Polly Harrington

Assistant Coach
2nd Season

Former Johnson County player Polly Harrington will begin her second season as a college basketball assistant coach.

In her first year on staff last season, Johnson County finished 25-8 and ranked 11th in the final NJCAA D-II Poll, however the team’s string of 30-win seasons was snapped at eight. The team also tied for second in the conference and reached the Region VI championship game, falling to No. 3 ranked Highland. Four different players earned postseason recognition. Tristen McFeders, Cerena Reeves and Kylee Williams were selected all conference, and McFeders was voted the defensive player of the year. McFeders and Reeves also were All-Region VI picks, along with Paige Elston.

Harrington played for Lady Cavaliers head coach Ben Conrad one season in 2011-12 after playing her freshman season at the University of Louisville. She averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, while helping Johnson County to a 32-3 record, an East Jayhawk Conference title with a perfect 18-0 mark, a region/district title and an Elite Eight finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Harrington was also selected All-East Jayhawk Conference and All-Region VI first-team. She shot .796 at the free throw line and .495 from the field, ranking 19th and 40th in the NJCAA.

Harrington, who began her collegiate career playing in 16 games at the University of Louisville, went on to be a two-year starter at the University of South Dakota. In her junior season, Harrington finished with an average of 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. She produced five double-doubles, 22 double-digit scoring games and six double-digit rebounding games. Her senior season, Harrington was the Summit League Tournament MVP after averaging 15.7 points, 6.3 rebounds in three USD wins.  For the season, she averaged 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and had 23 double-digit scoring games. She was the Summit’s third most accurate shooter (.555) and sixth-most accurate free throw shooter (.838, and earned second-team All-Summit League honors.

Harrington was a standout player at Hickman Mills High School in Kansas City, Mo., where she averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and five assists per game during her senior year. She was a two-time all-state, two-time all-metro and three-time all-conference selection at Hickman Mills.