South Laurel's Big Three

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

Sydnie Hall (left), Amerah Steele (top), and Ally Collett (bottom) look to lead the Cardinals to a 13th Region Championship.

When two-time state champion Chris Souder took over the South Laurel girls' basketball program, it was clear the Cardinals were in good hands. Not only did he inherit a 26-win team, but also a trio of highly talented juniors - Ally Collett, Sydnie Hall, and Amerah Steele. Now heading into their final season, South Laurel's big three are looking to propel their team to the KHSAA Sweet 16.

In five years as a Varsity athlete, Collett has accumulated 2,188 points, making her South Laurel's all time scoring leader. She also holds the title as the school's assist leader with over 500. Collett committed to Western Kentucky at the start of her junior year, stating that, "the rich tradition and amazing coaching staff really stood out to me and made me feel super at home." She was also drawn to the campus's size and distance from home. "It was an overall perfect fit."

Hall has poured in 1,657 points during her Varsity career, including a total of 236 3-pointers. Though uncommitted, she has received offers from Pikeville, and most recently, Lindsey Wilson. Hall states that she's "looking for a family where I can get a quality education along with valuable life experiences. I am a team first player, and I want to go where the program is the focus."

Another five year Varsity player for the Cardinals, Steele has scored 1,744 points over the course of her career. In that time, she's also grabbed 412 rebounds. Despite a change in Eastern Kentucky's coaching staff, Steele decided to remain committed to the Colonels. "Even through the coaching change, I was confident in my decision because of my favorite verse Jeremiah 29:11. I’m stoked to be a future colonel and play under Coach Williams and her staff!"

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