Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Updated: 3:02 PM
By David Green
Marshall County’s Hannah Langhi is the First Region nominee for 2017 Miss Kentucky Basketball.
One of four seniors on the 24-6 Lady Marshals squad, Langhi averaged 19.1 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior. She surpassed the 1,000 mark in both points and rebounds for her career.
Langhi is one of 16 nominees, one from each of Kentucky’s 16 regions of basketball competition.
She was a three-year starter and saw action in 37 games as a freshman on the Lady Marshals’ First Region championship team. She also starred four years in volleyball.
Going into this week’s Fourth District tournament, Langhi has scored 1,483 points, moving into sixth place on the all-time scoring list at Marshall County. She has 1,008 rebounds.
Marshall County has produced two Miss Basketball winners, Carol Parker in 1984 and Mary Taylor in 1987. Erin Boley of Elizabethtown was last year’s Miss Kentucky Basketball. She plays for Notre Dame.
The county also had a Mr. Basketball selection, Pat Doyle of the 1959 state champion North Marshall Jets.
Langhi, a 6-2 forward-center, is a second-generation basketball standout at MCHS. Her father, 6-11 Dan Langhi, was runner-up for the Mr. Basketball title in 1996. He is third on the Marshals’ leading scorers list with 1,721 points from 1993 to 1996.
Dan Langhi starred at Vanderbilt University and played professionally for 10 years, including four years in the NBA, before returning home to Marshall County, and is now head volleyball coach and an assistant to girls basketball head coach Joseph Simmons.
The candidates for 2017 Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball will be honored at an awards ceremony March 14 in the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom, adjacent to Rupp Arena.
The evening, highlighted by the naming of Mr. and Miss Basketball 2017 by former University of Kentucky Coach Joe B. Hall, will include a reception, silent auction, VIP dinner and the awards program.
All candidates will be presented with an award on stage during the ceremony.
The sixth annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony is a fundraiser for the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, which has sponsored the Mr. Basketball program since 1954 and the Miss Basketball program since 1976. The KLEF mission is to prevent and cure blindness.
Final balloting of coaches who are members of the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches, who selected the 16 boys and girls nominees, was scheduled for Friday.
Individual tickets to the awards ceremony may be purchased at $65 apiece by calling 502-583-0564 or by contacting Jennifer Hunt, KLEF communications coordinator at JenniferHunt@kylionseye.org.