Guest blogger, JCTMS Girls basketball coach, Michael G. Moore Jr. with a quick look at 2021-2022 season in 6th/7th Region.
(stats are from last season on khsaa.org)
* Some players are not mentioned due to transferring and have not officially confirmed their new school. Some have chosen to use the extra year to return as seniors or return to their previous classification. As a result, some players may be misclassified.
Bullitt East is the Region favorite again this year. They will seek a 3rd straight trip to the Sweet 16 for the State Tournament. They return their senior dynamic duo in Gracie Merkle (18.3 & 11.5), the 2021 Courier Journal 6th Region POY and Emma Egan (11.9 & 5.7) as well as junior Lilly Reid and sophomore Anna Rodgers.
New Head Coaches:
Head Coach LaKesha Perry
– Led by Seniors Tamesha Dozier and Aries Harris.
Head Coach Nick Cann
– Led by Juniors Mary Smith (9.5) and Emma Barnett (8.9 & 5.1).
Head Coach Michael Black
– Led by sophomore Jeannae Bolin (9.8 & 6.1) and Juniors Chandler Duncan (6.2), Breanna Jones.
Head Coach Chris Downey
– Led by Junior Ally Klutey (10.3), 8th grader Kylie Downey and Sophomore Reagan Brown (7.4 & 5.2).
Teams to Watch:
Whitefield Academy made headlines last year under 2nd year Head Coach Glenn Wathen. They return a young core led by junior Kylie Ritter, sophomores Allison Spieker (19.8), Sara Ritter (9.9) and Riley Simpson with freshman Noel Smith (7.0 & 12.1). They will build on last year’s success and take another step in their rise as a program.
Led by Juniors Haley Dillman (15.1) and Emily Bible (5.6 & 5.7) along with senior Kacee Blair (7.3 & 4.6).
Led by senior Callie Wiegandt (12.9) and junior Mattie Streble (7.4 & 4.9).
Sacred Heart Academy will be preseason #1 in the state and the favorite to hold up the Region title. They are looking for their 3rd straight trip to the Sweet 16 for the State Tournament and have a strong chance to repeat as State Champs. They will be led by a strong group; seniors Olivia Kaufman, Alex Wolff, Josie Gilvin (9.8 & 7.3), junior Triniti Ralston (13.2), sophomores Reagan Bender (10.1 & 4.2), Angelina Pelayo and freshman ZaKiyah Johnson (21.8 & 12.8)
The depth on the roster is a great benefit for the Lady Crimsons. Led by seniors Daisha White and Ayanna Stroud (6.2) along with a deep junior class featuring Jakayla Thompson (8.7 & 4.2), Sydne Tolbert (8.6), Madison Brittle (6.0), Lexi Weaver and Jazmine Chatman. The sophomores class will contribute when called upon like Gracie Brown with her terrific 3 point shooting. Alana Smith and London Sweeney with their defensive energy and athleticism along with Imari Robinson. Look for freshman Morgan White to contribute, she played well during June ball.
The full court press defense and uptempo offense will be back in effect next season. With such a strong season last year, the Lady Yellowjackets are hungry for more as they return for another run at the region title. Led by a strong senior class featuring Amaya Asher (14.9 & 4.6), Dejah Armstrong, Briontanay Marshall along with junior Ja’la Douglass (6.9 & 4.3) and sophomore Destiny Jones
The non-stop and in your face defensive effort and pressure will be their calling card again. The Lady Bulldogs are ready to take that next step after a successful year last season. Led by seniors Makya Grinter (12.3), Alexis Carr, Darian Griggs with juniors Desaine Mhango, Ka’Niah Edelen (8.4) Ma’Kiya West (6.6 & 5.5) and sophomore MaKiya Humphrey (8.5 & 5.3). Be on the lookout for 7th grader, Amirah Jordan, she was impressive during June ball and should be in the main rotation this upcoming season.
Led by seniors Jaya McClure (17.0 & 4.9), the 2021 Courier Journal 7th Region POY and Abigail Embry (8.9), they will be the veteran leaders to guide their young teammates through the season. Sophomores Ella Daniels, Savannah Gardner (5.4 and 7.1) and freshman Addison Kincaid will look to make a strong impact in their roles.
Teams to Watch:
Portland Christian is looking to take the next step as a program with the return of their top two scorers in juniors Ellie Heid (23.5) and Kaela Ballard (16.1).
Led by senior Anya Winburn (7.0) and junior Samari Taylor (9.7 & 7.9).
Led by freshmen Tamiah Wadlington (17.7) and Savannah Bivens (8.4 & 6.8).
Led by seniors Nia Gandolfo and Grace White (6.9), sophomores Zoe Thompson (6.0) and Taryn Morris.
Led by seniors Makenna Wilson (14.3 & 7.6) and Taylor Saettel, freshman Bailee Duck and 8th grader Brianna Wilkins (11.7)
Everyone enjoy the rest of your summer.
See you this winter for the new season.
The 23rd Annual KY vs IN Battle of Bridges All Star Classic games are back this year!
Saturday, July 31st
@ MidAmerica Sportscenter
1906 Watterson Trail