THE NEXT FOUR
Last season’s record in parentheses
2. Franklin County (20-15): The Flyers had won three straight 11th Region titles before Scott County knocked them off in last year’s finals. Brooklynn Miles, an exciting sophomore with multiple Division I schools recruiting her, is back after sitting out last season.
3. Paul Laurence Dunbar (22-10): Miss Basketball challenger Mashayla Cecil is now at EKU but Dunbar is expected to be the top team in the city once more, and possibly for the next few years since several freshmen are expected to play big roles in 2018-19.
4. Woodford County (18-15): Three seniors graduated but they took an average of only seven points with them away from the Yellow Jackets, who will look to make a deeper run after back-toback exits in round one of the region tournament.
5. Henry Clay (19-12): The Blue Devils would be favored in several districts around the state but happen to reside in Scott County’s. They’ll also rely on several younger players but senior Kiya Thompson
(13.4 ppg last season) will lead their effort.
TOP 11 PLAYERS (In alphabetical order)
Jay Ballard, Lexington Catholic (Sr.): Knights Coach Steve True says Ballard is one of the hardest working players he’s ever coached. She averaged 16.8 points and 4.1 rebounds last season but is recovering from offseason
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tabbed Jackson as one of its preseason front-runners for Miss Basketball. Lack of team success might keep the secondyear Broncos from getting their first winner, but her production sure won’t: she averaged 26 points last season, fifthmost in the state.
Brooklynn Miles, Franklin County (So.): Miles played big minutes for the Flyers on the last two of their three straight 11th Region championship teams from 2015-2017 but didn’t play high school ball last season. Her return could be a gamechanger in the hunt for state.
Scott County (Sr.): The Tennessee Tech signee is Scott County’s top returning scorer and a contender for 11th Region Player of the Year. Scott County has not had a Miss Basketball winner since Rebecca Gray in 2007.
Kiya Thompson, Henry Clay (Sr.): Blue Devils Coach Eric Sanford called Thompson “the best-kept secret in Kentucky” and believes the 5-7 combo guard will be in contention for Player of the Year consideration by year’s end.
Malea Williams, Scott County (Jr.): Georgia, St. John’s, Boston College and Cincinnati are among the schools that have offered Williams, a stringy 6-2 forward whose role with the Cardinals should swell this season.