Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette 2019-2020 Cougars Freshman Basketball team

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

2019-2020 Cougars Freshman Basketball team

The Cougars and coaches are excited to kick off the 2019-2020 season.

According to Head Coach Travis Johnston, they have been working hard in the weight room and on the court to prepare to have a successful season.

The Cougars only have one senior on the roster this season, but Coach Johnston feels that they can still have a great season if they continue to improve each game and each practice.

Johnston said, "Nolan Shartzer will lead the way for us as a senior after averaging 13 points and 5 rebounds per game last season. He is also going to make a push for 1000 career points this season. We will look to him all season long to be the driving force behind anything we do."

Shartzer is accompanied by Jaxon Higdon and Keegan Sharp who part of the rotation last season and a lot of fresh faces ready to step up into new roles.

Johnston said, "Our goals this season are to win the 12th District title for the 3rd year in a row and compete in the 3rd region tournament."

He believes if they continue to work hard and come together as a team, they will be able to reach those goals.

The Cougars will have to make up some ground in this year to continue the trends. They lost two key figures from last year's team with Spencer Sharp and Q'Daryius McHenry no longer around. The duo of guards were both the teams leading scorers averaging 14 points a game each.

Grayson went 13-17 in his first season at the post but still managed a tournament run, beating rivals Edmonson County 49-30 to the take the 12th district title. He backed up the good start by improving the team to 17-15 last season while being able to defend his district title.

They won the district last season and now they are looking to defend the title. Travis Johnston is back for his third season at the school as the team's head coach and he will be hoping to continue his streak of improvement. Last year's stats included a total of 193 two-and three-point field goals, 117 free throws and 270 rebounds made by Grayson County players.

Now he will be looking to return regional for a third straight season while also getting the team above .500.

This year’s Cougar Basketball team includes:

River Blanton

Camden Brothers

Brayden Childress

Evan Clark

Mason Galloway

Jaxon Higdon

Dillon Horn

Nolan Hornback

Miles Hornbeck

Chase Johnson

Chandler McCrady

Brett Payton

Lucas Pierce

Keegan Sharp

Nolan Shartzer

Jaylen Smith-Oglesby

Hunter Tomes

Michael Wood