MANCHESTER, Ky (WYMT) - The Clay County Tigers went 26-7 in 2012 with a 49th District Title, a 13th Region Championship and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena.
Head Coach Robert Marcum talked about last season’s success, “Last season was very a very rewarding season for Clay County. We won the region, it was the first time we've won it in 12 years, and Clay County being a tradition rich program that it is, it's always nice to get back to the state tournament.”
The Tigers lost four seniors off last year’s team and Coach Marcum says they need to improve their team defense.
Junior Point Guard Tyler McDaniel knows what it means to put on the tiger uniform, “It's hard not to be excited about Clay County basketball when you run out and see all the banners, all the awards we've won and stuff, just playing for that tradition is pretty special.”
Coach Marcum on the tradition at Clay County, “Clay County is a program with 60 district titles and 28 region championships, when you say 60 district titles, that is the best in the state of Kentucky, if not right up there in the top 1 or 2. Clay County is a tradition rich program. We want to feed off that, and we want to continue that tradition.”
Senior Center Jake Allen thinks the 13th region championship is up for grabs this year, “There's several teams that could win it this year, you can't really overlook anybody when you play high school basketball, anybody could have a night where they get hot, if you're not ready to play they could beat you, so you always have to come ready to play.”
The region may be up for grabs, but all eyes are on this Clay County basketball to see their success in 2013.