The first edition of the basketball stats are on Page A8 and there are some interesting numbers.

Meade County senior Kendall Wingler leads the state averaging 33 points per game. She is the all-time leading scorer in school history — male or female — and has her sights set on reaching and surpassing 3,000 points.

That’s a magic number in this state.

The Eastern Kentucky signee is shooting 90.3 percent from the free throw line and 47.1 percent from beyond the arc.

She is No. 3 in the state in free throw shooting and is tops in the state making 4.4 3s per outing.

Right now, Wingler’s free throw shooting is up 14 percent and her 3s up 10 percent from last season.

North Hardin senior Addison Sutton is also in rarefied air.

She is one of 15 female players in state history who has hit 300 3s or more in a career and her number continues to soar.

Lady Trojans senior teammate Jadeta Gregory leads the area in assists (4.1) and steals (4.7) per game.

No. 1-ranked and undefeated John Hardin boys are winning by an average of 31.4 points per game, which is best in the state.

No. 8-ranked Elizabethtown is second at 23.8 points per game.

The Bulldogs also lead the state in team rebounding, grabbing 41.7 per contest and are also tops in team field goal percentage at 54.9.

LaRue County’s 6-foot-7 big man Mark Goode is 10th in the state in field goal percentage at 68.8, making 132-of-192.

He is also ninth in the state, averaging 25.2 points per game and is on the prowl to overtake Scott Boley as the all-time leading scorer in school history.

t So, why is John Hardin undefeated?

Well, there are a lot of reasons.

No. 1 on my list, though is that the Bulldogs do not panic.

They have “been there, done that” and it shows in close games.

I am not going to say they will go through the regular season undefeated.

They may.

They may not.

But it’s going to take a heck of an effort in all phases to beat them.

When you control the boards, you tend to control the game.

The Bulldogs have a busy week with a game at Central Hardin on Tuesday and a trip to Owensboro for a Class 2-A Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday. A win there gives them a Saturday semifinal contest and a victory there puts them in Sunday’s final.

After that is a date at Elizabethtown on Jan. 21.

t This is also the part of the season where teams may go through some lulls.

It’s somewhat natural and this is where locker room leadership comes in to play.

Leadership is paramount when things aren’t quite going as expected.

Leadership is a lot easier when things are going well.

Central Hardin coach Matt Nickell was pretty blunt after watching his Bruins fall to 0-4 in 17th District play after Friday’s loss at Elizabethtown.

“We can do two things — we can fold up shop and feel sorry for ourselves or we can continue to battle,” he said. “We have the No. 1 team in the state on Tuesday and we have huge games with North and Fort Knox still left. The 2-3 game is still in play and that’s what matters.”

t I was at LaRue County Friday night to watch the Hawks and John Hardin.

I expected it to be a good, close game and it was.

I was curious as to how the officiating crew was going to call Goode and John Hardin’s Preston Murrell going at it inside.

The gentlemen with the whistles let the young men play inside and it was a joy to watch.

The big men got after it, banging bodies inside and when Murrell was out, Alex Matthews took his place.

Kudos to the men in stripes.

t The No. 4-ranked Elizabethtown Lady Panthers will participate in the Louisville Invitational Tournament and their first game will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 against either Manual, Ballard or Christian Academy-Louisville.

The winner will get either Bethlehem, Mercy, Assumption or Male at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 1.

The championship game is 1 p.m. on Feb. 2.

t Don’t whine about your playing time.

Work for it.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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