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Roundball Preview: Buckhorn Wildcats

BUCKHORN, Ky. (WYMT) -- The Buckhorn Wildcats are getting in shape for the 2013-14 basketball season by doing cross fit workouts, representing the type of fight they have for this year.

“I just hope they say that we're better than we were last year,” sophomore guard Josh Crank said. (I want them to see that we are) more experienced, and they don't doubt us as much."

After a one point loss in the 54th district tournament last season, Buckhorn wants to mold themselves into well conditioned athletes.

“Our only weakness is that we're not as big as everybody else,” junior center Caleb Estep said. “You just got to work harder than them during practice and the offseason."

The Wildcats appear to have a chip on their shoulder after Leslie County ended their season last year.

“We like the challenge of knocking off the big schools, we like the challenge of knocking off the teams with the Division I players,” 12th-year head coach John Noble said. “We enjoy that, we embrace that. Our kids work hard. Every day we take the floor, we know we're pretty much fighting an uphill battle. This is my 12th year. For the last several years, we have done it pretty well, and I expect us to continue."

Nobles players agree.

<"I think most of us worked hard in the offseason and improved physically and hopefully mentally,” sophomore guard Connor Hoskins said.”I think we have a possible shot of winning the district and getting to the region and knock a couple people off."

“We are just a family,” junior guard Peyton Cooper said. “We are there for each other no matter what."

Senior center Richard Stidham has several goals.

"My expectations as a senior are to come in during practice and stuff and show my leadership -- show my age more than less,” he said. “(I want to) lead these younger guys to do the right thing in basketball and in whatever else they go into. And make some noise in the region, win district, that's our expectation."

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