All-state girls' basketball team


(Based on voting by coaches)

First Team

Player, school (first-place votes) Ht. Class Pts. Reb.

Sarah Beth Barnette, Lex. Christian (17)6-2 Sr. 23.6 8.7

Ebony Rowe, Paul Laurence Dunbar (15) 6-2 Sr. 21.0 16.1

Samantha Drake, Nelson Co. (10) 6-3 Sr. 23.0 8.5

Antonita Slaughter, Louisville Christian (8)6-2 Sr. 17.1 7.8

Makayla Epps, Marion Co. (4) 5-9 Fr. 16.4 4.1

Rebecca Greenwell, Owensboro Catholic (6)6-0 Fr. 26.610.4

Sara Hammond, Rockcastle Co. 6-2 Jr. 15.5 10.9

Kendall Noble, Breathitt Co. (4) 5-10 So. 20.9 8.4

Chastity Gooch, Franklin-Simpson (1) 6-0 Jr. 19.0 12.5

Sydney Moss, Boone Co. (2) 5-11 So. 22.6 10.8

Second team

Kayla Thacker, Bullitt East (2) 5-10 Sr. 14.2 6.1

Shelbi Tyra, Grayson Co. (1) 5-8 Sr. 20.0 6.0

Carla Booth, Sheldon Clark (2) 5-6 Jr. 19.9 5.7

Averee Fields, Calloway Co. (1) 6-0 Jr. 23.5 13.5

Lauren Tibbs, Scott 6-4 Jr. 25.8 11.1

Destiny Bramblett, North Hardin (2) 5-11 Sr. 18.5 12.4

Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Marion Co. 6-1 Fr. 13.5 8.7

Hillary Moore, Leslie Co. 5-7 Jr. 30.0 6.7

Kayla Stamper, Wolfe Co. 6-0 Sr. 25.5 18.0

Chelsea Craig, Franklin Co. (1) 5-10 Sr. 15.1 11.1

Honorable mention: Katie Allen, Highlands; Ariel Barnes, Henderson Co.; Jillnell Bevins, Belfry; Jenna Cornelison, Madison Central; Molly Ernst, Assumption; Danay Fothergill, Southwestern; Natalie Greenwell, Elizabeththown; Megan Hamilton, Betsy Layne; Holly Harris, Pike Co. Central; Maris Hovee, June Buchanan; Whitney Belle Jackson, Clay Co.; Kendra McFarland, Powell Co.; Therese Montano, Mercy; Brittany Sexton, Letcher Co. Central; Chelsea Smith, Pineville; Erica Smith, Bowling Green; Kristen Stainback, Scott Co.; Jessica Upchurch, Lincoln Co.; Madisen Webb, Scott Co.

Coach of the year: Trent Milby, Marion Co.

Sarah Beth Barnette

Kentucky's Miss Basketball had plenty on her resumé before earning the state's top honor with a Sweet Sixteen title and an unprecedented three straight All "A" Classic championships.

The 6-foot-2 Barnette, one of two University of Kentucky signees on this season's first team, was among the state's top 10 scorers averaging 23.6 points, and she averaged 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 2.2 assists and 1.9 blocks.

Barnette, a swing player for Lexington Christian and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, set school and career marks by scoring 43 points against Doss this year.

In her four years at LCA, the Eagles went 127-29. Barnette scored 1,928 career points and pulled down 1,076 rebounds.

Ebony Rowe

Middle Tennessee State Coach Rick Insell said he thought there was no way his team would be able to sign a player like Ebony Rowe.

He thought for certain the 6-foot-2 center for Paul Laurence Dunbar who averaged an eye-popping 21 points, 16.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals, 2.7 blocked shots and 1.3 assists a game, was already taken.

"I still can't believe we landed her," he said in an interview this season.

Rowe, who has a grade-point average above 4.0, helped the Bulldogs to a 91-24 record in four seasons. The quick, defensive-minded player has a nose for the ball. She broke her own single-game school rebounding mark of 25 with 29 boards twice this season.

With 1,743 points, Rowe is the school's second all-time scorer. She's first in rebounding with 1,515.

Samantha Drake

The Nelson County record books will never be the same after Samantha Drake.

Her 3,068 career points are a school record for boys or girls. The 6-foot-3 senior center also had 1,381 career rebounds, and she scored a single-game school-record 44 points.

The UK signee, ranked among the top 50 players in the nation by one recruiting service, battled some minor injuries this season. But she still managed to score 23 points a game and grab 8.5 rebounds while hitting 59.7 percent from the field. For her career, the shooting percentage was 63.

Antonita Slaughter

The season didn't end how Antonita Slaughter might have imagined it would with a Miss Basketball title and a state championship, but the 6-2 forward still had a storied career at Louisville Christian, scoring nearly 2,000 points in her time there.

"She is a coach's player," her coach, Don Rice, said of the Louisville signee. "She is smart and a team player. Nita plays great defense and can adapt to any type of offense."

The defensive-minded player, ranked No. 63 in the country by ESPN's, averaged 17.1 points and 7.8 rebounds for the LCA this season.

"She is far from a finished product but has the makings of a potential Big East star," the Web site's analysts wrote last summer.

Makayla Epps

Makayla Epps doesn't play like a freshman and her career numbers don't add up to freshman, but the Marion County point guard is still indeed a freshman.

The 5-foot-9 guard and daughter of former Kentucky and Marion County star Anthony Epps, is rated the fifth-best freshman in the nation by

She led the Lady Knights to a Fifth Region title and a 33-2 record this season behind her 16.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals a game.

Her coach, Trent Milby, said she has received offers already from Louisville, Kentucky and Western Kentucky. She's drawing nation-wide interest as well.

Rebecca Greenwell

The state's top scorer this season wasn't one of its many Division I-bound senior stars.

It was a freshman at Owensboro Catholic.

Rebecca Greenwell, a 6-foot guard, scored 903 points this season, breaking the school's single-season scoring record.

Greenwell is now the school's second-leading scorer with 1,679 career points. This season, she averaged 26.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, hitting 50.8 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from long range.

Already, she has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Duke and North Carolina, said Ryan Elder, her stepfather. She's also drawing looks from Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Sara Hammond

One night shows Sara Hammond's potential. The 6-foot-2 junior forward from Rockcastle County had a rare quadruple-double in a game in late January.

Hammond, one of the top front-runners for Miss Basketball next season, scored 18 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked 12 shots and grabbed 10 steals in a win over Pulaski Co.

"She's so special," Coach Chrysti Noble said before the Rockets advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. "She's unselfish and smart and just the perfect team player."

Hammond has offers from Louisville, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and West Virginia. and Kentucky has expressed interest. She averaged 15.5 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 2.2 steals and 1.6 assists this season for the Rockets.

Kendall Noble

There are few seniors who can say they helped lead their team to the Sweet Sixteen four straight years.

But if things go right for Breathitt County, 5-10 sophomore guard Kendall Noble might be able to say she went to six state tournaments by the end of her career.

This season, the versatile guard averaged a team-best 20.9 points and 8.4 rebounds with 4.9 steals, 4.3 assists and 1.6 blocked shots.

Her numbers in her four seasons so far would be enough to make most of the state's seniors proud. Noble has scored 1,754 points, grabbed 952 rebounds and passed out 428 assists.

Defensively, she's notched 474 steals and 205 blocks.

Chastity Gooch

Despite battling knee injuries for much of the season, which required significant time on the bench, Chastity Gooch was still able to average a double-double with 19 points and 12.5 rebounds.

Gooch, an athletic, 6-foot forward, is one of two juniors who are on this season's first team, making her a likely Miss Basketball contender for next season.

Coach Lex Lindsey said Gooch hasn't made any college decisions yet, but she has offers from Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Tennessee State and Austin Peay.

Sydney Moss

Many in the state had heard about Boone County sophomore forward Sydney Moss mostly because of her famous father, NFL receiver Randy Moss.

But the 5-foot-11 post player gave people plenty of reason to talk about her in the Sweet Sixteen. She was dominant against ranked opponents, averaging 27 points, 14 rebounds, three blocked shots and 2.5 assists.


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