Sometimes good deeds get rewarded.
And that’s what happened Saturday night for the Logan County High School girls’ basketball team when students from Magoffin County High School in eastern Kentucky came out to cheer on the Lady Cougars in their home game against Greenwood.
In March, the Magoffin County girls’ team was playing in the Sweet 16 in Bowling Green. That was just days after the community had been devastated by a tornado.
Since more of the team’s supporters were still back home picking up their pieces of their lives torn up by the storm, the Logan County girls’ basketball squad led a contingent of LCSH students to E.A. Diddle Arena to cheer on Magoffin County.
And over the weekend, the Lady Hornets returned the favor by riding for hours on a school bus to root for the Lady Cougars.
“It was very cool - it made me want to cry,” Lady Cougars coach Scot MacAllister said. “I didn’t know they were coming.”
MacAllister was instrumental in having his girls lead the cheering section back during the state tournament.
He and Magoffin County coach Scott Castle had worked together on the same staff during AAU basketball.
He was shocked when the Magoffin County students started filing into the LCHS gym during the junior varsity game on Saturday.
“We’ve been so busy with the season that it wasn’t real hard for them to keep it a secret from me,” he said. “I guess the administration had known about it for a while and some of the kids had known for about a week. The JV game was going on and I was kinda watching it and the Alabama football game in coach Greg Howard’s office when all of a student I heard this really loud cheering.
“I turned and I looked and there was Scott Castle walking through the doors, but I knew doesn’t explain the hollering Then he points and I saw the whole student section was filling with Magoffin County kids. It was so cool.”
The gesture wasn’t just special to MacAllister.
“My players were in awe, just like I was,” he said. “I had to explain the whole history of thing to some of them though, because we’ve got nine freshmen on the team. They didn’t even know what was going on.”
The lady Cougars didn’t manage to pull out the win, but it was still a special evening for the players, coaches and students at Logan County.
“Most people, when you do something nice, you’re not expecting to get anything in return,” MacAllister said. “It was the right thing to do at the time back during the Sweet 16, but it was just really cool how those Magoffin County kids rode a bus five-plus hours that day to come cheer for us and then were riding back that night. Just to know that they had go so far out of their way, that was really great.”