With the season almost halfway over, girls basketball in the area has shown some promise. Teams have put on good performances at times, and nothing shows that more than ranking inside the top 20 in a statistical category. Inside the county, the Lady Jackets and Pineville’s Jill Enix have done just that.
Middlesboro Lady Jackets
One may be surprised to know that Middlesboro currently sits fifth in the state in 3-point field-goal percentage. The team is currently shooting at a 38.1 percent clip from long range.
The only teams that rank higher are Clay County (41.8), Bowling Green (39.8), Daviess County (38.5) and Grayson County (38.4). Of those four teams, only Daviess has a record below .500.
One player that has helped Middlesboro achieve that success is Baylie Brunsma. The senior forward has shot 35 percent from behind the arc. She has shot 46.8 percent from the field this season as well.
Jane Millett is second on the team in 3-point percentage. She has shot at a 28.6 percent clip from 3-point range. Hannah Warren was shooting 17.4 percent from three before she went down with a leg injury during the Chain Rock Classic.
As a whole, Middlesboro has garnered a 5-5 record this season. They return to action on Saturday when they play Pineville at 5:30 p.m.
Pineville has gotten off to a strong start during the first half of the season. They are 9-2 and currently hold the third best record in the 13th Region behind Harlan County and North Laurel.
The junior forward currently leads the Lady Lions offensively averaging 14.6 points per game while shooting at a 36 percent clip from the field. She has also hit 16 3-pointers this season while shooing 36.4 percent from long range.
With that said, Enix is leading the state in a non-scoring category. She currently is ranked as the 20th best rebounder in the state while tallying 10.9 boards per game.
Enix’s best rebounding game came on Dec. 9 against McCreary Central. During that game, she hauled in 20 rebounds.
Most recently, she averaged 10.6 rebounds during the Chain Rock Classic on Dec. 27-30 and 13 rebounds during the J. Frank White Classic on Dec. 15-19.
Pineville will return to action Saturday when they host Middlesboro at 5:30 p.m.
Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.