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Travis Perry Reaches New Milestone, Surpassing 5,000 Career Points

Nick Roushby:Nick Roush01/28/24


Lyon County star Travis Perry continues scoring points and doing things never before in Kentucky high school basketball.

On Saturday at Corbin Arena the future Wildcat became the first player in Kentucky boys high school basketball history to tally 5,000 career points. He did it with a contested left-handed leaner to tie the ballgame with under a minute to play in the semifinals of the All A Classic.

Perry finished the night with 22 points, but he did not leave Corbin Arena with a win.

Newport senior DeShaun Jackson sank a floater with 2.6 seconds remaining to upset the top-ranked team in the state. Perry got in one last heave from half-court, but it was off the mark. Newport prevailed 50-48. The defending Ninth Region Champs eliminated Evangel in overtime 69-62 to clinch the All A State Championship.

It’s just the second loss of the season for Lyon County. The Lyons from Western Kentucky had not lost to a team from the Commonwealth until they made the trip to the All A Classic.

Despite being from opposite corners of the state, Newport and Lyon County are developing a rivalry. You may recall that Perry surpassed King Kelly Coleman’s all-time scoring mark last year in the Sweet 16. You probably did not remember that Newport was on the losing end of that game at Rupp Arena. Perry made history against Newport once again, but this time the Wildcats from Northern Kentucky got the last laugh.

Travis Perry is the first male to score 5,000 points in Kentucky high school basketball, but he’s not entirely alone. Whitney Creech from Jenkins tallied 5,527 points in her illustrious career that concluded in 2016. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, catching Creech may be out of the question for Perry, unless Lyon County makes its deepest Sweet 16 run to date. We’re about a month away from postseason play in Kentucky high school basketball.

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