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County basketball teams set to open districts

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By Tommie Kendall

Wildcats

The Henry County Wildcats lost to the Gallatin County Wildcats twice during the regular season, but coach Jason Holland likes his chances as the Wildcats and Wildcats will play each other Wednesday at Owen County High School. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

"I feel good about our team right now," Holland said about the squad that has won two of its previous three games. "I hope we play well this week and then take it into the Gallatin game. I think we've gotten a lot better in the previous two weeks."

Henry (7-17, 4-13 8th Region, 1-5 31st District) will close out the final game of the regular season with a home contest against Williamstown this Friday. Henry will be the No. 4 seed in the district tournament, while Gallatin (19-6, 15-2, 7-0) is the No. 1. Gallatin defeated Henry on Dec. 7 at Gallatin (69-58) and again Jan. 4 at Henry (63-52).

The projected starting lineup for Henry includes Cody Hinkle, Brad Taylor, Ben Roberts, Joey Pollard and Cari Dunaway.

Ladycats

Heading into the final week of games, the Henry County Ladycats are trying to put the finishing touches on an improving team. Henry played at Trimble County Tuesday, travel to Spencer County Friday and will open the 31st District against Owen County this Tuesday.

"The main thing we are trying to do is concentrate on our execution and work on getting better timing in our offensive sets," Henry coach Todd Gilley said.

The games against Trimble and Spencer will be good tests for Owen.

"Both teams are bigger than us, like Owen, so we think it will be good games to get us ready," he explained.

Henry (8-16, 5-11 8th Region, 2-4 31st District) will play as the No. 3 seed against No. 2 Owen County Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Owen (15-8, 10-7, 4-2) and Henry played twice during the regular season, splitting their two games. Owen defeated Henry Dec. 13 at Owen (39-28) while Henry defeated Owen Jan. 11 at Henry (42-36).

The projected starting lineup for Henry includes Kelsey Mings, Jessica Booher, Kelley Everidge, Brittany Crawford and Jean-Anne Moore.

Warriors

With injuries, setbacks and a young team, the Eminence Warriors entered this week with just two wins. But they hope to end the season on a high note when they play at Evangel Christian Wednesday, against St. Francis Thursday, against Whitefield Academy Friday and open the 30th District tournament against Anderson County this Tuesday.

"Hopefully, we can end the season at 3-0 and put some light on things," Eminence coach Keith Blackburn said. "This team continues to work hard, and that's what makes it fun."

Eminence (2-20, 0-9 8th Region, 0-3 30th District) will play as the No.4 seed against No. 1 Anderson Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Spencer County High School. Anderson (17-4, 12-0, 3-0) defeated Eminence 73-40 the only time the two teams met this season, at Anderson Jan. 15.

The projected starting lineup for Eminence includes Ed Berry, Shaun Hamlin, Nelson Hedges, Ethan Keiser and Trevor Davis.

Lady Warriors

The Eminence girls' basketball team will open post-season action against powerhouse Shelby County this Monday night in the 30th District tournament. Game time, at Spencer County High School, is set for 7 p.m.

The Lady Warriors entered the final week of games with a 3-20 record, played Louisville Collegiate Tuesday and will close out the regular season against Beechwood this Saturday.

Eminence (3-20, 0-10 8th Region, 0-3 30th District) is the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while Shelby (18-7, 7-0, 3-0) is the No. 1 seed. The two teams met once during the regular season with Shelby coming away with a 54-18 win Jan. 10 at Shelby.

Eminence's three wins this season have come against Riverside Christian (42-33), Brown (28-19) and Silver Grove (39-31). The Lady Warriors were on a three-game losing streak with the two regular-season games remaining.

The projected starting lineup for Eminence includes Rachel Raisor, Chelsea Mathis, Kaelin Wright, Rachel Metcalfe and Kelli Hawkins. Raisor has led the team in scoring all season, while second on the team was Candace Wells, who had to miss the final two weeks with a season-ending ankle injury.