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GREENWOOD—Mikah Hemmings never entered the Knights of Columbus free-throw contest the first three years she was eligible for it. But her mom said she “made her” enter it this year.
It has paid off, as Sunday she became the age-14 girls state champion after previously winning the local, district and regional titles.
Hemmings, the leading scorer on Tell City’s eighth grade girls basketball team this season, hit 23 of 25 free throws Sunday to beat the other four regional champions for the state trophy.
She is believed to be the first Perry County girl to win a K of C state free-throw title. At least four Perry County boys—Rick Braun, Jeremy Hafele, Ritter Meyer and Pat Little—have been state champs.
Hemmings is now eligible for the international title as well. Her statistics in the free-throw contests to date—and those of champions from other states and countries— will be submitted to an international board to determine that champion.
Meyer won the age-14 boys international title in 1991 after hitting 24 of 25 in the state tourney.
Hemmings is the daughter of Scott and Charlene Hemmings of Tell City.