Over the past couple of weeks, several former and current Lady Commodores received accolades for their performance over the years. Katelyn Smith, Kendall Noble and Randy Napier each were recognized for their accomplishments.
Katelyn Smith, a 2012 graduate of Perry Central became the all-time leading scorer in Transylvania University history during her senior season. Smith was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the year for the second consecutive season (only the second player to ever do so).
Over her career, Smith averaged 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. She finished her career with 1,986 points, placing her at the top of the Transylvania scoring list.
Other awards garnered by Smith include: All Freshman Team 2013, All HCAC 2nd team 2013, All HCAC 1st team 2014, 2015 and 2016, and HCAC Player of the Year 2015 and 2016.
Kendall Noble, a 2012 graduate of Perry Central recently finished her redshirt junior season at Western Kentucky University. This season, Noble was named Conference USA Player of the Year, and Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year (for the second consecutive season). She is one of only four player to take both awards.
Noble has become a stat machine during her time at Western. She has averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1 block per game, and has joined the 1,000 point club. This season, Noble recorded a triple-double (the first in Western history, men or women), and then repeated the feat in the Conference tournament (the first to do so).
At this time, Noble sits atop many statistical categories, including: 2nd in steals, 2nd in minutes played, 7th in assists and 10 in free throws).
Not to be outdone Head Coach Randy Napier led his Lady Commodores to another 54th District Championship which adds to his record setting total of 19 district championships and then to top off his season he was named to the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame at a Press Conference in Lexington on March 15. Coach Napier will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on
July 9 with 16 other notable figures in Kentucky basketball history as part of the Centennial.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.