The Adair County Indians will visit Cumberland County for a season-opener on Nov. 27. Following the road game to tip off the 2012-13 season, Adair County will host Green County (Nov. 30) and 20th District frontrunner Marion County (Dec. 4) in back-to-back home games.
Members of the Cumberland County coaching staff were in attendance when Adair County faced Bethlehem in a scrimmage late last week. Adair County Coach Mark Fudge and members of his staff plan to watch Cumberland County in a preseason scrimmage at Campbellsville during the upcoming weekend.
“They’re a lot like us,” Fudge commented, referring to Cumberland County. “We plan on going over and watching them play at Campbellsville this weekend.”
A closer look at Adair County’s first three opponents in the 2012-13 season follows.
Cumberland County: The Panthers concluded the 2011-12 season 8-23. Cumberland County returns leading scorer Cedric Owsley, an experienced senior. Qwmaine Scott is another talented senior back for the Cumberland County boys’ basketball team.
Cumberland County competes in the 16th District (4th Region) along with Russell County (24-7), Clinton County (24-7) and Metcalfe County (5-26).
The Indians edged Cumberland County 68-67 when the two teams met early last season.
Green County: The Dragons have been forced with the chore of replacing three starters from a team that finished the 2011-12 season 8-23. Sophomore point guard Colton Bush and junior Weston McDermott are the returning starters for the Green County boys’ basketball team.
Seniors Zach Proffitt and Dakota Westmoreland will also contribute for the Dragons.
Green County competes in the 18th District along with LaRue County (23-8), Hart County (14-13) and Caverna (5-25).
When the two teams met last season, Adair County pulled out a hard-fought 51-45 victory over Green County.
Marion County: The Knights are headed into a second season under the guidance of head coach Montrelle Irvin. Marion County, the preseason favorite to win the 20th District, reached the 5th Region Tournament Semifinals last season.
Junior Latrelle Irvin is the leading returnee for the Knights. The younger Irvin averaged 10.8 points and four rebounds per game for Marion County last season.
Marion County also returns senior forward Vincent Collins, junior forward Clay Lanham and junior guard Alex Smith.
The Knights lost leading scorer John Southall, an accomplished point guard, via graduation.
Adair County split games with Marion County last season. When the two teams met early in the season, Marion County defeated the Indians 53-41. Marion County won the second and final game played between the two teams, prevailing 65-57.
By Steve LeMaster