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July 16, 2019 — Your national scoring champion

In Kentucky, there’s usually two sides in every sports story. And those two sides usually surround the state’s two largest cities: Louisville (which is about 600,000) and Lexington (about 300,000).

But unlike the rivalry in men’s basketball between the two major Division I universities, the world of girls’ high-school lacrosse in the Bluegrass State is at a much lower intensity.

Louisville’s lacrosse culture has been fed mainly by the 18 programs in and around the metropolis. Many of the schools have been amongst the best in the country in field hockey, girls’ volleyball, and girls’ soccer in the last two decades. And since 2001, the teams in the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League have used many of those athletes and have developed into leaders of the game in the mid-South.

The other dozen or so teams in the state, clustered around Lexington, are in the Commonwealth League. Many of these teams did not exist in 2001, the first year the KSLL had its first title game. The Commonwealth League is very much in the shadows of their more experienced counterparts to the west, and, because of that, there’s not much interconference play.

That may change, in part because of the attacking heroics of junior Brittany Sherrod. She is your national scoring champion for 2019, scoring 158 goals and leading a phalanx of six other players nationwide who cracked the Top 12 performances of all time.

“Well, we are going to scrimmage (Louisville teams) next year, but there’s not going to be a merger next year,” Sherrod says.

If there’s one thing that marked Sherrod’s performance in 2019, it was not just her scoring, but the efficiency thereof. She was credited with an unreal percentage of 76 percent from the field as an attacker, plus she was a draw specialist.

“I actually started playing with the boys,” Sherrod said. “At first (in fourth grade) I was scared because the boys’ stick was so much easier to throw and catch with it. But once I transferred over, it was easy. It’s all about soft hands, hand-eye coordination, and all that other stuff.”

But the experience playing with the third-grade boys gave her a different mindset, one which she’s carried through to this day. She made not only all-state, but was invited to the Under Armour All-America games for underclasswomen.

“It helped me with being aggressive, and playing defense, because you’re always fighting for the ball,” Sherrod says.

During the 2019 season, Woodford County had a marvelous run of form, winning all 24 games — and winning them comfortably. The Yellow Jackets 10-goalled their first nine opponents, then won games against out-of-state foes from Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia on the way to their second straight Commonwealth postseason championship.

“It was very important for me to share the ball,” Sherrod said. “We wouldn’t have won as many games like we did without us playing as a team.”

Sherrod is heading to Division I Gardner-Webb in the fall of 2020 at a crucial time for lacrosse not only in the South, but at the school. Gardner-Webb had almost as many wins in 2019 (six) than it did in its first five years of existence (eight).

“I always want to get better each year; we need to have goals,” she says.

Sherrod’s total joins a number of top performances from the recent past:

2019: Brittany Sherrod, Versailles Woodford County (Ky.) 158
2018: Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.), 147
2017: Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.), 160
2016: Bridget Ruskey, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.), 135
2015: Sophia Turchetta, Harvard Bromfield (Mass.), 158
2014: Sophia Turchetta, Harvard Bromfield (Mass.), 170
2013: Daniela McMahon, Saddle River Country Day School (N.J.), 143
2012: Emma Lazaroff, Lafayette Centaurus (Colo.), 143
2011: Alex Moore, Allentown (N.J.), 148
2010: Autumn MacMillin, Tecumseh (Mich.), 157
2009: Katie Ferris, Carthage (N.Y.), 138
2008: Courtney Miller, Chappaqua Horace Greeley (N.Y.) 125
2007: Mallori Selliger, Clarkstown (N.Y.) North, 88
2006: Shannon Smith, West Babylon (N.Y.) 129

 

 

 

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