County ready for hoops tournaments

Friday, February 27, 2009

The calendar won't change for a couple of days, but March Madness is alive and well in Marshall County as all six high school basketball teams have qualified for a first-round region tournament game this weekend.

"Having all six county schools reaching their region tournaments is fantastic," Marshall County girls basketball coach Boyd West said. "I don't think it has ever been done before. Cornersville and Chapel Hill used to be in the same district so one of them was always knocked out."

The county's three girls teams will all play at home tonight at 7 p.m.: Cornersville plays Summertown, Marshall County entertains Ezell-Harding and Forrest hosts East Robertson.

In boys action Saturday at 7 p.m., Marshall County hosts Martin Luther King, Forrest hosts Clarksville Academy and Cornersville visits Collinwood.

Teams that win this weekend advance to play Monday (girls) or Tuesday (boys). Cornersville will host the 6-A tournament, while Forrest's 5-A tournament will be at Eagleville and Marshall County's 5-AA tournament is scheduled for Spring Hill.

The top two finishers from each eight-team tournament advance to sectional play -- putting them one win from a state-tournament appearance.

"It just tells you the quality of athletes we have in this county, the great coaches we have, and the consistency and commitment in all the programs," West said.