Matthews, Wingler, Hay finalists for awards

There was no grand reception. There was no fancy dinner. But there was still an awards ceremony for the state’s top high school basketball players, albeit mostly done virtually.

The 2020 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony was held Sunday evening with some of the top players from each region in contention for the honors.

In the girls’ category, Ryle High School graduate and Oregon commit Maddie Scherr was named Miss Kentucky Basketball.

Through 31 games, Scherr led the Lady Raiders in field goals per game with 5.1. She also netted 463 total points with 14.9 per game, second only to teammate Brie Crittendon with 512 total points and 15.5 per game.

“It means so much, you know? wIt’s just a huge honor,” Scherr said during an interview with WKYT’s Brian Milam and Christi Thomas. “Since I was in 5th grade, I knew about Miss Kentucky Basketball and so it’s finally here and it kind of feels surreal.”

On the boys’ side, Martha Layne Collins High School graduate and Western Kentucky commit Dayvion McKnight was named Mr. Kentucky Basketball.

McKnight led the Titans during the 2019-20 season with 20 points per game and 680 points total. He also had a team-high 7.1 field goals per game with 242 made field goals.

“It means a lot,” McKnight said during the interview with Milam and Thomas. “Coming from a small town, you don’t really have players that do what I’ve been doing and I’m the third ever to win Mr. Basketball out of Shelby County so it means a lot.”

Among the nominees for Miss Basketball were Meade County graduate and Eastern Kentucky commit Kendall Wingler and Elizabethtown graduate and Belmont commit Whitney Hay.

Wingler, a 3rd Region co-candidate along with Owensboro Catholic’s Hannah McKay, earned recognition during the ceremony as the state’s regular season scoring leader, free throw percentage leader and three-point leader.

During the 2019-20 regular season, Wingler led the state with 789 points and 31.5 per game. From the stripe, Wingler finished with an 88.1 free throw percentage. Outside the arc, she went 112-for-252 through 25 regular-season games for 44 percent shooting and 4.4 treys per game.

She is the all-time leading scorer in Meade County basketball history, male or female.

Hay, the 5th Region Miss Basketball candidate, led the Lady Panthers during the 2019-20 season with 18.9 points per game and 473 total points. She also led Elizabethtown with 162 field goals, including 41 three-pointers. Hay also hit a team-leading 108 free throws.

She is the second player in school history to surpass the 2,000-point barrier, joining Erin Boley.

John Hardin graduate and Evansville commit Alex Matthews was a candidate for Mr. Kentucky Basketball and a co-candidate out of the 5th Region along with Bardstown’s JJ Traynor.

Matthews finished his senior season with the Bulldogs by leading the team with 23 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He recorded a team-high 782 total points, with a team-high 183 made free throws to boot.

For his efforts, Matthews was named the Kentucky Gatorade Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year in March.

He leaves the John Hardin program as just the second player, along with Mickey Pearson, to score more than 1,000 points and pick up more than 1,000 rebounds.

Matt Tyson can be reached at 270-505-1754 or mtyson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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