12 Conference Titles | Seven NCAA Tournament Appearances | Five All-Americans | Two Final Fours
Centre women’s basketball welcomes seven to the Colonel family
DANVILLE, Ky. – The Centre women's basketball coaching staff has announced the addition of seven newcomers to the 2018-19 roster.
Caroline Bennett, Presley Chirico, Hannah Jackson, Rachel Jennings, Mackenzie Marovich, Indira Peters and Josie Thacker are all set to join the Colonels for the upcoming season.
Below is a profile of each individual:
Caroline Bennett (Lexington, Ky. / Lafayette Generals)
This long-range shooter was a Louisville Courier Journal All-State Honorable Mention for 2018 as well as an All-City selection for Lexington. She is a 1,000-point scorer who was a three-time All-43rd District (2016, 2017, 2018) performer and two time All-11th Region (2017 & 2018) performer for the Generals while leading them to four consecutive 43rd District Championships.
Presley Chirico (Staffordsville, Ky. / Paintsville Tigers)
An athletic slasher with a scorer's mentality, the two-time All-15th Region Team member selection and two-time All-Area Team member led her Paintsville Lady Tigers to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Sweet Sixteen in the 2016-17 season. During that season, Presley and the Lady Tigers were the 57th District Champs, 15th Region Champs, and All "A" Regional Champs. Her play was recognized throughout the state as she was an All-State Honorable Mention, 15th Region Tournament MVP, and the 15th Region Player of the Year.
Hannah Jackson (Monticello, Ky. / Wayne County Cardinals)
A scoring point guard who spent her 2017-18 senior season rehabbing from an injury, Hannah was an All-12th Region Tournament Team selection in 2016 as well as an All-48th District Team member to go with being the Lady Cards' 3-point field goal percentage leader.
Rachel Jennings (Portland, Tenn. / Portland Panthers)
The scoring point guard for the Lady Panthers from the Volunteer State completed her senior season as an All-9AAA District selection and being named to the All-County Team for the second straight season.
Mackenzie "Mack" Marovich (Chesterton, Ind. / Marquette Catholic Blazers)
The "Ironwoman" sharp-shooting guard played in a record 107 varsity games throughout her career, starting 104 of them. Mack received the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, was a Region Strong Senior All-Star, a two-time All-Conference selection, and a two-time Blazer Award winner. She and her fellow Blazers have been extremely successful over the past four years, posting an 82-25 record, three Sectional championships, two undefeated Greater South Shore Conference championships, two Regional championships, a Semi-State championship in 2018, and the 2018 Indiana High Schools Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship.
Indira "Indy" Peters (Avon, Ind. / Plainfield Quakers)
The power forward from the Hoosier State garnered awards not only due to her on- court accomplishments but also in the classroom. Indy was an Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Large School Honorable Mention, Comeback Athlete of the Year Award winner, Mid-State All Conference, All-County Team, and Most Valuable Player for the Quakers. She also earned Academic All-State Honorable Mention, Mid-State Academic All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, a Jake Weber Attitude Award, and the Mental Attitude Award (2015-16 & 2017-18) honors. She was instrumental in leading the Quakers to two Hendricks County Championships (2015-16 & 2017-18), Conference and Sectional Championships in 2015-16.
Josie Thacker (Frankfort, Ky. / Franklin County Flyers)
Another long-range shooter who holds the state tournament records for 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers made in a single game of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association Sweet Sixteen. Josie was the Flyers' 2017 3-Point Percentage Award winner and Spark Plug Award winner. She finished up her high school career as the Flyers' 2018 Free Throw Percentage Award winner, an All-County selection, All-41st District performer, a member of the 2018 All-11th Region, and a four-time First Team KHSAA Academic All-State recipient. She and her Flyers teammates were four-time 41st District Champs (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), three-time 11th Region Champions (2015, 2016, 2017), and two-time KHSAA State Runners-up (2016 & 2017).