High school basketball Hall names 16 inductees

mfields@herald-leader.comMarch 18, 2014 

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame's 16 newest members, part of the organization's "Centennial Class," include Chris Lofton, Jack Givens, Kenny Higgs, Ron King and Al Prewitt.

The honorees were announced at a press conference at the Lexington Center on Tuesday.

This is the third class of Hall of Fame inductees, and brings the total number of members to 49. There will be 100 inductees by 2018, the centennial year of Kentucky high school basketball.

This latest group of Hall of Famers will be inducted on July 12 in Elizabethtown.


Bunny Daughtery: Trailblazer for girls' basketball. Coached for more than 40 years. Guided Sacred Heart to 1976 state title. Also founder of Louisville Invitational Tournament.

Jack Givens: Starred at Bryan Station and led Defenders to the Sweet Sixteen twice. Mr. Basketball in 1974. Went on to star at UK.

Lisa Harrison: Starred at Louisville Southern. MVP of Trojans' state title team in 1988. Miss Basketball in 1989.

Vernon Hatton: Led Lafayette to the 1953 Sweet Sixteen championship. Mr. Basketball in 1954. Went on to star at UK.

Kenny Higgs: All-state player at Owensboro in 1972, '73 and '74. Led Red Devils to state title in 1972.

Crystal Kelly: Starred on Sacred Heart's three state title teams (2002, '03, '04). Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year. Miss Basketball in 2004.

Ron King: Standout at Louisville Central. Led the Yellow Jackets to the state title in 1969 and was Mr. Basketball that year.

Chris Lofton: Led Mason County to the 2003 state championship and runner-up finish in 2004. Mr. Basketball in 2004.

Dale Mabrey: Has coached Pleasure Ridge Park for 33 years and rung up more than 800 victories, including 12 region titles and a state championship in 1989.

Todd May: Virgie star who led his team to the Sweet Sixteen in 1981 and '82. Mr. Basketball in 1982. Had more than 2,500 points and 1,400 rebounds.

John Oldham: As a player he led Hartford to the state tournament in 1941 and '42. Went on to star and coach at WKU.

Al Prewitt: Starred as a player at Henry Clay and later coached the Blue Devils. He had 654 career victories, highlighted by Henry Clay's state title in 1983.

Frank Ramsey: Starred at Madisonville and led the Maroons to the Sweet Sixteen in 1948 and '49. Went on to star at UK and for the Boston Celtics.

Mike Redd: A three-time all-state player, Redd led Seneca to the 1963 state title and was Mr. Basketball that year.

Beth Wilkerson: Starred at Paris. Parade All-American. Miss Basketball in 1979.

Corky Withrow — Starred at Central City and helped it to three consecutive state tournaments in 1954, '55 and '56. Scored more than 3,100 points in his career.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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