Another great Lady Bobcat/
Bobcat season comes to an end
One of the best basketball seasons ever for Pickett County is now over but next season looks to be just as promising.
The Lady Bobcats of course with their 30-3 record, third straight
trip to the state tournament and super individual performances by each Lady Bobcat, gave the loyal Lady Bobcat fans another season to remember.
Losing senior Abbi Buck, who set the school 3-point record this
season, will be tough. Kassidy Geesling, her steals, blocked shots,
rebounds and many key baskets will be equally missed. But, this is always a part of high school basketball and their contributions will long be remembered! Thank you Abbi and Kassidy!
But next year the Lady Bobcats may just be the favorites to win
it all. Many fans, and most Lady Bobcat fans, believe that they may have been the best team this year, and if not for a slow first half against the eventual champion South Greene at the state tournament, would have been state champions this year. They certainly outplayed the Lady Rebels in the 2nd half and outscored them 38-31.
Returning will be starter Courtney Pritchett, District
Tournament MVP and region Tournament MVP, and could be a Miss Basketball candidate next year. Gracie Martin, district defensive player of the year, who could be counted on to score 3’s and key baskets as well, will also be a top player again. Savannah Hammock, who also was on all tournament teams, was a key rebounder, often was high scorer and was also a great defensive player. Sophomore Aaliyah Brown returns and while she wasn’t a starter, played extensive time in each game and often was top scorer including her impressive 23 points at the state tournament. She will also be one of the best in the district next year.
Talented underclass members Elly Smith, Haley Burton, Emma
Zachary and Tyra Johnson saw plenty of action, coming in to rest
starters and to protect Lady Bobcat leads. They usually saw playing time against opponents starters and played evenly with them if not better!
Add to this talent pool will be an outstanding group of
freshmen, who were 2-time state champions as 7/8 team members. Also,
some of these freshmen were on the National Championship 7th Grade AAU team.
Gone will be South Greene to AA, along with many private schools who will move to Division II, Watertown to AA, Marion County to AA.
Next year will see an easier region group. But, the Sub-State will no longer be easy as it has been vs. Chattanooga’s weak team.
The teams who may be in the region from the other district: District 5: Ivy Academy (Soddy-Daisy, TN), Richard Hardy Memorial School (South Pittsburg, TN), South Pittsburg High School (South Pittsburg, TN), Van Buren Co. High School (Spencer, TN) and Whitwell High School (Whitwell, TN). None are expected to be up to 7A strength next year.
The teams who may be in the Sub-State include: District 7: Dayspring Academy (White House, TN), Grace Christian Academy - Franklin (Franklin, TN), KIPP Nashville Collegiate School (Nashville, TN), LEAD Academy (Nashville, TN), Merrol Hyde Magnet School
(Hendersonville, TN), Republic High School (Nashville, TN), STEM Prep Academy (Nashville, TN) District 8: Cascade High School (Wartrace, TN), Cornersville High School (Cornersville, TN), Eagleville High School (Eagleville, TN), Fayetteville High School (Fayetteville, TN), Huntland High School (Huntland, TN), Moore Co. High School (Lynchburg, TN). Only Huntland and Morre County are expected to be strong, but both were top 10 teams this year.
The Lady Bobcats should be the pick to win the district, the tournaments and head back to the state for the 4th straight year!
And of course our Coach Brent Smith is a key to our girls’ success. He was Coach of the Year for the 4th straight time and led the Lady Bobcats to their third straight state tournament!
The Bobcats also had a great season unexpectedly going to the Sub-State, coming in 2nd in the district regular season, and 2nd in the district and region tournaments.
The Bobcats lose Jake Smith to graduation. Jake came off the
bench often to grab key rebounds, made important steals and key baskets and will be missed. Thank you Jake for your contributions.
Back are all the starters including top scorer Dawson Abbott who
will be one of the top players in the district once again. His three
pointers always bring a roar from the Bobcat fans, but he also has many rebounds a game plus steals. Brian Gibson will again be a key with his rebounding, blocked shots and his scoring will be a key next season. Very impressive was Bryson Yorke who saw little playing time a year ago but started this year and was an all tournament pick in the playoffs. With a year’s experience under his belt, there is no telling how great his season will be next year. Clay Smith saw many starts and his 3-point shooting and steals were an important part of Bobcat play. Another outstanding season was Trent Young’s, now a starter, with his ball handling, 3 pointers and defensive play helping the Bobcats to their big season. Talented freshman Parker Gore showed a great deal of potential and will only be an even stronger player next year.
The talented bench included Will Garrett, Evan Caudle, Luke Smith and Cole Sells, all played an important role in this year’s success and can look forward to increased playing time next year.
Impressive was Coach Amonett’s season leading the Bobcats to a second place finish in the district, district and region tournaments and to the first Pickett County boys’ Sub-State since 2007 against CSAS.
The Bobcats should be the pick to win the district next year and battle it out with Monterey and Van Buren County for the region title. Another Sub-State game and possible state tournament ticket are very good possibilities as well!
Have a great spring, summer and fall…tip-off is less than 8