Trigg County will make the long bus ride to eastern Kentucky to play in the Mountain Schoolboy Classic hosted by Belfry. The Wildcats open play tonight at 9 p.m. against the host Belfry Pirates (0-2).
It's sort of an odd format that combines boys and girls games. It's not a tournament but more of a classic or shootout.
The Wildcats play a Belfry team that is just 0-2 and hasn't played a game in 10 days.
Tomorrow, they play Cordia, a small 14th Region school that is just 2-7. Wednesday, they play Morgan County (2-4) of the 16th Region.
Let's face it. Anything less than two wins is a disappointment for this Trigg County team that played much better in the second half of their loss to Clarksville Academy Wednesday.
Eastern Kentucky basketball offers a rougher style of play with solid perimeter shooters, If any of these three teams have a solid inside player, Trigg could be in trouble. However, these teams could make Trigg better because they will likely simulate what Trigg will see in the district.
Holiday tournaments are a mixed bag. I've seen them be the rallying point of a season. In 1984-85, Trigg County lost their first seven games of the season under Ray Maggard. They beat a solid Fort Knox team at a tournament at Frankin-Simpson which seemed to jumpstart the rest of the season. Of course, there were several player defections that aided in that rally, which culminated in a district title for the Wildcats despite just eight wins.
I've also seen the ugly, Anthony Mayes quitting midgame of a 1995 holiday tournament at Wildcat Gym was just the beginning of a post-Christmas slide. Of course, Mayes returned the follwing year and was a key component of Trigg County's region title run.
Coaches like to use long holiday tourney trips as a way to "bond" for the rest of the year. In three months, we'll be able to look back at this mountain trip and see if that was indeed accomplished.