Thursday, December 18, 2014

George Hart holds record for best season all time!

Crittenden County basketball history is full of colorful stories and characters. Among them is George Hart, who was known as the Big Bulldog who played from 1946 to 1950 for the Frances Bulldogs. When he crossed mid court, Hart was in range. Had there been a three-point shot back then, he would have finished his career with more than the 2,604 points he collected.

Hart is the county's all-time leading scorer and when he finished high school, he held the national record for career scoring. He broke Wah Wah Jones's national record.

Hart was recruited to play basketball at UK, but he and legendary coach Adolph Rupp clashed once Hart was on campus in Lexington.

Hart scored 840 points as a sophomore at Frances, giving him Crittenden County's best single-season performance of all time. Of course that was before consolidation.

Hart and another legendary ball player, Carlisle Towery, were the first basketball players elected to the Marion-Crittenden County Hall of Fame in 1997.

Here is a list of Crittenden County High School's single-season best scoring performances:
  1. Bennett Smith 728 1971-72
  2. Lige Shadowen 642 1957-58
  3. Bennett Smith 620 70-71
  4. Bruce Belt 606 1954-55
  5. Tim Hill 540 04-05
  6. Don Brasher 510* 1952-53
  7. Jeff Shewcraft 505 1973-1974

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