Johnson Takes Girls' Reins at Bowling Green

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

There's an age old question that reads: "Who says you can't go home?"

For Lavonda Johnson, the answer's apparently "no one." Sort of.

The former Warren East Lady Raider and WKU Lady Topper's back in Bowling Green, but not at either alma mater - she's the new girls basketball coach at Bowling Green High School.

A press conference announcing the move was held Monday.

Johnson brings experience to her new post, having coached at Glasgow the past five seasons (the last two as head coach). She led the Lady Scotties to the 15th District championship and a regional semifinal berth a season ago after Glasgow was picked near the bottom of the Fourth Region.

Johnson's playing credentials are more extensive. As a prep, she helped Warren East to three 14th District titles and two Fourth Region championships while earning 1997 Fourth Region player-of-the-year honors. At WKU, she was part of NCAA Tournament teams in 1998 and 2000.

Her task at Bowling Green is no small one - she takes over a program that's complied a 24-58 record the past three seasons and hasn't won a district game since defeating Warren East in the 14th District semifinals March 4, 2004. The Lady Purples have never won a Fourth Region title.

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