John Kennedy, Ripley High School’s head girls basketball coach, refers to Katlyn Sarver as “old school.”
She brings all the intangibles of players from yesteryear.
“She’s old school and there’s not many like her these days,” said Kennedy of his senior standout.
Sarver enjoyed a rock-solid senior season as a Lady Viking basketball player and in doing so earned Special Honorable Mention in last week’s Class AAA All-State balloting by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Kennedy praised the way Sarver went about her business.
“She gets that hard work, dedication, pursuit of excellence, individual accountability and being team-oriented from her parents (Jerry and Tammy),” Kennedy said.
Sarver averaged 14 points a game this past season for Ripley.
She nailed 70 shots from behind the 3-point line during the campaign.
At the free throw line, she connected on over 80 percent of her shots.
In a game with Shady Spring, she hit eight 3-pointers which was both a career-high and tied a school record.
Sarver led the team in blocked shots.
Sarver was Ripley’s Most Valuable Player this season in the FCA Shootout and also earned MVP honors at the George Thompson Memorial.
She was chosen to play in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis West Virginia-Ohio All-Star Classic in Parkersburg - an event up in the air at this time.
Kennedy says Sarver’s hard work went well beyond “getting shots up” as she tried to perfect her craft.
“She worked in the weight room, volunteered her time at every camp we had, gave back to the youth league when we put clinics on and most importantly she always stayed up on her classes at Ripley High School,” Kennedy said.
Sarver will graduate in the top 30 of Ripley High School’s Class of 2000.
“I hope our current players work like she did,” he said. “She leaves an amazing legacy behind for others to learn from. Katlyn has definitely left this program better for years to come. We will all miss her, but she’ll always be a part of our families.
“She’s a special young lady and she’s going to be successful in life after basketball.”
The Class AAA All-State First Team included George Washington’s Kalissa Lacy as the captain.
Lacy, a junior, was the lone underclassmen on the eight-member Dream Team.
The other first teamers are University’s Ashten Boggs, Parkersburg’s Bre Wilson and Aleea Crites, Greenbrier East’s Haley McClure, Beckley Woodrow Wilson’s Elizabeth Cadle, Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans and Shanley Woods of Wheeling Park.
Lacy was named the Mary Ostrowski Award winner for the 2019-20 season on Sunday by the WVSWA as the state’s top girls basketball player.