They made a little history at Kerens, Corsicana and Mildred and 10 teams from the Golden Circle advanced to the state playoffs, including one that went all the way to the state tournament in Austin.
It was quite a year for Golden Circle basketball.
There were players who had breakout seasons, coaches who turned programs upside-down (see Brian Coffman's Wortham boys team and Kendle Cotten's Hubbard's girls team), and more close games (see District 23-2A boys race), more take-your-breath-away plays and more 3-pointers (see Blooming Grove's Lions) than anyone could have expected. It didn't end until the Kerens LadyCats had driven to the edge of winning a state title, and when it was all over three Kerens girls — Taylor Ames, Breanna Baxter and Cambree Betts — and two girls from Frost, Jae Moore and Diana Rios, were named to Class 1A All-State team.
Dale Clement's Mildred girls made history by winning the district title and advancing further in the playoffs than any Mildred team since 1928 while Corsicana's girls had their best season in 21 years.
The 2013-2014 basketball season was an incredible ride for Golden Circle teams, coaches and fans and it ends here with the announcement of the MVPs Nate Betts and Taylor Ames being named MVPs of the Year.
Nate Betts, Kerens,
Every coach that faced Kerens' Nate Betts said the same thing about the talented guard. They used words like, special, clutch, unstoppable, and his own coach Don Enis, simply called Betts “phenomenal.”
Betts, a junior, was all that and more and an easy choice to win the boys MVP award for the top player in the Golden Circle.
Betts had all the numbers — he averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals a game, but Betts was a lot more than numbers. He took the court every night with one goal, to find a way to win. He usually did, leading the Bobcats to the District 18-1A title and a drive in the playoffs that didn't end until the third round.