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Kidder adjusts to and with his new hoop team

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Cards’ boys’ coach looks back at first year, ahead to second season at the TCHS helm

By Bobby Brockman

Jeff Kidder knew there would be growing pains as he came to guide the Taylor County High School boys’ basketball team from many years as a junior college and NCAA Division 1 assistant.
“My biggest adjustment to high school coaching was the tempo and the pace of the games,” Kidder admitted after his Cardinals’ season-ending loss to North Hardin in the Fifth Region Tournament.
“I really thought our guys got better throughout the season defensively and made better decisions with the ball,” Kidder said of the 16-15 slate. “But, you always want to win more games than you lose.”
Kidder feels for the 2013-14 campaign he needs “to continue to build and develop the kids we have in our program. The off-season is very important.
“Experience is greatest teacher in sports. The longer you play the game the better the IQ.”
Kidder, being from Meade County, knew he was going into a strong region. “The Fifth Region is very  competitive. Our players have to play smart, hard and unselfish to have a chance to win every night.
“As a team you have many goals. You want to be a team that competes with every team on your schedule and have a chance to advance in post-season every year.
“We’ll tweak our schedule a little,” Kidder continued about next season. “I would like a balance of our home-away games. This past year 12 of our first 13 games were on the road.
“I’ve always said that when teams lose players to graduation that there’s always another kid to replace them. That’s the great thing about sports.”