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She is the only female basketball player in Owen County history to accomplish such an impressive feat.
Kaylan Richardson scored 1,122 points as a Lady Rebel. That is good for fifth on the all-time scoring list. She then when to Alice Lloyd College where she scored 1,097 points making her the first, and to this point only, player in Lady Rebels’ history to score over 1,000 points in her college career.
Richardson began her career as an eighth-grader in 2001 and in her first season was part of the group that won the Eighth Region All “A” Classic. She said that during her first year she learned a great deal from Jaclyn Minch who took her under her wing and helped her adjust to high-school basketball.
“She encouraged me,” Richardson said.
For the next three years, Richardson did whatever head coach Delmas Castle asked her to do. Whether it was handle the basketball or score, Richardson was happy to do it. While she was having individual success so was the team. Owen County won three more Eighth Region All “A” Classics.
Following her junior year, the Lady Rebels were depleted by graduation and not much was expected heading into the year. The team however managed to have a winning record, sending both herself and Castle out on a winning note. Castle retired following Richardson’s senior year.
Richardson still has a lot of respect for her former coach.
“He was more than just a coach. We always wanted to make him proud,” Richardson said.
Castle, whom Richardson credits for getting her ready for college basketball, said he would often come to her games at Alice Lloyd. She said no other girls on the team had their high-school coaches come and watch them play.
“He’s been great,” Richardson said.
At Alice Lloyd, Richardson said she had one job.
“I was the shooter in college,” Richardson said.
She performed her job well. She once made nine 3- pointers in a game, and made 240 during her career at the school.
In her senior year, she averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists a game and finished among the conference leaders in several categories.
While scoring her 1,097 points, she also helped lead Alice Lloyd to two appearances in the KIAC Championship Game. Twice she was an All KIAC Conference selection and was runner-up for conference player of the year her senior year.
She graduated from Alice Lloyd with a business degree in 2009.
Richardson is the older sister of another Lady Rebel basketball player, Rianna Gayheart. She said her advice to her sibling is to enjoy high school and take in everything.
“I am very proud of her,” Richardson said.
Richardson is the daughter of Rhonda Gayheart. She has an older sister, Shanna Marsh, who has a 13-month-old son, Mason.
Richardson is currently working in Ed Bourne’s office in Owenton. Richardson says she loves working in the legal field and is even being encouraged to go to law school. She says she may do just that next fall.