Fillies host regional tourney next week

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By Lee Kendall

The eight teams are set for next week’s Girls’ 10th Region Basketball Tournament that will be played on the Hilltop. At press time, none of the four districts within the 10th Region had played their championship game, but the eight teams that will vie for the 2009 crown include Campbell County and Scott out of the 37th District, Harrison County and Deming from the 38th, Maysville St. Patrick and Bracken County from the 39th  and Clark County and defending regional champ Montgomery County from the 40th.

Harrison County Head Coach Jason Crisp is excited to be playing in the regional tournament in his first year at the helm of the Fillies.

“We had a long and difficult regular season, but when the post-season begins, you can throw those regular season records out the window. We all start the post-season 0-0.”

Crisp is also looking forward to playing this year’s regional on his home court.

“It would have been a shame to host the regional tournament, then get beat in the first game of the district (tournament) and not even be in the (regional) tournament,” he said. “I know the girls are excited about being able to play the regional tournament at home.”

Harrison County last hosted the girls’ regional tournament in 2004, when Paris knocked off the Fillies in the championship game, 45-42.

Harrison County got past rival Pendleton County in the first round of the 38th District Tournament on Monday night to earn a bid to this year’s  regional tourney.

Tonight, three districts will decide their respective champions.

The Fillies (9-18) take on Deming (14-13) in the title game of the 38th District; Scott (9-17) goes against Campbell County (19-6) in the 37th; and St. Patrick (19-5) plays Bracken County (13-8) in the 39th. Last night, Montgomery County (23-3) played Clark County in the finals of the 40th District.

The draw for this year’s regional tournament will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m. The four district champions will be drawn into brackets first, two in the upper four-team bracket and two in the lower four-team bracket.

Two district runners-up teams will draw in opposite brackets of their respective district counterparts. District winners play district runners-up in the first round, with the district winner considered the “home” team in each of those games.

The tournament will get started with two upper bracket first-round games on Monday, March 2. The first game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. and the second game will follow at 8:15.

The two lower bracket first-round games will be played on Tuesday night, March 3, also at 6:30 and 8:15 p.m.

After an off-day on Wednesday, the tournament resumes on Thursday, March 5, with the two semi-final round games, also at 6:30 and 8:15.

The championship game is slated to begin on Friday night at 7:30.

Admission for each session of the tournament will be $5. No coaches cards, administrator cards or any other type of pass will be honored. The only passes that will be honored are the passes issued to the schools by the regional tournament.

Fans are to be informed that Harrison County High School will alter the admission gates for the tournament. The rear gate by the cafeteria will be used only as a pass gate for the regional tournament participants. The respective teams, cheerleaders and bands will enter through that gate. All other attending fans who need to purchase tickets will need to enter the gymnasium through the front gates in the band room foyer.