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Ivy Brown named USAToday/American Family Insurance Kentucky Girls’ Basketball State Player of the Year

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By Nathaniel Bryan

 Ivy Brown was on a bus Thursday en route to New York for the LaRue County senior trip when she picked up her phone and checked Twitter.

It wasn’t exactly in the most official manner, but it caught her eye when she read she had been named the USAToday/American Family Insurance Kentucky Girls’ Basketball State Player of the Year.

Brown is the second area senior to earn a State Player of the Year award this school year from USA Today. John Hardin lineman Matt Elam, a Kentucky signee, earned the football honor.

“It’s a huge honor,” Brown said. “To know that people outside of Kentucky know about you and think you’re a good player is an awesome feeling.”

The 6-foot-2 forward has had that awesome feeling quite a bit lately after a season in which she averaged 24.4 points and 12.6 rebounds per game – both area bests ­– to lead LaRue County (24-7) to its second straight 5th Region Tournament championship game.

This month she became the first area player to earn the state’s Miss Basketball award. In addition to becoming the first Lady Hawk since Shawn Price in 1992 to earn News-Enterprise Area Player of the Year, she was voted State Player of the Year in separate coaches’ polls ran by the Louisville Courier-Journal and Lexington Herald-Leader and was named first team All-State by BluegrassPreps.com.

“I’m extremely blessed to receiver all these honors and awards,” said Brown, who is LaRue County’s career leader in points, rebounds and steals.

Brown will wear the No. 1 jersey when the Kentucky Senior All-Stars face the Indiana Senior All-Stars this summer in their two-game series. After that, she’ll travel to Bowling Green to begin her college career with Western Kentucky.

Brown said she’ll leave all her awards and honors back home on a shelf – except for one.

“My Miss Basketball ring I’ll get in June,” she said.