Player, school Ht. Class Pts. Reb.
Sara Hammond, Rockcastle Co. (49) 6-3 Sr. 16.2 12.0
Rebecca Greenwell, Owensboro Cath. (6) 6-1 So. 32.6 11.9
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Sydney Moss, Boone Co. (3) 5-11 Jr. 22.7 11.5
Averee Fields, Calloway Co. (6) 6-0 Sr. 23.8 12.9
Chasity Gooch, Franklin-Simpson (7) 6-0 Sr. 24.5 16.4
Lauren Tibbs, Scott (1) 6-4 Sr. 23.8 11.2
Mechael Guess, Manual (3) 5-10 Sr. 14.5 5.9
Makayla Epps, Marion Co. 5-11 So. 16.8 x-4.8
Kristen Stainback, Scott Co. 5-9 Sr. 19.3 4.7
Kendall Noble, Perry Co. Central 5-11 Jr. 19.6 8.3
Player, school Ht. Class Pts. Reb.
Carla Booth, Sheldon Clark (4) 5-7 Sr. 23.3 7.0
Danay Fothergill, Southwestern 5-7 Sr. 22.3 7.1
Natalie Greenwell, Elizabethtown 5-8 Sr. 15.1 4.5
Adrienne Tarrance, Bowling Green 5-8 Sr. 12.5 6.5
Hillary Moore, Leslie Co. (1) 5-7 Sr. 27.9 10.2
Whitney Belle Jackson, Clay Co. 6-1 Sr. 14.5 8.3
Kristin Perry, West Carter 6-0 Sr. 15.8 10.3
April Wilson, Manual 5-8 Jr. 7.4 x-4.8
Juliann Miller, Mercy 5-7 Sr. 13.0 4.0
Angie Lawrence, Rockcastle Co. 5-5 Sr. 14.6 2.8
When the season started in October, the Rockcastle County star couldn't have written a better ending to her career than what she's experienced this spring.
Hammond, a 6-foot-1 senior, lived the ultimate basketball dream.
The Louisville signee won the Sweet Sixteen championship. She was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She was named the state's first female McDonald's All-American. It culminated in her being named the state's Miss Basketball.
She averaged 16.2 points, 12 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in this season alone.
It didn't seem so long ago that Jaime Walz's all-time state scoring record of 4,969 points seemed impossible to surpass. Then along came Owensboro Catholic's Rebecca Greenwell, who has led the state in scoring for the past two seasons.
The 6-foot-1 guard's 1,142 points this season gives her 2,821 career points and she still has two seasons remaining in her career. It was a big year for Greenwell, who averaged 32.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.9 steals and 3.6 assists. She was named All "A" Classic Most Valuable Player after leading the Aces to their first title.
Boone County's Moss draws a crowd both on the court via double and triple teams and off the court with a bright media spotlight as the daughter of NFL receiver Randy Moss. But she handles all of that with poise and maturity, Coach Nell Fookes said.
"The way she's handled all of it is just amazing," Fookes said of the 5-foot-11 swing player who led her team in almost every statistical category, including points (22.7) and rebounds (11.5). She also led them in steals, assists and blocked shots. She had double-doubles in all but 11 of her 33 games last season. The junior, who is still fairly open in her college selection process, has shown serious interest in Florida as well as top schools like West Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville and Kentucky.
Calloway County Coach Scott Sivills didn't pull any punches after the Lakers' last game at the Sweet Sixteen this season. He said top college teams from Kentucky were going to regret letting his star senior be lured out of state by West Virginia. After her state performance it was easy to see why. In three games, the versatile 6-foot-1 forward averaged 26.7 points, 11 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.7 assists. They mirrored her season averages of 23.8 points (shooting 57.3 percent from the field), 12.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.7 stealse.
"She's going to be a player to reckon with," Sivills said. "They missed out on a great, great talent."
With her excellent footwork, deceptive speed and basketball smarts, Gooch was a tough matchup for almost all opponents she faced, which is why the 6-foot senior forward was among the state's top scorers, averaging 24.5 points, and its top rebounder at 16.4 a contest.
"She has the ability to make the game look easy," said Lex Lindsey, her coach at Franklin-Simpson
She led the team to two region titles and four district titles as well as a state championship trip in 2008.
For her career, the Western Kentucky signee finished with 2,328 points.
The record books at Scott will never be the same.
Lauren Tibbs, a 6-foot-4 senior, has put her name atop several of the categories and will head to Marquette as the school's leading scorer (2,752 career points), rebounder (1,403 boards) and shot blocker (381). Her career field-goal percentage of 57 percent and her points this season (759) also set records.
Tibbs' 67.6 percent percentage this season was the best in the state as well.
"Her leadership, passion, and enthusiasm for the game are extraordinary; all of which have been instrumental in taking our team to new heights," Coach Rhonda Klette said.
If Manual, top-ranked most of the season, had a player that made it go, it was Guess.
"She was our Energizer Bunny, always on the go," Coach Stacy Pendleton said. "On the court, she set the tone with her exceptional work ethic."
The Pittsburgh volleyball signee helped lead the Crimsons to a 33-5 record and a state championship game.
Pendleton said the thing that made Guess, who averaged 14.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and two steals, exceptional was her willingness to be a good teammate.
Marion County was so close to the Sweet Sixteen title game, the Knights could taste it, especially Epps, who had two key shots go in and out in the waning seconds.
"I put this loss on myself," she said afterward. "I had the lane, and I got what I wanted. If I would have finished, we would have gotten them in overtime. We'll be back next year, and we're going to win it all."
Coach Trent Milby said if Epps guarantees it then it's most likely going to happen. The speedy, athletic 5-foot-8 sophomore guard will be a force to be reckoned with for the next two years much as she was this season, averaging 16.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals.
Long known as a shooter, Stainback grew into so much more by the end of her career, Scott County Coach Steve Helton said. The 5-foot-9 senior guard, who has signed with Austin Peay, became a leader for the Cardinals, who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen title game behind Stainback last season. "Kristen became our go-to scorer night in and night out," Helton said. "When the game was on the line, Kristen Stainback was the player I wanted taking the shot for our team." Her 2,332 career points put her in the top five all-time scorers for the Cards. This season, she averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists.
Perry Central's Randy Napier has been at this head coaching thing for more than 30 seasons, so it's a little shocking when he calls Noble "the most versatile and well-rounded player I have ever coached."
But he means it. The 5-foot-11 junior is a do-it-all for Central, averaging 19.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and a whopping 7.1 steals this season. "She does everything well and makes it all look easy," Napier continued. "The best compliment I can give her is that other players just love playing with her."
Noble, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament during the Sweet Sixteen this season, had surgery this week. She is getting serious looks from schools like Purdue, Dayton, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville, Morehead State and many others, her coach said.
Honorable mention: Nicole Coffman (Casey Co.); Kayla Rankin (Perry Co. Central); Rianna Gayheart (Owen Co.); Kyvin Goodin-Rogers (Marion Co.); Lindsey Burd (Hart Co.); Shavonne Jackson (Southern); Kara Wright (Manual); Caylan Bybee (Monroe Co.); Jenna Cornelison (Madison Central); Jessi Hodge (Crittenden Co.); Stevi Morgan (Clinton Co.); Morgan Clemons (Sacred Heart); Jasmine Whitfield (South Oldham); Bre Elder (Marion Co.); Prisha Rogers (Clark Co.); Alexis Lawrence (Bowling Green); Brooke Coleman (Shelby Valley); Jenna Crittenden (Ryle); Cortney Morrow (Monticello); Chelsey Smith (Pineville); Maddie Peabody (Sacred Heart); Rachel Hodge (Union Co.); Leanne Mullins (Menifee Co.); Shomari Kendrick (Lafayette)
Coach of the Year: Chrysti Noble (Rockcastle Co.) x-assists