The Manchester Enterprise: High School Local Sports

Bend But Don't Break

Tigers Hang On for One-Point Win Over Boyle County

Danville – Down one with 7.4 seconds left in the game, Clay County junior Kody Reed received an inbounds pass and hit a shot off the glass with 4.9 seconds remaining against host Boyle County.

Following Reed’s bucket, the ensuing shot from Boyle County rimmed out, giving the Tigers the one-point victory in their first road game of the season.

Both teams went back and forth throughout the entire game, with neither team gaining an edge.

Junior Stephon Lyttle’s bucket to end the third quarter gave the Tigers a two-point lead, 30-28.

Lyttle followed with the first bucket of the fourth to give Clay County a four-point edge.

After both teams traded buckets, senior Zach McGeroge put the Tigers up five with just over 4 minutes remaining.

Boyle County cut the lead to one with just over two minutes to play following two free-throws, but McGeorge scored his 14th point of the game to put the Tigers back up three with two mintues to play.

But two straight Tiger turnovers led to Boyle County taking the lead after a three-pointer with 26.4 seconds remaining, giving the host Rebels a 43-42 lead.

The Tigers ate a bit more clock before calling a timeout with 7.4 seconds left, which was just enough time for Reed to burst open under the bucket for a game-winning shot off the glass.

Reed and McGeorge led the Tigers with 14 points apiece.  Lyttle added eight points, while senior Zac Kemp finished with five.  Junior Steven Wagers netted three points in the win.

The win improves the Tigers to 6-0 on the year, while Boyle County falls to 1-3.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 03:37


School of Hard Knox

Clay Set to Host Knox Central for Girl/Boy Doubleheader


Lady Tiger senior Alisha Mitchell is fouled hard during Monday's game against Knott County Central.

Both Clay County High School basketball teams will be in action Friday night, hosting Knox Central for this season’s first, and only, girl-boy doubleheader of the season.

Beginning at 6, Coach James “Ivy” Burchell’s Clay County Lady Tigers look to extend their 47-game winning streak against regional opponents intact against Coach Darren Mills’ Knox Central Lady Panthers.

The Lady Panthers are 3-2 on the year, coming off a two-point loss to Pulaski County in their last game.

Junior guard Jenna Mills is averaging 19 points per game for Knox Central, while fellow junior Cassi Shippy averages just over 10 points per game.

“I look for Knox to be a solid team,” said Coach Burchell, “They have Shakira Gregory to go alongside Mills, and both of them were all-region players last season.  It should be a good game.”

The Lady Panthers went 13-15 last season, ending the year as 51st district champions before falling to Middlesboro in the first round of the 13th region tournament.

In their last meeting in 2009, the Lady Tigers defeated Knox Central 67-20.

The nightcap of Friday night’s festivities pit Coach Robert Marcum’s Tigers against Coach Brian Evans’ Panthers.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 03:36

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Second Half Turnaround

After Sluggish Start, Lady Tigers Cruise to Beat Knott Central


Lady Tiger reserve TaLaura Mathis looks for a passing lane during Monday night's win over Knott County Central.

Manchester – For the second straight game, the #10 ranked Clay County Lady Tigers trailed at the end of the first quarter, falling behind by one-point to visiting Knott County Central Monday night.

But the Lady Tigers turned a 32-27 halftime lead into a 34-point victory, outscoring the visiting Lady Patriots 44-15 in the second half for a 76-42 win.

“Overall, I was pleased,” said Lady Tiger Head Coach James “Ivy” Burchell, “We got significant contributions from a lot of kids.  The game was close for the first half, but Knott County is a talented team.”

Both teams went back and forth through the first two quarters, as the Lady Patriots were able to knock down some early outside shots to stay within reach of the state’s tenth ranked team.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 03:35

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Tigers Keep Rolling

Kemp Named ‘Classic’ Player of Game as Clay Cruises by Leslie Co.


The Clay County Tigers easily defeated border-rival Leslie County Saturday night to capture the Bobby Keith Classic.


Tiger Senior Zac Kemp was named the Bobby Keith Classic Player of the Game following his 16-point performance.

Manchester – Coach Robert Marcum’s Clay County Tiger basketball team continued their winning ways, easily winning over Leslie County Saturday night in the nightcap of the Bobby Keith Classic.

Clay County controlled the game from the get-go, jumping out to a 23-10 lead at the end of the first half.

The offensive onslaught continued in the remaining quarters, as Coach Marcum emptied his bench Saturday night en route to a 92-58 victory.

The win moves the Tigers to 5-0 on the year, as Clay County has defeated their opponents by an average of 26 points per contest.

“We’ve started out on the right path,” said Coach Marcum, “Now it’s time to stay on the path and continue to improve each game we play.”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 03:33

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Tigers Tame 'Hounds

Clay Wins Third Straight, W’Burg/Leslie/Boyle Up Next


Senior Zach McGeorge goes up for two of his eight points during Tuesday's win over Corbin.

Manchester – With just :15 remaining Tuesday night and holding a three-point lead, tenacious defense by Tigers Zac Kemp and Steven Wagers forced Corbin’s Travis Smith to miss a potential game-tying three-pointer, as Clay County held off visiting rival Corbin 61-58.

“Corbin’s been a longtime rival of ours going all the way back to the 80s,” said Tiger Head Coach Robert Marcum, “And just like past games, this was a dog fight, and we were able to come out on top.”

The inexperienced Tigers faced a lot of adversity in Tuesday’s game, trailing by as many as 10 to begin the first quarter.

But the Tigers rallied back, cutting the lead to one in the second quarter.  The ‘Hounds, however, kept Clay at bay, leading 33-26 at the half.

“I was disappointed,” said Coach Marcum of his team’s play in the first half, “We let them come in on our floor and out work us.  That’s our trademark, playing hard, and we weren’t doing that.”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 05:02

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