Tiny Robertson County has state title hopes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Boys basketball has been played in Robertson County since 1928, but for the first time in 91 years the smallest county in the Commonwealth is ready to play in its first state tournament.

The Black Devils were on a 4-game winning streak when they battled Paris, the reining 10th Region All 'A' champions. With seconds left, down by one, Evan Denison took a shot that made school history.

"So overwhelming to see everyone that it touched," said Black Devils Center Alex Schalch. "It touched so many people. It was so long overdue everybody was so excited."

"I told my teammates that's all I want this year," said Black Devils forward Mason Burden. "I said I want a net. I said I just want a net."

The Senior got his wish. After 91 years the basketball team won the school's first All 'A' region Championship.

"I knew the wins would come once we got our process in place," said Robertson coach Patrick Kelsch.

"We know that we can win so we just go out and do it," said Schalch. "I think that's what makes us sometimes the best team in the gym."

The Black Devils went 17-66 in the three seasons before coach Kelsch took over.

"He taught us hard work and belief is all you need to win a ball game," said Burden.

"You know when you believe in yourself I think you're unstoppable," said coach Kelsch.

Burden is a senior who put aside his personal stats for the chance at history. For the last two years Burden averaged more than 23 points a game. This year he's averaging almost ten points less.

"Prior years scoring was really important to me," said Burden. "I needed to get mine for our team to win a ball game or stay close. But this year it doesn't mean that much to me. It's all about winning."

Robertson County is currently on a 7-game winning steak and will face Clinton County in the start of their first All "A" state tournament."

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