Dawson Springs to host Wildcats in season opener Monday
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Nov 23, 2004 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County will open the 2004-05 boys’ basketball season Monday night at Dawson Springs amid high expectations.

The Wildcats are coming off a 20-11 season that saw them finish within one game of claiming both the All-A Second Region and Fifth District titles last year.

Trigg returns three starters from last year’s team and adds a highly-touted transfer.

Junior guard Jeremy Jones, who led the Wildcats in scoring (17.5) and assists (5.6) last year, returns.

He will be joined by double-digit scorer Jamaal Boyd (12.3 ppg.) and guard Devin Tejada (4.4 ppg., 3.8 apg.).

Also joining the mix is 6-6 sophomore Russell Mackins, who averaged 6.8 points as a freshman at Cairo, Illinois last year.

"We should be ready for Monday, but I’ll know more after out scrimmages this week," said Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler. "We’ve still got a lot of things to work on, and we haven’t put in a bunch of stuff yet."

Chumbler’s roster was bolstered last week with the addition of several football players who came out for the team after Trigg County’s second round playoff loss to Owensboro Catholic.

"The football players have come in and worked hard, especially their first couple of days. They were wanting to outdo the players that were already there," Chumbler said.

One noticeable absence for the Wildcats will be in the middle where 6-7 senior Kenny Ray Turner has opted not to play basketball this year.

Turner, who has committed to play football at the University of Kentucky next year, said he has not qualified academically to enter college and wants to focus on preparing for his next rounds of entrance exams.

"I’ve had some teachers say they will help me after school work toward getting me ready for the test, and I need to focus on that," he said.

Turner averaged 16 points and 9.4 rebounds a game last year, topping 1,000 career points in his final game.

Turner also wants to use the time to get stronger in the weight room. He said currently bench presses 260 pounds and can squat 400 pounds, but wants to improve to a 300 pound bench and 500 pound squat.

On the court, the Wildcats will face a Dawson Springs team that returns just two starters from last year’s 5-19 team.

6-2 junior Derek Scott averaged 17.4 points and six rebounds a game last year, including a 13 ppg. average in two games against the Wildcats last year.

Trigg beat the Panthers 58-43 in Cadiz and 53-40 in Dawson Springs later in the year. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 45-25 and have won eight straight games against the Panthers dating back to 2000.
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