By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – McCreary Central is scheduled to meet Pineville in the Lady Cards Panorama at South Laurel High School on Saturday. Tip-off for the McCreary Central-Pineville girls’ basketball scrimmage is set for 11 a.m.. McCreary Central and Pineville junior varsity teams will play before the two schools’ varsity squads square off.
The South Laurel-hosted panorama will feature six games. Along with McCreary Central, Pineville and host South Laurel, Harlan County, Southwestern and Casey County girls’ basketball teams will compete in the Lady Cards Panorama.
Under the direction of new head coach Larry Anderson, McCreary Central defeated Lynn Camp 58-32 during its first scrimmage of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 4.
McCreary Central is ranked 10th in The Cats’ Pause 2017-18 Kentucky Basketball Yearbook’s Preseason 12th Region Girls’ Basketball Rankings.
The Lady Raiders are listed behind West Jessamine (9), Wayne County (8), Danville (7), Somerset (6), Boyle County (5), Casey County (4), Southwestern (3), Lincoln County (2) and top-ranked Mercer County (1).
Preseason 12th Region favorite Mercer County is the reigning state champion and features University of Louisville commit and Miss Basketball frontrunner Seygan Robins, a 5-7 guard.
McCreary Central County competes with Southwestern and Wayne County in the 48th District. The Lady Raiders exited the 2016-17 season with a 7-24 record but several talented McCreary Central girls’ basketball players are due on the floor for the upcoming campaign. Four starters are back for McCreary Central as senior Lauren Phillips, junior Macey Welchel, sophomore Allyson Anderson and freshman Elizabeth Anderson return.
Allyson Anderson paced the Lady Raiders throughout the 2016-17 season, averaging 16.8 points per game.
Elizabeth Anderson averaged 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Lady Raiders one season ago.
McCreary Central’s 2016-17 season ended with a loss to Wayne County in the semifinals of the 48th District Girls’ Basketball Tournament at Southwestern.
The Lady Raiders are slated to visit Russell County for a season opener on November 28.