For two years, Destiny Thomas was McCracken County's rival, while playing at Paducah Tilghman.

Now, Thomas has a new jersey -- a maroon one -- and is set to have a big year.

She's not the only member of her family who came across town, either. Rod Thomas, who was 55-33 in four seasons coaching Tilghman's boys and 105-25 in five seasons coaching Tilghman's girls, joined Lady Mustangs skipper Scott Sivills' staff as an assistant.

Destiny's addition bolsters an already-talented team, with returners Caroline Sivills (Scott's daughter) as well as Abby Ellington and Shymiya Daye making up four of the five projected starters.

The fifth is a newcomer. Luci "LuLu" Lerho is a foreign-exchange student from Belgium and is set to be McCracken's point guard, replacing Meagan Hayden (Spalding University) who graduated in the spring.

"The biggest question we have in the off-season is who will step up and give us that scoring punch consistently every night," Sivills, the coach, said. "We feel like three or four players could really help us score when we need a bucket. We have some other kids who can score six to eight points every night.

"The other biggest test for us is finding that chemistry and finding that right group in certain situations. Can everyone play their role and be happy? This is my first year at McCracken where we have a lot of girls that could play a major role in us winning. How they handle their roles will depend how we finish in March."

The rotation off the bench, which Sivills said could change from game to game, includes a pair of players who started in stretches the last two seasons.

Seniors Mary Beavers, Marlee Morehead, Ashton Rudy, Bethany Russell and Jade Tinin and eighth-grader Claire Johnson are all expected to contribute.

"Each one of these girls can play a major impact for our team this year," Sivills said. "All of these girls have the intangibles to really provide something off the bench. Each of these kids could be seen starting sometime during the year.

"I really think Destiny Thomas is ready for a breakout year. She is someone who can give us 15-18 points per game, but she can also score in so many other ways. I think Abby Ellington is also ready for a huge year. She is coming off a nagging wrist injury, but she has shown glimpses in practice of putting up points."

The Lady Mustangs, who won 18 games a season ago, host Community Christian on Dec. 5 to start the season.

Lady Tornado still looking to compete without best player

Paducah Tilghman will be without its best player from a season ago.

The Lady Tornado do, however, return five players who have seen extensive playing time.

Diamond Gray and Eleese Anderson lead a group that won 16 games in 2018-19, before bowing out of the First Region tournament in the first round with a loss to Carlisle County.

Gray averaged 10.9 points a game, while Anderson notched 6.8 points a night for Tilghman and skipper Stephen Dreher.

"Everyone knows what the biggest challenge is with us losing an almost 20 (point)/10 (rebound)/6 (assist) eighth-grader, two-year starter who also led us in shot blocking, steals and (three-pointers)," Dreher said. "To make that loss much more damaging, she went to our archrival (and) district foe, McCracken. They already had a very strong team returning and added a very talented guard from Belgium as well, making our run at the title infinitely more difficult. Despite that, I really like my team. We had a successful summer and have some other players eager to fill part of the big shoes who left."

St. Mary, CCA regrouping in '19-20

St. Mary, which won 10 games last season, and Community Christian, which won two, are both hoping to improve this year.

The Lady Vikings have two seniors, Chiara Doran and Rebecca Dixon, listed on their roster, as well as Lillian Brown and freshman cross-country phenom Kaitlynn Burrus.

Doran paced St. Mary last year with 14 points a game, while her older sister Brianna Doran, then a senior, notched 10.

Alaya Murphy, a senior this year, paced CCA with 16.7 points a game last season.

McCracken County

Nickname: Lady Mustangs

Coach: Scott Sivills

2018-19 record: 18-14

Key losses: Meagan Hayden

Potential starters: Abby Ellington, Caroline Sivills, Shymiya Daye, Destiny Thomas, Luci Lerho

Outlook: "We want to defend our hold on the Second District championship. We want to win more games (than any Lady Mustangs team) in school history. We want to be a contender to win the First Region championship this year." -- Scott Sivills

Paducah Tilghman

Nickname: Lady Tornado

Coach: Stephen Dreher

2018-19 record: 16-15

Key losses: Destiny Thomas

Potential starters: TBD

Outlook: "We would like to lead the region in scoring, while still being considered the best defensive team also. We would like to win the district and at least one game in the regional tournament." -- Dreher

St. Mary

Nickname: Lady Vikings

Coach: Gwen Duncan

2018-19 record: 10-20

Key losses: Brianna Doran

Potential starters: TBD

Outlook: N/A

Community Christian

Nickname: Lady Warriors

Coach: Todd Carter

2018-19 record: 2-20

Key losses: None

Potential starters: TBD

Outlook: N/A

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