The 12th Region’s girls basketball coaches have followed in the footsteps of their boys coaching colleagues and formed their own coaches association. The group has named its first all-region team and plans to have a banquet recognizing the region’s top coaches and players later this month, and one of its goals is to establish a hall of fame to recognize the region’s girls basketball greats, just as the boys coaches currently do.
Mercer County coach Chris Souder said Pulaski County’s Brian Miller was the one who got the ball rolling and began selling his counterparts on the idea, and Souder and Casey County’s Randy Salyers are co-presidents for the inaugural year. “I guess because we are now the old guys,” Souder said.
Sara Hammond of Rockcastle County was voted player of the year, and Cassandra McWhorter of Lincoln County and Chrysti Noble of Rockcastle are the co-coaches of the year. Below is the complete all-region team, which will be recognized at a banquet at 5 p.m. March 27 at Golden Corral restaurant in Somerset:
12th Region Girls Basketball Coaches Association All-Region Team
Player of the Year: Sara Hammond, Rockcastle County
Co-Coaches of the Year: Cassandra McWhorter, Lincoln County; Chrysti Noble, Rockcastle County
First Team: Sara Hammond, Rockcastle County; Nicole Coffman, Casey County; Danay Fothergill, Southwestern; Angie Lawrence, Rockcastle County; Kayla Bowlin, Wayne County.
Second Team: Savannah Taylor, Mercer County; Emily Fox, Lincoln County; Courtney Morrow, Monticello; Emily Underwood, East Jessamine; Kasey Young, Danville.
Third Team: Megan Pittman, Casey County; Jessica Pierce, Southwestern; Haley Meadows, Garrard County; Sydney Harris, Lincoln County; Lori Thomas, Somerset.