A Bath County High School girls’ basketball player with strong ties to Letcher County has signed a letter of commitment to play at Kentucky Christian University.
Sierra Shae Sparks-Noble is the daughter of Shelia and Billy Noble (Billy is a 1986 graduate of Fleming-Neon High School) and the granddaughter of Bill and Norma Noble of Deane and sister to Trevor Noble of Jenkins. Her head coach is Troy Lee Thomas, a 1989 graduate of Letcher High school. Her school superintendent is Harvey Tackett, formerly of Jenkins.
As a senior, Sparks-Noble averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game. She shot 76 percent from the free-throw line and 39 percent from the threepoint line. As a junior she led the state in charges taken on defense with 58. She took 46 charges as a senior.
Kentucky Christian University is located in Grayson and has 15 national championships in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). KCU is again ranked No. 1 in the nation and is playing in the NCCAA tournament this weekend (March 12-16) in Joplin, Missouri.
At the March 7 signing ceremony, Coach Thomas said Sparks- Noble was the toughest and most dedicated player he has ever coached. Since she was in the third grade she never missed a practice and in the summers would often practice at 5:30 a.m. Thomas also said she may be the best defensive player he has seen play high school basketball.
Kentucky Christian Coach Ron Arnett said Sparks-Noble was recruited for her defensive ability and will fit in perfect with his team’s style of play.