GIRLS | Herald-Leader All-State team

mmaloney@herald-leader.comApril 13, 2014 

Ivy Brown (23) from LaRue County. Credit The News-Enterprise

Player of the Year: Ivy Brown

Ivy Brown

The 6-foot-2 senior, named Miss Basketball earlier this month, is ranked 73rd nationally in the 2014 class by ESPN's HoopsGurlz. LaRue County's career leader in points, rebounds and steals, she led the Lady Hawks to a 24-7 season, averaging 24.4 points and 12.6 rebounds. A repeat first-team selection, Brown will play for Western Kentucky University next season.

Erin Boley

Already on the recruiting radar of nearly ever major college program, the 6-1 sophomore led Elizabethtown to a state runner-up finish and a 32-5 record. She is ranked 19th nationally in the 2016 class by ESPN's HoopsGurlz. Boley averaged 20.5 points while shooting 55 percent from the field, including 43.3 percent from three-point range. She hit 84.8 percent of her free throws and averaged 9.2 rebounds a game.

Makenzie Cann

Also a repeat first-team selection, the 5-11 senior led Anderson County to a second straight State Tournament appearance and a 28-5 record. A University of Cincinnati commit, Cann averaged 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds despite battling illness for several weeks. Cann shot 43.6 percent from the field, including 36.1 percent from three-point range, and was 77.4 percent at the free-throw line.

Eriel McKee

Cann's teammate on a 28-5 State tourney team, the 5-10 senior will play college ball for Morehead State University.

A second-team pick as a junior, McKee stepped up this season to scored 19.4 points a game on 53.6 percent shooting accuracy. She also averaged 8.6 rebounds a game. Like Cann, she was a Miss Basketball finalist.

DaiJia Ruffin

A 5-9 senior who has committed to Tennessee Martin, Ruffin helped Sacred Heart to a 7th Region championship and an appearance in the Sweet Sixteen, finishing with a 27-8 record. Ruffin averaged 18 points a game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field. She added 9.5 rebounds a game and was a Miss Basketball finalist.

Maci Morris

A 5-10 junior who is verbally committed to the University of Kentucky, Morris helped Bell County to a 25-5 record and a spot in the 13th Region semifinals.

Bell averaged 22.1 points and 9.6 rebounds a game. She shot 55.6 percent from the floor, 35.1 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 85.2 percent at the free-throw line.

Kayla Rankin

A repeat selection to the first team, the 6-0 senior averaged 28.4 points and 14.5 rebounds a game. She shot 60.6 percent from the field and 69.9 percent at the foul stripe.

Rankin led Perry County Central to the Sweet Sixteen and a 23-7 record. She is ranked 66th nationally in the 2014 class by ESPN's HoopsGurlz.

Danielle Lawrence

A 5-10 senior, Lawrence was named MVP of the Sweet Sixteen, helping Butler to a 32-3 record and a state championship.

Signed to play for IUPUI, she averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Lawrence shot 48.6 percent from the field, 81.8 percent at the free-throw line.

Alexis Robinson

The Ashland Blazer junior, who has verbally committed to Colorado, was a big reason why the Kittens went 26-9 and reached the Sweet Sixteen for a third consecutive season.

Robinson averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. She shot 39.8 percent from the field, 76.9 percent at the free-throw line.

Javonna Layfield

The 5-10 senior led Ballard to a 24-5 season, averaging 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds. She shot 55.8 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from three-point range, and 72.5 percent at the free-throw line.

She joins a cousin, Danielle Lawrence, on the first team. She caps a comeback from a torn meniscus as a sophomore and an ACL injury as a junior.

She is still looking at colleges, including Dayton, Ole Miss and North Carolina-Wilmington.


(Listed in order based on coaches' voting)

Player, school (first-place votes) Ht. Class Ppg Rpg

Ivy Brown, LaRue County (12) 6-2 Sr. 24.4 12.6

Erin Boley, Elizabethtown (1) 6-1 So. 20.5 9.2

Makenzie Cann, Anderson County (2) 5-11 Sr. 17.3 5.5

Eriel McKee, Anderson County (1) 5-10 Sr. 19.4 8.6

DaiJia Ruffin, Sacred Heart 5-9 Sr. 18.0 9.5

Maci Morris, Bell County (3) 5-10 Jr. 22.1 9.6

Kayla Rankin, Perry Co. Central (1) 6-0 Sr. 28.4 14.5

Danielle Lawrence, Butler (1) 5-10 Sr. 14.9 5.2

Alexis Robinson, Ashland Blazer (2) 5-9 Jr. 16.5 6.4

Javonna Layfield, Ballard (1) 5-10 Sr. 17.3 9.8

Coach of the Year: Tim Mudd, Elizabethtown


Nicole Kiernan, Newport Central Catholic (2) 5-10 Sr. 16.7 10.1

Morgan Rich, Allen County-Scottsville (1) 5-11 Jr. 20.5 7.0

Raven Merriweather, Sacred Heart (1) 5-6 Sr. 16.6 6.5

Alexis Brewer, LaRue County 5-10 Jr. 22.4 6.2

Morgan Turner, Meade County (1) 6-1 Jr. 18.3 8.8

Shalika Smith, Glasgow 6-1 Sr. 15.4 9.5

Brooke Todd, Dunbar 6-2 Sr. 13.1 12.8

Dee Givens, Lafayette 5-11 Jr. 16.8 7.0

Breanna Glover, Glasgow 5-11 So. 18.8 10.9

(tie) Katie Moore, Leslie County (1) 5-8 Jr. 24.8 8.7

Whitney Creech, Jenkins 5-9 So. 34.4 10.5

Honorable mention

Savannah Anderson (Lewis Co.); Alyssa Barnard (Marshall Co.); Reauna Cleaver (Elizabethtown); Jordan Doram (Harrison Co.) 1; Brooke Dossett (Gallatin Co.) 1; Haley-Sue Foutch (Ashland Blazer); Logan Fraley (Boyd Co.); Sarah Futscher (Bishop Brossart); Lexxus Graham (Clark Co.); Tarika Guyn (Scott Co.); Claire Hart (Eastern); Karlee Humphrey (Tilghman); Alex Kohler (Tilghman); Ashley McMurtry (Oldham Co.) 1; Makenzie Myers (Spencer Co.); DeAsia Outlaw (Henderson Co.); Abby Owings (Simon Kenton); Kaylin Pearson (Owensboro Catholic) 1; Sarah Price (Bath Co.); Madison Raque (Eastern) 1; Keely Rogers (Powell Co.); Sandra Skinner (Clark Co.); Meg Starling (University Heights); Cheyenne Stidham (Letcher Co. Central); Ashanti Thomas (Lafayette); Macy Turley (Murray); Maddie Waldrop (Murray) 1; Taylor Wheeler (Boyd Co.).

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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