MOUNTAIN TOP SPORTS: Belfry’s Ball named Player of the Year; Orem coach

PIKEVILLE – Belfry High School’s Katie Ball was dominate all season long.

She averaged 22.7 points per game (ppg.) and 14.5 rebounds (rpg.) in helping the Lady Pirates advance to the 15th Region tournament.

Her dominance on the court has earned her Mountain Top Sports’ Player of the Year honors.

She leads an outstanding group of ladies who were instrumental in their teams on-court performances this past season.

Martin County’s Madison Thompson was named captain of the first team. She scored 18.8 ppg. and pulled down 13.7 rpg.

Pikeville eighth-grader Trinity Rowe was selected captain of the second team after helping lead the Lady Panthers back to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

Letcher Central’s Brooklynn Collins was chosen captain of the third team.

Pikeville head coach Kristy Ward Orem was named coach of the year after guiding her team back to Rupp Arena for the second straight year.

Here is a look at the 2020 Mountain Top Sports Girls’ All-Area Basketball Team:

Player of the Year: Katie Ball, Sr., Belfry, 22.7 ppg.

Coach of the Year: Kristy Ward Orem, Pikeville


Madison Thompson, Sr., Martin County, 18.8 ppg. (Capt.)

Kirsten Cole-Williamson, Sr., Pikeville, 17 ppg.

Kelsi Brinager, Sr., Pike Central, 19.7 ppg.

Kensley Feltner, Fr., Lawrence County, 22.1 ppg.

Katie Jo Moore, Jr., Floyd Central, 19.8 ppg.

Alyssa Elswick, So., Shelby Valley, 14.5 ppg.

Danielle Prater, Sr., Phelps, 18 ppg.

Kaylee Banks, So., Letcher Central, 16.5 ppg.

Sammi Sites, Jr., Johnson Central, 16.8 ppg.

Sarah Tackett, Sr., East Ridge, 13.1 ppg.


Trinity Rowe, 8th, Pikeville, 9.2 ppg. (Capt.)

Jerrica Thacker, Jr., Jenkins, 21.8 ppg.

Kristen Isaac, Sr., Martin County, 11 ppg.

Kelsey Jo Tackett, Sr., Pikeville, 10.2 ppg.

Tori Hampton, Sr., Shelby Valley,  8.3 ppg.

Cushi Fletcher, So., Belfry, 11.3 ppg.

Grace Martin, So., Floyd Central, 7 ppg.

Alyssa Newsom, Sr., Shelby Valley, 10.9 ppg.

Kelci Blair, Jr., Johnson Central, 13.3 ppg.

Alexis Ratliff, Sr., Lawrence County, 14.5 ppg.


Brooklynn Collins, Sr., Letcher Central, 11.8 ppg. (Capt.)

Alivia Gearheart, Sr., Pikeville, 8.3 ppg.            

Brooke Bates, Jr., Letcher Central, 10.4 ppg.

Kennedy Harvel, Fr., Floyd Central, 8.8 ppg.

Faith Lazar, So., Prestonsburg, 11.8 ppg.

Kyera Thornsbury, 8th, Belfry, 10.3 ppg.

Kylie Hall, So., Phelps, 9.8 ppg.

Bailey Birchfield, Sr., Pike Central, 9.2 ppg.

Emilea Preece, 8th, Paintsville, 12.1 ppg.

Madilyn Meade, So., Betsy Layne, 10.4 ppg.

Alison Campbell, Sr., Prestonsburg, 11.5 ppg.

Special honorable mention:

Cassidy Rowe, Zoee Johnson Shelby Valley; Lynndsey Cassell, Lakyn Porter, Martin County; Brook Stumbo, Jada Johnson, Kamryn Shannon, Floyd Central; Brooke Neal, Lawrence County; Chloe Smith, Kacie Dotson, Phelps; Chloe Neece, Pike County Central; Chloe Hannah, Paintsville; Alivia Slone, Celina Mullins, Prestonsburg; Alexia Wilkerson, Pikeville; Kyra Looney, Haley Parks, East Ridge; Katie Kidd, Alexandria Jarvis, Betsy Layne; Lindsey Rose, Kristin Thacker, Jenkins; Loren Boggs, Letcher Central; and Haley Barnet, Magoffin County.