Commonwealth Journal

March 23, 2013

Taylor Gover and Adison Corder named County Basketball Players of the Year

Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel All-County Basketball Teams

Staff Report
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — The 2012-’13 basketball season was one that saw all three boys teams in the hunt for a regional title all season long, and when all was said and done, it was Jeff Cothron and the Briar Jumpers making an appearance in the championship game of the 12th Regional Tournament this season for the first time since 1989.

Somerset fell short in the regional finals to Wayne County to finish the season at 20-10, but with Pulaski County rolling to a 23-7 record and with Southwestern going 22-9, it was once again a very successful season for all three boys clubs.

On the girl’s side, Southwestern won the 48th District once again, but fell to Boyle County in the opening round of the regional tourney, finishing with a 19-12 mark.

Somerset meanwhile finished below the .500 mark with a 13-18 mark, but first-year head coach Erin Walker did something that hadn’t been done at Somerset in the past 10 years — qualify for the 12th Regional Tournament, thanks to upsetting Rockcastle County in the opening round of the 47th District Tournament.

Meanwhile, Brian Miller and Pulaski County came into the season with very high expectations, but the Lady Maroons were snake-bitten from the outset, suffering a myriad of injuries, forcing coach Miller to have to tinker with his lineup and rotation for virtually the entire season.

Despite that, it was another very exciting and successful year for hoops in our area, and with that being said, it’s time to unveil the selections for The Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel All-County Boy’s and Girl’s Teams for the 2012-’13 season.

First for the ladies.

Our selection this year for our Player of the Year Award goes to Southwestern’s Adison Corder.

Corder had a terrific sophomore season for Tim Rice and the Lady Warriors, leading Southwestern by scoring 19.6 points per game.

Corder led her club with 90 three-point field goals made, and was a big reason why Southwestern finished the season with those 19 wins and another 48th District crown under their belt.

Joining Corder on our team is her teammate Destiny Molden.

Molden was Southwestern’s second-leading scorer this year, averaging 10.5 points per contest, and she led her club by hitting 80 percent from the free throw line.

A pair of Pulaski County Lady Maroons make our team — twin sisters Brittany and Haley Warren.

Brittany Warren came into her senior year as our reigning Player of the Year, and she enjoyed a phenomenal season, despite the fact she missed a few games with various injuries.

Brittany Warren averaged 22 points per game this season, leading her club in that category, becoming arguably one of the top points guards in the entire 12th Region.

Haley Warren meanwhile, just like her sister, missed a few games with a broken orbital bone under her eye, yet she fought back to return to the lineup, leading PC in three-point field goals with 60, while also leading the Lady Maroons by hitting 74 percent of her free throw attempts.

Rounding out our girl’s squad are a trio of Somerset players — Bethany Edwards, Maranda Mills, and Virginia Scott.

Edwards was the heart and soul for Somerset this season, averaging 11.8 points per game, while running the Lady Jumpers offense with precision as Somerset’s point guard.

Mills meanwhile became one of the top defensive players in the region, using her athleticism at the top of Somerset’s defense to force many turnovers by opponents.

Mills — a sophomore — averaged 10.2 points per game this season while helping lead the Lady Jumpers to that upset win over Rockcastle County in the district tourney.

Rounding out our team is Somerset’s leading scorer for the year — Virginia Scott.

Scott averaged 16.9 points per game as a junior this past season, and led Somerset in three-point field goals with 107 made three’s for the year.

And now for the boys.

For the third year in a row, our Player of the Year Award goes to Pulaski County’s Taylor Gover.

The PC senior point guard leaves Pulaski County High School as the Maroons all-time leading scorer with 2,195 points scored in a brilliant prep career.

Taylor Gover helped lead Al Gover’s club to a 23-7 mark this past season, and became the first player from our area to ever be nominated for the McDonald’s All-Star Game.

Joining Gover on our team is his running mate for the past four years at PC — Kody Johnson.

Johnson leaves PC as the second all-time leading scorer in Maroons history, with 2,071 points scored, and with Gover, gave the Maroons a ‘Dynamic Duo’ combination for the past four seasons.

With Gover and Johnson starting for the past four years, Pulaski County ruled local hoops action, as the Maroons went 10-1 over their careers against arch-rival Somerset, while posting a 9-1 mark during that same span against Southwestern, which includes a current nine-game winning streak PC enjoys over the Warriors.

Speaking of the Warriors, two dynamic players from Southwestern make our squad this season — David Kapinga and Justin Edwards.

These two outstanding junior players give all Warrior fans a lot to look forward to next season.

Kapinga averaged 16 points per game this season as the Warriors starting point guard, and he led his club with five assists per game.

Meanwhile, Edwards led the Warriors with an 18.5 per game scoring average, and he led his club with nine rebounds per contest as well.

Rounding out our squad are a trio of Somerset Briar Jumpers, that helped lead Jeff Cothron’s club to the regional title game for the first time in 24 years.

They are Tyson Williams, Ryan Weddle, and Ryan Dishman.

Williams — a transfer from McCreary Central — came to Somerset for his senior year and made a big-time impact for the Briar Jumpers.

Williams led Somerset in scoring, averaging 14 points per game, and finished second on the club in rebounding, averaging 7.3 boards per game.

Weddle meanwhile worked his tail off over the past three years to become a better player, and that hard work paid off for the senior this season.

‘Sunshine’ as his teammates called him, averaged 11.3 points per game this past season, while leading Somerset in rebounding, averaging 7.9 boards per game.

Rounding out our team is junior Ryan Dishman, who has become one of the most lethal shooters from behind the arc in all of the 12th Region.

Dishman led Somerset with 51 three-point field goals this season, while finishing second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game.

Congratulations to each of these 14 outstanding basketball players for another season of outstanding basketball in our community.