Bears, Lady Bears to host district rival Edmonson County in opener
MORGANTOWN - Butler County is set to host 12th District rival Edmonson County in its season opener on Friday.
The Bears, under the direction of head oach Calvin Dockery, concluded the 2018-19 boys' high school basketball season 14-11. Butler County suffered a heartbreaking two-point loss Edmonson County in the semifinals of the 2018-19 12th District Boys' Basketball Tournament.
Senior center Parker Rice (6-6) is the top player back for the Bears. One of the top boys' high school basketball post players in the area, Rice averaged 16.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for Butler County during the 2018-19 boys' high school basketball season, leading the Bears in scoring.
Butler County lost Jaden Hurt (14.4 ppg) and Justin Elms (10.2 ppg) to graduation. However, Butler County returns sophomore forward Solomon Flener (6.0 ppg) and junior forward Leevi McMillin (3.4 ppg)
Edmonson County, under the tutelage of head coach Michael McClintic, concluded the 2018-19 season 12-18, finishing runner-up to Grayson County in the 12th District. The Wildcats return junior Chaz Wilson, a talented player who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game during the 2018-19 season. Along with Wilson, senior guard Dalton Decker (13 ppg, 4 rpg) is back for the Wildcats.
The Bears and Wildcats split a two-game 12th District regular-season series in the 2018-19 campaign.
Edmonson County is 0-1 following a loss to visiting Breckinridge County on Tuesday night. Breckinridge County beat Edmonson County 77-55.
Tip-off for the Butler county-Edmonson County boys' basketball game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Morgantown.
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Lady Bears to make district debut versus Edmonson County
MORGANTOWN - Butler County is slated to host rival Edmonson County in a 2019-20 12th District girls' basketball opener on Friday night.
The Lady Bears are 0-1 following a loss to Hancock County in a season opener. Hancock County beat the Lady Bears 58-50 in a season opener on Monday.
Butler County ended the 2018-19 girls' high school basketball season 6-22. The Lady Bears lost to nemesis Edmonson County in the semifinals of the 2018-19 12th District Girls' Basketball Tournament. Edmonson County prevailed 59-43 over the Lady Bears in the postseason meeting.
Sophomore guard Jaelyn Taylor is the top player back for the Lady Bears. Taylor averaged 11.9 points per game for Butler County during the 2018-19 hoops campaign.
Along with Taylor, senior guard Gracie Ward and sophomore guard Gracie Cardwell are back for the Lady Bears.
Edmonson County is 0-1 following a loss to Breckinridge County in a 2019-20 girls' high school basketball season opener on Tuesday. Breckinridge County held on to defeat the Lady Cats 54-50.
Edmonson County ended the 2018-19 season 24-8. The Lady Cats are the reigning 12th District champions. After capturing the 2018-19 12th District championship, Edmonson County made an appearance in the 3rd Region Girls' Basketball Tournament.
Junior Katie Lindsey (11 ppg, 4 apg, 4 spg) and seniors Lauren Ballance (9.7 ppg, 7 rpg) and Emma Vincent (8.6 ppg) combine to lead the Lady Cats.
In addition to knocking off the Lady Bears in the 2018-19 postseason, Edmonson County swept a 12th District two-game regular-season series from Butler County.
Tip-off for the Butler County-Edmonson County girls' basketball game is set for 6 p.m.