23rd District team-by-team previews

23rd District team-by-team previews

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23rd District team-by-team previews

Bullitt Central, Moore, North Bullitt, Southern

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Bullitt Central, Moore, North Bullitt, Southern

BULLITT CENTRAL

Coach: Josh Cravens (first year).

Last season: 13-16, lost to Butler 77-28 in a region tournament quarterfinal.

Player to watch: Junior guard Sierra Graham scored in double figures at least twice in the team’s final five games last season.

Other players: G Courtney Blevens (Jr.); G Katlin Graham (Sr.); Taylor James (Fr.); Mya Tardy (Sr.); G Amber Walden (Sr.); G Carlie Walls (Sr.); F Sherry Waters (Sr.); F Lauren Welch (Sr.).

Outlook: Cravens, who was an assistant for six seasons before stepping away from the program for the last four seasons, inherits a team which has the potential to make it back to the regional tournament.

MOORE

Coach: Maurice Ponder (first year).

Last season: 6-25, lost to North Bullitt 56-8 in a district tournament semifinal.

Player to watch: Junior forward Sage Blue is capable of averaging a double-double after leading the team last season in scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg).

Other players: G Nicola Adams (Sr., 6.7 ppg); G Takiya Adams (Fr.); F Jordan Anderson (Jr., 1.4 ppg); G Alexus Crawford (7.3 ppg); G Kaelynn Fox (So., 0.2 ppg); G/F Jahlia McNealy (Sr., 1.0 ppg); G/F Tori Parker (Jr., 0.3 ppg); G Daija Stafford (Sr.); G/F Jonna Whitney (So., 0.5 ppg).

Outlook: Ponder brings energy and enthusiasm to a team which adds Stafford and returns its top three scorers in Blue, Crawford and Nicola Adams.

NORTH BULLITT

Coach: David Marion (third year)

Last season: 23-7, lost to Mercy 66-51 in a region tournament quarterfinal.

Player to watch: Senior guard Lauren Deel (16.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg), who is headed to Bellarmine, showed she can finish with the best of them by making 59.3 percent of her field-goal attempts last season inside the arc.

Other players: G Kaylie Davis (So.); G Hailey Free (Jr., 9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg); F Caroline Janes (Jr.); F Sarah Janes (Jr.); G Katie Milby (So.); G Alexis Mouser (So.); F Emily Tyman (So.).

Outlook: Not much experience outside Deel and Free, but Marion said, “Our practices get very intense and spirited and the players feed off of it.”

SOUTHERN

Coach: Kevin Kennedy (11th year).

Last season: 11-17, lost to Bullitt Central 62-42 in a district tournament semifinal.

Player to watch: Junior guard/forward DaVionna Sloan returns after leading the Trojans in scoring (13.6 ppg) last season and adding 4.1 rebounds per game.

Other players: G Krystal Jackson (Sr., 4.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg); F NaVesha Sheckles (Sr., 2.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg); G Nia Sheckles (Jr., 12.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg).

Outlook: The Trojans return four starters from last season – including top scorers Sloan and Nia Sheckles – but Kennedy is concerned about depth. “It is going to take time four our freshmen to be ready to play,” Kennedy said.

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