Guest blogger, JCTMS girls basketball coach, Michael G. Moore Jr. highlights several freshmen that will play in the 7th Region next season.
June is always a month for high school coaches to see their new squads for the upcoming season, it comes after a year when many teams lost key players to graduation from the 2020 class.
There will be a lot of new faces in the high school scene in the fall to become familiar with. A couple kids will find themselves in the varsity rotation right away while others may have to be patient as freshmen and trust the process. Which could mean playing on the freshmen or JV team to get reps. Some kids have to wait until sophomore or junior year to step into a major role and the main rotation on varsity.
Manual High School
The Lady Crimsons bring in a group of freshmen expected to continue their tradition of success. As this class begins their high school career, they will continue to grow and develop during their four years. This class has incredible length at multiple positions, with a good mix of guards and forwards. Manual plays a physical style of defense, so for this class, learning the defensive scheme and the ability to play physical will be important. As they learn the offensive system and get comfortable, they will add quality depth.
L to R top-Alana Smith, Gracie Brown, London Sweeney
L to R bottom-Tianna Ennis, Imari Robinson
Central High School
The Lady Yellowjackets freshmen class will be led by a strong duo who should come in and compete for varsity minutes. With their addition to the program, they will give Central quality depth to fit in with the up and down fast tempo style they play. Keep your eye on Destiny Jones (pictured on left), a physical forward and relentless rebounder who plays with a high energy level around the rim. Zionna Johnson (pictured on right) is a scoring combo guard and a 3 point shooter with range.
L to R top- Nyalia Carter, Reagan Bender, Claire Russell
L to R bottom- EmiLee Howe, Angelina Pelayo
Christian Academy of Louisville
The Lady Centurions freshmen class will be led by Ella Daniels (pictured on left) and Savannah Gardner (pictured on right). Both freshmen are athletic guards/wings that will add length and youthful energy. They should come in and compete right away for varsity minutes.
L to R top-Aria Suggs, Kalani Brock
L to R bottom-Ramiya White, MaKiya Humphrey
Assumption High School
The Lady Rockets bring in a freshmen class which will add quality depth to the program. Assumption will be a young team, so this class will look to come in and compete right away for varsity minutes.
L to R top- Taryn Morris, Kennedy Bryant, Lucy Waldridge
L to R bottom- Zoe Thompson, Camryn Hailey
Ballard High School
The Lady Bruins bring in a freshmen class that will be added to a young returning team. They each will have an opportunity to compete for varsity minutes. A player to watch is Diamond Roach, a dynamic scoring guard, who gained valuable experience last year playing up.
Top returning scorers from the following school teams (points per game from KHSAA.org)
Rising Freshman Rachel Disney (pictured on left) averaged 7.1 points last year for Louisville Collegiate
Rising 8th Grader, Tamiah Wadlington (pictured on right) who averaged 21.7 points last year for Shawnee High School.