Friday, January 30, 2015

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The Lady Rockets can win their first regular-season Fifth District championship in four years by beating Livingston
Central tonight at Rocket Arena. The girls will tie with Lyon for first place if they beat the Lady Cardinals in tonight's 6pm start at Marion.

The Rockets will host Livingston Central tonight, too, but the outcome of the boys' game will have very little impact on the district standings.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

UHA elimintes Rockets in Class A title game

University Heights captured its 20th Class A Second Region championship in 25 years Saturday, beating Crittenden County 64-34 at Smithland. The Rockets were behind by a ton early and never made much of a game of it. See details in next week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press.

Crittenden will play at Union County Tuesday.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Career highs push Rockets to Class A title game

Crittenden County will face University Heights Academy at 8pm Saturday at Smithland for the championship of the Second Region All A Classic.

Colby Watson scored 24, Landon Young 17 and Dylan Hollis was off the bench with 12 for the Rockets as the won Friday night in the semifinals. Watson and Hollis recorded career highs in points as CCHS beat Livingston Central by 16.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lady Rockets ousted from All A Classic

Crittenden County's girls drew Lyon County in the first round of the All A Classic and it didn't turn out well for the Lady Rockets despite an early lead.

The Lyon and Rocket girls are among the best small schools in the region and the early-rounnd showdown was unfortunate. See this week's Crittenden Press for more details.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Crittenden County splits key matchups against Trigg

Crittenden County (10-4) lost to Trigg County at Rocket Arena Friday night, diminishing the boys chances of winning the regular-season district championship. Crittenden had gone 3-0 in the district out of the chute, but it has now lost two straight. It looks like Trigg will be the district's No. 1 seed in postseason.

Meanwhile, the Lady Rockets whipped Trigg in Friday's key district matchup, assuring the girls of a chance of playing for a share of the district's regular-season title at Livingston later this month. The Lady Rockets are now 10-6. Lyon and Crittenden have split this season and each have one district loss.

District can be won or lost tonight at Rocket Arena

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Crittenden County’s best start to a basketball season in more than a half century ran into its first major roadblock last
Friday at Lyon County. Now, one week later, the Rockets are in a must-win situation if they hope to win the regular-season Fifth District crown.

It seems as though every time Crittenden County and Trigg County get together on the basketball court, there are major stakes on the table. Tonight will be a rematch of last year’s Fifth District Tournament championship with former Rocket Peyton Croft (now Trigg’s coach) squaring off against his former coach and good friend Denis Hodge and his Unknown Guys in Gray, as they were dubbed after beating Trigg in December.

The Rockets have to clip Trigg again this time if they want to capture outright the regular-season district crown. They would need to knock off Livingston again later this month to seal the deal. A Trigg win at Marion tonight could create a tie between the Wildcats and CCHS for the top seed in post-season play. A coin toss would determine who plays the No. 3 seed in the first round, which appears to be Lyon at this point. 

Crittenden beat Trigg in its first game of the season at Cadiz. That was Trigg’s second outing of the year and the Wildcats were working without their star inside player Detaveon Day, who is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds since sitting out two games.

CCHS has split with Lyon this year, besting the Lyons 57-53 back in December as part of the Rockets’ 10-1 start to the season. It was the best 11-game beginning since 1951 when Crittenden County reeled off nine straight wins before losing to eventual state champion Cuba in the Paducah Tilghman Christmas Tournament. Only three members of that 1951-52 team are still living. They are Don Brasher, Charlie Brantley and Bruce Ordway. That team finished the season 26-4 and was upset in the district tournament.

At the halfway point, Crittenden County’s Lady Rockets are three games above .500, enjoying some success that’s been lacking over the past three seasons, yet in a state of bewilderment at times due to inconsistent play.

Crittenden’s first 15 games have produced topsy-turvy results. After winning the first five, Crittenden lost to Hopkinsville then dropped one of three at the Russellville Christmas tournament, starting  the New Year with an impressive 8-2 record that could have just as easily been 10-0.

Since 2015 started, however, the girls are 1-4. The Lady Rockets broke a four-game skid Tuesday night by whipping visiting Dawson Springs 56-13. Leading up to that, Crittenden had lost in consecutive order at University Heights, Lyon County, Webster County and Hopkins Central. The road games were very unkind to the Lady Rockets, exposing some weaknesses that coach Shannon Hodge has been working diligently to repair – namely improving the team’s mental and physical toughness. Winning on the road requires those traits.

Granted, UHA and Lyon are among the best in the region, and despite mid-level marks, Webster and Hopkins Central are very athletic, but coach Hodge hasn’t been pleased with the last week’s effort. 

What’s certain is that with its improved credentials, Crittenden isn’t going to sneak up on anyone. Teams are bringing fierce defense at the Lady Rockets, trying to keep senior Chelsea Oliver and sophomore Cassidy Moss in check. The two are averaging 15 and 13 points, respectively.
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The Lady Rockets will need all of the firepower they can muster tonight as Trigg County comes to Rocket Arena for a Fifth District rematch. Crittenden beat Trigg 52-38 in early December. A sweep of the Lady Wildcats would keep in order CCHS’s hopes of at least a share of the regular-season league title. 

Crittenden’s chances to win the district outright were dashed last Friday at Lyon County as the girls lost 56-39 to the Lady Lyons. CCHS had beaten the Lyons earlier at Marion.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rockets befall worst defeat, girls get biggest win

Crittenden County's boys were easily defeated at Webster County (14-1) Tuesday while the Lady Rockets turned in their biggest win of the year at home against Dawson Springs. See this week's printed edition of The Press for information about Friday's key matchups between the boys and girls against Trigg County. District regular-season titles are in the balance.


Lyon County at Crittenden Co., 7pm
 Semis and Finals at Livingston 
CCHS/Lyon vs. Dawson, 6 pm
UHA vs. Livingston - 7:30 pm
Championship, 6pm

University Heights at Lyon Co., 7pm
 Semis and Finals at Livingston 
Lyon/UHA vs. Dawson, 6pm
Crittenden vs. Livingston, 7:30pm
Championship, 8pm

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lyons celebrate with homecoming wins

Lyon County beat Crittenden in a varsity doubleheader Friday. The boys' loss creates a must-win situation for CCHS Friday at home against Trigg County. See this week's printed edition of The Press for details.

The girls lost back-to-back to Lyon and Webster County Friday and Saturday. They play tonight at Hopkins Central and tomorrow at home against Dawson Springs.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

So says the Rocket basketball coach...

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“This is the best team I have ever seen coming out of the huddle into a late-game situation and executing,” Coach Denis Hodge said about his Rocket boys. “They aren’t scared... read more in this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press. Subscribe Online.

The boys won Tuesday and the girls lost on the road Monday against one of the best teams in the region.

The next been showdown is Friday at Lyon County where the boys play game one of a varsity doubleheader and the Lady Rockets play the nightcap. These games will likely determine who wins the Fifth District regular season championships.