Wildcats expect run at Jackson

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Baldwyn may be top of mind as the defending Class 2A state champion, but Calhoun City is making no bones about its plans to crash March’s party in Jackson.

The Wildcats are 6-4 entering tonight’s game a-gainst North Pontotoc, including a 70-45 win against Greenwood.

“We’ve been having pretty balanced scoring across the board,” Calhoun City coach Daren Coffey said. “Every game, we’ve had like four kids score in double figures.”

Calhoun City is hosting the 12th Curtis Loggins Classic on Saturday. The five-game event features the host Wildcats vs. Houston at 6 p.m. There is a rematch between Aberdeen and Shannon at 4:30. Aberdeen beat Shannon by nine earlier this season.

The Wildcats lost 93-65 Tuesday against Class 6A contender Grenada. That’s fine with Coffey. Down the road are games against Oxford and at Aberdeen.

Play the best

“I want to try to play the best teams that we can play,” Coffey said. “It will make us better on down the road. I want to play all the hardest teams. I want to be challenged so our guys will step it up and learn to play through adversity.

Calhoun City returned its top two scorers from last season, junior guard Austin Burl and sophomore guard Bireton Sykes.

Coffey has a dependable bench as well, going often with an eight-man rotation.

Young Calhoun City went 10-17 last season, but Coffey is setting the bar higher this season, high and South, toward Jackson.

“I think we’re expected to be there this year,” Coffey said. “I expect to be there. Our expectations are pretty high this year. We expect to get there. We might be under the radar a little bit, but I think we’re moving pretty fast to try to get up there.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com