Wells headed to Vincennes JC

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By Josh Cook

Collins senior Aaliyah Wells has orally committed to play basketball for Vincennes (Ind.) University Junior College next season.

Wells, a senior forward, is averaging 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season for the Titans (11-11).

“I think it’ll be a perfect place for her,” Collins Coach Phillip Conder said. “If she goes in there and does her job she could possibly start right away.”

Wells has been a starter for the Titans since their first game (Dec. 3, 2010) and has more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, which goes back to when she played at Shelby County.

Wells plans to play two years for the Trailblazers, who are 8-14 so far this season, then said she hopes to transfer to a 4-year college.

“It’s right for me to start off there,” Wells said.


My 8th Region basketball rankings

Once again the top teams in my 8th Region basketball rankings remain unchanged, but there has been a little movement behind them.


1. Anderson County (15-2) – The Bearcats, who won, 77-72, at Gallatin County on Wednesday night, have a big weekend ahead. They play at Rockcastle County tonight before hosting South Oldham, in a makeup game, on Saturday. Next week Anderson plays at Henry County on Tuesday and at Owen County on Thursday.

2. Collins (14-7) – The Titans face two tough teams this weekend. They play at Oldham County tonight then host Eastern on Saturday. Next week Collins hosts Frankfort on Tuesday then plays at Woodford next Thursday.

3. Grant County (19-4) – The Braves, who have won six in a row, have two big home games this weekend. They host Carroll County tonight and Owen County on Saturday. Next week they play at Pendleton County on Tuesday and host Bellevue on Thursday.

4. South Oldham (15-5) – The Dragons, who beat rival North Oldham, 72-65, Tuesday, host Gallatin County tonight before playing at Anderson County on Saturday. Then they host Jeffersontown on Monday night.

5. Simon Kenton (15-6) – The Pioneers, who beat Owen County, 58-56, Tuesday, play at Cooper tonight before hosting Campbell County on Tuesday.


1. Anderson County (22-1) – The Bearcats, who won, 66-50, at Montgomery County on Tuesday, carry a 14-game winning streak into tonight’s game against Shelby County. They were supposed to play China Dow (one of the state’s top scorers) and Christian Academy on Saturday, but that game has been rescheduled to Thursday.

2. Simon Kenton (20-4) – The Pioneers, who beat Gallatin County, 64-47, Tuesday night to improve to 10-0 against 8th Region competition, play at Newport Central Catholic tonight and host Bishop Brossart on Saturday.

3. Walton-Verona (14-7) – The Bearcats, who have been without senior forward Courtney Sandlin, play Manual in the Louisville Invitational Tournament today.

4. Gallatin County (19-4) – The Wildcats have lost two in a row, but they were two tough ones. First they fell, 73-60, to Owensboro Catholic in the All “A” Classic semifinals on Saturday, then three days later they lost, 64-47, to Simon Kenton.

5. South Oldham (10-12) – The Dragons are probably the second-hottest team in the region right now (behind Anderson). Since their 1-11 start, they had won nine of 10 (their only setback in that span was a 62-39 loss at Anderson on Jan. 19) heading into Thursday night’s game at Meade County.


Looking ahead

  • The Collins boys’ basketball team (14-7) plays at Oldham County (17-7) at 7:30 tonight in rematch of last season’s 8th Region final, then hosts Louisville Eastern (10-11) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in its Homecoming, and as part of a girl-boy doubleheader. Next week the Titans host Frankfort (7-15) on Tuesday, play at Woodford County (14-9) on Thursday then host Harrison County (15-8) on Saturday.
  • The Shelby County boys’ basketball team (9-15) hosts Pendleton County (12-11) at 7:30 tonight. Next week the Rockets play at Spencer County (10-12, 0-2) in a 30th District game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The Collins girls’ basketball team (11-11, 2-3 in the 30th District) plays at Spencer County (10-13, 0-5) in a district game at 7:30 tonight, the hosts Louisville Eastern (16-7) at 6 p.m. Saturday. Next week the Titans play at Franklin County (19-6) on Monday before hosting Gallatin County (19-4) on Thursday and Bethlehem (4-12) on Saturday.
  • The Shelby County girls’ basketball team (13-11, 3-2) plays at Anderson County (22-1, 5-0), the No. 2 team in the state, at 7:30 tonight before playing at Western Hills (9-14) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Next week the Rockets play at North Oldham (6-15) Thursday before hosting Atherton (5-12) on Saturday.
  • The Collins and Shelby County swim teams compete in the Region 3 meet next Friday and Saturday at Russell County.