Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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January 22, 2013

Monroe Co. girls open All 'A' state tournament

GLASGOW — It is not unchartered territory for the Monroe County Lady Falcons.

As Dwayne Murray prepares his team to play in this week’s Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ Classic State Basketball Tournament in Frankfort, the veteran coach will be able to pinpoint his team’s focus on strategy and gameplan. While some teams are making their first appearance in the annual event, the Lady Falcons have represented the  Fourth Region for each of the last three years.

“There are a lot of factors that go into a successful tournament run,” said Murray. “And it really comes down to the kids playing well. It is important how they handle the tournament environment, some kids will be nervous. But we’ve been there before and we know what to expect. We have nothing to lose.”

The Lady Falcons, currently 15-3 on the year, will open the tournament on Wednesday against Magoffin County, 10-7, at 8:30 p.m. CST. The Lady Hornets are from District 57 and Region 15.

“You have to have some breaks go your way. You are playing four games in four days, so you have to have legs for the semifinals and finals,” said Murray. “I think you also have to look at matchups, matching up the right players with the opposing players. And you also have to hit a lot of shots.”

Magoffin County opened the season with four straight wins. But standout junior guard Jamie Castle injured her foot and the Lady Hornets went on a skid, losing seven of their next eight games.

But Castle is back in the lineup for Magoffin County and the Lady Hornets have responded with five straight wins.

For more information, see Wednesday's print or e-edition of the Daily Times.

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