Friday, January 13, 2017

Crittenden sweeps Trigg County at Rocket Arena

Coach Hodge and players react to a late shot against Trigg.
Crittenden County beat Trigg County 48-42 in a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback Friday at Rocket Arena as the two Rocket seniors helped CCHS take control in the final period.

Crittenden led by seven in the third quarter, but trailed by nine early in the fourth.

Bobby Stephens and Will Tolley scored eight points apiece in the final period for Crittenden (5-10, 2-2). Stephens knocked down a three-pointer from top of the key with about a minute to go to break a tie game. Shortly thereafter, Tolley collected a loose ball in Trigg's front court and raced to the opposite end for a layup that sealed the deal.

Stephens scored 17 and Tolley finished with 14. Trigg's Devron Triplet had 17, too, but that was three below his average and Coach Denis Hodge was pleased with the way his boys defended the Trigg sharpshooter. The Wildcats fall to 5-9 overall and they are winless in league play after winning the last two Fifth District championships.

"Our guard play out front was great. We didn't allow Triplet to get too many catches and when he did have the ball we did a good job of keeping two guys in front of him," Hodge said.

The Lady Rockets played extremely well in a 51-27 victory over the Lady Wildcats (4-9). Coach Shannon Hodge said at times, her girls played some of their best ball of the season. The Lady Rockets improved to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in district play.

"We looked really strong at times out there," Hodge said.

Kiana Nesbitt and Mauri Collins led the team with 10 points apiece.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Girls' makeup game at Lyon County

The Lady Rocket basketball team will make up a Fifth District game against Lyon County on Monday, January 30.

It will be a JV and Varsity doubleheader at Lyon County. The game was postponed earlier in January because of snow.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Moss can eclipse coach Friday night

Cassidy Moss can outdo her coach Friday night with 18 points at Lyon County.

Moss, who averages just over 18 points per game, can move into second place on the Lady Rocket all-time scoring list, bumping her skipper, Shannon (Collins) Hodge, to third.

Hodge, who graduated in 1985, has been the basketball program's No. 2 scorer since she finished playing high school ball with 1,534 points. Hodge went on to become an NAIA All American at Centre College.

Jeanne Hinchee, who played from 1973 to 1978, scored 1,628 points during her career and is the Lady Rockets' all-time scoring leader at this time. Moss needs just 112 to eclipse that longtime scoring record.

244 Senior Season (13 games)
485 Junior Season
348 Sophomore Season
280 Freshman Season
160 Eight Grade Season

1,517 Moss Total Points to Date

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Crittenden splits with Hopkins Central at Marion

The Lady Rockets won for the 10th time this season, beating Hopkins Central by 11 points Tuesday while the Rockets lost by 20 to the Storm.

Cassidy Moss scored 21 points and moved to within 112 points of becoming the all-time leading scorer in CCHS girls' history.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Moss signs with Brescia University Bearcats

Joining the two-sport scholarship signing last week were (front from left) CCHS basketball coach Shannon Hodge, mother Christy Moss, signee Cassidy Moss, father Ronnie Moss, (back) CCHS Principal Curtis Brown, Kentucky Rage travel softball team coach Ed Ward, Brescia basketball coach Michael Gray, Brescia softball coach Traci Smith, sister Khyla Moss and sister Chandler Moss.
FOR CASSIDY MOSS, THE CAREER HIGHLIGHT REEL is fairly lengthy, but the Crittenden County High School senior says signing with Brescia University in Owensboro is a top-shelf milestone.

Moss, 17, was surrounded by family, friends and coaches in mid December 2016 when she agreed to play basketball and softball at Brescia in return for a college education. She wants to become a dentist and says sports will help her achieve that career goal.

Brescia is a Catholic, liberal arts four-year university and the softball and basketball teams compete in the NAIA River States Conference.

Eleven-year Lady Bearcats softball coach Traci Smith says Moss will immediately be an impact player. She projects Moss as a pitcher and infielder.

As a junior at Crittenden County, Moss led the team in batting last spring with a .494 average in 83 plate appearances over 22 games. She also led the high school team with 27 RBI, six home runs and six triples. She also had eight doubles and a .987 slugging percentage.

Moss started 16 games, pitched in 18 and had a 1.47 ERA in 109.1 innings. She struck out 135 and walked just 19. She can field her position, too, posting a .957 fielding percentage on 70 chances last year, mostly at the mound.

One of the reasons Moss chose to take her talents to Brescia is because it offered her a chance to avoid what otherwise would have been a major decision – choosing between collegiate basketball or softball.
“It really would have been hard for me to pick,” she said. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to play both.”

Moss has been a stalwart on the basketball court at CCHS where she’s started every year since eighth grade. She has scored more than 1,400 points in her career and is on track to become the Lady Rockets’ all-time career scoring leader at some point this season.

Michael Gray is a first-year head women’s basketball coach at Brescia. He is very familiar with Moss and her legacy as an athlete.

“I grew up in Caldwell County and played against the Moss family,” the Brescia skipper said refering to Cassidy’s father, Ronnie, and her uncles. “I know what kind of competitor she is. I have been watching her for the last two or three years.”

Cassidy said her father has been the driving force behind her career, keeping her focused and tempering her resolve and hard work.

“He has always pushed me to want to be better,” she said.

Moss is averaging about 20 points for the high school team this season, but Gray thinks her defense doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

“I’m building a team around defense and she is a great defender,” he said.

Because of her versatility, Gray said Moss could very likely be a starter in her freshman season.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Rocket boys and girls fall in holiday action Friday

In an ironic twist, Crittenden County's boys and girls ended up playing almost an identical holiday schedule despite being at different venues.

The boys lost its second game in their own Crittenden Holiday Classic Friday afternoon, falling by one point to Carlisle County. The Rockets missed seven foul shots in the crucial fourth period.

In somewhat of a surprise, Crittenden's girls lost by 20 to Carlisle County at the Allen County Holiday Tournament.

Carlisle 57, Crittenden 56
Crittenden County 6 20 40 56
Carlisle County 16 26 40 57
CRITTENDEN - Stephens 18, Tolley 8, Dickerson 14, Belt 4, H.Boone 2, Turley 10. FG 20. 3-pointers 2 (Stephens). FT 14-29. Fouls 9.
CARLISLE - Wilson 22, Elder 4, Thomason 7, McGee 3, Anderson 29, Dewese 2. FG 22. 3-pointers 8 (Wilson, Thomason, McGee, Anderson 5). FT 5-8. Fouls 23.

Carlisle 60, Crittenden 40
Carlisle County 14 28 39 60
Crittenden County 11 23 34 40
CARLISLE - Crider 4, Coffey 7, Carrico 21, Henderson 6, Smith 2, Edging 10, Stephens 8, Garrett 2. FG 24. 3-pointers 3 (Carrico). FT 9-14. Fouls 15.
CRITTENDEN - Moss 21, Lynch 7, Champion 8, Nesbitt 2, Evans 2, Collins, Woodward, Summers, Ch.Moss, Long. FG 14. 3-pointers 3 (Moss). FT 9-11. Fouls 16.