Last year at this time Scott County was coming off a 34-2 season and the defending state champions. However the Cardinals had a brutal schedule and 6-4 Sr. Bud Mackey was unable to play due to off court problems and the Cardinals finished with a 20-12 record. Scott County also graduated severa talented seniors from last year's team.
Coach Billy Hicks has some excellent talent returning and the roster was bolstered by some high profile transfers over the summer. Chad Jackson, Dakotah Euton, and Robbie Barber transferred from Rose Hill and Austin Flannery transferred from Boone County. 6-5 So. Tanner Shotwell transferred back to Scott County from Lexington Christian Academy but may be inelgible this season.
6-7 Sr. Richie Phares scores well in the paint and can step out to nail the jump shot. 6-2 Jr. Ge-Lawn Guyn excels in the open court and can score in a variety of ways. 6-2 Sr. Aaron Ford is a solid guard who will earn a lot of minutes. 6-8 Jr. Dakotah Euton will not be outworked, rebounds well, and has three point range on his shot. 6-4 Jr. Chad Jackson is athletic, hard to defend off the dribble and is a lock-down defender. 6-3 Fr. Tamron Manning is one of the top freshmen in the state and logged quality varsity minutes last season.
Opponents don't get much of a break when Coach Hicks goes to the bench. 6-2 Jr. Austin Flannery is a deadly outside marksman and 6-2 Fr. Isaiah Ivey could be another special player down the road. Other players expected to contribute include 6-2 Sr. Ryan Walker, 6-0 Jr. Hayden Willoughby, 6-0 Fr. Avery Ford, 6-3 So. Robbie Barber, and 6-6 Jr. Will Schu. Scott County will also have receive the services of promising 5-11 Fr. point guard Josh Walls who has starred on the gridiron this fall.
The 11th region is brutal and the Cardinals will have some worthy contenders in Paul Dunbar, Franklin County, Bryan Station, and Lexington Catholic. However Scott County is talented, deep, have the advantage of an excellent tradition and facilities, a loyal fan base, and an experienced coach who knows how to win. Scott County received a lot of publicity because of the number of transfers, plus nobody loves the favorite and unfortunately will be expected by many fans to win every game by 20+ points.
While this team has a giant target on their back it will take a great effort to beat them on the court and they will be battle-tested for the 11th region wars because of a very tough schedule.