Kelbie Ford Helps Rowan County Win Pam Browning Classic

Written By JMF

The Rowan County Vikings ladies’ basketball program played in the Pam Browning Classic at Carroll County High School December 27-29. The Vikings would walk away as the tournament champions defeating Trimble County, Walton-Verona, and Shawe Memorial (Madison), Indiana.

The Vikings improved to 10-3 on the season and have now won 8 straight games. The Vikings easily took care of business in the opening game of the classic, defeating Trimble County 61-33. It would take overtime in the second semi-finals, but the Vikings would overcome Walton-Verona, 73-66. In the championship game, the Vikings defeated Shawe Memorial, 57-42.

Diamond Wills was named player of the game in the championship game finishing with 21 points and 5 rebounds.

Kelbie Ford was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Ford finished with 7 points, 4 steals, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in the first round game with Trimble County. Ford came out in the semi-finals and dropped 24 points, 7 steals, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. In the championship game, Ford finished with 8 points, 2 steals, 2 assists and 4 rebounds.

For the tournament, Ford averaged 13 points per game, 4.3 steals per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 3.7 rebounds per game. Oh, by the way, Ford is an 8th grader and is the younger sister of 2023 Miss Basketball and Donna Murphy Award recipient, Haven Ford. Everyone needs to keep an eye on her as she has a bright future in front of her. Being named MVP will be one of many awards Ford will receive during her high school basketball career.

The Rowan County Vikings are back in action, Jan. 2nd in the Kentucky 2A Championship Sectional Tournaments, when they face Mason County.

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