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Girls 16th District Preview

Metcalfe starting five huddles together in a game against Monroe County. Pictures courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer

 

The Lady Hornets earned the number one seed in the district tournament this year, going 7-1 in regular season district play. As a result, they will play Monday, February 26th at 6:00 at Russell County, awaiting the winner of the four seed, Clinton County (3-5), and the five seed, Cumberland County (2-6). The Lady Hornets were 2-0 against Clinton County in district play, defeating the Lady Bulldogs at home, 66-42, and at Clinton 47-30. The girls also defeated Clinton County a third time in the Class A semifinals at Clinton, 49-32. While the Lady Hornets defeated Cumberland County twice in district play, 69-57 at Cumberland and 51-34 at home, they were upset by one point in the Class A finals against the Lady Panthers.

The championship game will see the winner of the two seed, Russell County (4-4), and the three seed, Monroe County (3-5). The Lady Hornets swept the Lady Lakers, defeating them by 1 at home, 57-56, and again at Russell, 58-47. Monroe County was the only team to defeat the Lady Hornets in regular season district play, with a 66-63 overtime victory at Monroe. The Lady Hornets split the matchup with a victory at home, 49-44.

The Lady Hornets will lean heavily on the big three of Kassady London (13 ppg, 5 rpg), Jozie Allen (11.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg), and Anna Grace Blythe (10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg). Jozie Allen, a freshman for the Lady Hornets, will not be expected to play like one, as she averaged a double-double (13.2 ppg, 10 rpg) in the Lady Hornets five district games they won by double digits this season. Fellow freshman and sixth man, Lily Blythe, will also be expected to play a big role in Metcalfe’s post season success, as her minutes have continued to increase over the course of the season. The sophomore guard duo of Aubrey Glass and Bree Jolly have a history of knocking down timely shots and wreaking havoc against opposing 16th district backcourts.

In one last ride together, upperclassman Kassady and Anna Grace will be looked to as the steady foundation that has been part of Metcalfe’s success over the course of their careers.

 

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