Posted On: 11/15/19 8:00 AM
While one of the fundamentals of the game, free-throw shooting is often a sign of maturity among basketball players. While natural skill is certainly involved, it is as much about practice and discipline, things younger players do not always possess. This makes it even more impressive that some of the top foul shooters in Kentucky last season are still underclassmen. The upcoming sophomore and freshmen who have already dedicated themselves to mastering this crucial part of the game deserve to be highlighted in their own right.
Hailee Valentine, North Laurel- Aside from her incredible free-throw shooting, Valentine has shown incredible maturity on the court by being entrusted as a ball-handler for her team as a freshman last season. She converted her foul shots at an 82.7% clip, one of the top percentages in the state regardless of position. She will look to improve on the 91 free throws she attempted last season as she is entrusted with even more responsibility moving forward.
Allie Stone, West Carter- Already an adept scorer at multiple levels, it is no surprise that Stone has converted well from the charity stripe thus far in her high school career. She shot a great 82.3% on a solid 158