With just three more Fridays left in the high school basketball regular season, seeding for area district tournaments is almost wrapped up. Here is a breakdown of what to expect from this Friday’s action.
Monroe County vs. Allen County-Scottsville
The official seeding for the boys’ 15th District Tournament is still far from being settled. This is due to the Patriots still needing to play their second contests against the Falcons and Glasgow.
To put this as clearly as possible: The Scotties and Barren County are both guaranteed to be the top two seeds in the district tournament with Glasgow’s fourth win coming on Tuesday night vs. Monroe County.
All the Patriots need to do is defeat the Falcons on Friday night and they clinch the No. 3 seed. If Allen County-Scottsville defeats Glasgow next week, then the Scotties will be locked into the No. 2 seed.
If Glasgow beats the Patriots, then they would flip a coin with Barren County for the No. 1 seed.
Monroe County needs a lot of help to not be the last seed in the district. First, they must beat ACS on Friday night. Then, they would need the Scotties to beat the Patriots next week, which would then force the No. 3 seed to be decided on a coin toss between the Falcons and ACS.
So who is in a good position to win on Friday night between Monroe County and the Patriots?
The Falcons have a nice home-court advantage on their side. However, Allen County-Scottsville easily defeated Monroe County 67-52 in their last meeting. That game was an offensive disaster for the Falcons who didn’t have a single player score over 11 points.
I expect leading scorer Grayson Rich who scored just nine points in that last matchup for Monroe County to put up a better performance on his own court.
This game boils down to how well the Falcons post players Kale Hagan and Curtis Petett play. They have both improved throughout the season, but both will have to out-play the Patriots duo of Owen Stamper and Jax Cooper in the paint.
Both teams best players are their point guards (Rich, Mason Shirley). This game will come down to which supporting cast shows up wanting a win.
Usually role players play much better on their home court, and I think Monroe County is a better team than their 0-5 district record. I favor the Falcons in this matchup.
On the girls’ side, a somewhat similar story has emerged. Glasgow and Barren County have captured the top two seeds in the district tournament. However, the talent gap between them and the bottom two seeds is much wider than the boys’ side.
The Lady Patriots and the Lady Falcons will be playing for respect on Friday night. It’s Monroe County’s last chance to get a regular season district victory, and Allen County-Scottsville will have the No. 3 seed clinched with the victory.
Overall, I have been impressed with how much the Lady Patriots have improved throughout the season.
This is a team that went from setting a school record with the least amount of points scored in a game against Glasgow to a squad that lost to a very good Barren County team on the road by just 10 points.
Monroe County has never quite been the same since they lost one of their role players to an tough injury for the rest of the season. It just feels like Allen County-Scottsville is in a better place at the moment so I favor them in this matchup.
But don’t be surprised if the Lady Falcons get a nice win in front of a home crowd. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Tompkinsville.
Barren County vs. Central Hardin
The Trojans are currently in their best stretch of the season as they have won 10 of their last 11 contests. Their only defeat came by just one point on the road against a very good Logan County team, and their biggest win of the season just came on Tuesday night against Greenwood.
On Friday night coach Warren Cunningham’s team will get a break from fourth region action as they will travel to Central Hardin where they will take on the Bruins.
Similar to Greenwood, the Bruins have excellent three-point shooters who the Trojans will have to account for on defense. Central Hardin’s Gavin George and Deonco Wilkerson are both averaging double figures in scoring and both also shoot over 40% from behind the three-point line.
However, Barren County will have an advantage over the Bruins on the boards as the Trojans are currently averaging four more rebounds per game on the season.
Rebounding has the been the strength of this Barren County team due to the improved play of Will Bandy and Aden Nyekan. If they continue to hit three-pointers like they have been of late, then the Trojans should march on to another victory on Friday night.