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South’s Collett leads all-region squad

While missing nine games midway through the season due to what was first thought of as a season-ending knee injury, South Laurel senior guard Ally Collett’s chance of repeating as the 13th Region Coaches Association Player of the Year appeared slim. Collett, however, recovered quicker than expected and made it back in time to lead the Lady Cardinals to a 13th Region Tournament title.

Collett averaged 18.4 points per game for the 27-6 Lady Cards, repeating as regional player of the year in the process. Collett will continue her career at Western Kentucky University.

Sharing the honor as coach of the year were Bell County’s David Teague and North Laurel’s Eddie Mahan. Teague led Bell County to a 25-5 record and ended Harlan County’s three-year run as 52nd District champions.

The remainder of the all-region squad includes:

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1st Team All-Region:

Amerah Steele – South Laurel

Kaylee Mathis – Clay Co.

Lillie Hall – Williamsburg

Hailee Valentine – North Laurel

Abby Harris – Bell Co.

Morgan Blakley – Harlan Co.

Taya Davis – Jackson Co.

Whitney Caldwell – Pineville

Sydnie Hall – South Laurel

Shelby Stewart — Corbin

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2nd Team All-Region:

Gracie Jervis – North Laurel

Presley Partin – Knox Central

Halle Collins – North Laurel

Talyah McQueen – Bell Co.

Emily Sizemore – North Laurel

Raigan King – Pineville

Alyssa Gibson – Red Bird

Isabel Gray – North Laurel

Kallie Housley – Whitley Co.

Mikkah Siler — Williamsburg

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3rd Team All-Region:

Natalee King – Harlan

Caylan Mills – Knox Central

Brianna Gallagher – Barbourville

Madison Chapman – Williamsburg

Lindsey Shope – Whitley Co.

Ashtyn Meyers – Bell Co.

Taylor Asher – Clay Co.

Abbi Smith – Barbourville

Marisa Scott – Corbin

Kailey Owens — Middlesboro

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Senior academic all-region:

Barbourville — Abba Smith, Grace Jones and Lucy Robinson

Bell County — Abby Harris and Mary-Kate Smith

Clay County — Kaylee Mathis and Chandler Rice

Corbin — Hannah Medlin and Marissa Scott

Harlan County — Morgan Blakley, Hannah Wood and Dixie Ewing

Jackson County — Taya Davis and Elizabeth Tyra

North Laurel — Gracie Jervis and Isabel Gray

Oneida Baptist — Katy Schroeder and Emiie Field-Darragh

South Laurel — Amerah Steele, Sydnie Hall and Ally Collett

Whitley County — Lindsey Shope

Williamsburg — Zoe Williams, Lillie Hall, Madison Chapman and Allison Caddell