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were at school together, practice
together and at his house. We were
hanging. Being there together
kind of takes you away from that
moment, when you’re sitting in
a room by yourself asking all
Childress did his best to provide
answers. All week, his players
had them. Who would play?
Would Hughes play? Would the
district quarterfinal matchup with
Hillwood be cancelled?
Ultimately, they played. Hughes
played, his teammates played.
Hughes, then just a sophomore
who’d already topped the
1,000-point mark less than two
years in, scored 11 points in the
fourth quarter alone to spur a 63-
57 comeback win.
“It was tough for the first two
quarters, with all the stuff that
had gone on this week going
through my mind,” Hughes told
the Tennessean after the game.
“I just had to clear my head and
be like, ‘Play for him.’ That’s
all I was doing.”
Childress wasn’t surprised
Hughes played—he’s seen him
Hughes missed his entire eighth
grade year because of a knee
injury that left his basketball
future in doubt.
Then he scored 37 points
in his first high school game.
Entering his senior year, he’s 180
points shy of 2,000.
“To see him suffer through
these losses and never get down,
never point fingers?” Childress
said. “It’s amazing, a kid who
has a story like that, who has
a 32 on his ACT. He had every
reason in the world to say I’m not
doing all this, and instead, he’s