With ¾ of the season under their belts, the Tigers (15-7) will dive into the final weeks of their regular season having been battle tested, hardened, and hold valuable experience with each of their wins and losses. They now look forward to another tough week, facing 49th district rival Jackson County, and 13th region foe Bell County, and defending 13th region champion, Knox Central.
Jackson County (10-11) February 7th @ Jackson County 7:45PM – The Tigers have owned Jackson County in recent memory, defeating them in their last matchup 79-45 at Clay County. The Generals may be under .500, but they cannot be overlooked. Clay Akemon (16.0ppg) leads a group that’s pesky and can defeat anyone on a given night. Logan Rose (11.9ppg) gives an interior presence to a team that must find a way to slow down Clay County’s high-powered offense.
Bell County (7-13) February 10th @ Clay County 7:30PM – The Bobcats are buying in to what former North Laurel head coach Brad Sizemore is selling. Despite an underwhelming record, the Bobcats have faced a tough schedule and are a very solid group. Athletic, speedy, and talented, Cameron Burnett (18.0ppg) and London Stephney (15.5ppg) are a very hard duo to contain. The Tigers have their hands full with those two, let alone Dawson Woolum (9.4ppg) and Andrew Caldwell (8.0ppg) to deal with. This will no doubt be an exciting game for both programs.
Knox Central (15-5) February 11th @ Knox Central 7:30PM – The Tigers will travel down highway 11 to Panther Country, taking on the defending 13th region champions. Knox Central hasn’t been talked about very much this season, and they’ve not taken lightly to it. As athletic as anyone in the region, Jevonte Turner (23.4ppg) is a highly underrated star in the 13th and will give the Tigers fits if they don’t slow him down. Joining Turner is his brother Kevionte (10.9ppg) and Zach Patterson (12.6ppg). The Panthers have depth and talent galore, so expect this to be a hostile environment between two storied programs.