March 20, 2011

Craigmont Chiefs Overcome Lack of Star, Win Title

All season long, they embraced their head coach's system, and lived up to his new nickname for them: "the Wolfpack."

After opening the season with four straight victories, they stumbled to consecutive losses to traditional Memphis powers Central and Melrose in the 40th Annual MLK Invitational Classic.

After righting themselves and steamrolling to an 11-1 mark in District 14-AAA play, they suffered a devastating 74-49 defeat in the Memphis City Championship play-in game.

After the demolition at the hands of the Roadrunners, Craigmont High's Chiefs sure didn't have the look of state champions. Yet on Sunday, March 20, they came home to little fanfare with the TSSAA gold ball in tow, earning the hardware with a 61-55 victory over Bearden's Bulldogs the night before.

The triumph capped a 33-5 season in which the Wolfpack--err, Chiefs--went undefeated (16-0) at home, and capped a scintillating postseason run in which they defeated the then-defending state champions (Melrose), runners-up (White Station), and consensus number one team in the state (Bearden) all within a span of 10 days.

Head coach David Taylor espouses a simple theory on the basketball court: attack at all times.

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