Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted December 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Now our Lady Dawgs are playing

Don’t know exactly what happened over at Tompkinsville the other night, and I’m not sure Coach Darrell Thompson has figured it out either, but after our Lady Bulldogs suffered that 34 point loss at the hands of the Lady Falcons of Monroe County, I began questioning myself as to how I had earlier judged what I thought our girls would put on the floor this year.

That first judgment came after I watched us play against Franklin-Simpson in the season opener, a contest that saw us lose, but not without a good battle against one of this region’s top rated teams.

Now our Lady Dawgs have redeemed themselves with back to back overtime wins last week on consecutive nights – the first at Metcalfe County (48-45), followed by a high scoring OT victory over Greenwood on Saturday night (77-73).

In both cases, the Lady Dawgs gave up earlier leads, but instead of wilting and falling farther and farther behind as they did in previous seasons when inexperience was a factor, they bounced back, continued to battle and stepped up – twice – in the final second crunch time to not only force the overtime periods, but eventually pick up victories.

What should have been 64 minutes of action on back to back nights, turned into 72 minutes of hard play with two victories.

Clinton County took a 2-2 record into Tuesday night’s game against Cumberland County at Burkesville, and then will head to Oldham County this weekend for the South Oldham County Holiday Tournament.

Dawgs earning respect across the region

Our Bulldogs took a well-earned break from the game action after playing host to the traveling Australian Sharks last Thursday night, then picking up another win in 16th District play at Metcalfe County on Friday night.

Coach Messer and Company also have a busy week in store as they took their 6-0 record next door on Tuesday night to face the Panthers of Cumberland County, before returning home to host our own Christmas tournament, the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic.

Our Twin Lakes Holiday Classic gets underway on Friday, December 20 with our own Bulldogs playing Metcalfe County at 5:00 p.m., followed by a game between Marshall County and Sevierville at 6:30, and another Clinton County game against Knox Central at 8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, December 21, the day begins with four junior varsity games beginning at 9:00 a.m.. Varsity games will commence at 3:00 p.m. Saturday with Clinton County playing Sevierville at 6:15 p.m.

On Sunday, December 22, three games are in store for local roundball fans. Action gets underway at 1:00 p.m. with Clinton County playing in the final game of the event, facing Marshall County at 4:00 p.m.

Daily admission to the Twin Lakes Classic will be $4 for students and $6 for adults, which is good for all day. Season passes will not be observed for the tournament.

It’s no secret that I distinctly despise holiday tournaments, but I will admit that if you have to play in them – and apparently you do nowadays – then I’d rather play in Clinton County as anywhere else in the world!

Seriously, I must commend the organizational abilities of our Clinton County athletic staff for putting together what is always a great tournament that usually comes off with a minimal number of glitches.

Game date for Warren East

It will hopefully come much later in the season, but the contest between our Lady Dawgs and the Lady Raiders of Warren East has been rescheduled after weather forced the postponement of what would have been a season-opening contest on December 6.

From the planned first game of the year, to the nearl last game of the season, the two teams are now slated to meet on Monday, February 17. The JV game is set to tip-off at 6:00 p.m.