The Trigg County basketball teams kicked off their 2018-2019 seasons this week.
On the boys side, Coach Payton Croft is looking forward to this season with his young program. "We look at how sour the season ended last year and we have to be in a revenge-type mindset and use that as motivation for this season."
Starters who are returning to the court are senior Kyron Grubbs and freshman Kendric Adams. Croft also looks for Jakobe Bridges and Trevor Cortner to step up this year and help the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will be playing in the Marshall County Hoopfest this year. The Hoopfest is considered to be the premier national basketball showcase in the nation.
"I was looking for an opportunity to take the team away from home and face some really tough competition to expose them to bigger games, bigger arenas, and tougher competition," Croft added.
The schedule for the Wildcats is tough with playing in tournaments in Marshall and Pinckneyville, Illinois. They also still have Hopkinsville and Christian County on the schedule.
Overall, Croft stated, "we have a young team and are looking forward to the season and how the players grow throughout the season with the types of games we are playing."
On the girls side, Coach Cory Coble is looking toward his seniors to help lead the team and be competitive in the district this year.
"We can be a contender to go to the regional tournament this year," he said.
Key returning players for the Lady Wildcats are seniors Bethany Stallons, Madison Simpson and Katelyn Sloane. Other key players are Adri Phillips and Rylee Bush. The Lady Wildcats are also a young team, but Coach Coble is very optimistic that the leadership for the seniors will help develop the younger players and help the team as a whole.
The toughest opponents for the Lady Wildcats are going to be Christian and Calloway counties this year.
When asked what he is looking forward to the most for the season, Coble stated, "Seeing the continuous growth of our young players and how they mesh with our senior leaders."
The Lady Wildcats will also be honoring the 2009 District Championship team on Friday, Dec. 7.