Lady Hawks ready to rock 5th Region

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By Ron Benningfield

With three top-notch players returning, including two probable Ms. Kentucky Basketball candidates, LaRue County High School’s girls basketball team has talent, size and depth heading into the 2013-14 season.

Veteran coach Travis Wootton described the 2014 contender, 6-1 senior forward/guard Ivy Brown, as “versatile, capable of going inside or out, and a match-up nightmare.”

Brown, who averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds per game last season, recently signed with Western Kentucky University. Last season, she shot better than 50 percent from the field, and sank more than 35 percent of her three-point attempts.   

The 2015 Ms. Kentucky Basketball candidate, according to Wootton, is 5-10 junior Alexis Brewer.

“Alexis has received several Division I offers already,” Wootton said of the guard who carried an 18-point, four-assist, and four-rebound average last year. “She’s a lethal combination of power and finesse. She has become an excellent passer and is one of the most unselfish players that I have ever coached.”

Also returning is 6-1 senior Alley Evans whom the coach has designated as the anchor in the middle on defense.

He said Evans (six points, seven rebounds per game average) is a very good rebounder who also does a great job of taking care of the ball.

“Ivy and Alexis are our on-the-floor leaders; Ivy is also our off-the-floor leader,” Wootton said.

Bench depth is evident in the number of players the coach said will have bigger roles this year.

Forwards include Hunter Holt (5-6 junior) and Shakeya Washington (5-5 sophomore); forward/center Kristina Durbin (5-10, junior); guard Delany Eastridge (5-6 sophomore); eighth-grade guards Presley Brown (5-8) and Mallory Williams (5-3); and 5-8 sophomore center Halie Lewis.

New to the program are the Yingling sisters, 5-10 junior forward Alyson and Tessa (5-7, guard/forward), who transferred from Alaska.

“Alyson is a very talented and athletic young lady that has a chance to be a very good player for us,” said Wootton, “and Tessa is also very athletic and can provide us with good depth.”

Freshmen team members include Airyl Heath, Jordan Bradley, Kaitlyn Warnshuis, Autumn Riggs, Savia Brashear and Katelynn Boone.

Because of fall-sports overlap, the coach said the team has had only four practices with everyone present.

“We are behind where we need to be in regards to practice time,” he said.

Last year, the 18th District champ and Fifth Region runner-up for the first time in school history garnered a 27-6 record.

“We have one goal this year, and that is to win the region tourney,” said Wootton. 

The 15-year teaching and coaching veteran expects several regional teams to be title contenders, including North Hardin, John Hardin, Caverna, Nelson and Green.

Lady Hawks’ assistants include Tommy Adams, Roy Walker and Kyle Baker.