By Rick Teverbaugh
The Herald Bulletin
FRANKTON, Ind. —
Statistics do lie, no matter what that old adage may say.
But they don’t always lie. Frankton senior Kelsey Key is a perfect example.
In her prep finale she led the state in scoring, averaging 32.9 points per game. She didn’t get that title by a narrow margin as the No. 2 on that list, Jill Morrison from Winchester, scored over 100 fewer points over the same number of games.
Key also didn’t win her second straight Herald Bulletin Girls Basketball Player of the Year by a narrow margin either.
The rest of her stats support that she can do more than score. In addition to her 59 percent field goal percentage and 81 percent free throw sniping, she also averaged eight rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 blocks per contest.
“She improved in just about every way she could have improved,” said Frankton coach Dean Riddle. “She improved as a passer, a rebounder, a free throw shooter and she developed a better understanding of what is a good shot versus a bad shot. She helped turn a 10-win team into an 18-win team.”
Key would have enjoyed playing beyond the sectional championship game this season, but it was still a year of many highlights.
“We accomplished a lot of goals we had set,” said Key. “I am proud of what we did. We fought to the end even though we were undersized against almost everyone. My individual goals came as part of the team.”
During the season she became Frankton’s all-time career scorer and not just for girls basketball players. She had 789 points this season to finish her career with 1,881. She is having trouble coming to grips with the fact that the prep run has been completed.
“It is a terrible feeling to know that I will never play in high school again,” said Key. “But I will have all of those memories forever. Being the career scoring leader isn’t something I ever set out to do.”
But she may still have a chance to play with some of the state’s best high school players. She is under consideration for a spot on the Indiana All-Star Team.
“I would be awfully disappointed if she’s not given that opportunity,” said Riddle. “She scored against everyone, no matter how good the team. She did it in the confines of the offense. She scores 40 points (in a game) so easily.”
She will attend Northern Kentucky for her next basketball experience. Some things will change and some will remain the same.
“My role will definitely change,” said Key. “But they will still need me to score. I want to outwork everyone. At least I won’t see so many crazy defenses.”
At least not until she drops a 40-point night on someone.