Lady Bobcats’ wrap-up
The Lady Bobcats celebrated their best season since the 2008-2009 team went to the state tournament after beating Jackson County and Chattanooga Arts & Sciences in the substate.
This year's Lady Bobcats secured third place in the state's toughest district during the regular season. Their only single A regular season losses were to state bound Clarkrange and Jackson Co. They had a regular season record of 19-7 and 20-9 overall. They finished third in the district tournament and won the consolation game over Clay Co. to advance to the first round of the region where they lost a close game to Watertown. In addition, Coach Brent Smith was named Coach of the Year.
They will be losing long time starter Brinna Bowman and starter Tori Rigney, as well as senior Alisha Beaty. These seniors will be greatly missed.
But returning will be the core of their line up with 7A first team member Jayna Ferrell, plus starters Adriana Thurman, Tristan McClellan, Alahna Bilbrey and Abbi Buck. Chelsea Mabe and Kassidy Geesling saw a lot of playing time this season and were very impressive. Freshman Sadie Taylor and a talented group of eighth graders will help the team. The 7/8th grade team record was an excellent 18-7 this season.
The Lady Bobcats were managed by Elizabeth Norris, Sarah Jo Pendagrass and Courtney Neal.
Clarkrange returns Brittany Cooper, Cheyenne Shaver, Kara Meadows, Lexi Smith, Faith Van Ruden and Brittany Edwards and will not only be favored to win the district, but the state championship. Jackson Co. loses Miss Basketball Jaycee Coe and Katie Hall. They return Kassidy Allen, Claudia Warden and Cameron Sherrel. Clay County loses Ashley Owens, Olivia Copeland, Kolana Meadows, and Ruby Richards and returns Kennedy Smith. Monterey loses most of their starters.
The Lady Bobcats are certain to challenge Jackson County and will give Clarkrange all they can handle next year. A return to the state tournament is a very reasonable goal for the Lady Bobcats for 2014-2015!
Bobcats’ season ends
The Bobcats met private school and state ranked #1 Goodpasture in the semi-finals of the region tournament, and after a tremendous first half by the Bobcats, fell in the final quarter to the Cougars 90-58.
The game was much closer than the final score would indicate as the Bobcats trailed Goodpasture by just 2 points with about a minute to go in the half.
As a private school, their enrollment is multiplied by 1.6, so that their official enrollment is 536, far larger than any single A school.
A large turnout of Bobcat fans and the Pickett County cheerleaders were in Livingston to boost the Bobcats. The Bobcats scored first over the 28-1 Cougars. Goodpasture came back with a three pointer and then took a 5-2 lead. But Kyle Hughes hit one of his six threes on the night to tie the game and the Bobcat fans, that greatly outnumbered the Cougar fans were on their feet. A Cougar three was off and John Michael Ferrell was fouled and gave the Bobcats a 6-5 lead. Goodpasture then went ahead 11-6, but Kyle's three cut it to 11-9. Goodpasture then went on an 8-1 run to take the lead at 19-10 until Kyle and John Michael each scored to end the quarter at 20-14.
The second quarter started with two free throws by Ferrell cut it to four, Goodpasture turned the ball over with Wyatt Bouldin scoring to make it 20-18. Goodpasture scored on a three pointer with John Michael coming back to score making it 23-20. A Goodpasture three pointer was matched by Kyle making it 26-23. Then Cougars missed their next three point attempt and Taylor Edwards was soon fouled. His two free throws made it a one point game at 26-25. With 2:31 to go Goodpasture was up by 4 but a shot by Wyatt was good with about a minute to go making it 31-29. Goodpasture then scored, a Bobcat shot missed its mark and the Cougars scored to end the half at 35-29. No single A school had played them this close all season and Goodpasture was ahead by an average of 24 points at the half in these games.
The second half started with a bad pass for the Bobcats and Goodpasture converted it for a three pointer. They were up 40-31 when Kyle hit a three and then Peyton Garrett drove in for a score making it a 4 point game. A couple missed calls and a couple poor passes were all the Cougars needed as they shot 75% in the quarter and took a 60-45 lead at the end of three. The final quarter was all Cougars as they hit three threes, and went 15-18 on free throws while the Bobcats three point shooting went cold and they had to foul the Cougars to try to get the ball. The game ended 90-58 with the Cougars still putting up threes with under a minute to go and a 29 point lead.
While the loss was a tough one, the Bobcats played an exceptional game against Goodpasture and overall had an outstanding season finishing at 21-10.
In the region final Clarkrange stayed close for a quarter but was down by 15 at the half in a 75-55 loss. Goodpasture hosts Sale Creek 18-12 in their substate game while Clarkrange travels to Boyd Buckanan 27-3.
Scoring: Bouldin 6, Edwards 6, Ferrell 7, Garrett 11, K. Hughes 24, B. Hughes 2, Parris 2
Boys' basketball season wrap-up
A very successful basketball season has come to an end for the Bobcats which included a third place finish in the regular district season, a second place finish in the district tournament and reaching the second round of the region tournament. In addition Kyle Hughes was named to the All Region Team.
The Bobcats will lose heavily to graduation this year with starters Tanner Rich, Kyle Hughes, Peyton Garrett, Taylor Edwards and Wyatt Bouldin all graduating. They also lose seniors Ethan Beechboard who was injured much of the season and Isiah Alfaro.
But the future remains bright for the Bobcats. Returning is starter, and perhaps next season's top player in the district, John Michael Ferrell, who was also an All District First Team selection. Joining him will be Blake Hughes, David Parris, Dalton Gore and Ben Neal who saw plenty of playing time.
Also returning are Weston Gray, Jake Smith, Dakota Tompkins, and Jared Conner.
Also, the Bobcats were managed by MacKenzie Allen, Katelyn Beaty, Bethany Owen, Kaylee Mitchell, Daniel Upchurch, Kord Blackmon and Dylan Hill.
In addition to the returning players from this year's team, the Bobcats will be joined by several very talented members of the TNT State Champion 7/8th Grade team, which went 27-1 this season.
While the team will not be as experienced as this year's team, it will be another talented Bobcats team.
Monterey returns Jared Phillips, Cody Dove and Austin early. Clarkrange returns starters Landon Baldwin, Ronnie Siems, Cody Hall and Logan Beaty as well as Hunter Crouch. They most likely will be picked to repeat as district champions. Monterey returns Jared Phillips, Cody Dove and Austin Early. Jackson Co. returns Conner Hall. Clay Co. returns Taylor Brown, Tyreke Key, and John Tanner Dodson.