Lady Wildcats lose three-sport athlete Butts to transfer
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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New Coach Amy Breckel’s job of rebuilding the Lady Wildcat basketball program just got tougher.

Samantha Butts, Trigg’s leading scorer last year, has enrolled at Calloway County High School. Samantha’s parents confirmed her enrollment at the school Monday.

Butts will be a freshman at the Murray school.

Her family will not make the move to Calloway County, according to her father, Steve Butts.

"It was a tough decision. One we didn’t make until late last week," Steve said.

Because she hasn’t played a varsity sport as a high school student, her transfer is not subject to approval by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

The door is open for Samantha to return to Trigg County and play sports and not sit out if she doesn’t play any fall sports at Calloway County.

However, The Murray Ledger and Times reported Friday that Calloway County Golf Coach Steve Smith, who formerly coached at Trigg County, was expecting Butts to be an integral piece to the Lady Laker team, he told the newspaper.

Samantha’s mother, Sharon, confirmed that Samantha was going to play golf for the Lady Lakers.

If Butts plays sports at Calloway County and does not move to Calloway County, she would have to sit out a full school year if she chose to return to Trigg County, according to KHSAA bylaws.

Butts has played on the Lady Wildcat varsity basketball team as a middle schooler for the past two seasons. She led Trigg County in scoring (14.8 ppg.) last year and was second in steals (69) and third in assists (40).

She also was among the team batting leaders on the Lady Wildcat softball team in her first season on the diamond. She now makes the move to a Lady Laker program that won the state softball title last year.

On the hardwood, Butts will be coached by former Trigg County basketball standout Scott Sivills, who guided Calloway to a 13-16 record last year. The Lady Lakers won the First Region title two years ago.

It’s the third time in a decade that a top girls’ player has transferred to a neighboring school and second time in as many seasons.

Ashley Guinn, Trigg’s leading scorer in 2002-03, transferred to Christian County before the start of last year but returned to Trigg County in October. She later quit the team in January.

Malissa Bush, now the head coach at Lyon County, averaged 15.4 points as a sophomore at Trigg County in 1994-95, but enrolled at Caldwell County before her junior season where she had a successful high school and college career.

Breckel, who took over the head coaching position when Wynn Harris resigned earlier this year, coached Butts and the other Lady Wildcats during summer workouts and camps and was expecting her to be the centerpiece of the offense.

Already facing the task of fielding a young team in 2004-05, Breckel’s job just got tougher although three starters do return this fall.
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