High School Sports

Team-first mentality followed Ormerod to UK and now into Hall of Fame

Carly Ormerod was embraced by teammates after being named MVP of the Sweet Sixteen in 2002 at Bowling Green.
Carly Ormerod was embraced by teammates after being named MVP of the Sweet Sixteen in 2002 at Bowling Green. Herald-Leader

Carly Ormerod is the lone female player among this year’s class of inductees entering the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The former Sacred Heart Academy and University of Kentucky standout is used to being recognized for individual achievements. She was a two-time MVP of the state tournament and was Kentucky’s 2005 Miss Basketball.

But for Ormerod, what her teams were able to accomplish always meant the most.

“It’s a great honor to receive those awards, but to be honest I couldn’t have done it without my team, my coaches, and those supporting me,” Ormerod said. “So I take those and like those awards but for me it’s more about the team’s championships. And we got three of those so, those are pretty nice.”

Ormerod was a four-year starter at point guard for Sacred Heart and led the Valkyries to three straight state titles and a 135-7 record in her four seasons.

Appropriately, Ormerod will enter the Hall in the same class with her coach at Sacred Heart, Donna Moir. Ormerod was also a high school teammate of 2014 inductee Crystal Kelly.

With multiple players that would go on to play collegiately, and one who would play professionally in Kelly, those Sacred Heart teams had to sacrifice to reach the highest level in the state, and none of them minded.

I think everyone sacrificed in a way, some of their minutes and some of their points, for the better of the team and it paid off.

Carly Ormerod, Sacred Heart point guard from 2002-05

“Everyone understood you might not score 20 points a game but we are going to win just about every game,” Ormerod said. “I think everyone sacrificed in a way, some of their minutes and some of their points, for the better of the team and it paid off.”

That self-sacrificing mentality followed Ormerod to UK, where she thrived at first before injuries kept her from reaching her full potential in her junior and senior years.

Ormerod started 89 of 106 career games for the Wildcats and finished her career with averages of 8.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. After playing under head coach Mickie DeMoss her first two seasons, she was part of the group that helped usher in current head coach Matthew Mitchell.

“He used us in that way to kind of get his lessons ingrained in us, what he wanted from his players. Those early years were probably tough for him because we didn’t win as much as he, or I, would have liked,” Ormerod said. “But at the same time he really started to establish his principles with the program.”

A combination of foot injuries to Ormerod that turned the team’s starting point guard into more of a coach on the sidelines also couldn’t have helped that early transition under Mitchell. Ormerod was eventually able to push herself through the injuries her senior year, but the foot required surgery once her UK career was over.

Looking back now, Ormerod is able to see some good in what she called that “very frustrating” part of her life because of the experience she gained watching from the sidelines.

Ormerod went on to get her master’s degree in physician assistant after graduating in 2009. Now, as she works with an orthopedic group in Louisville, returning to Sacred Heart to coach under Moir is something that has stayed in the back of her mind. But the arrival of her second son might delay that move some.

“I’m tempted every year. So probably here shortly I will go for it,” Ormerod said. “But as you know, I have a couple little ones running around, so I’m spending time with them right now. But hoping to get into coaching eventually.”

While the coaching ranks might have to wait, Ormerod’s place in the Hall of Fame will be official this weekend.

“Just really looking forward to the experience and being part of such a great group with so much talent,” Ormerod said. “Really looking forward to Saturday.”

Anthony Crawford: 859-231-1627, @a_craw_


Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Inductions

When: Reception 5:30, ceremony 7:30

Where: State Theater, Elizabethtown

Tickets: $30. Call (270) 765-5551 or (270) 234-8258

Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame considers 2018 the centennial year of the Kentucky boys’ state tournament. It will induct 100 members of its “Centennial Class” that year. On Saturday in Elizabethtown, 17 new members of that Centennial Class will be honored. So far, 82 of the 100 have been revealed:

2016 class

Boys’ coaches: Pearl Combs, Hindman; Stan Hardin, Fairdale; Billy Hicks, Scott County.

Girls’ coaches: Donna Moir, Sacred Heart; Randy Napier, Perry Central.

Boys’ players: Ralph Richardson, Russell Co.; Harry Todd, Earlington; Tom Thacker, Covington Grant; Jim Rose, Hazard; Dwight Smith, Princeton Dotson; George Wilson, Lexington Dunbar (the original); Jeff Lamp, Ballard; Darius Miller, Mason Co.; Bobby Turner, Male; Gene Rhodes, Male; Donnis Butcher, Meade Memorial.

Girls’ players: Carly Ormerod, Sacred Heart.