence known on the basketball court this winter by stuffing the stat sheets and helping their teams rack up the wins. Here’s a look at the players that stood out the most and earned a place on The Ledger Independent’s All-Area Basketball Teams.
Kara Moran, Mason County: The senior was one of two returning players from last season expected to make an impact, and she didn’t disappoint. Moran led the Lady Royals with 11.7 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. She shot nearly 53 percent from the field and sank over 75 percent of the 156 free throws she attempted. She also dished out two assists per game for the four-time defending 39th District champions.
AJ Reed, Mason County: Reed was the other Lady Royal returning with experience and was described by Franklin County coach Joey Thacker as the straw that stirs the drink for Mason County. Reed, who’s committed to the University of Pikeville, averaged 11.3 points per game, tied for second-most on the team, to go along with 2.2 rebounds, three assists and 1.4 steals per game. She shot nearly 32 percent from beyond the arc and over 73 percent from the charity stripe.
Jacey Justice, Peebles: The freshman at Peebles jumped right in with following her brothers’ footsteps. Justice averaged a team-high 18.9 points per game to lead Peebles to their first district final since 1998. She fired 50 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. Justice was second on the team in rebounding with four per game, while finishing first in steals with 3.2 per game and assists with 2.4 per game. She was named SHAC All-League, Second Team Coaches’ Association, First Team All-District and Special Mention All-State.
Whitney Broughton, Eastern: Broughton led the Lady Warriors in scoring with 11.9 points per game, also pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game. With senior star Allison Day injured for the season, Broughton stepped up in the scoring department as the Lady Warriors were able to claim a co-Southern Hills Athletic Conference title with North Adams. The senior guard also led the team in 3-pointers, knocking down 62 at a 35 percent clip.
Brooke Kennedy, Manchester: Like Justice, Kennedy will be another freshman to watch in the SHAC for the next few years. After winning just a couple of games last season, Kennedy led the Lady Hounds to 11 wins this year with her 12.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 4.1 blocks per game. She recorded 14 double-doubles during the season and one triple-double.
Sydnie Cox, Manchester: Cox is another freshman to watch in Manchester. She helped the Lady Hounds to 11 wins this year with her 10.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and led the team in field goal percentage, hitting 56 percent of the shots that she took this season. She also recorded 2.7 blocks and 2.2 steals per game in her first year of varsity basketball.
Alexa Pennington, Eastern: The Eastern Kentucky commit played a big role of facilitator for the Lady Warriors this season. On top of averaging 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, the junior also averaged 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game as Eastern went 20-5 on the year.
Victoria Brooks, Mason County: The junior helped the Lady Royals to a 19-12 record and another 39th District title with 11.3 points per game, tied for the second-most on the team. She shot over 48 percent from the field and 44 percent from beyond the arc this season. She was also the team’s second-leading rebounder, bringing down 4.1 boards per game.
Allison Voyles, Lewis County: Voyles connected on 59 percent of shots she took from the field, landing in the top 20 in the state. The senior averaged 11.3 points to lead the Lady Lions this season, while also leading the team with 7.7 rebounds per game.
Gracie Yates, Lewis County: Yates produced for the point guard position for Lewis County this season. She finished second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the field. The 5-foot-6 senior was also second on the team in rebounding, bringing down 4.7 per game. She also dished out 4.7 assists per game and recorded two steals per game.
Kinley Ruf, Bracken County: Ruf was one of two seniors on the Lady Bears’ roster this season. She recorded a team-high 11.4 points per game and was second on the team in rebounding with five per game. She led Bracken County with 14 points in the 39th District semifinals against St. Patrick to land the Lady Bears in the 10th Region Tournament, where she picked up All-Tournament Team honors.
Alondra Jackson, Fleming County: Jackson was second on the Fleming County squad in scoring, averaging 11.5 points per game. The senior forward was also the team’s leading rebounder, bringing down 8.5 rebounds per game.
Morgan Fern, Fleming County: The Fleming County senior finished right behind Jackson in scoring, putting in 11.4 points per game while shooting nearly 38 percent from the field. Fern finished as the Lady Panthers’ third-leading rebounder with 4.6 per game.
Kennedy Underwood, Georgetown: Underwood was Georgetown’s top player this season. The junior led the Lady G-Men with 9.2 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. She also added 1.9 assists per game and 1.9 steals per game for a 7-16 Georgetown team that returns everybody next season.
Katie Stanton, Augusta: The Brescia University signee led the 39th District in scoring with 12 points per game this season. She shot over 37 percent from the field and nearly 30 percent from 3-point range, knocking in 25 triples. Stanton also added a boost on the boards with 4.9 rebounds per game.
Honorable Mention: Libby Gallenstein (St. Patrick), Justin Klee (St. Patrick), Kennedy Carl (Bracken County), Natalie Bell (Bracken County), Mikayla Farris (Eastern), Morgan Reynolds (Eastern), McKinlee Ryan (Peebles), Kiersten Rowe (West Union), Kaley Daniels (West Union), Molly Hester (Robertson County), Breanna Green (Robertson County), Alexis Shields (Augusta), Carlee Daulton (Ripley), Cailey Kirk (Ripley), Kim Seigla (Georgetown)