The Metcalfe County Hornets have won only two games this season and on paper, their chances of winning next week’s District 16 Boys Basketball Tournament at Clinton County High School are not very good. The Hornets are the No. 4 seed and they open the tourney against the No. 1 seed Clinton County Bulldogs.
But no one has told David Clemmons his team doesn’t have a chance. The first-year Metcalfe County coach is diligently preparing for the Monday’s contest.
“We just can’t get over the hump. We have shots that roll around the rim but don’t go in. We’ve been battling against ourselves this season, but we’re having guys step up. We’re competing,” Clemmons explained. “We’ve got a tough opponent in the district tournament with clinton county.
“The first time we played we competed for the quarter and they pretty much smacked us. The second time, we’ve actually played them three times this year, we came out and played a pretty good half. They came out and beat us in the second half. Then the last time we played them, we played well for 3 quarters.”
Clinton County has handled the Hornets pretty easily this season and the Bulldogs will be going into the tournament with a 20-7 overall record and fresh off an 82-20 double overtime victory on the road at Barren County.
“Keifer Dalton, Colby Langford and the (Lance) Claywell kid are a load. A lot of coaches don’t talk about the Claywell kid, but he’s an excellent player, and a good 3-point shooter,” Clemmons said.
“We’ve got to try and figure out a way to stop Dalton from penetrating. He can do it all. He can penetrate, pull up, he can shoot behind the line. Colby Langford, he’s a great player. So there’s no doubt we have our hands full.
“I am a firm believer in being good at what you do. If the other team can stop you, then they can stop you. I think the kids have bought into that philosophy. I think we just need to figure out a way to get over the hump.”
And Clemmons believes the day of getting over the hump could come Monday night.
“We’ve got to rebound the offensive glass. We have to get some offensive rebounds and give ourselves the second chances we’re giving other people. That’s a key part of the game,” the coach said. “We put up a lot of shots, but if we can get to the glass and give ourselves some second chances, then I think we can compete.
“Dalton, Claywell or Langford, one of those guys is going to have a good night. If we can limit it to only one guy having a big night, I think we can survive. I just want our kids to compete as hard as they can for 32 minutes and see what happens.”