BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Phelps looks to up offensive game

Phelps second-year head coach Jason Sanson will look to improve on last year’s 15-15 mark which earned the Hornets a spot in the 15th Region tournament.

Enthusiasm is running at a high level with the return of the team’s top three scorers in Trey Francis (17.6 ppg.), Dominick Francis (10.2 ppg.) and Jason Casey (7 ppg.) Add to the mix Cameron Sanson, Seth Mayhorn and Landon Dotson, all of which played a big role in the team’s success in 2018-19.

Top newcomers will include Jaylen Wells, Dawson McCoy, Hayden Mounts and Mason Prater.

“We were pretty good last year defensively,” Sanson, now in his 19th year of coaching, said. “We need to be able to put some points on the board. Our focus this year will be on offense.”

The Hornets open the season against Pikeville at home on Dec. 2.

Phelps schedule

Dec. 2              Pikeville                      Home

Dec. 3              Hurley, Va.                 Home

Dec. 7              Lawrence County       Away

Dec. 11-13      Mountain Classic        Away

Vs. Hazard, TBA at Knott County Central

Dec. 16            Betsy Layne                Away

Dec. 19-21      Smoky Mountain Classic

TBA, TBA, TBA, Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Dec. 27-28      Mountain Schoolboy   Away

Sayre, Whitley County at Belfry High

Jan. 4               Twin Valley, Va.        Away

Jan. 9               Prestonsburg               Home

Jan. 11             Hatfield-McCoy Shootout

TBA, at Williamson Field House

Jan. 14             Pike Central                Home

Jan. 16             15th Region All ‘A’ Classic

Jenkins at Appy Wireless Arena

Jan. 21             Betsy Layne                Home

Jan. 24             Belfry                          Away

Jan. 25             Lawrence County       Home

Jan. 27             Letcher Central           Home

Jan. 28             River View, WV         Home

Jan. 30             East Ridge                  Home

Feb. 1              Twin Valley, Va.         Home

Feb. 4              Hurley, Va.                 Away

Feb. 7              Belfry                          Home

Feb. 18            Pike Central                Away

Feb. 20            Prestonsburg               Away