Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted January 26, 2021 at 1:39 pm

Lady Dawgs fall a little short of ‘A’ title,

but make a good showing against Hornets

Our Lady Bulldogs did a lot of things right Saturday night in the Hornets’ nest as they were vying for a 4th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship.

Still, they fell just short of picking up the big hardware prize and heading up to Richmond for the All ‘A’ State with the boys next month.

After falling behind by double-digits early in the contest, Coach Ansley Nelson’s directions seemed to take hold in the second half, with the Lady Dawgs staging a comeback effort that pulled them even at one point.

In the end, there was simply too many shots that bounced the wrong way for the Lady Dawgs, and a five point loss for Clinton County was how the night ended.

Our Lad Dawgs left the Metcalfe County gym sad and disappointed, but with their heads held high and with the respect of the Lady Hornets.

The loss stung, players, coaches and fans alike, but the effort continued to show promise and a group of players who are learning and heading in the right direction.

It gets busy, and an odd Sunday game

with our neighbors to the south

This year’s COVID-19 stalls, shifts and halts have made keeping up with the slate of games each week a challenge, to say the least.

Couple that with having to change games while the Bulldogs will be in Richmond competing in the All ‘A’ State Tournament, and it gets even more confusing.

With all of that said, here goes…

Coming up later this week, on Thursday we play host to Metcalfe County for a regular season girls’ varsity/boys’ varsity double header with a 6:00 p.m. flip of the coin.

We take a break on Friday with no games (so far) but that changes Saturday when Clinton County once again hosts the annual Robbie Davis Foundation Classic.

Three games will be featured this year in the COVID-19 shortened lineup, beginning with a 1:00 p.m. girls’ matchup between Green County and Pulaski County. At 2:30, our Lady Bulldogs will play Pineville and the final game of the event pits our Bulldogs against Madison Southern.

Then on Sunday afternoon, its the “Border Wars” matchup between Clinton County and our neighbors just to the south, the Pickett County Lady Bobcats and Bobcats.

Normally one of the biggest gym filling games of the season, this one is going to be a little different (as they all have been), with at 15 percent crowd limit in The Castle.

The flip for the Clinton /Pickett girls’ game is set for 1:30 p.m.

Sweet 16s get dates

The KHSAA announced last week firm dates for the post season state tournaments, again if we get there and subject to change.

The boys’ Sweet 16 will be March 31 to April 4, and the girls will follow April 7-10.

Both events will be in Lexington’s Rupp Arena and both will return to the old four-day format, with semi-finals and championship games both being played on Saturday, rather than the relatively new format of playing championship games on Sunday afternoon.

The change is said to be a one-year change only, brought about because the Sunday that falls during the boys’ tournament is Easter Sunday.

As of current restrictions, the Sweet 16 crowds inside Rupp Arena for each will be limited to 15 percent capacity. That could change, as per orders from Governor Beshear, should COVID-19 cases see a drastic reduction in numbers.

This COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on schedules across the state. As we were returning home from Metcalfe County Saturday night, with Brett at the wheel, I gave the KHSAA app a look to see that about 25 percent of the scheduled games for that night were postponed due to COVID-19.

It’s like a major snow storm that never melts.

Schedule changes, that are likely to change again

As I mentioned, trying to keep up with when and where everyone is playing, is challenging, to say the least.

As of right now, here are a few changes in the schedule that we know about. If you get confused, don’t feel alone. I’m not even sure I’m getting it right.

The February 8 boys matchup at South Warren has been postponed. If a new date can be found, it will be changed and announced later, if not, consider it canceled

The February 9 girls matchup at Taylor County has been postponed, and a new date, if it can be worked out, will be announced later.

The February 16 double header matchup at Metcalfe County has been moved to February 9.

The February 18 boys’ games hosting Somerset, has been moved to March 5.

The February 19 hosting of Monroe County in a double-header is up in the air as to which teams will play. Depending on the success that week of our Bulldogs in the All ‘A’ Classic state tournament, it could be a girls only matchup, or it could remain a double-header. Only time will tell.

We’ll get through this – I think.

In the meantime – mask up,

so our seniors can get a season in!