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Boys 16th District Preview

Kruz Tucker knocking down a three in Metcalfe’s win over Monroe County earlier in the season. Pictures courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer


The Hornets received the four seed in the district tournament, earning them a Sunday evening first round matchup with the five seed Monroe County Falcons. Metcalfe County split the regular season with Monroe County, defeating the Falcons in double overtime at home, 70-68, and falling on the road, 56-62. A Sunday evening victory would earn the Hornets a Tuesday night matchup with the one seed, Russell County. Metcalfe also split with Russell County in the regular season, falling at home, 55-82, but upsetting the Lakers at Russell County, 79-78.

While a twenty-point performance from Cade Button (25 ppg) is almost guaranteed, it will take a swarm of Hornets stepping up to find themselves playing on Friday. Hudson Jessie (13 ppg, 8rpg) has the ability for a double-double effort every night he steps on the court. Sophomore Maddux Garrett (7.9 ppg) has grown very comfortable in the back court for the Hornets. Fellow sophomore Kruz Tucker (7.3 ppg) may be the best shooter in the 16th district. In Metcalfe’s upset of the Lakers, Kruz was 6 for 7 from beyond the arc with 20 points. He knocked down 4 more in one game just a week later against Edmonson County. Kruz is more than capable of providing an offensive explosion that could wreak havoc on opposing gameplans and propel the Hornets to a 16th district final. Upperclassmen Ben Shirley and Collin Shive are also capable of knocking down timely shots in a big game. There is little doubt that seniors Colton Huffman and Cabot Boling will provide the grit expected of two men battling in their last 16th district tournament.

While it may be an uphill battle, the Hornets possess the shooters that could send Goliath home early.

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