BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Potter, Cats prepare for road ahead

Shelby Valley basketball has been blessed with outstanding players over the years, including Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice. Just a few miles up the road old Virgie High produced Mr. Basketball Todd May.

Fast forward to 2019-20 and you can add senior Cody Potter into the mix as a leading candidate to win the award.

Potter averaged better than 22 points per game and nine rebounds as a junior in helping lead the Wildcats to a 28-6 record.

The Wildcats also return Keian Worrix, Aaron Bates, Zach Johnson, Kaden Robinson, Jacob Caudill and Peyton Blackburn to coach Jim Hicks’ squad.

Top newcomers expected to contribute include Eli Sykes, Chaz Brown and Russ Osbrone.

Hick, starting his seventh season at Shelby Valley (121-66) and 19th overall (320-188), said his team’s key to success is getting the younger players experience and blending in the newcomers. He said improving on defense is a top priority.

Shelby Valley will tip off its season against Jenkins at the Shelby Valley Sports Center on Dec. 2.

Shelby Valley schedule 

Dec. 2              Jenkins                        Home

Dec. 5              Cordia                         Home

Dec. 7              Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout

Spencer County at Pike Central

Dec .10            Johnson Central         Home

Dec. 12            Floyd Central              Away

Dec. 16            Pike Central                Home

Dec. 19-21      Hi-Tech Signs/Graphix  Classic

Wolfe Co., Betsy Layne, Morgan County

at Prestonsburg High School

Dec. 27-29           Mountain Schoolboy Classic

West Carter, Harvest Prep (OH), Perry Cent.

at Belfry High School

Jan. 4               Pikeville                      Away

Jan. 7               Betsy  Layne               Home

Jan. 9               East Ridge                  Away

Jan. 11                 Hatfield/McCoy Shootout

TBA, Williamson Fieldhouse

Jan. 17                15th Region All ‘A’ Classic

Prestonsburg at Appy Wireless Arena

Jan. 21             Pikeville                      Home

Jan. 29             Magoffin County        Away

Jan. 31             Belfry                            Away

Feb. 1              East Ridge                    Home

Feb. 4              Pike Central                  Away

Feb. 7              Jenkins                          Away

Feb. 8              Floyd Central              Home

Feb. 11            Martin County             Away

Feb. 14            Letcher Central           Home

Feb. 18            Magoffin County        Home

Feb. 20            Johnson Central          Away