With Christmas fast approaching, the Webster County boys and girls basketball teams will both welcome the ole Yuletide season by playing three straight games from Thursday through Saturday of this week.
The Trojans will host their annual holiday tournament, playing host to Todd County Central, Christian County and Western High (Louisville).
Meanwhile the Lady Trojans will face off against Apollo, Evansville Bosse (IN) and Region Three favorite Owensboro Catholic in the Owensboro Invitational Tournament.
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Todd County Central Rebels: Todd Central will be Webster County’s first opponent in the round-robin style tournament on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m., and the Rebels have certainly turned things around after going an abysmal 9-17 last year. Todd Central currently stands at 5-2 on the season, and the Rebels saw great success in a five-game win streak to open up the season that included a 36-point thrashing of 13th District rival Russellville. Coach Frank Johnson’s squad is led by the duo of senior guard Nolan Barrow and 6-4 junior forward John Calvery. Barrow is the Rebels’ leading scorer with 14.8 points per game, and Calvery tosses in an average of 13.6 per night while being one of Region Four’s top rebounders with 8.2 boards per game.
Christian County Colonels: The Colonels will be without a doubt Webster County’s toughest test so far this season. Coach Kerry Stoval is back in Hopkinsville after leading the Colonels to a state title back in 2011, and senior DeTorrian Ware has taken his game to a whole different level this year. Losing over 30 pounds this summer, the more-athletic Ware is currently leading the state of Kentucky with 33 points per game while grabbing an average of 8.7 rebounds per outing. The Colonel sharpshooter has also netted 24-of-48 three-point attempts for a blazing 50 percent from downtown. JaQuon Long, Fred Tandy and Damikeon Mathis are also players to note for the Colonels—each averaging double digits on the season.
Western (Louisville) Warriors: Western will be Webster County’s final opponent in the tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors from Region Six enter Dixon with an atrocious 1-7 record on the year, and Western has finished with a losing record four of the past six seasons. The Warriors are led by sophomore Neairon Finisson, who scored a team-high 24 points in Western’s lone win—a 61-50 decision over Atherton.
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Apollo E-gals: Apollo will face off against Webster County at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, and the E-gals will enter the game with a 4-2 record—including a 50-42 road win at Henderson County to kick off the season. Senior Braelyn Rhodes leads Apollo with 16.3 points per game and has knocked down 11-of-19 3-pointers for a team-high 57.9 percent. The E-gals and Lady Trojans last played each other on Dec. 22, 2015, and that game resulted in a 43-29 Webster County victory.
Evansville Bosse (IN) Lady Bulldogs: The Lady Bulldogs have played the Lady Trojans once already this season, as Webster County romped to a 65-26 win at Trojan Gym back on Nov. 27. Bosse had a 5-7 record and was on a two-game win streak prior to press time on Tuesday evening.
Owensboro Catholic Lady Aces: The Lady Aces have an average margin of victory of 23.3 points per game, and Owensboro Catholic’s lone loss was to Fifth Region powerhouse Elizabethtown. OCath is led by by the one-two punch of senior Ellie Mitchell and junior Mackenzie Keelin. Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per outing, while Keelin follows with 12.4 per outing to complement a team-high six rebounds per game. The Lady Aces defeated the Lady Trojans by a score of 54-38 in a tournament at South Warren last December.
If Webster County wins against all three opponents, the Lady Trojans will face either Daviess County, Henderson County, Owensboro or Hopkinsville for the tourney title on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at the Sportscenter.
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