The parity in the 18th district has Blake Button and the Caverna Colonels eager to get the district tournament started. The Colonels (11-15) will open the tournament on Tuesday against No. 2 seed LaRue County (14-12) at 7 p.m.
“Going into the district tournament, I don’t want to say we feel confident, but we are comfortable. We feel like we can matchup with everybody. I don’t know I am pleased with the record we have. We feel like we’ve let some games fly by,” Button explained.
“We were hoping for a few kids to step up, as far as personnel goes. We think Devon Perry has come along and we’re hoping for some other kids to step their games up.
“You don’t want to get too far away from you’ve done well all year. And I don’t think it is any secret about what we do or the way we play. We’re not going to hold the ball. That’s not us. However, you might want to tweak some things here and there.”
Caverna splits its games with LaRue County during the regular season. The Colonels lost the first game at home before picking up a victory late in the season on the road.
“LaRue County is very big. It is probably the complete opposite of what you see when you look at us. We’re small and really no one over 6’1 or 6’2,” Button explained.
“I think we have the better guard play, but when you look at LaRue County they can roll out several kids that are 6’4 or 6’5. I don’t think their guard play is as good as ours, but they’ve got a lot of size. With this game, is the size going to win or is the speed going to win.
“The first time we played them we thought we thought we did a good job of pressuring them. In the second game, we didn’t play well to start the game and ended up dropping into a zone for the majority of the game. And we ended up winning that one. We’re working on what might be the best gameplan for LaRue County. We pressed them the first game and lost in double overtime. Then we turn around and go zone and we won that one. They probably have a lot more to work on and focus on than we do.”
Button is hoping the Caverna faithful will fill the gym Tuesday night as the tournament will be played on the Colonels’ home floor.
“I felt good before the season about hosting the district, but we ended up losing every district game at home and that doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in you,” Button said.
“It probably benefits the others teams than it does us.”
The Colonels will go into the tournament with victories in the last two regular-season games, while LaRue County split its last four contests.
“Preparation has a lot to do in winning tournaments. I think we’re pretty prepared for what LaRue County is going to do,” Button said. “Execution is important. You can be well prepared, but if you don’t come out and execute the gameplan, then preparation doesn’t do you a whole lot of good. It just comes down to kids doing what they’re suppose to do.
“We’ve talked about being a good rebounding team all year and we’ve had spurts of that. They’ve got a lot of size, so we going to have to do a good job of that against them. We shoot the ball pretty well. You’ve got to play defense, but the ball has to go in the basket for you to have a chance to win.”