Donna Murphy

(Newport, 1976) Murphy’s fluid motion, leaping ability and left-handed jump shot helped propel the popularity of girls’ basketball in its early days. Murphy was selected the Most Valuable Player of the 1975 state tournament after she scored 67 points and grabbed 50 rebounds. She was the first winner of Miss Basketball in 1976 as well…

Sharon Garland

(Laurel County, 1979) Garland helped Laurel County win three state championships, leading the team in scoring in all three championship games. No other player in girls’ state tournament history has ever won three state championships and led their team in scoring all three games. She was a three-time All-State selection before playing at Western Kentucky…

J.R. VanHoose

(Paintsville, 1998) VanHoose was one of only a handful of players to record over 3,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 500 blocks during his prep career. He led Paintsville to the state title in 1996 and a runner-up finish in ’98. He was named the MVP of the 1996 tourney, 1998 Mr. Basketball and 1998 Parade…

William Kean

(Louisville Central, 1922-58)

Kean is considered a pioneer of desegregation of athletics in the Bluegrass. His teams won 856 games and lost just 83. Kean won five state championships in the Kentucky Basketball League and four national titles in the National Negro High School Tournament. Kean is the grandfather of Allan Houston.

Letcher Norton

(Clark County/Trapp High School, 1935-62)

Norton became a coaching legend over three decades. After starting his career at Trapp High, Norton led Clark County to eight regional titles, a state title in 1951 and a runner-up finish in 1960. He was named state Coach of the Year three times. Norton won 575 games.

Howard Beth

(Marshall County, 1980-2010) Marshall County won 11 consecutive region titles under Beth, who led his team to three state finals apperances. He had a runner-up finish in 1981 and captured two state titles in 1982 and 1984. The 1984 team was undefeated going 34-0. His 794 wins are the most for any girls’ coach in…

Bunny Daugherty

(Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY) An innovator, trailblazer, leader, pioneer, and mentor have been some of the words used to describe Coach Daugherty’s efforts in the promotion of girls athletics. Coaching basketball for over 40 years, she was coaching basketball long before it came back on the KHSAA scene in 1975. She was recognized as…

Beth Wilkerson Hammond

(Paris High School, Paris, KY) A Kentucky Miss Basketball in 1979, Beth was also recognized as a 1st team Parade All-American. She was selected by the state’s sportswriters as Kentucky’s Female Athlete of the Year, a member of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Team, and a recipient of the national ‘Hertz #1 Award’. She scored over 1600…

Lisa Harrison

(Southern High School, Louisville, KY) Scoring a tournament total of 98 points, Lisa led her Southern High School Trojans to the KHSAA State Championship in 1988. Lisa was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. In addition to being named Kentucky’s Miss Basketball in 1989, she was also named the Converse, Gatorade, Naismith, and USA…

Crystal Kelly

(Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY) A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, Crystal was part of the Sacred Heart KHSAA State championship teams of 2002, 2003, and 2004. Named MVP 2003. In 2004, she was named Associated Press Player of the Year and All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), Street and Smith, and…

Al Prewitt

(Henry Clay High School, Lexington, KY) As a player and then as the coach, his home was always at Henry Clay High. His coaching career record of wins and losses was 654-237. The Blue Devil teams made eight (8) KHSAA Sweet Sixteen appearances earning a state title in 1983, in a classic game with Carlisle…

Dale Mabrey

(Pleasure Ridge Park High SChool, Louisville, KY) In 1981, Coach Mabrey began his head coaching career. For the last thirty-two years, he has been at one place and that is PRP. This year he reached a milestone of 800 + wins, a mark that only about 50 coaches in the United States have attained. His…

John Oldham

(Hartford High School) A basketball star, Johnny led the Hartford Mustangs to the 1941 and 1942 KHSAA State Basketball Tournaments. His performance led him to be named to the 1942 All-Tournament team and the Kentucky-Indiana All Star team. His high school career led him to becoming a star player and legendary coach at Western Kentucky…

Vernon Hatton

(Lafayette High SChool, Lexington, KY) He helped lead his Lafayette Generals to the state championship in 1953. In addition to being named to the All-Tournament team, Vernon also received high school All-American status. He was named to the All-State Teams both in 1953 and 1954. Vernon was also named the first Kentucky Mr. Basketball in…

Frank Ramsey

(Madisonville High SChool, Madisonville, KY) A fierce competitor, Frank led his Maroons to consecutive KHSAA State Tournament appearances in 1948 and 1949. He was also named to the All-State Tournament Team in 1949.. Frank went on to have a legendary career at the University of Kentucky, starting on the only undefeated team. He then went…

Corky Withrow

(Central City High School, Central City, KY) Corky led Central City to three consecutive KHSAA Sweet Sixteen appearances, 1954, 1955, and 1956. During his high school career, he scored over 3100 points. He was named first team All-American in 1956 (Dell magazine), and a member of several all-star teams including the Kentucky All Stars in…

Ron King

(Central High School, Louisville, KY) A Central Yellow Jacket, Ron led his team to the 1969 KHSAA State Championship title. Scoring 44 points in the title game, he was named to the Tournament All-State Team. His other accolades included being named a high school All-American, All-State, and Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1969. He went on…