It might not be March according to the calendar, but for high school basketball fans across in Clinton County as well as across this roundball crazed state of Kentucky – it might as well be March because the madness is about to begin
Next week will mark the arrival of the post season schedule for both the Lady Dawgs and the Bulldogs.
This year’s 16th District Tournament will be hosted at Cumberland County High School and will see the number one seeded Bulldogs take on the number four seed Metcalfe County on Monday night, February 18, at 7:45 p.m.
Clinton County defeated Metcalfe County twice in the regular season. The first matchup saw Clinton County win by 55 points, 89-34, on December 7 and by 42 points on January 4, 67-25.
The Lady Dawgs will also play Metcalfe County on Tuesday night beginning at 6 p.m.
The Lady Hornets picked up the number two seed in the district with a record of 4-3, while the Lady Dawgs take the number three seed with a 2-5 district record.
The Lady Lakers of Russell County earned the number one seed by having an undefeated season in district play with a 7-0 mark. Russell County will take on number four seed Cumberland County on Monday night for the opening game of the tournament at 6 p.m.
Cumberland County’s only district win came on December 27, against the Lady Dawgs during the Best of the Lakes Holiday Classic, 76-70. However, that win did not figure into the seeding formula as it was not a regular season matchup but rather a tournament game.
On the boys’ side, the position for the one seed had, yet again, to be determined by a coin toss.
Clinton County defeated the Lakers at Russell County on December 14, 64-61, while Russell County was the winner of the second matchup between the two teams on January 11, 72-65, placing both teams with only one loss in district play.
By winning the coin toss, Clinton County took the number one seed and will play the number four seed in the tournament.
Russell County, number two seed, will play on Tuesday night against number three seed Cumberland County, with a district record of 2-4.
Russell County defeated Cumberland County twice in the regular season, once on January 4, 74-49, and once on January 21, 75-53.
For the Lady Dawgs, going up against Metcalfe County won’t be easy as the Lady Hornets have defeated Clinton County twice in the regular season, however, during their last meeting, Clinton County obtained the lead in the second half, but was unable to pick up the win, 47-36.
If both teams win their respective first games of the district tournament, both will advance to the district finals and also to the 4th Region Tournaments the following week.
Boys’ 4th Regional play will all be held at Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Girls’ play in the 4th Region Tournament will see first round matchups being played at Barren County High School in Glasgow, with semi-final and the championship game then moving to Diddle Arena.