Josh Moore

Basketball: Whitney Creech becomes state’s second-leading scorer

Whitney Creech scored 60 in Jenkins’ opening-round win of the girls’ Gateway Holiday Classic on Sunday, pushing her into second place for all-time scoring in Kentucky.

Creech is now at 4,420 career points, putting her past McDowell’s Geri Grigsby (4,384) for second in state history. Only Jaime Walz, who played at Highlands, has more with 4,948. The Jenkins senior scored her record-breaking basket on a pull-up jumper in the second half.

The Cavaliers defeated host Montgomery County 70-45, using a decisive 23-8 to take a 33-18 halftime lead. Creech scored 31 of her 60 in the first half. She assisted on four baskets, making her responsible for all but two of her team’s points.

“It’s an honor to just continue to climb up that ladder to be one of the top scorers in the state,” Creech said.

She finished with a double-double after grabbing 22 rebounds. She’s averaging 51.7 points and 18.1 rebounds through 11 games.

Jenkins (7-4) meets East Carter (49-33 winners over Harrison County on Sunday) in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps