AMS seventh grade team makes ‘Elite 8’


Adams among top squads in state tournament

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PRESTONSBURG – In February, the Adams Adams Middle School boys’ basketball program reached the Elite 8 in a field of 64 teams at the Seventh Grade KBA State Championship.

It is the first time a team from Floyd County has reached the Elite 8 in the state event.

Blackcat Jaxon Watts was named to the first team all-tournament team.

More on Adams’ successful stint in the state tournament follows.

Adams 50, Webster County 43: Jaxon Watts scored a team-high 17 points to lead Adams over Webster County 50-43 in an opener in the state tournament.

Adams placed nine players in the scoring column. Colby Fugate scored 12 points, Devin Hall five, Caleb Hager and Zach Thompson four apiece, Grant Justice three, Cameron Wright and Gunnar Williams two each and Karsten Poe one.

Walton-Verona 44, Adams 38: Adams fell to Walton-Verona in its second game in the statewide event. Walton-Verona beat the Blackcats 44-38.

Jaxon Watts led the Blackcats with 12 points. Watts was the only Adams scorer to reach double figures.

Colby Fugate scored seven points, Karsten Poe six, Devin Hall five, Caleb Hager four, Zach Thompson three and Cameron Wright one for Adams in the loss.

Adams 59, Bourbon County 27: In the first game of a single-elimination tournament, Adams rolled past Bourbon County 59-27.

Eleven Adams players landed in the scoring column as part of the winning effort. Jaxon Watts led Adams with 14 points.

Accompanying Watts in double figures, Colby Fugate added 10 points for the Blackcats.

Narrowly missing double figures for Adams, Caleb Hager netted nine points.

Gunnar Williams (four points), Will Gullett (four points), Grant Justice (four points), Jake Hyden (four points), Zach Thompson (four points), Cameron Wright (three points), Karsten Poe (two points) and Devin Hall (one point) provided additional scoring for Adams in the win.

Adams 54, Bates 30: Adams beat Bates 54-30 in the second game of the single-elimination tournament.

Jaxon Watts led Adams in scoring, finishing with a game-high 18 points.

Joining Watts in double figures, Jake Hyden netted 12 points for the Blackcats.

Additional scorers for Adams were Grant Justice (eight points), Nick Garrett (three points), Colby Fugate (three points), Karsten Poe (three points), Cameron Wright (three points) and Zach Thompson (two points).

Adams 43, Woodford County 36: Adams defeated Woodford County 43-36 in its third game in the single-elimination tournament.

Zach Thompson led Adams with 10 points. Thompson was the lone Blackcat to reach double figures in the scoring column.

Following Thompson in the Adams scoring column were Colby Fugate (seven points), Jake Hyden (seven points), Jaxon Watts (seven points), Gunnar Williams (four points), Cameron Wright (three points), Grant Justice (three points), Devin Hall (two points) and Karsten Poe (two points).

TK Stone 45, Adams 36: In its fourth game of the single-elimination tournament and the third contest in one day, Adams lost to TK Stone, a team out of Elizabethtown. TK Stone topped the Blackcats 45-36.

Jaxon Watts led Adams with 11 points. Watts was the only Adams player to reach double figures in the scoring column.

Finishing one shot short of reaching double figures, Jake Hyden netted nine points for the Blackcats.

Other scorers for Adams were Colby Fugate (four points), Caleb Hager (three points), Karsten Poe (two points) and Cameron Wright (two points).

“I could not have been prouder of this team to face this type of competition and adversity,” Adams Coach Doug Hopkins said, following his team’s run in the state tournament. “We pulled off something that no other team from Floyd County has accomplished. This a great experience for them, getting to see teams from all over the state. I feel this brought our boys together and we started playing our best basketball of the season.

“We also had another first for Floyd County. Jaxon Watts made First Team All-KBA. This was a great accomplishment for Jaxon and our team. Getting this award for Jaxon was an all-out team effort. I can’t say enough about how Jaxon played and the team. It makes my job a lot easier when you have players of his caliber. We also scheduled our sixth grade and eighth grade teams to play in the KBA, but due to scheduling conflicts with our county tournament we were not able to attend.”

Hopkins was also quick to thank members of his coaching staff.

“I would like to a give a big thanks to our coaches – Justin Allen, Chuck Rowe and Tommy Poe,” Hopkins added. “These guys put in so much of their own time towards the success of this program.”

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Adams among top squads in state tournament

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