Ok, so we all know what the talk was like before the game, and we all know what the talk was like after the game. But I wanted to explain how, even though the Cordia Lions lost the game versus Knott Central, it was still a win.
I am going to refrain from talking about what happens near the end of the first quarter. Everyone has there own thoughts on what happened, and I will leave that for the message boards.
What I did see from Cordia was something truly amazing, and something I have not seen in Lotts Creek the five years that I have been here. The gym was absolutely packed out for this game. Earlier that day, I had seen tweets about people already at the gym talking about how the atmosphere was one of the best they had seen in a long time. And that was at 6pm. There were talking about the JV game that was taking place.
By the time I got there around 6:50pm, you couldn't find a parking spot. (I actually ended up get blocked in, which I wasn't too pleased about, but we found the guy pretty quickly and I was able to get out there.)
Let me get to my point. Ever since the announcement that Rodrick Rhodes was taking over the head coaching job at Cordia, the school and community has gotten attention from every where.
When the news first broke of the hiring, not only was WYMT making phone calls to the school, but stations in Lexington and Louisville as well.
I have not seen the community get this excited in the time that I have been here and I have never seen "The Lions Den" even at half capacity. But for this game, they had to add another 120 seats which also meant more money at the gate for the game. I spoke with someone from the high school after the game was over and they had sold over 600 tickets for that game.
For Cordia to begin to the get the support for their athletic program back the way they basketball team is has been a huge win for the community. Nothing brings a community together in a positive way they way sports does, and this is a great beginning for the people over in Lotts Creek.