Wildcats on the hunt

By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal

Eight of the 10 seasons Daren Coffey has been the head coach, Calhoun City had won 20-plus games.
Follow that up with a state semifinals appearance last year, and one would think that the Wildcats boys basketball team would solely be “the hunted” every time it took the floor.
The Wildcats are on a hunting trip for a gold ball state championship trophy.
“Some might see us as the prey,” Coffey said, “but we see ourselves as the hunter because the trip that we made to Jackson (that) we didn’t finish only made us want it more.”
With plenty of depth this season, the Wildcats are 18-4 and 3-0 in Division 2-2A. Their solid team defense coupled with their ability to shoot well has earned them the Daily Journal’s No. 1-small school ranking.
“We run about 10 guys this season,” Coffey said. “The 10 consist of mostly 10th- and 11th-graders. We got two seniors on the team.
“We play up-tempo ball and they (the bench players and starters) complement each other well.”
Dominique Cook, Ricky Whaley and Traveous Moore are the key reserves coming off the bench for a team whose coach says has tremendous team unity.
“This team I got right now, they are really fun to coach,” said Coffey, whose players effectively share the basketball on a consistent basis. “They love the game. They’re very respectable and have good character.
“I think I’m really fortunate to have a bunch of great kids to coach this year. They’re a special group of guys that work really good together.”

Contact John Wilbert at 678-1572 or john.wilbert@djournal.com.

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