Malea Williams of Scott County High School showed everyone Monday evening why she has emerged as one of the most highly recruited Class of 2020 girls’ basketball players in the state.
Williams, who 6-foot-3 and can conceivably play all five positions on the floor, was one of five Kentucky players in double figures as the state’s junior all-star ended several years of frustration against their Indiana counterparts with a 111-107 win in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Maddie Scherr of Ryle, who recently committed to the University of Oregon, led Kentucky with 16 points.
Mercy’s Taziah Jenks added 14 points, followed by Kennedy Igo of George Rogers Clark and Destinee Marshall of Sacred Heart with 12.
In addition to her scoring output, Williams furnished team highs of seven rebounds and three steals.
Williams was 4-for-7 from the floor, including one 3-pointer, for Kentucky, which rallied with a 34-21 run in the fourth quarter to pull off the win.
Indiana was up 57-50 at the half and 86-77 after three quarters. Kendall Bostic and Sydney Parrish led all scorers with 19 points apiece for Indiana.
Ella Collier added 15, Nan Garcia 14 and Kristian Young 10 for the Hoosier contingent.
Kentucky’s hot shooting from outside turned the tide. The Bluegrass bunch made a dozen 3-pointers compared to six for Indiana.
Indiana evened the score in the junior boys’ matchup with a 142-105 triumph in the nightcap.
Wednesday evening was a rare treat for Scott County fans, as two of their best went head-to-head at Bullitt East High School. Williams’ junior team took on Maaliya Owens and the top Kentucky seniors in a game that was incomplete at press time.
The senior games take center stage this weekend, capped by the exchange contests Friday night at Bellarmine University in Louisville and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
SCHS baseball fills assistant coaching spot with Smith
Scott County High School baseball wasted no time filling the void left by assistant coach Greg Stratton’s move to take over the Great Crossing High School. Cardinals coach Scott Willard announced Terry Smith as Stratton’s replacement Wednesday morning.
Smth, who lives in Georgetown, is well known for his exploits on the diamond in Cynthiana at Harrison County High School.
He was part of two KHSAA state championship teams there, launching a career that saw him enshrined in Harrison County’s baseball hall of fame in 2015.
Smith also played at Campbellsville University.
“He is passionate about player development and winning,” Willard said.
SC football coach Jim McKee, the parent of a rising senior baseball player, Cade McKee, expressed his pleasure with the announcement in a post on Twitter.
“I grew up in Cynthiana myself and have followed Terry Smith for years,” McKee wrote. “High character family, person, unrivaled enthusiasm for baseball. If this does not fire you up for SC baseball, best check your pulse!”
Scott County finished this past season with a 23-12 record, reaching the 42nd District championship game and the quarterfinals of the 11th Region tournament.
The Cardinals won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.
School, chamber warn of fundraising scam
Scott County Schools and the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce are warning local business and sports fans about the latest round in a recurring fundraising solicitation that is not affiliated with the community or authorized by either organization.
The chamber and school dapertment urge anyone receiving an email or phone call to contact them immediately.
According to a spokesperson for the district, an out-of-state company is using the Scott County logo and name without permission.
It is believed to be the same person or persons who have attempted to secure funds from Scott County supporting business as “Boost Sports”in the past, but now operating under the label of “Sports Media Advertising.”
The organization promises to put business logos on T-shirts, coffee mugs and other collectibles.
School officials say those products have been delivered in the past, but are of a low quality that precludes resale.
The goods also do nothing to support sports in the community, officials said, as Scott County sees none of the money exchanged.
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