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14th Region coaches release their top picks for pre-season



Members of the 14th Region Basketball Coaches Association selected their Top 10 players and teams in pre-season picks announced Tuesday.

Breathitt County is the coaches’ choice to win the boys’ regional championship, while Perry County Central is tabbed to win the girls’ regional crown. Letcher County Central is picked to finish sixth in boys’ play. The Lady Cougars are expected to finish second among the girls, and the Jenkins Lady Cavaliers are picked as the 10thtoughest squad.

Individually, Cameron Justice, a son of former LCC basketball coach Raymond Justice, has been selected pre-season player of the year in the 14th Region. LCC’s Kelah Eldridge finished second in pre-season player of the year voting behind Perry Central’s Kayla Rankin. LCC’s Julie Cornett is ranked the region’s eighth best player. Whitney Creech of Jenkins is ranked No. 10.

Boys Top 10 teams
1. Breathitt County
2. Knott County Central
3. Perry County Central
4. Hazard
5. Wolfe County
6. Letcher County Central
7. Estill County
8. Powell County
9. Buckhorn
10. Lee County
Boys Top 10 players
1. Cameron Justice — KCC
2. Braxton Bevely — PCC
3. Wes Noble — Breathitt Co.
4. (tie) Alex Hamilton — Breathitt Co.
Dalton Cornette — PCC
5. Evan Hall — KCC
6. Josh Hollan — Hazard
7. Chris Hudson — Hazard
8. Simon Christian — KCC
9. (tie) Evan Whitaker — Hazard Justin Johnson — PCC
10. Cody Gregory — LCC
11. Corey Conway — Wolfe Co.

12. Bobby Fraley — Breathitt
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Girls Top 10 teams
1. Perry County Central
2. Letcher County Central
3. Knott County Central
4. Leslie County
5. Powell County
6. (tie) Breathitt Co./Hazard
7. Estill County
8. Buckhorn
9.Jackson City
10. Jenkins
Girls Top 10 players
1. Kayla Rankin — PCC
2. Kelah Eldridge — LCC
3. Katie Moore — Leslie Co.
4. Paige Slone — KCC
5. Keeley Rogers — Powell Co.
6. Brooke Sharpey — Hazard
7. Whitney Back — PCC
8. Julie Cornett — LCC
9. Kansas Rice — Buckhorn
10. Whitney Creech — Jenkins
11. Reagan King — KCC
12. Cassidy Flynn — Estill Co.



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