After 280 days away from the
court, the Lady Patriot and Patriot basketball teams tip off the 2017-18
basketball season Tuesday, November 28, at South Warren. The opening games will
be followed by road action this weekend prior to the season’s home-opener
against Barren County on Tuesday, December 5.
The Patriots (10-19 last year) open the new year under the direction of new coach Nick Chaykowsky. The 30-year coaching veteran will take to the court with four seniors leading the way---Marcus Carter, Sean Carter, Sam Clarke, and Phillip Kinslow.
Carter averaged nine points
and seven rebounds last year. The 6’4” forward shot over 50% from the floor,
led or shared rebounding honors 17 times, and was a starter 27 times. Clarke
started five times and averaged 4.7 points per game. Sean Carter and Kinslow
are essentially new to the varsity line-up.
The Patriots return juniors
Brett Rippy, Cayden Ross, Bryce Carter, Camden Carver, Jacob Lightfoot, and
Chase Ward. Rippy averaged 12.7 points and 2.5 assists last year while Ross
contributed five points and 1.4 rebounds.
AC-S opens Tuesday against a
South Warren squad that posted a 6-24 record in coach Nelson Cundiff’s first
season at the Bowling Green school. The Spartans roster includes five seniors
and six juniors.
Friday, the Patriots will be
on the road at Russellville. The Panthers were 22-12 last season, losing to
Bowling Green in the finals of the Region 4 tournament. Russellville will be
led by first year coach Rex Booth.
“We must play great team
defense and team rebound,” explained coach Nick Chaykowsky when asked the keys
to a successful first week. “We must also play half-court offense that is team
strong and takes high percentage shots. We must also limit our team turnovers.”
The Lady Patriots---under 11th
year coach Brad Bonds—will look to start the season strong. AC-S will face two
of the region’s top three teams in the first eight days of the season---South
Warren and Barren County.
AC-S (14-16) returns the nucleus of last year’s team. Five seniors----Bailee
Alderson, Baylea Cook, Sydney Day, Kali Mutter, and KaeLee Stafford---will
serve as the team’s leaders. Juniors Sarah Sutton, Mason Towery, and Jaylee
Woods will offer scoring, rebounding, and depth to the line-up.
Sutton led the team last year
in scoring and rebounding---averaging 17.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. Towery
added 13.7 points and six rebounds. Sutton starts the season ranked as the
fourth best player in the region in a pair of preseason rankings while Towery
is rated as high as seventh in preseason ratings.
The Lady Patriots open against
South Warren (22-9). The Lady Spartans are led by University of Tampa signee
Amaya Lasley. The shooting guard averaged 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds as a
junior. South Warren starts the season
regarded at the team to beat in Region 4 this season in both The Cats Pause magazine and The
Courier-Journal’s pre-season coaches poll.
“We must play solid defense by
rebounding, closing off driving gaps, and defending the perimeter,” noted
coach Brad Bonds. “South Warren is a really explosive offense and we must do
our part defensively by making it as hard as possible on them.
Offensively we must value the basketball by limiting our turnovers
against pressure and making shots."
Saturday, the Lady Patriots will
step outside Region 4 play with a game against Central Hardin at the Corky Cox
Showcase at LaRue County. The Lady Bruins will be looking to build upon last
season’s 14-14 record.
The opening week for the Lady
Patriots and Patriots will conclude with a District 15 match-up against rival Barren
The Trojanettes enter the
2017-18 year looking to improve upon last season’s 20-13 campaign---a season in
which Barren County reached the Region 4 tournament for the first time since
2009. Barren County and AC-S split regular season games last season.
“We are not going to define
our district play and the rest of our season on our first game, however, it is
extremely important that we come ready to play and defend our home court,”
coach Bonds added. “Obviously being 1-0 in district is a lot better than being
0-1 in a very competitive district as the 15th."
The Trojans (17-16) feature on
the region’s best player in Jared Coomer, who scored 15.5 points and grabbed
5.2 rebounds last year. The Patriots dropped both regular season games to the
Trojans last season.
The Lady Patriots open the
44th season of girls basketball with an overall record of 790-429. Ten wins
will enable AC-S to reach the 800-win mark, thus becoming the sixth girls
program in the state to achieve the milestone.
The Patriots open the 44th
season of Allen County-Scottsville basketball with a record of 594-596---six wins
shy of the 600-win mark.