PRESTONSBURG – The Adams Middle School A-Team finished the season with a 21-4 record. The Blackcats tied with Allen Central for the Floyd County regular-season title and finished on top in the postseason. Adams won the Doc Adams Memorial Tournament title before claiming the Floyd County championship. It was Adams’ first county championship since 2013.
Coverage of the Adams A-Team’s run to the county tournament championship follows.
Adams 60, Wesley Christian 9: The Blackcats jumped out to a big lead by scoring the first 20 points of the game and cruised from there for the first round victory. Eighth-grader Kane Scarberry scored 11 points to lead Adams in a game in which 11 Blackcats dented the scoring column.
Adams 47, John M. Stumbo 26: Adams used a solid defensive effort – especially in the second quarter when it shut out John M. Stumbo to take a commanding 24-7 lead into the halftime.
Blake Slone led Adams with 17 points. Directly behind Slone in the Adams scoring column, Jaxon Watts added 13 points.
Adams hit five 3-point field goals to extend its lead.
With the win, Adams earned its first appearance in the Floyd County championship game since 2013.
Adams 63, Allen Central 57: In a back and forth battle, Adams was able to hold off Allen Central in the county championship game. Adams’ long range shooting was the difference in the game. The Blackcats hit seven 3-pointers, include five from Blake Slone. Slone, along with seventh-graders, Zack Thompson, Jaxson Watts and Jake Hyden all hit double figures for Adams to propel the Cats to the victory.
Cody Raines netted nine points and bigman Adam Slone scored one point to round out the Adams scoring.
Adams’ roster includes Graham Burchett, Kane Scarberry, Blake Slone, Austin Shelton, Adam Slone, Cody Raines, Blake Lowe, Zack Thompson, Jackson Watts, Cameron Wright, Devin Hall, Grant Justice, Karsten Poe and Gunner Williams.
Doug Hopkins, Justin Allen, Tommy Poe and Chuck Rowe guide the Adams Middle School A-Team.
“I want to give a special thanks to my assistant coaches,” Adams Middle School Coach Doug Hopkins said. “No one can understand the hard work that they put in over a season, especially having to listen me.”
Hopkins has already put in years with many of his players.
“Most of these boys have been with me since fourth grade and it’s very special for them to go out on top,” Hopkins confided. “Winning this county championship was extra special to me. This might have been the first time a father and son has won the championship. My father, longtime coach Jimmie Hopkins, won several titles while coaching at Martin Grade School. My father and mother were able to attend the championship games. Having them there was icing on the cake. What I know about basketball, I owe it to him. I was always tagging along with him to practices and picking his brain for advice.”
Hopkins’ hoops program has received great support from the community.
“I cannot forget about our great community and fans,” Hopkins added. “The way they have came out all year to cheer us on and how they packed the gym on championship night was truly amazing. I know I appreciate all they did this year to make this happen. Also, thank you to Mayor Les Stapleton and Prestonsburg City Council for the wonderful fireworks show outside the gymnasium championship night. That was just another showing of how much the city and community supported us this year.
“Last, I have to give a special thanks to my wife, boys and the good Lord above. Thanks for putting up with me during the season. It takes a special person to be a coach’s wife.”