Monroe Basketball

Monroe County's Grayson Rich attempts to find a way around the Russellville defense. Rich scored 14 points in the matchup which included the game-winning shot. The Falcons won the game 51-48. JOHN REECER / GLASGOW DAILY TIMES

With the 4th Region Class “A” Tournament in full swing this week, the Monroe County boys, Glasgow Girls, and Metcalfe County Boys and Girls all advanced to the semifinals. Here is a preview for what awaits each team.

Monroe County

After a thrilling, buzzer-beating win over Russellville on Monday night, the Falcons earned their way into the semifinals where they will play Cumberland County on the Panthers’ home floor.

The game will surely be a heated and competitive rematch between the two teams as Monroe County recently defeated Cumberland County 75-74 in overtime on Jan. 7.

The victory also came in dramatic fashion as the Falcons’ big man Kale Hagan hit a three-point shot from almost half court to push the game into overtime.

Hagan has came up big for his team lately leading the team in scoring in each of the past three games for Monroe County. The matchup between Hagan and the Panthers’ Landon Basham will be the key to the contest.

Basham currently leads the entire 4th Region in rebounding, but in the Jan. 7 game with Monroe County, Hagan out-rebounded him by six rebounds.

If the duo of Grayson Rich and Hagan come up big once again for the Falcons (31 points combined in the first round) then the Falcons should be playing in the championship game on Friday night.

Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Cumberland County High School.

Metcalfe County Boys

The Hornets easily prevailed over Todd County Central on Monday night winning 83-64. They now find their selves in the semifinals on the other side of the bracket where they will play Clinton County at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

This semifinal contest is also a rematch between teams that played each other less than 10 days ago as Metcalfe County fell to the Bulldogs 62-56 on Jan. 10 in a close district defeat.

It will actually be the third time this season both teams have played each other with the Hornets also falling to Clinton County 53-49 on Dec. 13.

The biggest key to the game will be stopping the Bulldogs’ Chase Stines who leads them in scoring at 15.6 points per game.

If they want to accomplish that task, then they must keep him off the free-throw line as Stines has attempted a staggering 202 free throws in just 18 games this season.

However, if Boston Devore and Peyton Dial can both score at a high rate Thursday night, then the Hornets may finally get over this Clinton County hump.

Glasgow Girls vs. Metcalfe County Girls

Both the Lady Scotties and Lady Hornets will meet each other for the first time this season in the semifinals of the 4th Region Tournament.

The most interesting aspect of the matchup will be how Metcalfe County keeps Glasgow’s Ashanti Gore off the boards. In a Dec. 19 matchup against a long and tall Edmonson County team, the Lady Hornets were out-rebounded by a 49-18 margin.

Metcalfe County does not have a very tall team, but the Lady Hornets make up for their lack of size with their prolific shooting. Three different players average double figures in scoring and four players have made at least 10 three-point shots this season.

If they hit some big shots from beyond the arc, then Metcalfe County will have a chance at the upset. However, if they don’t confidently shoot over the athletic defense of Glasgow then the Lady Scotties should advance to the championship game.

Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday night at Cumberland County High School.

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