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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
It’s been nearly three seasons since Washington County native Brittany Edelen played for the Commanderettes, finishing her prep career as WC’s all-time leading scorer with 2,559 points. Now in her third year with the Kentucky Wildcats womens basketball team, Edelen is getting more playing time on the hardwood, due in part to some injuries.
“I’ve played in every game this season,” said Edelen. “Last year, I played in six games, had an injury and didn’t play very much after that.”
Edelen says it has taken some adjustment coming from high school ball to the college level.
“High school’s a lot different than college,” added Edelen. “At the high school level, I could get away with not handling the ball, but I have to handle the ball here. I’m working on it but it’s not at its best right now.”
The Wildcats recently traveled to Louisville to take on the No. 12 Lady Cardinals. Edelen played six minutes in the game, matching up against Louisville’s Angel McCoughtry, ranked as one of the best players in the country.
Through the first ten games of the season, Brittany has played in all ten and has started four times, averaging 12.7 minutes per game.
So far she is shooting 23.7 percent, going 12-for-44 from the floor, including one-for-10 from three-point range. She’s also two-for-seven from the free throw line, for a percentage of 28.6.
Brittany has 37 boards, 24 offensive and 13 defensive, along with five assists and eight turnovers.
Brittany wrapped up finals last week and is now spending a few days back in Springfield with family and friends for the holidays.
“I haven’t been home for a while.” added Brittany. “I’ll be home the 21st through the 26th.”
She is majoring in kinesiology and hopes to pursue massage therapy after graduation.
After the Christmas break, it’s back to school and back to the basketball court. Brittany thinks the Wildcats will do well the rest of the season.
“I think we’ll be alright,” Edelen said. “We just need to make a few adjustments. I think we’ll be OK. We need to play together as a team.”