Tates Creek transfer cleared to play

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By Jesse Osbourne

One day after they were given the nod as the number one ranked team in the state in The Lexington Herald Leader preseason poll, the Marion County High School girl's basketball team added yet another piece to their championship hopeful puzzle.

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association ruled Jasmine Franklin, a 6-foot senior, eligible to play for the Lady Knights on Tuesday of last week. Franklin played center last season as a junior at Tates Creek High School where she averaged nearly nine rebounds a game.

Tates Creek beat the Lady Knights 60-49 last year in the Lady Admirals Tournament at Danville High School. Franklin scored 14 points and snagged 12 rebounds in that game.

"It gives us some size and a little more experience, another athletic body, a rebounder. She's exactly what we need," Lady Knights Head Coach Trent Milby said. "It makes us a better team. Anytime you can add height and rebounding to a team it's got to make you better."

Franklin was cleared Tuesday afternoon and reported to her first practice on Wednesday of last week. 

Despite just joining the team, Milby said Franklin is projected to be a starter when the season tips off on Dec. 5 against Clay County. He said his plan is to put Franklin at the five spot and move freshman Kyvin Goodin-Rogers over to the four spot.

"I just throw 'em in the fire. It's about February or March anyway," Milby said about Franklin's playing time.

As of now, Milby said his starting lineup will include freshman Makayla Epps, junior Brooke Roberts, sophomore Bre Elder, Goodin-Rogers and Franklin.

According to Marion County High School assistant principal and athletic director Stacey Hall, Franklin was enrolled at Marion County High School after her father, David Cornelison, was hired as a special education teacher Aug. 4, one day prior to the opening day for schools in Marion County. Hall said a special education position became open July 31, the Friday before opening day.

Hall added that three people were interviewed for the position and that Cornelison was the candidate that impressed the council the most.