In very simple terms, you might call Crittenden County's basketball game Tuesday night in the opening round of the Fifth District Tournament a contest of toughness vs. quickness.
A gutsy performance by senior forward Bobby Knox and the rest of the Rockets had host Trigg County on the ropes late, but the Wildcats' quickness prevailed. Trigg beat the Rockets 60-57, but it was only by inches – literally.
Senior Rocket guard Ethan Hill stole the ball at midcourt with a second to play then took a couple of long dribbles before firing a shot that was on line, but just short of its mark. Had it gone in, the game would have gone into overtime.
“You're guys are tough, they're just really tough,” said veteran Trigg County coach Mike Wright. “I thought (Deonquez) Nance and (Dee) Murphey's quickness created some problems for Crittenden and that was the difference.”
Trigg scored 20 points off Rocket turnovers.
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Despite a valiant effort by the Lady Rockets, who had won just four games all season, Lyon County prevailed in the opening round of the Fifth District Tournament Monday night at Cadiz, beating Crittenden County by just two points.
The Lady Rocket season comes to an end and Lyon County advances to face Livingston Central in Thursday's girls' championship.
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Crittenden County closed out its season with a strong win over Fort Campbell Friday at Marion. The Falcons had beaten the Rockets in their first meeting this season.
The Rockets head into post-season play Tuesday with its best record since 2006.
To open the Fifth District tournament, Crittenden plays Trigg County at Cadiz in Tuesday night's second game. Lyon plays Livingston in the opener.
The Lady Rockets, winners of four games this season, plays Lyon County in the district tournament Monday in the evening's second game. Livingston plays Trigg in the opener. Lyon County has multiple injuries that could leave an opening for the Lady Rockets.