5th Region Tournament schedule changed due to weather

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By Chuck Jones

Mother Nature must not be a basketball fan.

After postponing and canceling games during the regular season, Mother Nature has done the same in the postseason, pushing back the opening games of the 5th and 3rd Region tournaments after the area was hit with snow, sleet and ice.

“You just have to deal with what Mother Nature gives you,” LaRue County coach Paul Childress said. “Everyone is dealing with it. There’s nothing you can do about it. You just have to be able to roll with it.”

The Girls’ 5th Region Tournament had Monday’s games pushed back to tonight. Tournament host Nelson County (23-7) plays Caverna (15-14) at 6:30 p.m., while Elizabethtown (26-4) faces Adair County (18-11) at 8 p.m.

“You always like routine.” Elizabethtown coach Tim Mudd said. “I’m no different than the kids. But it’s the same for everyone. Hopefully we can play tomorrow, but there are no guarantees on that.”

The Lady Panthers were able to practice Monday afternoon. Mudd canceled Sunday’s practice because of the impending weather and only had an hour shoot around Saturday at Nelson County.

“It’s about staying sharp,” Mudd said. “We wanted to get up some shots, so we’re ready to go tomorrow. We’re trying to be as ready as we can, because one bad game and your season’s over.”

In the bottom of the bracket, LaRue County (22-6) meets North Hardin (19-11) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by Marion County (15-14) taking on Bethlehem (10-12) at 8 p.m. in the final quarterfinal.

The semifinals will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. with the championship at 6:30 p.m Sunday.

The Boys’ 5th Region Tournament was supposed to be Wednesday, but the schedule has been shifted. Marion County athletic director Robby Peterson said in an email that because of the girls’ tournament being postponed a day, the boys’ quarterfinals will be Thursday and Friday to avoid conflicts with schools having teams in both tournaments.

Elizabethtown meets rival LaRue County (16-13) at 6 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals at Marion County’s Roby Dome. In the nightcap, Taylor County (25-6) plays Thomas Nelson (16-12) at 8:15.

“It’s a good thing for us because we weren’t able to practice (Monday),” Childress said. “Backing up the tournament helps because we’ll still be able to have our two normal days to prepare.”

John Hardin (17-8) faces Green County (18-11) at 6 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals followed by Bardstown (23-6) taking on Adair County (17-13) at 8:15 p.m.

Like LaRue County, John Hardin wasn’t able to practice Monday, so Coach Mark Wells didn’t mind the tournament being moved back either.

“It definitely helps us since we couldn’t get in the gym on Monday,” Wells said. “It gives us three extra days to get ready, and more than that, it gives us more time to rest. We need it after the last couple of weeks.”

The Bulldogs haven’t played Green County since 2011, so they aren’t familiar with the Dragons.

“I was able to get a lot of information Sunday and I’ve been watching a lot of film,” Wells said. “My assistants have been watching film. I was definitely concerned about that, but I feel like we’re more prepared now.”

The semifinals and final will remain Monday and Tuesday.

The 3rd Region tournaments, which are being held at the Owensboro Sportscenter, also were altered after the bout of wintry weather.

The Girls’ 3rd Region Tournament will begin Wednesday with two games – Owensboro Catholic (25-6) vs. Edmonson County (18-9) and Breckinridge County (14-12) vs. Muhlenberg County (13-16).

Meade County, which was supposed to play today, won’t take the court until Thursday when the Lady Waves (13-15) take on Ohio County (20-7) at 6 p.m. In the nightcap, Grayson County (15-14) plays Owensboro Apollo (14-15).

“You have to put a positive spin on it,” Meade County coach Josh Hurt said. “It gives you more time to prepare. We’ve had to deal with stuff this season, some of it our own fault and some out of our control. We’ve been able to respond every time. I think we’re mature enough to handle it.”

Meade County wasn’t able to practice Monday, so Hurt said the extra time will be beneficial.

“Throwing it back to Thursday is a good thing for us,” Hurt said. “If we would have played Wednesday, it would have been a tough deal. Now, we’re able to get in a couple of practices and get prepared better.”

The semifinals will be at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Saturday with the championship at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Boys’ 3rd Region Tournament won’t begin until Friday. Owensboro (18-10) meets Meade County (9-19) at 6 p.m. followed by Butler County (14-10) and Ohio County (13-13).

The bottom half of the bracket — Hancock County (19-7) vs. Grayson County (10-17) and Muhlenberg County (12-14) vs. Daviess County (16-10) — will play Saturday with the first game beginning at noon.

The semifinals will be at 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Sunday with the championship at 7 p.m. Monday.