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:
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
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
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
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
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