Fans hopeful that South Central Kentucky's most productive high school player this decade would stay close to home will get their wish - she just won't stay as close as some might like.
Warren East junior Ashley Rainey won't become a Western Kentucky University Lady Topper, instead committing Wednesday night to play collegiately at the University of Louisville for former WKU assistant Jeff Walz.
According to Warren East coach Angie Anderson, Rainey ultimately chose the Lady Cards over WKU and Vanderbilt.
The commitment represents huge news for Louisville's program, which now can boast four members of The Courier-Journal 2008 Kentucky all-State team: Rainey; Owensboro's Janae Howard; Fern Creek's Monique Reid; and Henry Clay's Gwen Rucker.
Rainey is approaching 2,300 points and 1,100 rebounds for her career at East, in which she's lead the Lady Raiders to three Fourth Region tournaments. She's on pace to break Jamie Britt's school career scoring record (2,600 points) and has a chance to become the 18th 3,000 point scorer in Kentucky girls history. Only Warren Central's SeSe Helm (1995-2000) has reached that plateau among 14th District girls players.
Rainey averaged 27.8 points and 10.9 rebounds last season.