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PREP BASKETBALL: Sharing the region’s top honor (2/12)

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John Hardin’s Price, LaRue’s Ford named region Co-Players of the Year

By Chuck Jones

John Hardin senior point guard Brandon Price and LaRue County senior point guard Kelton Ford are good friends off the court, and the two will have plenty to talk about when they get together next time.

The conversation might turn to how they were selected the Co-Player of the Year by the 5th Region Coaches Association. Price and Ford are two of only three players to receive all possible 16 votes.

Price is averaging 17.7 points, 5.6 assists and 2.8 steals a game. He is shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 72.5 percent from the foul line. Price missed four games in January after spraining an ankle in Lexington Catholic’s Republic Bank Holiday Classic.

“He’s faced a little adversity and he was really disappointed when he couldn’t play,” John Hardin coach Mark Wells said. “He’s a competitor and he wants to win everything we do. Not being out there with his teammates was killing him. He’s a true team player. He’s still not 100 percent, but he’s getting close.”

Ford is averaging 22.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.8 steals per game. He has improved in all four categories from last season.

“That’s the measure of growth he’s had this year,” Childress said. “He did get off to a slow start, but he’s been putting up good numbers all year. He’s really picked it up in other areas. I’m excited for him. He’s been consistent all year and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s done a great job leading the team.”

Elizabethtown sophomore Zane Najdawi, John Hardin senior Daveon Greene and junior Keon Williams, Central Hardin senior Alex Crowder and North Hardin seniors Ruben Gosa and Tyler Landry all were named to the team.

The team was rounded by Bethlehem senior Jordan Cooper-Livers, Bardstown seniors Devonte Grundy and Marcus Cosby, Taylor County junior Caleb Wigginton and freshman Quentin Goodin and Marion County junior Latrelle Irvin.

Campbellsville’s Tim Davis and Wells were named the Co-Coaches of the Year. Davis has led the Eagles to a 12-14 record, while Wells and the Bulldogs are 20-3 and currently ranked seventh in The Associated Press poll. They have won 12 consecutive games entering tonight’s game at Marion County.

“It’s a real tribute to my staff,” Wells said. “Coach Jared McCurry and Coach Marcus Hyche do a great job. It’s a team effort. I’m really blessed to have good coaches and good players.”

Marion County senior Makayla Epps was selected the girls’ Player of the Year, while Marion County’s Trent Milby earned Coach of the Year honors.

Two area teams landed two players on the team. Elizabethtown placed sophomore Reauna Cleaver and freshman Erin Boley on the team, while LaRue County put junior Ivy Brown and sophomore Alexis Brewer on the team. North Hardin senior Chanel Roberts and John Hardin senior Michelle Montgomery also made the team.

Rounding out the team were Epps, Marion County seniors Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Logan Powell, Adair County seniors Mercedes Cox and Katie Keltner, Green County senior Rachel Marr and junior Kayla Bale, Caverna freshman Madison Faulkner and Nelson County senior Cierra Drake.

Chuck Jones can be reached at (270) 505-1759 or cjones@thenewsenterprise.com.