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A New Era Begins

Marcum, #21 Tigers Set for Regular Season Tip Off


Tiger Zach McGeorge grabs a hard fought rebound during Clay County's preseason scrimmage against Hazard.

First-year Head Coach Robert Marcum and his Clay County Tiger basketball team tip off the regular season Friday night, hosting Centennial High School to begin the Big Red Shoot-Out.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 December 2010 15:41

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Top 15 Showdown

#11 Lady Tigers Welcome #4 Scott County for Season Opener


Lady Tiger Senior Whitney Belle Jackson applies defensive pressure in the Lady Tigers' preseason victory over Ryle Saturday.

After an impressive win over #15 Ryle to end preseason play last Saturday, Coach James “Ivy” Burchell leads the #11 ranked Clay County Lady Tigers into a regular season showdown against #4 Scott County to open up the regular season Saturday night.

Scott County fell to Mercy in last season’s state championship game, and many expect the Lady Cardinals to possibly find their way back to EA Diddle Arena come March.

The defending 11th region champions, Scott County is picked to be one of the top teams in the state this season, and for good reason.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 November 2010 20:04

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A Learning Experience

Tigers Fall to L'ville Moore; End Preseason With Hazard

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Senior Tiger Matt Mitchell (Left) looks to penetrate past a Louisville Moore defender during the Tigers' opening scrimmage Friday.  (Right) JV Hooker attempts a steal.

Fans were treated to their first look at the Clay County Tiger basketball team, as the Tigers hosted Louisville Moore at ‘Spider’ Gymnasium this past Friday night in a preseason exhibition.

The scrimmage was contested through four 10-minute quarters, as the Tigers fell 71-62 to Louisville Moore.

“Our kids played hard,” said first year Head Coach Robert Marcum, “This was a good test against a very good basketball team.”

The visiting Mustangs dictated much of the pace of the game, forcing the Tigers to play faster, thus committing 16 turnovers for the game.

“To beat a good team like Louisville Moore, you not only have to play hard, but you have to play smart,” said Coach Marcum, “The main thing that hurt us was that we played their pace of game.  They dictated the flow of the game.  We need to be more patient and play our style.”

Offensively, the Tigers were led by Matthew Mitchell and Codi Roberts with 15 points apiece.

In his first basketball game in over a year, senior JV Hooker added 10 points.

“JV’s a big weapon for us,” said Coach Marcum, “And the kids are still getting used to him and vice-versa.  It will take a few more practices to get that chemistry.”

Allen Whitaker and Adam Gay each added seven points apiece, while Josh England recorded six points.

Zach McGeorge chipped in two additional points in the loss.

Despite the loss, Coach Marcum seemed pleased and optimistic about his team.

“This is what scrimmages are for,” stated Coach Marcum, “It showed some weaknesses we have, but they’re all fixable.  That’s the good part.”

But all was not negative, as Coach Marcum also mentioned some bright spots for the Tigers.

“I was pleased with how Codi (Roberts) and Allen (Whitaker) played,” said Coach Marcum, “Codi shot the ball pretty well, and Allen showed no fear.  Allen wasn’t intimidated by their height and athleticism.”

Coach Marcum was also pleased with his team’s aggressiveness.

“We did a good job of attacking the basket and drawing fouls, we just need to finish at the free-throw line.”

Despite the loss, Coach Marcum is confident his team will improve.

“All of our problems are fixable, that’s the encouraging part.  All of our kids played hard, but we just need to be more disciplined on offense.  We need to establish our identity.  We’ll take this game as a great learning experience and move on.”

The Tigers finish preseason play Wednesday night, hosting 14th region powerhouse Hazard.

Hazard is the preseason favorite to win the 14th region, as Coach Al Holland returns all but three of his team from last year’s 21-10 squad.

“It should be another good test for us against a solid ball club,” stated Coach Marcum.

“This is another good opportunity for us to fine tune our offense, and to try some new things defensively.”

After the large turnout the Tigers received at this past weekend’s scrimmage, Coach Marcum hopes this week’s game will host an even larger crowd.

“We need people to come out and watch us.  It should be a great game, and we’d love to see a good supporting crowd.”

Wednesday’s scrimmage will be the last chance fans will get to see the Tigers in action before tipping off the regular season December 3rd.

Wednesday’s preseason exhibition between the host Tigers and visiting Hazard is set for a 6:00 tip-off at Keith Gymnasium.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 14:00


All Tied Up

Lady Tigers Duel Sacred Heart to Tie; Ryle Up Next to End Preseason Play


Lady TIgers Whitney Belle Jackson and Sara Robinson jockey for position against Sacred Heart defenders during Clay County's preseason exhibition Saturday afternoon.

In a match up of preseason top-25 teams, Coach James “Ivy” Burchell’s 13th ranked Clay County Lady Tigers ended Saturday afternoon’s preseason exhibition in a 58-58 tie against preseason ranked #11 Sacred Heart.

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Arnett Named District Coach of the Year


CCHS TIger Football Head Coach Shannon Arnett, seen here with senior CJ Miller, was named Class 5A District 8 Coach of the Year.

After an impressive turn around from last season, Clay County High School football Head Coach Shannon Arnett was named Class 5A District 8 Coach of the Year this past week.

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