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Kennedy Brown of Derby tabbed Sports in Kansas 6A POY

Kennedy Brown of Derby is the back-to-back 6A Player of the Year. (Jill Deines Images)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Mar 18, 2019

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2019 6A Sports in Kansas Girls Player of the Year

Kennedy Brown, Derby, Sr.    

The 6-foot-6 Brown, an Oregon State signee, is the first McDonald’s All-American girls’ basketball player from a KSHSAA-affiliated school. She repeated as Class 6A Player of the Year and was also Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year. For the second consecutive year Brown has been named the 6A Player of the Year from Sports in Kansas. 

Brown was the Panthers’ only player to average double figures with 17.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and four blocks a contest. Brown also showcased excellent outside shooting with 17 of 44 (39 percent) from long range. Derby was second in 6A when Brown was a sophomore, won the title last season and was third year with a lone state semifinals loss to Washburn Rural. The defeat ended a 45-game winning streak, and Derby finished the season 23-1.

Brown teamed with a talented group, including her best friend, point guard Tor’e Alford, for the best run in Panther girls’ basketball history. Alford has signed with Missouri State. Derby averaged 1.04 points per possession and allowed just .54 points per possession, both elite rates. The Panthers had turnovers on just 17 percent of possessions and Brown’s ability delivered a block rate of 10.3 percent – basically unheard of in recent Kansas history.


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Sports in Kansas 6A Player of the Year Finalists

Kennedy Brown, Derby

Carly Bachelor, Washburn Rural

Sarah Beth Gueldner, Olathe Northwest

Nijaree Cannady, Topeka

Dani Winslow, Olathe South

Claire Kaifes, Mill Valley

Chloe Kuckelman, BV North

Makenna Winemiller, Olathe East

Eylia Love, Olathe North