Friday, January 31, 2014

Lady Rockets win 42-34 at Fort Campbell

County's girls are now 6-10 on the season after winning at Fort Campbell Friday night. The girls play at Caldwell County Saturday.

The refs didn't show up for Friday's JV game on the military base, so Coach Shannon Hodge grabbed a whistle and called that contest. Then, she led her team to victory in the nightcap. It was a close one, though. The Lady Rockets led by 11 with about five minutes to go, but Fort Campbell cut it to three in the last two minutes.

Chelsea Oliver scored 15 and Mallory McDowell had 10 for CCHS.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Crittenden drops two in mixed doubleheader

Crittenden County's boys lost to Murray and the Lady Rockets lost to Union County in games Tuesday night at Rocket Arena. See The Crittenden Press printed edition for details.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Caldwell routs Rockets in Class A semifinal

Crittenden County lost to Caldwell County 68-36 in the semifinal round of the All A Classic Friday at Dawson Springs.

University Heights beat Livingston Central in the other semifinal game, setting up Saturday's championship game between the Blazers and Tigers.

Crittenden's Colby Watson, who scored seven points in the game, talks about Caldwell's talented lineup in the above video. The Tigers forced Crittenden into several early turnovers and converted 13 points off those miscues in the first half alone.

Dakota Watson led the Rockets with 11 points and Aaron Owen scored nine. Noah Dickerson also had seven points in the losing effort. The Rockets have now lost six straight.

Caldwell's Elijah Sindelar led his team with 18 points. He scored 10 in the second period when the Tigers pulled away.

Rockets face Caldwell in Class A tonight at Dawson

Travis Gilbert shoots against Caldwell in December.
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The Rockets will open All A Classic Tournament play tonight in the semifinals of the Second Region at Dawson Springs. Crittenden received a first-round bye and will face Caldwell County tonight. Tipoff is at 7:30. It's the second game of a doubleheader. Livingston Central faces UHA in the 6 p.m. game.

WMJL Radio will not be carrying tonight's game because an access line was not available at the Dawson Springs gym.

The Tigers, 10-5 with the fifth best record in the region, have won four their last five games – granted two of them were against Dawson Springs, which is the worst team in the region. Still, Caldwell is a formidable foe. The Tigers beat CCHS 65-44 at Rocket Arena in the season-opener.

Crittenden, now 5-13, has lost five straight games. The last loss, at Fort Campbell, was especially tough to swallow. The Falcons had just one victory coming into that matchup.

Travis Gilbert (pictured above) started at Fort Campbell and scored 11 points. Starting two-guard Landon Young missed that game because of a mild concussion. Young will be out again tonight and Gilbert will likely get the starting nod. Gilbert's 11 against Fort Campbell was second only to Devin Belt's team-high 12 points.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lady Rockets out of Class A tourney, boys fall at Ft. Campbell

The Lady Rockets lost by 30 at Caldwell County in the opening round of the Class A Tournament Monday night while the boys were also losing on the road Monday at Fort Campbell.

The Rockets will play the winner of tonight's Dawson Springs and Caldwell County Class A matchup in the second round at Dawson on Friday. CCHS received a first-round bye in the small-school tournament.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Collins featured speaker at Basketball Fellowship event

CCHS senior Maggie Collins

Life in Christ Church of Marion hosted its second annual Rocket Basketball Fellowship Sunday night at the church on U.S. 641 south of Marion.

CCHS senior Maggie Collins was one of the featured speakers. She talked about fulfilling dreams. See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press to find out more about her speech and that of keynote speaker Lea Wise Prewitt, a former UK basketball star and former collegiate coach.

About 200 people attended the event, which included a meal and featured the church's praise band.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Owen gets his 1,000th in losing effort vs. tough Marshals

Coach Hodge presents Owen with the game ball.
Senior guard Aaron Owen joined the 1,000-point club Saturday night in a game against Marshall County. Owen was the Rockets' leading scorer with 10 points, but Crittenden lost 57-37.

The game was stopped with just over three minutes to play when Owen made a foul shot to reach the milestone. Coach Denis Hodge presented Owen with a signed game ball and Owen went into the stands to get some congratulatory hugs from his family.

Owen now has 1,001 points in his career. The following is his season-by-season breakdown:

  • 190 so far as a Senior
  • 376 as a Junior
  • 296 as a Sophomore
  • 130 as a Freshman
  • 9 as an Eighth Grader

Lady Rockets get third; boys fall to Trigg again

Coach Shannon Hodge's team collected three straight wins this week and the third one wrapped up third place in the Fifth District for the Lady Rockets. CCHS downed Trigg 55-42 on the road Friday. Cassidy Moss scored 21 to lead Crittenden.

Crittenden made easy work of the Lady Wildcats for the second time in five days and the Marion girls also beat Dawson Springs this week, giving them a 5-10 overall record. That gives the CCHS girls more wins this season than in either of the past two years when they won just four each.

The girls are now 2-4 in the district and will likely play Livingston Central in the first round of the post-season tournament, which will be at Rocket Arena. Livingston beat Lyon by four Friday night.

Meanwhile, the Rocket boys lost for the second time this year to Trigg County. Now, the Wildcats have an outright claim first place in the district and CCHS will finish second, likely facing Livingston Central in the post-season tournament. The Cardinals beat Lyon Friday night, but the teams have one more meeting which will determine final post-season seeding.

Crittenden led Trigg by one in the fourth period, but senior center Devin Belt fouled and Trigg quickly a lead it will continue to build upon until the end. The Rockets lost 57-48. Aaron Owen led the offense with 13 points, leaving him nine shy of the coveted 1,000-point career milestone. He will likely get there tonight when CCHS hosts Marshall County in a boys' JV and varsity doubleheader.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Girls win, boys fall in close one to Webster

Crittenden County's boys were ahead by six in the second half, but couldn't hold the lead against Webster County. The Trojans won 58-53 at Rocket Arena Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Lady Rockets won for the second straight night, beating Dawson Springs on the road.

CCHS's teams will be off until Friday when they travel to Trigg County for a district varsity doubleheader.

The Lady Rockets have already knocked off Trigg's girls once this week and could win their third straight on Friday. The boys could also grab a share of the Fifth District title by winning at Cadiz.

WANTED: Lady Rockets Alumni for Reunion Game

There will be a Lady Rocket Alumni Basketball Game and Reception starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 at Rocket Arena.

After the alumni game, the high school Lady Rockets will host Ballard Memorial starting at 6 p.m. All alumni will be recognized between the JV and varsity games. 

If interested in playing, contact Coach Shannon Hodge ASAP at (270) 704-0593 or email here at

Please let us know soon if you plan to participate so we can have the right number of T shirts and right amount of refreshments. 

Game Day Itinerary
    2:00-3:00 p.m., Arrive at Rocket Arena, get shirts, be assigned to a team
    3:00-4:30 p.m., Warmup and tipoff
    4:30-6:00 p.m., Reception and time to visit with old teammates and families
    6:00 p.m., CCHS Lady Rockets vs. Ballard Memorial - all alumni will be recognized between JV and V games

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Rocket and Lady Rocket action photos posted

Check out the new action photographs from the Lyon and Webster games last weekend.

Photos can be viewed for free, or downloaded or printed for a small fee. You can even order framed prints or prints on other merchandise. They make great gifts.

Click on the link below. The photos have just been posted online:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Boys, girls both lose Saturday night... Trigg in Marion Monday

The Rockets lost big at Graves County Saturday and the girls, despite a strong early effort against Webster County, fell by 20.

The Lady Rockets host Trigg County Monday in a district matchup. This is a makeup game from a previously snow postponement.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Rockets knock off Lyon to guarantee no worse than 2nd

Aaron Owen, in his quest to reach 1,000 points, scored 14 in the third period to open up an otherwise close game Friday at Rocket Arena. Crittenden County beat Lyon County 58-51 to claim at least second place in the district.

Owen finished with 19 points.

Crittenden's girls lost their fifth straight game in district play as Lyon broke open a game that was close early and won by more than 20.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

All-Time Rocket Scoring Leaders

Rockets' 500 Point Club
Player Points Seasons Games Average
Tim Hill 1822 00-05 129 14.1
Bennett Smith 1596 68-72 73 21.9
Don Brasher 1326 50-53 62 21.4
Greg Thurman 1205 83-87 75 16.1
Casey Oliver 1090 07-11 -- --
Lige Shadowen 1063 55-58 58 18.3
Tom Wring 1030 53-56 78 13.2
Spencer Cozart 1024 75-79 95 10.8
Turner Martin 991 79-82 76 13.0
Justin Hill 975 96-00 83 11.7
Gaige Courtney 961 05-09 91 10.6
Jason Lacy 952 -- -- --
Nicky Brown 934 86-89 60 15.6
Payton Croft 854 00-05 114 7.5
Kyle Myers 837 95-98 70 12.0
Daryl Sherer 821 73-77 70 11.7
Ellis Simmons 812 78-81 76 10.7
Jeff Shewcraft 784 72-74 51 15.4
Dwight Little 776 61-64 73 10.6
Bruce Belt 773 52-55 n/a n/a
Josh Cozart 771 96-00 93 8.3
Gary Matz 768 60-63 75 10.2
Ron Kelly 754 71-74 72 10.5
Ronnie Moss 732 86-90 77 9.5
Jim Thurman 728 57-59 53 13.7
Curtis Turley 724 69-72 47 15.4
Jerry Franklin 711 67-70 46 15.5
Keith Cosby 674 72-76 55 12.3
Ken Shadowen 662 60-62 53 12.5
T.K. Guess 661 02-06 54 12.2
John Johnson 650 66-69 60 10.8
Doug Campbell 631 96-99 58 10.9
David Croft 625 75-79 78 8.0
Frank Head 623 65-68 60 10.4
Kyle Hart 619 97-01 84 7.4
Chris Brantley 616 93-96 60 10.3
Adam Hardin 613 06-08 48 12.8
John Boyd 612 57-59 53 11.5
Matt Mattingly 598 98-02 100 6.0
Ethan Hill 589 09-13 64 9.2
Russ Davidson 589 80-83 79 7.5
Jimmy Croft 582 72-75 52 11.2
Zack Beverly 577 01-03 79 7.3
Dennis Mott 565 62-65 58 9.7
Steve Davidson 561 58-61 53 10.6
Bennie Manley 558 60-63 53 10.5
Slick Frazer 553 57-61 78 7.1
Bobby Martin 542 60-63 63 8.6
Bruce Arflack 534 58-61 55 9.7
Brad Hart 532 01-05 91 5.8
Doug McKinney 516 57-60 56 9.2
Dennis Dooms 516 75-78 59 8.7
Josh Cosby 511 04-07 57 9.0
Jacob Courtney 503 03-07 79 6.4

Lady Rockets game at Ballard cancelled

Crittenden County's basketball game scheduled at Ballard Memorial tonight has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

The girls' next game will be Friday against Lyon County at Rocket Arena.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Rockets will not play at UHA tonight

Due to weather conditions, the Rockets' game scheduled at University Heights tonight has been cancelled.

Crittenden's next game will be a pivotal one Friday at home against Fifth District foe Lyon County. The Rockets beat the Lyons in their first meeting last month at Eddyville.

Crittenden is 3-1 in district play while he Lyons are 0-3.