BOWLING GREEN — After star junior Kendall Noble went down clutching her knee in the first round of the state tournament, her coach feared the worst.
He was right.
Noble, considered one of the top juniors in the state and a front-runner for next season's Miss Basketball, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee, Perry County Central Coach Randy Napier confirmed on Saturday night.
Noble came into the Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet Sixteen averaging 20.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.3 steals and 5.6 assists.
The 5-foot-8 guard has become a fixture at the state tournament, leading Breathitt County to five straight trips before transferring to Perry County Central, which finished the season 27-4 behind Noble and Kayla Rankin.
Four minutes into a first-round game against Butler on Wednesday, Noble dived to the Diddle Arena floor awkwardly going for a loose ball.
In the third quarter, she attempted to re-enter the game but went down within seconds of making a cut for the ball and was carried off the floor.
By Jennifer Smith