Young Cougars on display versus Tigers

Young Cougars on display versus Tigers

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Young Cougars on display versus Tigers

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They’re admittedly young, but that’s what happens when you graduate five productive senior starters off your basketball team.

Godby coach Andy Colville knows this, so he shouldn’t get too upset that his two starting freshman guards B.J. McClenton and Quan Jackson must learn via trial and error. But he does. It’s just his nature.

Yet Thursday night’s home game against Jefferson County showed that, given time, Colville’s youngsters can become quite good.

“This ninth and 10th grade class is going to have a chance, if they work really hard, to do really well in their career,” Colville said.

A strong first half by the Cougars built a 25-point lead and an eventual 57-43 victory over the Tigers, who played their season opener.

Godby (4-1) is also missing several football players who will significantly enhance overall quality and depth as the season wears on. For now, the Cougars will lean on 6-foot-8-inch senior center Terrell Huntley, who scored a game-high 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Godby senior guard Trent Henderson, who also held a limited spot-shooter role last year, scored 13 points, dished out five assists and picked six steals. McClenton and Jackson combined for 12 points, four assists and seven steals and kept turnovers to a reasonable minimum.

The Tigers (0-1) were led by Ramez Nealy’s 16 points and 10 rebounds and Lenorris Footman’s 15 points and nine rebounds, but Jefferson struggled with turnovers (29).

“All those guys come from football,” Jefferson coach Ron Graham said. “By the time we get later in the season and understand what we’re doing, we’ll be fine.”

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