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All-star status

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By John Shindlebower

Kenisha Marshall ended her Spencer County High School basketball career back in March after she helped lead the Lady Bears to their first regional tournament in several years. But for the six-foot standout center, it was not the last time she’d represent her school on the basketball court.

Marshall was one of only 32 players from across the state invited to participate in the Kentucky All-Star tryouts, vying for one of 12 spots for the squad that annually takes on the all-stars from Indiana.

“This is quite possibly the biggest honor that anyone in Spencer County basketball history has ever received,” said Lady Bears Coach Daniel Cox, who traveled to watch the tryouts.

Cox said Marshall competed well against the state’s best players, and was one of only two players from the 8th region invited to the tryout. The other, Chelsea Tolliver of Simon Kenton, who earlier was voted the region player of the year, did make the squad.

“Kenisha played wonderful against the best competition the state has to offer,” said Cox, suggesting that her best basketball may be yet to come.

Marshall ended her Lady Bear career with well over a thousand points, and is among the program’s leaders in rebounds as well. She helped provide a consistent offensive threat for the Lady Bears over four years that allowed the program to bounce back from a low point a couple of years ago, to compile two straight winning records and their first district tournament victory in many years.