Tigers return to action after sub-state trip

Fayetteville High School Tigers

Fayetteville High School’s Tigers this season are (front, from left) Teondre Love, Jaterious Derrick, Kenardo Jackson (KJ), Cayian Kelso, DJ Henley, Cole Cash, Phillip Bonner, (rear) Marquese Nance, Assistant Coach Edward Keys, Wyatt Groce, Josh Litaker, Aljarea Johnson, Corian Cash, Brayden Hockett, Head Coach Chris Murdock, Isaiah Thomison, Kentius Henderson, Tyeus Layne, Bryson Casey, Assistant Coach Fitzgerald Hopkins and Camaurionn Taylor.

After a stellar season on the hardwood and an appearance in sub-state last year, Fayetteville High School’s Tigers return to the court with a young squad.

Coach Chris Murdock, in his 12th year as head coach, is assisted by Fitzgerald Hopkins, in his second year, and Edward Keys in his fifth.

Last year’s Tigers posted an impressive 25-6 record, narrowly losing 41-44 in the sub-state game.

Only three players with substantial playing experience return from that team, Bam Taylor, Brayden Hockett, who earned All-Tournament team honors, and Marquese Nance, named to the All-District team.

That trio will be joined in the top rotation by Tyeus Layne, Bryson Casey, Isaiah Thomison and Corian Cash.

“We will be young, but we have a high basketball IQ and can shoot the ball really well; however, we will be smaller in size this season,” Murdock said.

“We are taking this year one day at a time because tomorrow isn’t promised,” he added. “We want to end the day on a good note, whether it was a practice or game.”

The Tigers compete in district play with Moore County, Eagleville, Cascade, Huntland and Cornersville.