WKU Lady Tops signee Ivy Brown named Kentucky Miss Basketball finalist

LaRue County guard Ivy Brown shoots last season against Green County at LCHS.  (Neal Cardin, Elizabethtown News-Enterprise/Special to the Daily News)

LaRue County guard Ivy Brown shoots last season against Green County at LCHS. (Neal Cardin, Elizabethtown News-Enterprise/Special to the Daily News)

LaRue County senior guard Ivy Brown, a Western Kentucky signee, was named today as a finalist for the 2014 Kentucky Miss Basketball award.

The 6-foot-2-inch guard would be the Lady Toppers’ first Miss Basketball to join the program out of high school since Crystal Kelly did so in 2004 out of Sacred Heart. 2006 winner Arnika Brown, from Christian County, was the last Miss Basketball to play for WKU after transferring from Kentucky.
 
Four of the top 10 scorers in Lady Topper history were Kentucky Miss Basketball winners.

The other finalists for this year’s award are Anderson County’s MacKenzie Cann and Eriel McKee, Newport Central Catholic’s Nicole Kiernan, Perry County Central’s Kayla Rankin, Ballard’s Javonna Layfield and Sacred Heart’s Daijia Ruffin.

The Mr. and Miss Basketball awards will be announced March 18 before the start of boys’ state tournament.

Ivy Brown, who was also named a nominee for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Game, is ranked 73rd nationally in the 2014 class by ESPN’s HoopsGurlz and 80th by All Star Girls Report.

Brown is averaging 21.5 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.5 steals per game for LaRue County (13-4). She had 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists Monday as the Lady Hawks earned a 65-58 win at No. 1 Elizabethtown, according to the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise.

WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard was in attendance for that game.

“Had a good night last night. Had the opportunity go out and watch Ivy play against the No. 1 team in the state, and I was super-proud of how well she played and her team,” Heard said Tuesday. “I’m just excited that we’re going to have the opportunity to coach her for four years.”

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