Are you ready for some roundball?
by Galen Shelton
Nov 26, 2013 | 1668 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the holiday season bearing down on us, high school basketball season kicks off this week with both county schools taking to the hardwood.

Massac County’s Lady Patriots did battle Monday night in Nashville’s Thanksgiving Tournament and hung a big loss on Mascoutah (a bit of payback for volleyball).

The Lady Patriots used a frenetic press and a 10-man rotation to wear down the Indians in the 71-58 win. The girls had a 23-point lead halfway into the final quarter before coach Keith Shelton sent the starters to the showers for some ice and hot water.

The Lady Patriots will play twice on Friday and finish the tourney on Saturday. Mt. Vernon, Okawville and host school Nashville will be the opponents.

Jessie Douglas had a monster night Monday for the Lady Patriots with 19 points and some tenacious board work. Emily Hoard kicked in 17 for the Lady Patriots and a hobbled Gracyn McBride added 11 tallies. Jessica Coakley and Natalie Bailey each kicked in six points in the offensive explosion.

Shelton was able to play the entire bench in impressive opener. One sour note though — “We had way, way too many turnovers,” was Shelton’s only gripe.

Patriots Coach Joe Hosman’s charges kicked off their 2013-14 season Tuesday night at Vienna against Carrier Mills in Vienna’s Turkey Tournament.

With hopes and expectations running high at Massac for this winter’s campaign, Saturday night’s clash with the always tough Meridian Bobcats will be a good barometer for the rest of the year.

Down at Joppa, Hunter Kreuter takes over at the helm of the Lady Rangers’ program, and his charges are already knee deep in the season. The Lady Rangers went 1-4 at the Bobcat Classic held at Meridian. Their win over Shawnee garnered them fourth place in the tourney by virtue of a free throw percentage tie breaker.

The Lady Rangers also played Monday night at Cairo in another tournament.

The Joppa Rangers got their season started Monday night in the Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament against host Crab Orchard. Tyler Castleman buried a three-pointer a minute into the game and Joppa led 3-0, but that was their last lead of the night as the host school wore down the smaller, less experienced Rangers and went on to a 77-35 rout of the Rangers.

Castleman led the Rangers with 20 points while Michael Sparks added nine. Kamren Blanford added a pair of buckets for four points and Justin Harville scored to complete the Joppa scoring.

Joppa was in action Tuesday as well and will complete the tournament with games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Rangers will play Hardin County, Elverado, Pope County and Dongola to finish off the tourney.

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