Henderson County-Memorial notes

A few thoughts from Tuesday’s boys basketball season opener between Henderson County and Evansville Memorial:

Memorial is the traditional season-opener for the Colonels and has been a tough place for Henderson County coaches to make their debuts. Mark Starns made his Henderson County debut at Memorial on Nov. 27, 2007 and lost 91-58. Phil Gibson coached his first game with Henderson County at Memorial on Nov. 29, 1995 and lost 76-73. Curtis Turley didn’t make his debut with Henderson County against Memorial but lost in his second game with the Colonels 72-68 at Memorial on Dec. 4, 1987.

All 14 varsity players saw playing time and 10 of them played in the first half when the game was still close. Depth will be a key for this Henderson County team. Not only will the Colonels hope to wear down opponents, that depth should build competition in practice. With the depth comes less playing time for some players. “There’s going to some guys who won’t get as much playing time as they got last year and some who will get more. But nobody is complaining about minutes. They’re cheering for each other and picking each other up. That shows me they’re starting to buy into the family concept that we are trying to create,” Henderson County coach Tyler Smithhart said.

Henderson County hit six 3-pointers in the 64-45 win, including three off the bench by sophomore D.J. Smith. Senior Rick Armstead hit two in the first half including one to start the game. Smith, who scored a team-high 13 points, will be hard to keep out of the starting lineup. Smithhart said a couple of weeks ago that Smith was “very close” to breaking into the starting five.

Memorial’s roster includes two Henderson residents. Junior Mitchell Long started at guard for the Tigers, while senior guard Alex Partenheimer played some off the bench.

Henderson Co. boys basketball schedule

Here’s a look at the Henderson County boys basketball schedule for 2012-13.

Nov 27, 12 Evansville Memorial, IN away     7:30 PM  
Dec 1, 12 John Hardin at LaRue County     5:00 PM Corky Cox Classic
Dec 3, 12 Logan County home     7:30 PM  
Dec 5, 12 Hopkinsville away     7:30 PM  
Dec 6, 12 Muhlenberg County away     7:30 PM  
Dec 8, 12 Bryan Station at Bourbon County     4:30 PM Kentucky Bank Shootout
Dec 14, 12 Webster County away     7:30 PM  
Dec 15, 12 Lincoln County at Adair County     5:00 PM McDonald’s Hoopin It Up Classic
Dec 20, 12 Calloway County at Ohio County     7:00 PM Danny Annis Memorial Eagle Classic
Dec 21, 12 TBA at Ohio County       Danny Annis Memorial Eagle Classic
Dec 22, 12 TBA at Ohio County       Danny Annis Memorial Eagle Classic
Dec 27, 12 TBA at Ashland Blazer     2:30 PM Ashland Invitational Tournament
Dec 28, 12 TBA at Ashland Blazer       Ashland Invitational Tournament
Dec 29, 12 TBA at Ashland Blazer       Ashland Invitational Tournament
Jan 4, 13 Ohio County home     7:30 PM  
Jan 8, 13 Christian County away     7:30 PM  
Jan 11, 13 Union County away     7:30 PM  
Jan 12, 13 Elizabethtown home        
Jan 15, 13 Daviess County away     7:30 PM  
Jan 18, 13 Apollo away     7:30 PM  
Jan 19, 13 Madisonville-North Hopkins away     7:30 PM  
Jan 26, 13 Collins at Shelby County       Tom Creamer Classic
Jan 29, 13 Union County home     7:30 PM  
Feb 2, 13 Evansville Memorial, IN home     7:30 PM  
Feb 5, 13 Warren Central home     7:30 PM  
Feb 8, 13 Webster County home     7:30 PM  
Feb 12, 13 Hopkins County Central away     7:30 PM  
Feb 14, 13 Bowling Green home     7:30 PM  
Feb 15, 13 Owensboro home     7:30 PM

Webster Co. basketball schedules

Boys

Nov 30, 12 Owensboro home     7:30 PM  
Dec 4, 12 Livingston Central home     7:30 PM  
Dec 6, 12 Fort Campbell home     6:00 PM  
Dec 8, 12 Crittenden County at Madisonville North Hopkins     6:00 PM Messenger Tip Off Classic
Dec 11, 12 McLean County away     7:30 PM  
Dec 14, 12 Henderson County home     7:30 PM  
Dec 18, 12 Crittenden County away     7:30 PM  
Dec 20, 12 Meade County at Bethlehem     6:00 PM Bethlehem Eagles Holiday Classic
Dec 21, 12 Bethlehem away     7:30 PM Bethlehem Eagles Holiday Classic
Dec 22, 12 Marion County at Bethlehem     6:00 PM Bethlehem Eagles Holiday Classic
Dec 27, 12 Hopkins County Central home     8:00 PM Webster County Holiday Classic
Dec 28, 12 Lyon County home     2:45 PM Webster County Holiday Classic
Dec 28, 12 Gallatin County home     8:00 PM Webster County Holiday Classic
Dec 29, 12 Holy Cross (Louisville) home     3:15 PM Webster County Holiday Classic
Jan 4, 13 Union County away     7:30 PM  
Jan 5, 13 Hopkins County Central away     7:30 PM  
Jan 8, 13 Caldwell County home     7:30 PM  
Jan 12, 13 Breckinridge County home     6:30 PM  
Jan 15, 13 Trigg County       7:00 PM 2nd Region All “A” Classic
Jan 22, 13 Trigg County home     7:30 PM  
Jan 24, 13 Livingston Central away     7:30 PM  
Jan 29, 13 Owensboro Catholic home     7:30 PM  
Feb 1, 13 Union County home     7:30 PM  
Feb 4, 13 Lyon County away     7:30 PM  
Feb 5, 13 Madisonville-North Hopkins home     7:30 PM  
Feb 8, 13 Henderson County away     7:30 PM  
Feb 12, 13 Caldwell County away     7:30 PM  
Feb 14, 13 St. Mary away     7:30 PM

Girls

Nov 30, 12 Dawson Springs home     6:00 PM  
Dec 4, 12 Livingston Central home     6:00 PM  
Dec 6, 12 Graves County home     6:00 PM  
Dec 8, 12 Madisonville-North Hopkins at Madisonville North Hopkins     7:45 PM Messenger Tip Off Classic
Dec 11, 12 Trigg County away     7:30 PM  
Dec 13, 12 Henderson County home     7:30 PM  
Dec 15, 12 McLean County home     4:30 PM  
Dec 18, 12 Crittenden County away     6:00 PM  
Dec 20, 12 Apollo at Madisonville North Hopkins     4:00 PM Hancock Bank Classic
Dec 21, 12 Livingston Central at Madisonville North Hopkins     4:00 PM Hancock Bank Classic
Dec 22, 12 Madisonville-North Hopkins at Madisonville North Hopkins     6:00 PM Hancock Bank Classic
Jan 4, 13 Union County away     6:00 PM  
Jan 7, 13 Christian County away     7:30 PM  
Jan 8, 13 Daviess County home     6:00 PM  
Jan 11, 13 Henderson County away     7:30 PM  
Jan 14, 13 Trigg County       7:00 PM 2nd Region All “A” Classic
Jan 25, 13 University Heights away     7:30 PM  
Jan 26, 13 Ohio County home     6:00 PM  
Jan 29, 13 Hopkins County Central home     6:00 PM  
Feb 1, 13 Union County home     6:00 PM  
Feb 8, 13 Owensboro away     7:30 PM  
Feb 12, 13 Caldwell County away     6:00 PM  
Feb 15, 13 Crittenden County home     7:30 PM

Union Co. basketball schedules

Girls

 

Nov 29, 12 Madisonville-North Hopkins away 7:30 PM
Dec 3, 12 Ohio County away 7:30 PM
Dec 7, 12 Henderson County away 7:30 PM
Dec 8, 12 Hopkins County Central at Madisonville North Hopkins 4:00 PM Messenger Tip Off Classic
Dec 11, 12 Apollo home 7:30 PM
Dec 15, 12 Hancock County home 7:30 PM
Dec 21, 12 Owensboro at Hopkins County Central 2:30 PM Lady Storm United Mine Workers Invitational
Dec 22, 12 TBA at Hopkins County Central Lady Storm United Mine Workers Invitational
Dec 26, 12 TBA at Mercer County Titans Christmas Clash
Dec 27, 12 TBA at Mercer County Titans Christmas Clash
Dec 28, 12 TBA at Mercer County Titans Christmas Clash
Jan 4, 13 Webster County home 6:00 PM
Jan 8, 13 Caldwell County away 7:30 PM
Jan 12, 13 Hopkinsville away 3:30 PM
Jan 15, 13 Daviess County home 7:30 PM
Jan 18, 13 Madisonville-North Hopkins home 7:30 PM
Jan 19, 13 McLean County home 2:00 PM
Jan 22, 13 Crittenden County away 7:30 PM
Jan 25, 13 Henderson County home 7:30 PM
Jan 26, 13 University Heights home 7:30 PM
Feb 1, 13 Webster County away 6:00 PM
Feb 5, 13 Livingston Central home 7:30 PM
Feb 9, 13 Heath away 5:00 PM
Feb 12, 13 Lyon County away 7:30 PM
Feb 15, 13 University Heights away 7:30 PM

Boys

Nov 29, 12 University Heights home 7:30 PM
Dec 1, 12 Breckinridge County 1:00 PM 11th District Tip-Off Classic
Dec 4, 12 Muhlenberg County home 7:30 PM
Dec 7, 12 Ballard Memorial home 7:30 PM
Dec 11, 12 Evansville Day School, IN away 7:30 PM
Dec 14, 12 Caldwell County home 7:30 PM
Dec 17, 12 Lyon County away 7:30 PM
Dec 18, 12 Lone Oak away 7:30 PM
Dec 21, 12 Carlisle County home 7:30 PM
Dec 27, 12 TBA at Eldorado, IL Eldorado Christmas Tournament
Dec 28, 12 TBA at Eldorado, IL Eldorado Christmas Tournament
Dec 29, 12 TBA at Eldorado, IL Eldorado Christmas Tournament
Jan 4, 13 Webster County home 7:30 PM
Jan 8, 13 Dawson Springs home 7:30 PM
Jan 11, 13 Henderson County home 7:30 PM
Jan 12, 13 Lone Oak home 7:30 PM
Jan 15, 13 Madisonville-North Hopkins away 7:30 PM
Jan 18, 13 Hopkins County Central away 7:30 PM
Jan 19, 13 Hancock County away 7:30 PM
Jan 22, 13 Owensboro Catholic away 7:30 PM
Jan 25, 13 McLean County away 7:30 PM
Jan 29, 13 Henderson County away 7:30 PM
Jan 31, 13 Lyon County home 7:30 PM
Feb 1, 13 Webster County away 7:30 PM
Feb 4, 13 Livingston Central away 7:30 PM
Feb 5, 13 Crittenden County away 7:30 PM
Feb 9, 13 Heath away 6:30 PM
Feb 12, 13 Daviess County home 7:30 PM
Feb 15, 13 Hopkins County Central home 7:30 PM

 

 

Henderson Co. girls basketball schedule

Here’s a look at the Henderson County girls basketball schedule
Nov 30, 12 Daviess County home 7:30 PM
Dec 7, 12 Union County home 7:30 PM
Dec 13, 12 Webster County away 7:30 PM
Dec 15, 12 Calloway County home 2:00 PM
Jan 4, 13 Christian County away 6:00 PM
Jan 5, 13 Owensboro home
Jan 7, 13 Madisonville-North Hopkins home 7:30 PM
Jan 11, 13 Webster County home 7:30 PM
Jan 14, 13 Paducah Tilghman home 7:30 PM
Jan 17, 13 Madisonville-North Hopkins home 7:30 PM
Jan 18, 13 Marshall County away 7:00 PM Gunner’s Magic Train Shootout
Jan 25, 13 Union County away 7:30 PM
Jan 26, 13 Apollo away 2:30 PM
Jan 28, 13 Muhlenberg County away 7:30 PM
Feb 2, 13 Calloway County away 2:00 PM
Feb 7, 13 McLean County away 6:00 PM
Feb 9, 13 Marion County at East Hardin Middle School 1:45 PM Duke’s Sporting Goods Valentine’s Shootout
Feb 11, 13 Owensboro Catholic away 7:30 PM
Feb 12, 13 Murray home 6:30 PM

It’s tipoff time

High school basketball season starts across the Commonweath tonight though none of the local teams play until Tuesday.
Henderson County’s boys and new head coach Tyler Smithhart travel across the river for the traditional season-opener with Evansville Memorial.
That series has become a home-and-home affair in recent years, which I like. As hard as it is for Henderson County to find opponents, it’s a good thing to play the Tigers twice. The matchup always draws a nice crowd and generally with a couple of Henderson players on the Memorial roster, the game always draws plenty of interest.