TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By John Stepp
For The Times Tribune
CORBIN — For a kid in his first year of high school basketball, Clay County’s Trey Farmer has done quite well for himself.
Donning the No. 32 that his father Richie wore, Farmer was able to lead the Tigers to their second-straight 13th Region Championship. He even did enough to garner the Most Valuable Player award, scoring 20 points and pulling down five rebounds in the title game.
“This is special for him. This is his first year of high school basketball. He’s a phenomenal talent. He’s got it in his genes,” said Clay County coach Robert Marcum. “He’s the guy that you want the ball in his hands at the end of the game. We’re just glad to have him.”
For Farmer, this game was everything. The sophomore has been through a lot in the past year, and to help his team win another 13th Region crown was just what he and his family needed.
“With everything that’s been going on, I wanted to go out there and win this for my dad,” said Farmer. “Going to the Sweet 16 is something I’ve been wanting to do since I was a little kid. This is a great experience.”
Farmer hit big shot after big shot against Corbin in Monday night’s regional matchup, but none was bigger than a 3-point shot that found the bottom of the net as time expired at the end of the third quarter. The three pushed the Clay County lead back to 10 and gave the Tigers the momentum heading into the final quarter.
“When it hit my hands I was just trying to get the shot off. I just tried to make a shot before the time expired,” said Farmer. “That put us up by 10 points and I was just thinking we had the game. That helped give it to us.”
To Marcum, that was exactly the type of shot that he has come to expect from Farmer.
“That shows just what kind of player he is. That was a huge shot for us and really the key to the game,” Marcum added.
With a regional championship and MVP award under his belt, Farmer will try to lead his team to a win in the first round of the Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena next week.
“I just want to win. I’m going to go out there and do what I can to help my team and do whatever Coach asked me to do,” said Farmer. “This is what we’ve worked for all year long. It was rough at first, trying to play together, but we’ve come together as a team.”
The Tigers will take on 9th Region winner Covington Catholic next Thursday at 8 p.m. at Rupp Arena.