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Tony McGuire — Sports Editor



Perry Central will be returning their top scorer and rebounder in Kayla Rankin. Rankin is ranked nationally. (photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald)
Perry Central will be returning their top scorer and rebounder in Kayla Rankin. Rankin is ranked nationally. (photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald)
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For many years the Perry County Central Lady Commodores had a strangle hold on the 14th region title. Last year, the Lady Commodores missed out on playing in Diddle Arena by one point in the region finals, and this season they are looking to erase that memory.


The Lady Commodores’ top returning player is the 14th region’s top player, Kayla Rankin. Rankin is also listed as a top 50 player in America. Along with Rankin, Perry Central will put two other seniors on the floor in Elizabeth Gayhart and Lyndci Combs.


The Commodores also have a strong junior class returning with Tori Watts, Whitney Evans and Perri Coots, and talented sophomores in Madisson Minks, Kelly Ashworth, Katelyn Cornett, Rachel Curry, Morgan Eddington, Mishayla Tackett and Allie Sizemore. There will also be several freshmen working their way into the mix.


Perry Central will be the favorite in the district, but Coach Randy Napier doesn’t see it as a done deal.


“This is going to shape up as a tough district with Leslie County being strong this season,” he said. “Hazard and Buckhorn also return a majority of their teams as well.”


When asked about the region, Coach Napier replied, “It will also be a tough region as us and Leslie County are the top two teams, according to the coaches poll. Powell County returns all their starters, and Breathitt County and Letcher County have to be factored in as well.”


Coach Napier concluded, “As always, playing in the state tournament is a goal. We would like to advance and play on Saturday.”


Perry Central Lady Commodores 2013-13 schedule


Dec 3, 13 Middlesboro


home 7:30 PM


Dec 6, 13 Somerset


home 7:30 PM


Dec 10, 13 Allen Central


away 7:30 PM


Dec 13, 13 Hazard


home 6:00 PM


Dec 17, 13 Knott County Central


away 7:30 PM


Dec 20, 13 Wayne County


at Berea 8:00 PM Lady Pirate Holiday Classic


Dec 20, 13 TBA at Berea Berea Holiday Classic


Dec 27, 13 TBA at Daytona, FL Sunshine Classic


Jan 4, 14 Bourbon County


at Franklin County 5:30 PM Centria Metals/Staxx BBQ Shootout


Jan 6, 14 Jenkins


away 6:00 PM


Jan 9, 14 Middlesboro


away 7:30 PM


Jan 11, 14 Powell County


away 3:00 PM


Jan 14, 14 Breathitt County


away 7:30 PM


Jan 20, 14 Barbourville


home 7:30 PM


Jan 24, 14 Leslie County


home 7:30 PM


Jan 27, 14 Letcher County Central


home 7:30 PM


Feb 1, 14 Knott County Central


home 7:30 PM


Feb 4, 14 Breathitt County


home 7:30 PM


Feb 6, 14 Jackson City


away 7:30 PM


Feb 8, 14 Hazard


away 4:00 PM


Feb 15, 14 Jenkins


home 6:00 PM


Feb 17, 14 Owsley County


away 7:30 PM


Feb 21, 14 Allen Central


home 7:30 PM


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