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Beth Wilkerson Hammond – Paris – Miss KY Basketball 1979



It was 40 years ago when Miss Kentucky Basketball 1979, Beth Wilkerson Hammond, was also recognized as a 1st team Parade All-American. She was selected by the state’s sportswriters as Kentucky’s Female Athlete of the Year, a member of the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Team, and a recipient of the national ‘Hertz #1 Award’. She scored over 1600 career points and was a member of the KHSAA State Tournament Teams of 1977, 1978, and 1979.

Wilkerson went on to play at Old Dominion University where she helped the Lady Monarchs win the 1980 AIAW national championship and made an appearance in the 1983 NCAA Final Four.