24th District team-by-team previews

24th District team-by-team previews

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24th District team-by-team previews

Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Jeffersontown, Mercy, Whitefield Academy

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Bullitt East, Fern Creek, Jeffersontown, Mercy, Whitefield Academy

BULLITT EAST

Coach: Chris Stallings (17th year).

Last season: 21-6, lost to Butler 58-49 in a region tournament quarterfinal.

Player to watch: Senior guard Lindsey Duvall (19 ppg, 8 rpg), who picked Louisville over Kentucky, is a top Miss Basketball candidate.

Other players: C Raegan Williams (Sr., 12.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg); G Kathleen Scott (Jr., 10.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg); G Alyssa Peak (Sr., 9.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg); F Kirstie Henn (Sr., 7.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg); G Lauren Masden (Sr., 4.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg); C Abigail Rodgers (Sr., 4.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg); G Emma Ralph (So., 3.3 ppg); F Amber Higdon (Jr., 2.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg).

Outlook: Chargers will be a handful for anybody once they get healthy and find someone who can play the post after Williams and Rodgers both suffered ACL tears that are thought to be season ending. Henn is coming off ankle surgery, and Duvall missed most of last season because of knee surgery.

FERN CREEK

Coach: Shanda Miller (first year).

Last season: 13-17, lost to Mercy 76-30 in a district tournament semifinal.

Player to watch: Nsasa “Sasha” Makando, a 5-6 senior guard, led the team last season in scoring (10 ppg) and assists.

Other players: G Maelyn Ridener (5-5, Fr., 4 ppg, 1 rpg); G Lauren Smith (5-5, Sr., 2 ppg); G Aliyah Stallard (5-7, Sr., 4 ppg); C Aly Mohn (5-6, Sr., 2 ppg); G Alexis Smith (5-7, Jr., 8 ppg, 5 rpg); G/F Sierra Hancock (5-0, Jr., 6 ppg).

Outlook: Miller, who has previously coached at Seneca High and Newburg Middle, said her backcourt of Makando and Smith can be dominant and “cause havoc on the defensive and offensive end.”

JEFFERSONTOWN

Coach: William Stevenson (fourth year).

Last season: 12-14, lost to Bullitt East 72-25 in a district tournament semifinal.

Player to watch: Junior point guard Keyona Dyson (5-6, 22.7 ppg, 9 apg) was a second-team All-Region selection last season.

Other players: F Dazahane Cartern (6-0, Jr., 7 ppg, 8 rpg); F Kaciona Harris (Sr.); F Naomi Johnson (5-10, Sr., 7.5 rpg); F Jasmine Majors (Sr.); F Kaleb McDonald (So.); C Kenesha Hull (Sr.); G Anna Perez (So.); G Jenise Scott (Sr.); G Jasmine Thomas (5-6, Jr., 13.7 ppg); G Haile Yearns (So.); G Tella Perk (So.); G Kamay White (Fr.).

Outlook: Stevenson knows his team is still young and inexperienced in spots but said he sees “a season that will show improvement game to game as we continue to grow and play with passion.”

MERCY

Coach: Keith Baisch (fourth year).

Last season: 22-12, lost to Butler 61-50 in regional final.

Player to watch: Senior forward Elizabeth Anderson had a solid sophomore campaign (5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and is back after sitting out as a junior because of an injury.

Other players: G Josie Woods (5-10, Sr., 9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 spg); C Danielle Feldkamp (6-3, Jr., 8 ppg, 5.4 rpg); F Sadie Zeisloft (5-10, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg); G Raquael Reese (5-9, So., 3.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 1.5 spg); G Regan Berger (5-9, So., 2.5 ppg); F Camryn Muss (6-0, Sr., 3.3 ppg); G Hope Sivori (5-4, Fr.); G/F Taziah Jenks (6-0, Fr.).

Outlook: The Jaguars lost two of their top three scorers from last season in Maddie Woods and Jessica Laemmle but should once again contend for the regional title. Baisch expects this to be one of his strongest defensive teams. “If we can keep teams from getting easy baskets, I think we can compete with anyone,” Baisch said. “We will have to find out who our scorers will be, but I think it will be done by committee most nights.”

WHITEFIELD ACADEMY

Coach: Norman Huebner (fifth year).

Last season: 4-22, lost to Jeffersontown 68-34 in the district tournament quarterfinal.

Player to watch: Sophomore wing Abby Ritter, who is in her fourth year as a starter, is one of the region’s highest-scoring players after averaging 18 points per game last season.

Other players: G Megann Bruckert (Jr., 2.7 ppg); F Bekah Dwyer (Jr., 4.2 ppg); G Lauren Harris (So., 3.5 ppg); G Sarah Mercer (So., 2.3 ppg); F Ashley Pike (Jr., 1.6 ppg).

Outlook: Wildcats haven’t won a postseason game since 2013, but that could change with the return of all five starters and three reserves.

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