By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — Coming in to the 2013-14 basketball season, Whitley County Lady Colonels’ senior Brandi Smith was tabbed as one of the top players in the 13th Region.
With the regular season and 13th Region Tournament now in the books, Smith was officially named the best player in the region when she was awarded 13th Region Player of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches.
Smith averaged 20 points per game this season and became just the second Lady Colonel to reach the 2,000 point mark during a game against Casey County this season.
Smith is the third Whitley County player to earn the award, following Heather Taylor in 2003 and Chrissy Powers in 1998.
Whitley County head coach Donnie Jones said it was no surprise to him for Smith to get the award given the way she carries herself on and off the basketball court.
“Brandi is one of those kids that is a leader on and off the court,” Jones said. “She’s done a really good job for us and she’s one of those kids that has started for four years.
“She’s gotten better each year and even though she’s a scorer, she does more than just score points,” he added. “She always seems to find an open teammate and I always felt like she was a step or two ahead of everybody else on the court.”
As a four-year starter Smith helped guide the Lady Colonels to an 82-38 record over the past four seasons, including a 50th District Championship in 2012.
While Smith is currently undecided as to where she will play her collegiate basketball, Jones said he expects her to make a decision soon.
“Brandi has some options as to what she wants to do and I’m sure she’ll make the right decision,” Jones said. “The important thing is that she go somewhere that’s a good fit for her and her style of play.”
Whitley County's Smith named Player of the Year by KABC
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