Sixth Region Preview

Guest blogger, JCTMS Girls basketball coach, Michael G. Moore Jr. writes his Girls Basketball High School Preview for the 2021 HS season.

With the new official start date of KHSAA about to begin January 4th, we will preview the top teams and returning players in the Sixth Region. The stats in the article below in ( ) represents the players points and rebounds from KHSAA.org.
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 5’10 guard/wing Tiarra East (13.6 and 6.2) (Temple Commit), shot 46.7% from the field, and 71.6% on free throws and 5’8 combo guard Dynastee White (12.6 and 5.8), shot 45.2% from the field and 34% on 3 pointers. Both come off terrific junior seasons and were First Team All-Region selections. Look for a huge season from another rising senior in 5’10 guard/wing 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 5’5 point guard Chardrea Satori and 5’11 forward Khiara Shelburne, rising juniors 6’1 forward Tamesha Dozier and 5’7 combo guard Aries Harris (5.6) and rising sophomore 5’7 combo guard Sasha Thomas. With a strong freshmen class of guards (Malia Patrick, A’Niya Haskins, Emaree Gober, and Keziah Bradley).  This young core could get an early opportunity at some point during the season.
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 shooting guard 5’8 Selena Granado (IU-East commit), who shot 81.2% from the Free throw line and 34.8% on 3 pointers. Rising juniors 5’10 wing Emma Egan (9.9 and 3.7) (2nd Team All-Region) shot 41.3% from the field and 6’4 Center Gracie Merkle (7.1 and 4.1) shot 63.6% from the field. Rising sophomore 5’7 point guard 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 along with freshmen Anna Rogers.
Mercy Academy
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 (shot 36.5% on 3 pointers) and Samantha Crispin (shot 32.4% on 3 pointers) 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 frontcourt. With a new transfer addition in fellow sophomore Pace Rickard, a 5’7 point guard should add more fire power. More minutes and production will be expected from rising senior Madelyn Muthler, rising sophomores Mary Smith and Lexi Cash along with a really nice freshmen class which will add size on the frontline in Mariah Knight, Ramiya White and Leah Kaelin. They will have the ability to put on the floor a big lineup as they have five players who are 6’0 or taller on the roster. 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 while shooting 37.5% on 3 pointers. She also led the team in steals and 3 point percentage and was their strongest on ball defender. More minutes and production will come from rising sophomores Chandler Duncan (4.9) while shooting 42.2% from the field and Breanna Jones along with rising senior Mariah Blakey. Look for freshmen Jeannae Bolin to have a big year.
Top returning players who made 1st/2nd Team All-Region last year, points and rebounds per game from KHSAA.org)
Rising Sophomore:
Haley Dillman-Bullitt Central (15.9)
1st Team All-Region last year
Kaela Ballard- Southern (14.7)

2nd Team All-Region last year
Rising Junior:
Callie Wiegandt-Holy Cross (10.9)
2nd Team All-Region last year
Rising Seniors:
Destiny Thompson-Iroquois (16.5 and 5.5)
2nd Team All-Region last year
India Young-Fern Creek (15.8)
2nd Team All-Region last year
Taylor Paulson-Fairdale (9.5 and 6.2)
2nd Team All-Region last year

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