In order to adequately honor the past decade of amazing talent in girls’ basketball in this area, the Glasgow Daily Times is showcasing these individuals in All-Decade First, Second and Third teams rather than a Top 10 countdown.
The qualifications are simple. We will be choosing from players who ended their seasons between the 2010-11 school year and the 2019-20 school year. Also, we will be picking from a pool of nine schools, which all span east of Bowling Green: Glasgow, Barren County, Allen County-Scottsville, Caverna, Monroe County, Metcalfe County, Cumberland County, Clinton County and Russell County.
Without further ado, here are the GDT All-Decade Girls’ Basketball Teams with players in alphabetical order by last name.
Elizabeth Bertram, Barren County; Mackenzie Coleman, Metcalfe County; Madison Faulkner, Caverna; Breanna Glover, Glasgow (Co-Player of the Decade); Morgan Rich, Allen County-Scottsville (Co-Player of the Decade)
Not only were these five ladies the best girls’ basketball players of the decade, but they were arguably five of the best athletes from this area regardless of the type of sport.
First up is the fantastic duo of Rich and Glover who are the GDT’s Co-Players of the Decade.
Rich led the Lady Patriots all the way to the state championship game her senior year where they lost by just three points. She was a highly-rated recruit after scoring around 20 points per game for her career as she signed with the University of Kentucky out of high school.
Glover was on two different Lady Scottie teams that made it all the way to the state tournament in 2012 and 2014. In her senior season in 2016, Glover averaged an outstanding 25 points and 11 rebounds per game. She signed with Ole Miss University out of high school.
Not to be outdone, however, is the impressive career of Faulkner who reached the incredibly rare accolade of 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds while playing at Caverna High School. Faulkner has undoubtedly had the best career after high school as she has twice been named the NCCAA Player of the Year at Campbellsville University.
Bertram is the most recent player on the first team after she accumulated more than 2,000 points at Barren County High School while leading the Trojanettes to the state tournament and three-straight district championships. Bertram is set to play for Campbellsville after high school.
As for Coleman, not only did she put together one of the best careers of the decade, but she might have had the best single season. In her senior year, she averaged 29.4 points and 16.1 rebounds per game. She scored 1,000 points in that season alone. Coleman signed with Tennessee Tech out of high school where she is currently playing.
Elli Bartley, Glasgow; Madison Clements, Monroe County; Savannah Gregory, Allen County-Scottsville; Reagan Turner, Monroe County; Shalika Smith, Glasgow
A pair of Lady Scotties and Lady Falcons headline the second team. Bartley and Smith make the second team after completing illustrious careers at Glasgow. Bartley was listed as a member of the Lady Scotties since her seventh grade season. In that time, the Lady Scotties never won fewer than 19 games in a season and scored more than 1,500 points. She signed with North Florida out of high school.
Smith signed with Western Kentucky University after being a part of two different Lady Scotties’ teams that made the state tournament. A force in the paint, Smith scored more than 1,000 points in her career while grabbing around 1,000 rebounds.
Clements helped lead the Lady Falcons to two different region championship games and a Class “A” State Championship game. She scored more than 1,000 points in her career and played for Campbellsville out of high school.
Turner led Monroe County to a Class “A” State Championship her senior year and the region championship game. She also scored more than 1,000 points and is currently playing for Lindsey Wilson College.
Gregory was a part of that AC-S team that reached the state championship game, and all the other great Lady Patriot teams of the decade. She scored more than 1,000 points in her career and played for Campbellsville University after high school.
Caylan Bybee, Monroe County; Kaitlyn Coffey, Russell County; Ashanti Gore, Glasgow; Kelsey Greer, Glasgow; Haley Perkins, Glasgow
The third team is dominated by Lady Scotties. The duo of Perkins and Greer are inseparable. Both were on the 2012 team that made the state tournament and both scored more than 1,000 points in their careers.
Gore just finished up her career with the Lady Scotties after accumulating more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds while at Glasgow. She notched 17 double-doubles in her senior season and was a dominant post presence in the paint throughout her career.
Bybee helped to kick off a decade of dominance for Monroe County in girls’ basketball. She was a double-double machine for the Lady Falcons as she averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding for the majority of her career. She was a part of two straight Monroe County teams that lost in the region title game.
Finally, Coffey played for the Lady Lakers since her middle school days scoring more than 1,000 points in her career. In her senior season, she led Russell County to the state tournament after recording 18 points and 12 rebounds in the region championship.
Honorable Mention: Leann Grider, Russell County; Bailey Pedigo, Barren County; Sarah Sutton, Allen County-Scottsville; Kelsey Johnson and Lauren Turner, Monroe County