Lady Chargers hosting major ‘showcase’ event

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By Mike Farner

 MOUNT WASHINGTON – In what has grown into one of the top pre-season girls’ basketball events will be played this weekend as the 12th Annual Bullitt East/High Potential Showcase is contested at Bullitt East.

There will be 14 teams taking part this season with two ‘scrimmages’ on Friday night and then a full slate of five scrimmages on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and going for the next 13 hours.

Besides Bullitt East taking part on Saturday, area fans can also get their first look at North Bullitt when they scrimmage on Friday.

This event is the combined effort of Bullitt East and the High Potential Recruiting service which is run by Rick Bolus and based in Shepherdsville.

Perhaps the highlight of the event will be the Bullitt East workout on Saturday as they take the court against Anderson County. The Lady Bearcats, who reached the semi-finals of the Kentucky State Tournament last season before falling to eventual champion Marion County, could well be the number one team in the state when the pre-season coaches’ polls come out over the next two weeks.

Anderson County may have the two top players in the state this season in seniors McKenzie Cann, a 5-11 guard who has signed with Cincinnati, along with 5-10 Eriel McKee who has signed with Morehead State. The Lady Bearcats are picked to repeat as Eighth Region champions this season.

Bullitt East is the number-two pick in the Sixth Region in one pre-season poll, behind Butler, but the Lady Chargers will be a consensus top-20 selection in the state this season. Coach Chris Stallings’ team is led by freshman Lindsay Duvall and senior point guard Emily Fryman along with inside players Courtney Pfister and Kylee Willis along with wing player Taylor Blain.

With the exception of Breckinridge County, nine of the 10 teams playing on Saturday were picked among the top six teams in their respective regions for the upcoming season.

Along with Anderson County, the other powerhouse in action on Saturday will be Sacred Heart. The Valkayries return Raven Merriweather (Bellarmine) and DaiJia Ruffin (Tennessee-Martin) from a team that lost by just two points to Manual (losers in the state semi-finals) in the Seventh Region semi-finals despite not having Merriweather who was lost to a knee injury earlier in the season).

Bullitt East and Sacred Heart will play each other on the final night of the regular season in February.

On Friday, North Bullitt head coach Amber Courtney will have her team on display as they will take on Caverna. That scrimmage will start at 5:30 p.m. and unlike all the other match-ups this will be a varsity only work-out.

The Lady Eagles are ranked fourth in the Sixth Region this season in some early polls after winning back-to-back 23rd District titles. Leading the Lady Eagles will be senior guard Savannah Morrison and her sophomore backcourt mate, Katie Downey.

Caverna will be led by 5-6 junior guard Ciara Waggoner.

Another player who has signed with a college will be Eastern’s Madison Raque, a 5-7 senior who will play at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Spencer County will also be in action in this event as they will take the court after North Bullitt on Friday as they will take on Presentation. The Lady Bears are led by 5-11 senior Mckenzie Myers.

There will be a small admission charge to watch any of the action on Friday or Saturday.


The 12th Annual Bullitt East/High Potential Showcase

Friday, November 22:

5:30 p.m. - North Bullitt vs. Caverna

8:30 p.m. - Spencer County vs. Presentation


Saturday, November 23

(Each scrimmage will start with a 30 minute JV workout with the varsity teams to then take the court for a two-hour workout).

9 a.m. - Meade County vs. Eastern

11:30 a.m. - Anderson County vs. Bullitt East

2 p.m. - Clay County vs. Breckinridge County

4:30 p.m.  - Owensboro Catholic vs. Sacred Heart

7 p.m. - Allen County-Scottsville vs. Mercy