Two of Tennessee's best
By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Cannon County hoops enthusiasts not only have two of District 8-AA’s best teams, but they also have two of the state’s best according to the first Associated Press Class AA prep polls released last week.
The Lionettes (20-2) were ranked No. 3 and received two of the possible 12 first-place votes from state sportswriters and broadcasters. The Lions (19-3) debuted at No. 10 in the Class AA boys poll.
It marked the first state ranking for the Lions in 15 years. In fact, current head coach Matt Rigsby was a junior on the last Cannon County team to be ranked in the state poll.
“At the end of the day the polls are something for fans to get excited about and talk about but it is great recognition for our program and for our kids,” Rigsby said. “These guys have put a great deal of work and effort into being part of a successful program. They have dedicated themselves to being successful so it is good to see their efforts get recognized.”
The Lionettes (20-2) are in the Class AA state poll for the sixth consecutive season under Head Coach Michael Dodgen.
They debuted at No. 3, just eight points behind second-place Grainger and 11 points behind first-place Elizabethton.
“We have two very good basketball teams and it is unique to have both ranked,” Dodgen said. “This gives Cannon County fans reason to get excited.”
Associated Press Class AA Top 10
(The Associated Press’ top 10 teams in the Class AA polls as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parentheses, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one for a 10th-place vote).