For the past several seasons, the Number-Two Clay County Lady Tigers have represented the 13th region in Bowling Green by going on a winning streak that has spanned almost four years.
When it comes to High School Girls Basketball in the 13th Region, The Clay County Lady Tigers are the cream of the crop, with three Straight Trips to Bowling Green.
But back on March 9th, 2008, The Lady Tigers lost to South Laurel in the 13th Region Title Game.
“It was a disappointing loss and I don’t want to ever do that again as long as I’m here,” Lady Tiger Sr. Point Guard Alisha Mitchell says.
Fast Forward almost 1300 days later, Clay County remains undefeated in the 13th Region.
“It means a lot to me,” Mitchell says. “I’ve been on Varsity since eighth grade and I’m a senior now and I don’t want to let our program down like that.”
“We want to keep it going,” Lady Tiger Sr. Forward Cheyenne Madden says. “It’s awesome to have it and we just don’t want to mess it up.
That's 46 straight 13th Region Games. And The Lady Tigers did it in Dominating Fashion winning by an average of 22-points a game and only 11 of those victories, were only by single digits. And each time Clay County takes the court in region competition, the pressure to win is on.
“I think that’s good sometimes,” Clay County Girls Coach James Burchell says. “Pressure can sometimes be bad but at the same time, it can be a good thing. When you’re always looking over your shoulder thinking, ‘We can’t let up now because we’ve got this at stake’ I think it’s a good thing for you.
Most teams don't like to talk about a streak. But for the Clay County Lady Tigers, they talk about it in practice all the time.
They want to make sure they use that as motivation to help keep the streak alive and ultimately, get back to Bowling Green.
“Everytime we come against an opposing 13th Region team, our coach reminds us, Hey, you’ve got this thing going, let’s not blow it,” Mitchell says.
“It’s always there in the back of our minds and we just want to keep it going as long as we can,” Madden says.
Clay County's goal each year is to have a chance at the state level, but for that to happen, the Lady Tigers say they need to keep the Streak Alive as long as possible.