For five seasons as Rowan County’s girls basketball coach, Scott Tackett had the Lady Vikings accomplishing things they had only dreamed of doing. Tackett had been an assistant boys basketball coach at West Carter. Hired as coach in October of 2007, Tackett entered amid a little controversy but as a good sea captain would do he steadied the ship, continued the best course and made it even better.
Tackett coached the Lady Vikings just five seasons-2007-08 thru 20011-12, but oh, what great years those were. He inherited a team that had no starter over 5’8” tall. But these girls could play tenacious defense. So what Tackett did was to add what one newspaper called “a racehorse offense” to that tenacious defense. That meant getting the girls in the best physical shape of their lives. They ran . And ran. And then ran some more.
All that running paid off. In the first game they defeated Scott County, a ranked team. Starters that first season under Tackett were juniors Jennifer Brockman and Caitlin Martin at guard, with Cassidi Spurlock, Nicole Barr and a great athlete named Amber Riddle (we have posted a few times on Riddle’s great softball skills and her being a 3rd Team All State basketballer in 2008-09.) These were just the starters. They played nearly the whole team.
In that first season of 2007-08 in late January Tackett had these girls averaging about 18 steals per game and had four games where they made the opposing team make over 40 turnovers.
The Lady Vikings had three players make All State Honorable Mention selections that season in Riddle, Barr and Spurlock. They won the 16th Region Tournament but fell to Breathitt County in the opening round of the Sweet 16. Their record was 27-6.
In 2008-09 the Lady Vikings again won the Regional Tournament and again fell in the first round of Sweet 16 play, this time to Boone County. At season’s end Riddle was an All Stater and Martin again was an All State Honorable Mention selection along with Jennifer Brockman. Their record 26-4.In 2009-10.
Tackett once again had the girls rolling in his third season at the helm. They captured the 16th Region crown once again and this time won their opener in the Sweet 16 over Breathitt County. In the quarterfinals they handled Clay County . Then eventual champions Mercy Academy slapped on a 1-2-2 full court press causing 30 turnovers and it proved too much in the semifinal match as Rowan County fell , 53-45. That ended a wonderful season at 22-9 that saw Natasha Kissinger and Kaitlyn Muncy both as All State Honorable Mention selections. It also saw Coach Scott Tackett named as the 16th Region girls Coach of The Year by the KABC.
In 2011 the Lady Vikings finished with a 19-10 mark, one player-Tierra Hamilton- was an All State Honorable Mention selection , the team won one game in the 16th Regional Tournament before falling to eventual champs Boyd County by four points. That completed a 19-10 season.
The season of 2011-12 would be the last one at the school as coach for Scott Tackett. They would once again take one victory in the 16th Region Tournament but fall in a semifinal match against Ashland, 53-40. That completed a 25-7 season. Taylor Lewis would be chosen as an All State Honorable Mention selectee in that final season for Tackett as their head coach. He would leave the school with a 119-36 record there and three Region titles. He had resigned to take the job as girls coach at his old school, West Carter, the only school he would think about leaving the Lady Vikings’ program for. 
That job never materialized as there was a question over what classes he would be teaching. 
Every great symphony has a very good conductor.


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