The Monroe County Falcons have had an up and down basketball season. The Falcons, picked as the favorites to win the 15th District, jumped out on fire early in the season only to hit little lull midway through the campaign. However, the Falcons have won four out of their last five games.
That turn around comes in handy now as the Falcons prepare to open the district tournament on Tuesday with the Glasgow Scotties.
“I think we’re right where we need to be heading into the tournament. We’re playing a lot better basketball right now,” said Monroe County coach Steve Kirkpatrick.
“We had two or three hiccups about two or three weeks ago, but it seems like things have worked themselves out right now.”
The tournament will be played at Glasgow High School. Monroe County will play Glasgow in the first round on Tuesday at 7 p.m., with Barren County and Allen County-Scottsville playing in the other first round game on Wednesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
“Glasgow is very athletic and they’re really good off the dribble,” Kirkpatrick said.
“They’ve got guys that can take you to the hole. The (Anthony) Walker kid does a good job of seeing the court and he passes the ball well. I have been impressed with him, the way he can shoot it from the outside, drive the lane, or pull up for the midrange jumper. He’s an all-round good ballplayer.
“Quentel Bradley is extra quick and the (Connor) Glass kid is a streak shooter. When he starts hitting, he can knock down a lot of shots. Glasgow is a very good basketball team and they’re hard for us to matchup against them.”
The Falcons have played the Scotties three times this season, earning a victory in the first meeting of the season. Kirkpatrick hopes the fact the tournament is being played on the GHS home floor will not factor into the outcome of the contest.
“Having a homecourt advantage, I think is more in your mind than anything else. Once the ball is tossed up, it doesn’t really matter. Players will be tuning everything out,” Kirkpatrick explained.
“When they’re live in the middle of the game, nothing else should be bothering them.
“Both teams will have good crowds there and I think, it will come down to getting off to a good start and knocking down us shots. Teams that knock down shots, play good defense and rebound, have a chance to win ballgames. And most important is knocking down shots. The last two times we played Glasgow, I think they shot over 60 percent or better. That’s phenomenal.
“Whichever team you play in the district tournament, Barren County, Allen County or Glasgow, you’ve got to come ready to play. There is no tomorrow. We’ve watched film of the games we played them and we’re just ready to play and get the tournament started.”