Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

March 3, 2014

Storm forces tournament schedules to be reworked

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — One of the keys to being a successful coach is having the ability to adapt. The three area coaches whose teams are participating in this week’s Region 4 basketball tournaments will have to put that ability to the test.

Because of the snow and ice that pounded southcentral Kentucky Sunday night and Monday morning, the starts of both girls’ and boys’ regional tournaments were delayed Monday.

The Girls’ Region 4 Tournament will now begin Wednesday at Allen County-Scottsville High School, while the boys’ tournament will begin Friday at Barren County High School.

“I had no problem with moving the tournament back a couple of days. It seems Mother Nature didn’t want us to play basketball (Monday),” said Glasgow coach Justin Stinson. “Everyone is in the same boat and it really doesn’t change our preparation any at all.”

Glasgow (26-6) opens the tournament Wednesday against Russell County (14-14) at 6 p.m. The second game of the night has Logan County (13-14) taking on South Warren (22-8). Thursday’s first-round games have Bowling Green (20-5) facing Allen County-Scottsville (27-3) at 6 p.m. with Clinton County (15-14) taking on Franklin-Simpson (23-5) at 8 p.m.

“We’re expecting another good game with Russell County,” Stinson relayed. “They’ve got a couple of talented players in (freshman) Kaitlyn Coffey and (senior) Madison Loy. We think we’re a much improved team since we played them (a 66-64 Glasgow loss) in early January. We’re more disciplined and we’re better on the defensive end. I think our kids are excited and ready to play.”

The girls’ semifinals will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, with the finals set for 3 p.m. Sunday.

In the boys’ tournament, Barren County coach Warren Cunningham and Monroe County coach Steve Kirkpatrick are getting their teams ready for first-round matchups.

“There’s really nothing you can do about the change (in the tournament schedule). We will just be ready to go two days later than expected,” Cunningham said. “It doesn’t affect our practice schedule much. We’re taking today (Monday) off, but we will get back on track on Tuesday.”

Barren County (21-8) will open the tournament against Russell County (18-9) at 8 p.m. Friday. The first game of the night has Bowling Green (24-6) taking on Franklin-Simpson (8-18).

“I think we lost by nine when we played them earlier in the year,” Cunningham relayed. “They’ve got several guys that can shoot the ball and the (Nick) Coffey kid in the middle is a load.”

The lower half of the bracket will have Warren Central (22-5) playing Clinton County (22-7) at 6 p.m. Saturday, with Monroe County (20-10) facing Russellville (11-18) at 8 p.m.

The semifinals are set for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, with the championship game scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“We came in and worked on some things Sunday, but we’re not going to do anything today (Monday),” Kirkpatrick said. “The delay actually gives us a little more time for guys to get over some bumps and bruises.

“Russellville is a lot better team than their record indicates. They’ve got a lot of athletes on the team and they could pose some problems for us with their quickness.”