Following every week of uncertainty, the Owensboro Catholic boys and Hancock County women are set to start their respective journeys into the All ‘A’ Traditional small-school basketball state event.
The annual competitors was initially known as off resulting from inclement climate final week, however demand from coaches, gamers and oldsters all through Kentucky pressured organizers to rethink their choice. As a compromise, the primary two rounds might be hosted by particular person colleges, with the semifinals and championship at Japanese Kentucky College’s McBrayer Enviornment.
Catholic (12-3) will journey to face the 4th Area’s Clinton County (14-2), which hasn’t performed since Feb. 13 — a 58-56 loss at Russell County that snapped a seven-game successful streak. The Aces, in the meantime, enter on a four-game successful streak of their very own, together with Saturday’s 54-48 win over Henderson County.
“That is going to be a tricky sport,” Catholic coach Tim Riley mentioned of the matchup in opposition to the Bulldogs, who function three gamers averaging double-figure scoring.
They’re led by 6-foot-5 junior wing Nick Delk, who scores 17.5 factors per sport, alongside 6-Three senior guard Chase Stines (11.Four ppg) and 6-1 senior guard Nick Brown (10.6 ppg).
The Aces will counter with a bunch led by 5-Eight junior level guard Brian Griffith, who scores 23.Eight factors per sport. Ji Webb, a 6-5 junior ahead, averages 14.5 factors and 5.Eight rebounds per outing, whereas 6-Four senior wing Grey Weaver provides 12.9 factors per contest.
It’s been a rollercoaster of a season to date with regard to scheduling video games within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Riley mentioned, however he’s been happy along with his group’s psychological focus all through the turbulent marketing campaign.
“It’s simply been a relentless to attempt to discover dates, discovering who wants a sport, the place we have to go — issues like that,” Riley mentioned. “All I promised them from the get-go is in case you guys work laborious, I’ll work on a regular basis to get our subsequent sport.
“You simply do the perfect you’ll be able to and attempt to make the perfect of it.”
Hancock County (4-7), coming off Saturday’s 60-52 win at Madisonville North Hopkins, will journey to tackle Metcalfe County (7-4).
“They’ve bought a good document and a pair women that may shoot, however I feel we match up very well with them,” HCHS coach Kevin Husk mentioned.
Metcalfe County, additionally dubbed the Woman Hornets, is paced by a trio of guards in freshman Kassady London (13.1 ppg), junior Jaycie Harper (12.1 ppg) and junior Braelyn Davis (10.6 ppg).
Hancock County is led by a pair of proficient scoring guards in sophomore Bailey Poole (13.7 ppg) and eighth-grader Karmin Riley (13.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg).
Although each groups have skilled their fair proportion of cancellations and rescheduled video games, Husk feels good about his squad’s outlook.
“After all, in a season the place you’ll be able to’t apply frequently or play a sport for 2 weeks generally, you by no means know what’ll occur,” he mentioned. “You simply roll with it. We’re wanting ahead to the chance.”