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Sydney Martin named Player of the Year

Mar. 16—For a second-straight year, Pulaski County senior Sydney Martin has been named the Commonwealth Journal girls' basketball Player of the Year. Martin's accomplishments are aplenty, with this being one of the final ones in a stellar career for the Northern Kentucky commit. She averaged an area-high of 21.5 points per game in her senior season, good enough for 23rd in the state, along with a team-high 7.7 rebounds, while shooting 49% from the field and 35.4% from three-point range. Martin also earlier in the season set not only the program record in points scored in a career, but also the school record, and also recorded a triple-double.

Madeline Butcher

After being named honorable mention last season, the sophomore point guard makes her first All-County Team. Butcher was the second-leading scorer for the 24-8 Maroons, scoring 11.4 points per game while shooting 34% from three and calling plays on the floor for Pulaski.

Brooklyn Thomas

Another sophomore makes the team from the Maroons, as Brooklyn Thomas makes her first All-County appearance. Thomas averaged 8.8 points per game along with 6.5 rebounds per game, logging a few double-doubles over the course of the season. Thomas also shot 35% from three and hit the game-winner to give the Maroons the district title.

Payton Acey

The senior leader of the Warriors makes the All-County Team after being named honorable mention last season. Acey scored 13.7 points per game and led Southwestern with 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.4% from the field. She is committed to the University of the Cumberlands.

Kinsley Molden

Its four in a row in terms of All-County selections for the junior now. Despite missing the first month of the season, Molden led Southwestern with 16.3 points per game. She shot the ball extremely well also to the tune of 47.3% from the field and 46.2% from three, ranking second in the state in that category. Molden also averaged four rebounds per game.

Jaelyn Dye

A third-straight All-County appearance for Dye, although this one comes with a different team after she transferred to Southwestern. As the point guard, Dye showed a veteran poise despite still being an underclassman and averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, particularly playing her best basketball late in the season.

Tori Robertson

Jumping in the starting lineup this year for Somerset, and despite missing the first several games of the season, Robertson makes her first basketball All-County Team after averaging a double-double over the course of the season with 10.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She was 37th in the state in rebounds per game and the junior also shot above 50% from the field.

Sophie Barnes

After all the Jumpers graduated from last season, Barnes was expected to lead an extremely young group and she did just that, averaging 11.3 points per game and being counted on as the primary scorer in a rebuilding year for the Lady Jumpers.

Honorable Mention

Maggie Holt

In her final season as a Maroon, Holt did a little bit of everything for them, averaging 6.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She also averaged multiple assists per game along with steals.

Jordyn McDonald

The sophomore for the Warriors really grew into her role as a leader out on the court this season for her team, as she frequently called out plays as the team came up the court. McDonald averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and shot 47.1% from the field.

Jessalyn Flynn

Despite only averaging 4.2 points per game, the junior's calling card was her intense on ball defense, typically drawing the top offensive player on the opposing team. Flynn really settled into her role late in the year as the spark plug off the bench.

Sarah White

After suffering a severe injury at the beginning of last softball season, the freshman Jumper had a terrific return to sports on the basketball court. The point guard for Somerset averaged 9.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.