Friday, February 26, 2016

Lady Rockets tipoff tonight for district championship

The time is now, says Lady Rocket coach Shannon Hodge.

For the past three months, the longtime Crittenden County girls’ coach has hinted that her basketball team was equipped to challenge for a district championship. Tonight at 7 p.m., the Rocket girls get that opportunity at Eddyvlle in a fourth meeting this season against next-door-nemesis Lyon County.

Hodge knows her girls will need to put everything together and be clicking on all cylinders against the Lady Lyons, who are hosting the Fifth District championship.

“We’re going to have to play tremendous defense,” Hodge said, pointing to the plan for taking down Lyon County’s girls – against whom Crittenden has lost by scores of 51-40, 39-33 and 41-24 this season.

Hodge knows, however, that her team was less than snappy each time against Lyon. Now, her girls are reaching a crescendo at the right time. The offense is finding its rhythm and moving to an up-tempo beat that could prove difficult for Lyon to handle this time.

“It’s not like we’ve been horrible defensively,” Hodge said about the previous losses to Lyon, “we just haven’t gotten anything going offensively.”

Crittenden’s offense was impeccable at times in Tuesday’s 61-50 Fifth District semifinal victory over Livingston Central.

Crittenden (15-14) has now won five straight. Its longest winning streak of the season.

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