Fairdale/High Potential Hooparama Showcase

November 22, 2003 at Fairdale, KY

THE LINEUP (Underlined team is the home team)

9 AM

Seneca (Coach Lou Sartori)


Fairdale (Coach Larry Bruner)

11 AM

Bullitt East (Coach Chris Stallings)


Holy Cross (Coach Charlie Just)

1 PM

Dawson Springs (Coach Norm Manasco)


PRP (Coach Craig Webb)

3 PM

Jackson Co. (Coach Greg Parrett)


Sacred Heart (Coach Donna Moir)

5 PM

Harrison Co. (Coach Mac Whitaker)


Butler (Coach Stephanie Greathouse)



Crystal Kelly


Louisville Sacred Heart, KY

Sarah Elliott


McKee Jackson Co., KY

Ashley Lewallen


Louisville Butler, KY

Carly Ormerod


Louisville Sacred Heart, KY

Anitha Williams


Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park, KY

Sara Eilers


Louisville Holy Cross, KY

Mandy Evans


Louisville Butler, KY

Megan Gray


Cynthiana Harrison Co., KY

Taylor Kopple


Louisville Sacred Heart, KY

Brooke Faulkner


Cynthiana Harrison Co., KY

Megan McGrath


Louisville Butler, KY

Ciare Ricketts


Fairdale, KY

OTHERS TO WATCH (Listed alphabetically)

Brittany Bingham


McKee Jackson Co., KY

Brittany Caple


Mt. Washington Bullitt East, KY

Connie Ferch


Louisville Sacred Heart, KY

Ashli Lanham


Dawson Springs, KY

Alix Messersmith


Louisville Seneca, KY

Whitney Moore


McKee Jackson Co., KY

Abby Thompson


Mt. Washington Bullitt East, KY

Sponsored by:

High Potential Basketball Mini-Camp

(click on Girls' Minicamp)

Camp Director is Rick Bolus (31 years experience)



Louisville Seneca

The Seneca Lady Redhawks are coached by Lou Sartori.  Seneca finished 10-14 last season and plays in the very competitive 7th Region.  The Lady Redhawks will be led this season by 6-1 Sr. Alix Messersmith who will play at Missouri Baptist College next season.  Messersmith is a post player who pulled down 7.6 rpg last season and works hard on both ends of the floor.  She is aggressive in the paint and has good mobility.  5-7 Jr. Latasha Harrison adds quickness and athletic ability to the team. 5-7 Jr. Samantha Rohmann is expected to provide scoring help and 5-7 DeeDee Hereford will be a three point threat.  5-7 Sr. Katie Deely has improved and will provide help at the forward position.  Seneca is expected to have decent quickness overall and hopes to generate points off their defense.  The Lady Redhawks must be patient on offense and be aggressive on the boards because of their overall lack of size.



The Lady Bulldogs are coached by Larry Bruner. They finished 14-8 last season and play in the 6th Region.  Jr. Amy Fink is expected to provide inside help and leadership.  Transfer Nina Phelps is expected to help provide inside muscle.  Jr. Latasha Cooke will add quickness and versatility both inside and out.  Sophs. Robin Henderson and Rayien Saunders are expected to provide inside depth at center.  The Lady Bulldogs expect to get outside shooting from Frosh Whitney Briggs, Erica Paschal, Sophs Ashley Underwood, Tiffany Minter, and Erica Rogers.  Coach Bruner has a star on the horizon in 5-4 8th grader Ciare Ricketts.  She is very athletic, slashes to the basket, and has the ability to shoot the jumper.  Jr. Sharonda Morgan is also expected to contribute for the Lady Bulldogs this season.  Although the Fairdale coaching staff will miss the experience of the five graduated seniors and may worry about the relative youth of the squad, they have plenty of talent and potential on this team.


Bullitt East

The Lady Chargers are coached by Chris Stallings and finished 18-11 last season. Bullitt East plays in the 8th Region.  They return their starting backcourt of 5-5 Sr. Brittany Caple and 5-5 Jr. point guard Abby Thompson.  Caple is a quick second guard who can either score off the drive or with a long-range jumper.  Thompson is a very strong player who has the ability to get her teammates the ball.  The post position should be capably manned by 6-0 players Kasey Harrod and Katie Followell.  Both have the strength to work in the paint and both can shoot the ball.  The backup inside players will be Jr. Ashton Smith and Fr. Stephanie Mueller.  Jr. wing Jacquelyn Bleemel has worked hard over the summer improving her shot and footwork and should be a big contributor this season.  Jr. Holly Huber can play either guard position and Jr. Erin Flynn and Fr. Kathleen Thompson are expected to contribute.  This team lost six seniors from last year but the JV and freshmen teams have been very successful and this success bodes well for the future of this program.


Louisville Holy Cross

The Holy Cross Lady Cougars finished 24-9 last season and are expected to be one of the primary contenders to battle Butler for the 6th Region this season.  Coach Charlie Just takes over this season as head coach and brings a ton of experience to the table.  Just started his coaching career at Mercy, then coached women’s basketball at Bellarmine, and recently coached the men’s program four years at Bellarmine.  6-2 Sr. center Sara Eilers played in the shadow of Jenn Skaggs last season but should be in the spotlight this season.  Eilers has the ability to score down low and will hit the boards.  5-4 Sr. Julie Bowman is expected to direct the offense this season.


Dawson Springs

Coach Norman Manasco guided the Lady Panthers to a 11-10 record last season and represented the 2nd Region in the All “A” Classic.  The Lady Panthers should be led this season by 5-8 So. Ashli Lanham, a combo guard who can shoot the ball.  5-7 Jr. Amanda Carlton is a sound wing player who appears to have recovered from a knee operation and is an extremely hard worker.  5-7 Sr. Lindsey Butler is a very steady performer who always comes to play.  5-8 Sr. Leslie Hamby is a strong player who always gives a good effort.  5-0 Sr. Amy Stallins is a “sparkplug” who is a tenacious defender.  5-7 Jr. Anna Marsili, 5-8 So. Lindsey Sisk, and 5-6 8th grader Chelsea Mills are expected to contribute this season. 5-5 So. Brittney Chappell is also expected to be a steady performer for the Lady Panthers this season.  5-11 Jr. Beth McGregor adds size and is a physical inside player who works hard.  Dawson Springs will once again be lacking in size but they return four starters and a veteran coach Norman Manasco who really enjoys working with this group.


Pleasure Ridge Park

Coach Craig Webb’s Lady Panthers finished 16-11 last season and play in the 6th Region.  PRP graduated star guard Kellie Peyton but returns 5-6 Sr. guard Anitha Smith-Williams.  Williams averaged 14 ppg and 8 apg last season and is a true point guard who can handle the ball.  She is extremely quick and creates well off the dribble.  6-0 Sr. forward Chelsea Bibelhauser averaged 8 ppg and 8 rpg last season and shot 55.5% from the field.  5-8 Jr. guard Alisa Pierce averaged 7 ppg last season and connected for 48% from behind the arc.  5-7 So. Janay Jones could develop into a major scorer with more experience.  Other players expected to contribute include 5-10 forward Randi Carroll, 5-8 guard Andrea Bishop, 5-8 guard Kelly Thieneman, 5-9 forward Elizabeth Bocceri, 5-6 guard Quinetta Nelson, 5-7 guard Stacy Flatt, and 5-11 forward Bobbie Wilson. This team played together all summer and has a deep 11 player rotation.  This team could continue to improve through the season and peak by tourney time.


Jackson County

The Jackson County Lady Generals are coached by Greg Parrett and finished 28-8 last season, playing in the competitive 13th Region.  This year’s senior class has experienced winning two All-A State Championships, and All-A State Runner-Up title, and a runner-up finish in the Sweet 16.  Miss Basketball candidate 6-7 Sr. Sarah Elliott averaged 21 ppg, 12 rpg, and is an intimidating shot blocker in the paint.  Elliott recently committed to play her college basketball at Kentucky.  5-3 Sr. point guard Whitney Moore handles the ball well and can shoot the three ball.  5-10 Sr. Kenni Lakes adds shooting and rebounding to the team.  5-10 Sr. Candrea Bingham and 5-9 Sr. Stisha Rose both rebound well and play good defense.  5-9 Jr. Brittany Bingham is an excellent three point shooter and 5-8 Jr. Danielle Roaden can score both inside and out.  5-4 Jr. Ashley Whitehead brings intensity and determination to the mix.  Jackson County should start the season highly ranked and favored to capture the 13th Region crown.


Sacred Heart Academy

Coach Donna Moir’s Valkyries finished 37-1 last season and captured their second consecutive Sweet 16 championship.  They are favored to win the 7th Region crown this season and should begin the season ranked No. 1 in the state.  6-3 Sr. Crystal Kelly, another leading Miss Basketball candidate, does it all for the Valkyries.  Kelly is an excellent scorer and rebounder with her quick outlet passes triggering the fastbreak.  Kelly controls the paint with her defense and ranks high at SHA in career steals.  5-8 Jr. guard Carly Ormerod is a very intense player who gets the job done on both ends of the floor.  She can score off the dribble or nail the jump shot.  5-6 Sr. Connie Ferch is jet-quick, and excellent defender, and is an excellent shooter who has played in the shadows of her more heralded teammates.  5-10 Jr. Taylor Kopple is an outstanding athlete who can score, rebound, and defend.  The Valkyries have several players who will contribute this season including 5-8 Jr. Jackie Distler, 5-9 Jr. Kelsey McCarty, 5-9 Jr. Meredith Wade, and 5-5 Jr. Allison Denbow. Sacred Heart won their third consecutive State AAU championship this summer and is poised to defend their Sweet 16 championship despite some formidable contenders.


Harrison County

Coach Mac Whitaker led the Fillies to a 20-10 record last season and they are expected to be one of the top teams in the 10th Region again this year.  They will be led this year by multi-sport star 6-0 Sr. Megan Gray.  Gray averaged double digits in both scoring (16 ppg) and rebounding (10 rpg) and can shoot the outside ball.  Gray also is and excellent shotblocker.  5-9 So. Brooke Faulkner is a swingman who plays well on both ends of the floor.  Faulkner is a deadly long-range shooter.  Faulkner averaged 13 ppg, 5 rpg, and shot 36% from the three point line.  Fr. point guard LaDonna Turley will look to pick up her scoring and 6-1 So. center Garyn Price is expected to help in the paint.  Although the 10th Region is balanced, Harrison County is expected to end up near the top.



The Bearettes are coached by Stephanie Greathouse.  They were 21-11 last season and captured the 6th Region crown but the best could be yet to come.  The Bearettes will be led by 6-1 Sr. Ashley Lewallen, who averaged 21 ppg and 9.5 rpg last season.  Lewallen plays inside but has all the tools to play forward at the next level.  She has the ability to post and can also stroke the outside jumper.  5-8 Sr. Mandy Evans (8.3 ppg) is a slasher and penetrator who is difficult to defend on the floor.  Evans is always hustling and is an excellent defender.  5-9 Sr. Megan McGrath (7.8 ppg) can nail the outside shot and also defends and hits the boards.   5-4 Sr. Jenna Hedges (6.8 ppg), 5-10 Jr. Racheal Cummings (4.1 ppg), and 5-2 So. Nicole Holman (7.2 ppg) are expected to be key contributors.  The Bearettes hustling defenders averaged 14.8 spg last season.  The Bearettes return all five starters and they have the talent to contend for state honors this season.



This should be an excellent day of basketball with some interesting matchups.  The Jackson County vs. Sacred Heart game will match two of the leading contenders for Miss Basketball—Sarah Elliott (Jackson County) and Crystal Kelly (Sacred Heart).  Ashley Lewallen, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated players in the state and I am looking forward to seeing her battle Harrison County star Megan Gray in the final scrimmage of the day.

This is a preliminary preview and I will update and/or correct as more info becomes available.  I will also provide and post results after the event at this location on my website. Please direct your comments to me at prephoops@yahoo.com.

Team Capsules ©2003 Ron Harrison