2009-10 Commanderette season marked by individual highlights

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Sports Writer

While the 2009-10 Commanderettes’ season ended with a first-round district tournament loss to Bardstown, there were still a few bright spots on the 7-16 season.

Senior Pooh Railey and Morgan Burton both recorded their 500th career point during the year.

Freshman Kenya Turner set a new single-game rebound record, pulling down a total of 29 boards against Boyle County on Dec. 7. That broke the previous mark of 25 set by Patrice Keene.

The Commanderettes had four players who scored at least 200 points on the season. Sophomore Shay Yocum edged out her teammates to lead WC scoring with 224 points this year. Burton followed with 218, while Turner had 207 and Railey finished with 202.

As a team, the Commanderettes scored 1,082 points this season while giving up 1,242. Given the close outcome of some of the games, the Commanderettes’ record could have easily been even at the end, a fact that is not lost on head coach Bernard Smalley.

“There were four games that we lost by three points or less,” said Smalley. “Those were winable games, and we could have easily been a .500 team this year. We were 5-4 at home and our road record wasn’t very good (2-12). We knew coming into the season that we were going to have trouble scoring.”

Perhaps the most positive thing for the Commanderettes this past season was that several young, talented players got a lot of minutes. That experience will only enhance the team’s chances next year.

“Next year, Shay and Kenya are going to be two starters who are coming back, and we’ll build on that,” Smalley added. “Ange (Umulisa) also showed a lot of improvement. She went toe-to-toe with (Bardstown junior forward Daizah) Kimberland in the district game. Our biggest problem next year is going to be finding a guard. I don’t want to play Shay at the point all the time, so someone needs to step up. Inside, we’ll be fine, but right now we’ll need a point guard - badly.”