Game 5, Perry County Central vs. Marshall County, 1 p.m. Thursday

Game 5, Perry County Central vs. Marshall County, 1 p.m. Thursday


Game 5, Perry County Central vs. Marshall County, 1 p.m. Thursday




* Randy Napier.Coach:

* 2012 (lost to Manual 50-41 in first round).Last trip to State:

* The Lady Commodores have won 13 in a row after what Napier called an embarrassing 70-66 loss to 54th District rival Leslie County on Jan. 24. “We were really awful, and the kids took it personal,” Napier said. The coach said Rankin’s teammates had a tendency early in the season to stand around and watch her but have grown into the roles. Evans and Combs have become solid in the backcourt, and Coots gets lots of room in the paint as Rankin draws double- and triple-teams.What to look for:

* Rankin is a dynamic player who “would have every school in the country after her if she was 3 inches taller,” Napier said. A finalist for Kentucky’s Miss Basketball award, Rankin is being recruited most heavily by Mississippi, Indiana, East Tennessee State, Morehead State and Western Kentucky.Key player:

* “This year has been a pleasant surprise. Years like this are more gratifying because we started out slow and lost a lot of players from last year. We’ve had a bunch of kids step up and take on their roles.”Coach-speak:


3-Whitney Evans

5-4, Jr., 8.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg

20-Lyndci Combs

5-7, Sr., 9 ppg, 3.4 rpg

12-Allie Sizemore

5-8, So., 4.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg

24-Perri Coots

5-9, Jr., 6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg

44-Kayla Rankin

6-0, Sr., 28.4 ppg, 14.5 rpg

Key reserves

25-Morgan Eddington

5-8, So., 2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg

10-Elizabeth Gayhart

5-6, Sr., 2.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg

22-Katelyn Cornett

5-9, So., 1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg



* Joseph Simmons.Coach:

* 2013 (lost to Notre Dame 48-39 in quarterfinals).Last trip to State:

* The Lady Marshals are in the Sweet 16 for the third straight year, which Simmons said is a bit of a surprise after losing four of his top six players from last season. With Langhi (6 feet), Barnard (5-11) and Manley (5-10), Marshall County has plenty of size and has become more inside-oriented than in past seasons. Langhi is the daughter of Dan Langhi, who was a Mr. Basketball finalist at Marshall County and went on to play at Vanderbilt and in the NBA.What to look for:

* Simmons said there are no stars on his team, but Barnard is the top scorer and rebounder and has scholarship offers from Harding and Freed-Hardeman. Simmons said she’s a versatile player capable of scoring inside and outside. “She’ll definitely be people’s focal point,” Simmons said. “She’s left-handed … and she’s just a matchup problem for a lot of teams.”Key player:

* “I might have one girls who’s lucky enough to get voted on an All-State ballot. But our girls care more about winning and hanging regional banners in the rafter. It means a lot to them to be able to go back to Diddle.”Coach-speak:


4-Bailey Greer

5-6, Jr., 11.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg

20-Allie York

5-8, Sr., 11.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg

23-Michaela Manley

5-10, Jr., 7.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg

21-Toni Fehrenbacher

5-6, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg

43-Alyssa Barnard

5-11, Jr., 12 ppg, 7.9 rpg

Key reserves

42-Hannah Langhi

6-0, Fr., 5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg

12-Melissa Ross

5-7, Jr., 1.2 ppg, 1 rpg

School W-L Nickname Location Region Enrollment Litrating Sweet 16
PERRY COUNTY CENTRAL 23-6 Lady Commodores Hazard 14th 880 83.4 9th (1-8)
MARSHALL COUNTY 30-5 Lady Marshals Benton First 1,332 91.1 22nd (18-19)


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