If basketball games were played on paper, Pete DiStefano and the Metcalfe County Lady Hornets wouldn’t even show up Monday for their opening round game against Monroe County in the Region 4 All ‘A’ Basketball Classic.
Monroe County, 12-3, is the No. 1 team in the region, according to the latest Litkenhous Ratings, and the No. 8 team in the state. The Lady Falcons also own a 60-28 victory over Metcalfe County from earlier in the season and, if that’s not enough, Monday’s game will be played at Monroe County in Tompkinsville.
Some may say the Lady Hornets have the cards stacked against them ... not DiStefano.
“Not only do we have to play Monroe County in the first round, but we have to go down there and play them,” DiStefano said. “It is going to be a tough game, but I will say this team has improved since the first time we played them. We’re playing pretty well right now and we’re going to go down there and try to beat them. We feel like we can beat them. Whether we do or not, we always go into games believing we can win.”
The winner of Monday’s contest will advance to Wednesday’s tournament semifinals at Clinton County High School in Albany at 7:30 p.m. The championship game of the tournament is slated for Friday.
The Lady Hornets come into Monday’s contest with a 13-6 overall record. Metcalfe County has won five of their last six games with their only loss coming to Adair County. DiStefano hopes that winning streak continues over the next week.
“This year, (Monroe County coach) Dwayne (Murray) is doing a great job of taking what he has and working with it. This year he needs to play small and fast,” DiStefano said. “He’s got four starters back, and a couple of kids from the bench. So, even though they lost one big cog (center Caylan Bybee), they’ve found ways to compete against bigger teams. They have a lot of experience and I think (Monroe County senior) Madison Clements is probably the best player in the region.”
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