Guest blogger, JCTMS Girls basketball coach, Michael G. Moore Jr. writes his Girls Basketball High School Preview for what would have been “June Summer Ball”.
Today we will preview the top teams and returning players in the Sixth Region and what we would have watched from these teams during the June Summer Ball month. The stats in the article below in ( ) represents the players points and rebounds from KHSAA.org. On Thursday, July 2nd we will release the Seventh Region article.
Butler High School
After a 28-5 record last season and Region Runner-up, they return the majority of their production and main rotation. With the rising senior core all back, they are the early favorites to not only win the Region but also a contender to win State. Most recently, Butler won a Region Title in 2017 and a State Title in 2016. This team will be a very hungry and motivated squad, as they have seen their season end the past few years in the Regional Final. This will be a fun and entertaining team to watch as they are a defensive nightmare for offensive opponents. They are a very close group that plays with an inspired passion and intensity on the court. Led by a dynamic duo of rising seniors Tiarra East (13.6 and 6.2) and Dynastee White (12.6 and 5.8) who both come off terrific junior seasons. Look for a huge season from another rising senior in Leslie Baxter (6.8). A great benefit they will have is quality depth to rely on and get additional production from in players like rising seniors Chardrea Satori and Khiara Shelburne, rising juniors Tamesha Dozier and Aries Harris (5.6) and rising sophomore Sasha Thomas.
Bullitt East High School
After a 25-7 record last year and coming off a great season as Region Champs, they lost a very strong group of seniors to graduation. Bullitt East got a first round win at the state tournament over Elizabethtown, advancing to the Elite 8, before tournament play was cancelled. They return enough fire power to make a run at the Region crown again. Led by rising senior Selena Granado, rising juniors Emma Egan (9.9 and 3.7) and Gracie Merkle (7.1 and 4.1). Rising sophomore Lilly Reid will see increased minutes and expected to contribute more. The Lady Chargers quality depth will include rising seniors Lexi Starr, Chloe Billings and rising junior Jade Meeks.
After a 19-12 record last season, after losing a strong senior core to graduation, they will have many new faces carrying the load. They will be led as a team unit in the early going until they see who the true leaders will be. Led by rising seniors Kylie Price and Samantha Crispin who played quality minutes last year in the backcourt. They also have a strong rising sophomore class featuring Amy Thompson and Emma Barnett who saw significant playing time in the front court. In addition, more minutes and production will be expected from rising senior Madelyn Muthler, rising sophomores Mary Smith and Lexi Cash. Finding out who will be the vocal leader for a young team will be key to their success.
Pleasure Ridge Park High School
After a 19-12 record last season, they come into the new year having to replace a number of seniors lost to graduation. Returning players will all have larger roles and greater expectations to make a run at the Region crown. Rising senior Jordan Scroggins (9.2 and 3.1) returns as the leading scorer. More minutes and production will come from rising sophomores Chandler Duncan (4.9) and Breanna Jones along with rising senior Mariah Blakey.
Top returning scorers from the following school teams (points and rebounds per game from KHSAA.org)
Kaela Ballard- Southern (14.7)
Haley Dillman- Bullitt Central (15.2 and 3.7)
Callie Wiegandt-Holy Cross (10.9)
Mary Matthews-Holy Cross (9.4 and 7.9)
Destiny Thompson-Iroquois (16.5 and 5.5)
Cambria Wulf-North Bullitt (12.3)
India Young-Fern Creek (15.8)
Taylor Paulson-Fairdale (9.5 and 6.2)
Alera Horton-Western (15.1)