Jenkins has a population just over 2,000 – you could guess not much goes on in that tiny town. They aren’t short of entertainment, though, they have Whitney Creech, an 18 year old girl who has mastered the marriage of the roundball to the rim. She has been raised in a gym; her career began in Pee-Wee hoops and from then on she always played up. From 3rd grade on she was on the middle school roster and from 5th grade forward, the High School Varsity roster. She’s currently averaging 50.3 points per game and has busted the state scoring record, formerly held by Jaime (Walz) Richey, at the seams. As of today, she has an outstanding 5,476 career points, more than any Kentucky High School Basketball player in history, male or female. Whitney sits in her very own club as the only player in KHSAA history to score over 5,000 points.
One could look at those numbers alone and assume Whitney was spending all of her time shooting… but that’s not the case. Creech is an absolute rebounding machine; she has 1,422 career rebounds and counting, with a season average of 14.3 per game.
This is the first time in her career that Jenkins has made it to the regional tournament and Whitney intends to go out with a bang. After Friday’s Semifinal win, Creech and the Lady Cavs are staring down the neck of a very winnable Regional Championship game. I asked her what her Basketball Bucket List was — her answer? Win region.
Creech remains humble throughout the process. When asked if breaking scoring records were part of her career goals, Whitney responded “To be honest, it wasn’t. I really never heard about the record until I scored my 4,000. Then everybody was telling me I might have a shot at breaking it.” Creech has tried to shake off most of the attention she’s been getting from the media, “I’m just incredibly blessed to be in the position I’m in. Right now I’m just trying to focus on my team and winning the region so I’m trying my best not to pay attention to social media and all the pressure.”
And Whitney is far from finished: “I’m just really looking forward to the journey God has in front of me. Really blessed to be going to WKU who has a great staff and players. I think the most exciting thing about my future is I haven’t reached my full potential yet. I can get better as a player and a person.” When asked if she would be disappointed if she wasn’t given the nod for Miss Basketball – “Not at all. My goal this whole season has been to get my team to the state tournament. The only way I’ll be disappointed this season is if my team doesn’t accomplish this.”
The Jenkins Lady Cavaliers face Leslie County in the 14th Region Championship tonight at 7:00pm Eastern Time at Powell Co High School in Stanton, KY. Win or lose, this one is worth getting out to.
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