High School Basketball

Rivals team up to support relief efforts after Kentucky school shooting

McCracken County and Carlisle County athletes and students formed a prayer circle before their boys’ basketball game Tuesday night.
McCracken County and Carlisle County athletes and students formed a prayer circle before their boys’ basketball game Tuesday night. WPSD sports director

Franklin County High School and Western Hills High School are teaming up to support relief efforts following the Tuesday shooting at Marshall County High School.

The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at both schools will wear Marshall County’s school colors as they warm up before the games —blue jerseys Franklin County and orange for Western Hills — and the student sections have been asked to wear those same colors during the games at Franklin County on Friday night. The warm-up tee shirts will read #marshallstrong across the front.

The varsity boys’ game tips at 6 p.m. with the girls’ game to follow at 8:15 p.m.

There will be an area in the arena set up for attendees to make donations. Franklin County Coach Tony Wise said he will be contacting members of the Marshall County community to learn how best the donations can be put to use.

“Never did we think that as educators we would have to put our lives on the line every single day but that is what this world has come to,” Wise said in an email to the Herald-Leader. “With this one hitting so close to home it is a sickening feeling for those that will be forever affected by this tragedy. We just wanted to show some support because it is a helpless and scary feeling knowing this can happen anywhere at anytime. However, I'm hoping that our schools and the community of Frankfort come together to show support for those hurting in Benton. It isn't much but it is the least we can do!”

Two students were killed and more than a dozen more were wounded during a shooting that occurred Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School. Police arrested the suspect, a 15-year-old boy.

Schools across Western Kentucky showed solidarity with Marshall County during basketball games Tuesday night, including McCracken County, whose community suffered after a shooting at Heath High School in Dec. 1997.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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