Trimble County’s Paige Black (above) and Carroll County’s Dallas Gibson (below) lead the Courierarea girls and boys scoring, respectively, through the midway point of the 2012-13 basketball season. (Courier file photos)
Trimble County’s Paige Black (above) and Carroll County’s Dallas Gibson (below) lead the Courierarea girls and boys scoring, respectively, through the midway point of the 2012-13 basketball season. (Courier file photos)
A pair of Kentucky high schoolers currently leads the Courierarea in scoring as the second half of the basketball season gets under way.

Carroll County's Dallas Gibson, a 6-foot-4 senior forward/center, leads the boys scoring list at an even 20 points per game while Trimble County's 5-foot-11 junior guard Paige Black paces the girls at 14.1 points per game.

Gibson, who is averaging nearly double digits in rebounds as well, as been one of the area's most impressive players through the first half of the season.

Gibson's game-high of 32 points came in a game in which he also had 13 rebounds - a 79-46 win over Williamstown on Dec. 3.

A pair of Southwestern Rebels trail right behind Gibson in scoring. Seniors Gunnar Henry (17.8) and Darius Whitson-Spegal (15.0) are second and third, respectively.

Switzerland County's Chase Ritch, who hit a school-record nine 3-pointers in a game earlier this season, is fourth at 14.1 and Shawe's Luke Higgins has authored the highest single-game performance in the area thus far, a 34-point night in a loss to Southwestern, is fifth at 13.9.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are: Austin Clark, Switzerland County, 13.3; Landon Perry, Madison, 13.3; Joey Mingione, Shawe, 13.1; Robbie Brooks, Trimble County, 12.6; and Ethan Merrill, Trimble County, 12.0.

There are currently 16 players averaging at least 10 points per game, the highest total at this point in the season in a decade. Trimble currently has four players averaging in double-figures with Michael Dunaway (11.3) and Evan Long (10.1) joining Brooks and Merrill.

Madison, Shawe and Trimble County each have four players among the top 20, tied for tops among area teams. Madison has two other players in double figures besides Perry with Ryan Thurston and Matt Woolard both at 10.6.

Along with leading the area in scoring among girls, Black also has the highest single-game with 28 points. Madison's Olivia Crozier is second at 12.9 points per game.

Switzerland County's Eve Galbreath is third at 11.9, Trimble County's Chloe Griffith is fourth at 11.0 and Madison's Whitney Wynn is fifth at 10.3.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are: Hannah Cain, Madison, 9.7; Taylor Grote, Shawe, 9.5; Morgan Mahoney, Southwestern, 8.5; Cheyenne McKinley, Southwestern, 8.0; and Debbie Hardy, Southwestern, 7.7.

Two players most likely would be in the top 10 if not for injuries that limited both to just three games this season. Southwestern senior Sydnie McKinley sits at 13.7 points per game but suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the second week of the season. Switzerland County senior Emily White averaged 8.7 points over three games before having ankle surgery.

Madison, which is 10-1 and ranked fifth in Class 3A, has five girls among the top 20 in the area and a sixth just on the outside. Besides Crozier, Wynn and Cain, Macky Hecox is 10th at 7.7 and Alex Thurnall is 18th at 6.5. Cadie Povaleri is 21st at 6.2 points per game - just one-tenth of a point out of the top 20.

All stats are based upon the latest information received by The Madison Courier. In some cases, games have not been included because they were not reported to the newspaper.

Nearly every local team will be back in action this weekend. Today, Carroll County's boys play in the LaRue County (Ky.) Tournament, Carroll County's girls and Switzerland County's girls will play in the North American Stainless Classic in Carrollton, Trimble County's girls are in the Herrington Lake Classic in Burgin, Ky., and Trimble County's boys will be in the Silver Grove (Ky.) Tournament.

On Friday, Southwestern's boys play in the Union County Tournament, a tourney that was postponed from Thursday, Southwestern's girls open the Rumble on the River Classic at home, Shawe's boys face Princeton in the Evansville Bosse Classic, and Madison's boys play a regular-season game at Salem.

Switzerland boys return to action on Wednesday when they face South Dearborn in the Rivertown Classic in Aurora, Madison's girls host New Albany on Jan. 3 and Shawe's girls travel to Rock Creek on Jan. 3.