For the second straight season, Harlan’s Jordan Brock is will be taking home some nice hardware. Brock has once again been voted by the 13th Region media as the top player in the region. Brock has been named Southern Kentucky Life Magazine 13th Region Girls Player of the Year after guiding Harlan to its second straight 13th Region Tournament championship.
Brock has guided the Lady Green Dragons to a 27-9 record this season. She led the 13th Region with a 25.1 scoring average while grabbing the 13th Region Tournament Most Valuable Player honors during the process.
“Jordan is a great player,” Harlan coach Derrick Akal said. “She had a fantastic tournament and really means so much to the team. She’s such a competitor, and she just wants to win. It’s good to have a Jordan Brock, I can tell you that.”
Joining Brock on the 13th Region media first team are Harlan County’s Blair Green and Kaylea Gross, Clay County’s Kaylee Mathis and South Laurel’s Ally Collett.
Both Green and Gross had fantastic seasons for the Lady Bears, who saw their 25-game win streak fall to the wayside after losing to Harlan in the 13th Region Girls Tournament championship game.
Harlan County posted a 28-3 record this season as Green averaged 23.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Gross turned in a 19.7 scoring average while grabbing nine rebounds per game. Mathis and Collett were the lone freshmen on the first team. Mathis guided Clay County to a 49th District Tournament championship and led the Lady Tigers with a 21.8 scoring average while knocking down 42 percent of her 3-point attempts. Collett, last year’s newcomer of the year, led the Lady Cardinals to a school-record 26 wins combined with winning the 50th District Tournament championship while turning in a semifinal appearance effort in the 13th Region Tournament. She averaged 13.9 points per game.
Harlan County’s Debbie Green took home 13th Region Media Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lady Black Bears to 28 wins, a 52nd District championship and a spot in the 13th Region Tournament championship game.
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North Laurel’s Peyton Broughton has been named as the Southern Kentucky Life Magazine 13th Region Boys Player of the Year after guiding the Jaguars to a 24-8 record along with an appearance in the 13th Region Tournament. Broughton was also named as the KABC 13th Region Player of the Year along with being a finalist for Mr. Basketball, which will be announced in the near future.
The senior guard is the career leader in most points scored at North Laurel along with becoming the only player in Laurel County history to score more than 3,000 points. He averaged a 13th Region-best 31 points per game while grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game.
“With all the great players and teams in our region this year, it says a lot about how good of a player that Peyton is to win this award,” North Laurel coach Brad Sizemore said. “I think he has had one of best single seasons of a player in a long time.
“He has averaged 30 points a game all year and helped our team to another 20-win season playing against quality competition. Not to mention, Peyton broke the 3,000-point career mark making him not only one of the top scorers in 13th Region History, but the state also. Outside of scoring, Peyton has made everyone on our team better. Our team feeds off his energy and desire to compete every game. He has helped everyone take their game to another level this season and made us a much better team.”
Broughton was also named to the 13th Region Media First Team, joining Corbin’s Andrew Taylor, South Laurel’s Jared Grubb, Knox Central’s Markelle Turner and Harlan County’s Cameron Carmical.
Taylor guided Corbin to a 27-6 record along with a 50th District championship, and an appearance in the 13th Region Boys Tournament championship game. He led the Redhounds with a 29.5 scoring averaged and pulled down 11.8 rebounds per game. Grubb turned in an impressive senior campaign, guiding the Cardinals to a 23-11 mark, while averaging 20.1 points per game. Turner led Knox Central to a 51st District championship, and an appearance in the 13th Region Boys Tournament semifinals. He also led them to a 27-6 record while averaging 18.7 points per game. And Carmical turned in a stellar senior season, leading the Black Bears to a 31-3 record, so far, along with the 52nd District championship, and the program’s first ever 13th Region Tournament championship. He was named as the most valuable player in the 13th Region Tournament, and connected on 12-of-14 3-point attempts during Harlan County’s last two games in the tournament. Carmical led the Black Bears with a 19.2 scoring average while averaging 5.2 rebounds per game.
Corbin coach Tony Pietrowski was named 13th Region Media Coach of the Year after guiding the Redounds to 27 wins while beating some of the top teams int he state during the process.