Submitted by Madison County High School Head Basketball Coach Eddie Richie
7 point loss to Live Oak, 3 point loss to Lincoln, 4 point loss to Brooks County, 2 point loss to Florida High, 5 point loss to Live Oak, 2 point loss in OT to MaClay. That’s 6 losses by an average of less than 4 points. That’s how close we are from a respectable 16-7 instead of a frustrating 10-13. That doesn’t take into consideration we were missing 10 players for the first 6 weeks of the season. Still, this team doesn’t make excuses. They keep striving to get better every day. They are not ready for this season to be over. They know they are better than the record indicates. They are really coming together as a team at the most important time of the year…tournament time.
Your Cowboy Basketball team heads into districts this week as a dangerous #4 seed. The Cowboys play Taylor County Wednesday, Feb 8th at 6pm at Florida High. When they win that game, they will play Godby, ranked 4th in the state in 4A, 6pm at Florida High. Saturday, they will play for the district title at 7pm against the winner of Florida High and East Gadsden. That is the game plan.
Everyone has a chance to play their best ball and play their way into the State Tournament. Each district Champion and runner-up move on to the State Tournament which is a 32 team field. Our post season roster is below which includes our Junior varsity call-ups. Please encourage these young men when you see them and show them your support.
Submitted by Eddie Richie, Head Coach, Varsity Boys Basketball, Madison County High School
After a disappointing display in our first home game against Maclay on the 29th that ended in a 60 – 31 loss, the Cowboy basketball team bounced back in their first 2 pack-the-gyms of the young season. They defeated Brooks County Friday and the rival Hamilton County on Saturday. The team got a huge boost from the fans on Saturday. The crowd was much larger than even I expected for an early season game. Being that we have 3 freshman and one senior who have never played in a pack-the-gym against anyone, let alone against a rival like Hamilton, you never know what to expect. The leadership of juniors Trey Johnson and Davontay Stephens set the pace. I can’t say enough about those two young men. They have grown up a lot and have put in lot of hard work this off-season. Sophomore Coddrick Griffin stepped up and had a monster game Saturday (21 points, 12 rebounds). Freshman Ivan Johnson stepped up as well hitting big shots and handling the ball during crucial times in both wins. First year player, senior Deontay Jones, found his shot again Saturday and was all over the court on both ends. Freshman CJ Feadand Ladarious (Bump) Robinson are starting to find their groove handling the ball. They have had more responsibilityput on them than they are ready for, but they have embraced the challenge and have gotten better every game. The team played together, played hard, and played with passion. Most of all, they had fun. I couldn’t be more proud of where we are right now.
The JV team is 3-1 and remain undefeated at home this year and last. Most of the team is either new, or new to the court. Coach Allen Demps has done an outstanding job getting these young men ready. Freshmen Javon Redding, Jaylon Hazzard and Trey Livingston are learnig theii roles and stepping up nicely. Kelvontray Jonas, Joc Blackshear and Seth Molnar are all sophomores who are getting used to the increased playing time and the importance of their roles on the team. New player Shayon Davis is coming into his own and stepped in big this weekend. The early season most improved player has to Javen Butler. He is really learning his role and had become a good rebounder and defender.
This week, boys basketball only has 1 game, but its a big one. Friday all four teams travel to Taylor County for our first district game of the year. Taylor will have their whole roster, as did all the other teams we are playing against, but both our JV and Varsity teams are still playing short-handed. So the coaching staff will be asking our young team to step up, just like they did this past weekend, and get our first district win of the year. So, for those of you heading to Orlando Friday night to cheer on the Cowboy football team, take the scenic route and stop by Taylor County Gym on your way to cheer on a hard working group of young men and women. Thanks for all your support!! Good luck to the Cowboys going state!!
By Madison County High Head Varsity Basketball Coach Eddie Richie
Coach’s Note: Districts start Wednesday Feb. 9th. Semi-Finals Feb. 11th and Championship Feb 12.
What a night!!! Let me start by congratulating the JV boys basketball team going UNDEFEATED at HOME!! Wow, what a season. with only one senior for next year, this group we have coming back should be strong the next 2 years!! Jv has one more contest vs. Baker County on Tuesday, Feb. 1st. If they win, they will finish their season 19-1, best record E-V-E-R. Live Oak dind’t make it easy Saturday. Live Oak almost scored 50 points in the first half!! A lot of it was them making some great shots, but Coach Demps knew that his defense had something to do with that. He gave a motivating speech at half time and Live Oak went on to only score 19 in the 2nd half as the JV Cowboys came all the way back from more than 10 down to win!!
The varsity boys game was just as entertaining, but with a lot less offense. This game was controlled by defense throughout and ended that way as well. Varsity started off hot, sprinting out to a 10 – 0 lead. That lead slowly dwindled as they found themselves up only 1 at half. It was back and forth through out the 3rd, Cowboys held a 2 point lead going into the 4th quarter. They maintained that lead but it wasn’t easy. The score was tied with 20 seconds left. The cowboys ran a play to perfection and got Tre Arnold a wide open 12 foot shot from the baseline. He hit like it was nothing. The awesome thing about that is there was so much redemption in that shot. Tre got rebound with 3 seconds left against East Gadsden and missed the game tying shot as time ran out. I always tell the players that you will get a 2nd chance and you have to be ready. Tre was ready. Live Oak called a time out with less than 5 seconds left to set up a play. The Cowboys defensive unit was already at the scorers table ready to check in because they knew it was their time to step up. As Live Oak’s leading scorer dribbled down the court, senior Bryan “Busta” Williams poked the ball away, we recovered and the celebration began. What a great night for the seniors!!
The senior festivities went well. The house was packed. All the seniors got minutes, including our special senior Nicko Thomas who did not make the team this year, but because he has been our film man and we love him so much, he got to dress tonight and take part in Senior night. Also, there was touching moment for Bryan Williams. His family had to work so he had no escort. All the seniors took part in escorting him to center court. I am blessed to be able to coach a team with that much character.