Travis Perry is back for Lyon County this year, looking to improve on his 20.6 points a game for the 21-win Lyons a season ago.

He'll have a new coach, too -- who he'll probably have to ride to practice with.

Perry's dad, Ryan Perry, takes over for Jeff Embrey, who stepped down last spring.

"Not much will change this year," Ryan Perry said. "We will stick to that same plan and keep the ball in his hands and rely on his good decision making and dynamic scoring ability to lead this team. Travis's basketball IQ is off the charts and he really knows how to control a basketball game. For him, age is just a number."

Jackson Shoulders (12.5 ppg) is back, too, for the Lyons -- whose only notable losses are Gabe Board and Gabe Defew, who graduated in the spring.

Elsewhere across the Fifth and Seventh Districts, and Massac County …

• With a first-year coach, Caldwell County will look to press forward in 2019-20.

Chuck Mitchell, who was formerly an assistant at Paducah Tilghman for girls coach Stephen Dreher, took the Lady Tigers' coaching job over the summer.

Caldwell returns several, including Bella McConnell, who averaged 13.6 points a game, and junior guard Jacey Jaggers, who averaged 11.6 for the Lady Tigers last year.

• Gracie Howard is back for a Christian Fellowship group that won 10 games a season ago. She led the team in scoring with 13 points a game. The only starter missing from last year's team is Rachel Howard, who was second on the team with 6.6 points a game.

• Over in Illinois, Massac County's boys and girls return a host of talent that have both groups poised for a potential run in the Southern Illinois River Region.

Jase Mizell and Zach Travis lead a Patriot squad that went 18-14 a season ago.

The Lady Patriots return all but two -- Bailey Duckworth and Paige Box - including post threats Cali McCraw and Jessie Lewis, as well as shooter Farrah Castleman, for first-year coach Justin Kindle.

Fifth and Seventh District teams that responded to The Sun's

request for information

Caldwell County (Girls)

Mascot: Lady Tigers

Coach: Chuck Mitchell

2018-19 record: 13-16

Key losses: Peyton Young

Possible starters: Jada Boyd, Bella McConnell, Lucy Goffient, Karsyn Parker, Jacey Jaggers

Outlook: "Small goals (are to) be competitive every night (and) win 15-plus games.

Big goals (are to win a) All 'A' regional championship, district championship (and) advance in

the regional tournament." -- Mitchell

Christian Fellowship (Boys)

Mascot: Eagles

Coach: Tyler Ryan

2018-19 record: 7-21

Key losses: Ethan Binkley, Nathaniel Hummel

Possible starters: Andrew Allen, Ari Phillips, Mikey Bivin, Andrew Dunning, Jackson Futrell

Outlook: "We want to get better every day and improve on last season. Not only that, but to have one of the best seasons CFS has seen in over 20 years." -- Ryan

Christian Fellowship (Girls)

Mascot: Lady Eagles

Coach: Trevor Jackson

2018-19 record: 10-17

Key losses: Rachel Howard

Possible starters: Gracie Howard, Jayden Jackson, Lily Burnett, Jaycie Jackson, Edie Little

Outlook: "Small goal is that we want to win a game in the All 'A.' Last year was our first year competing in the All 'A' and we played Ballard Memorial close but lost. Bigger goal would be to finish above .500." -- Trevor Jackson

Livingston Central (Girls)

Mascot: Lady Cardinals

Coach: Eric Wring

2018-19 record: 4-24

Key losses: None

Possible starters: Lauren Wring, Kerah Davidson

Outlook: "At the very least we hope to be competitive in the Fifth District and hopefully beyond." -- Eric Wring

Lyon County (Boys)

Mascot: Lyons

Coach: Ryan Perry

2018-19 record: 21-10

Key losses: Gabe Board, Trace Adams, Gabe Defew

Possible starters: Travis Perry, Kade Blackburn, Trey Hawkins, Jackson Shoulders, Nick Whalin

Outlook: "Our small goals are to be able to run multiple defenses and presses as we want to with no limits on what we can play based on our personnel and to be able to bring the intensity we need to compete to practice every day, to all our games and carry it through all our possessions both defensively and offensively. We have some guys still that are having trouble understanding the effort it takes all the time to be really good, but we are learning." -- Ryan Perry

Massac County (Boys)

Mascot: Patriots

Coach: Joe Hosman

2018-19 record: 18-14

Key losses: None.

Possible starters: Jase Mizell, Zach Travis, JJ Sweatt, Tragen Keys, Kyler McIntosh

Massac County (Girls)

Mascot: Lady Patriots

Coach: Justin Kindle

2018-19 record: 10-17

Key losses: Bailey Duckworth, Paige Box

Possible starters: Farrah Castleman, Cali McCraw, Jessie Lewis, Maddie Coakley

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