Defending state champs have loaded deck this season
Likely the state’s No. 1 team entering the 2016-17 season and already ranked in the top 25 nationally, the Butler High School girls basketball program celebrated its college-bound seniors Tuesday as five players signed letters of intent to play on the next level.
Here’s a brief look at all five:
* Jaelynn Penn (5-9, G, Indiana) – A top candidate for Kentucky’s Miss Basketball award, Penn averaged 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds last season and earned first-team All-State honors from The Courier-Journal.
* Janna Lewis (5-8, F/C, Tennessee State) – Lewis ranked second on the team last season in scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (5.3 rpg). She was named an honorable-mention All-State selection by The Courier-Journal.
* Tasia Jeffries (5-8, G/F, Saint Louis) – Jeffries averaged 9.6 points and 3.0 rebounds and was the Bearettes top 3-point shooter, hitting 45 of 110 (40.9 percent). She earned third-team All-State honors from The Courier-Journal.
* Teri Goodlett (5-5, G, Eastern Kentucky) – Goodlett averaged 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
* Bre Torrens (5-4, G, Bellarmine) – Torrens averaged 3.9 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Butler finished 31-5 last season and won its second state title in three seasons. The Bearettes will open the 2016-17 season Nov. 29 at Male.