After a couple lack luster years in Paintsville for the “Lady” Tiger Girls Basketball program, it seems like Head Coach Les Trimble has his mojo back. It wasn’t that the Tigers teams wasn’t competing, they had solid squads but just wasn’t the fun exciting style of play Tiger fans had become accustomed too with Les Trimble at the helm.
The previous two seasons Paintsville averaged 48 points a game, this season the “Lady” Tigers are scoring 53 points per contest. Much like Les Trimble’s previous teams, this years basketball team is built on defense, but he also has a couple players that can score 20 a game if needed. Right now Paintsville is setting at 5-2 on the season with a couple impressive wins, their two losses came to Grant County & Danville, two programs that have a combined 16-3 record.
The “Lady” Tigers have a inside-out duo as good as any in the Mountains, Emi Preece & Kylie Kinner are both next level talents who are top five prospects in their respective classes. Kylie Kinner leads the Tigers in scoring with 17 points a game, she helps out on the glass with a 6 rebound game average. Kinner is also shooting a whopping 42% from the three-point line, while draining 75% of her free-throws.
The “Lady” Tigers “Big Dawg” down low Emi Preece is averaging a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double, shooting over 80% from the free-throw line. Paintsville also has other key contributors that all play a big part in the “Lady” Tigers recent success, Camryn Helton is averaging 6 points, 6 rebounds, Kali Mulcahy is scoring 6 points as well, while Emma Keeton is also netting a bucket or two a game. A few games back guard KK Vannoy was ruled eligible for the Tigers and she has helped out tremendously with defense on the perimeter, while averaging nearly 10 points a game.
Les Trimble is one of the most respected coaches in the 15th Region, his teams always compete on the defensive side but now he has some firepower to go with that defensive pressure. If you’re a Paintsville Girls Basketball fan, we highly suggest you get out and watch this group of girls, they will return back to action after Christmas break, in the “City Between the Lakes” Classic when they host Fleming County.