It’s a bit of a slow Wednesday for us high school reporters at the Daily News, which comes as somewhat of a shock on National Signing Day.
Three football players each signed from Bowling Green and Glasgow, while Edmonson County’s Dean Jenkins inked with Lindsey Wilson and South Warren’s Clay Nelson announced his intention to walk on at Western Kentucky.
But other than that, here we are with an open day with no basketball being played.
But here’s a basketball tidbit. After covering the Bowling Green boys’ 66-51 district win over South Warren last night, my conversation with BGHS coach D.G. Sherrill shifted into the landscape of District 14 and Region 4.
Sherrill mentioned the parity in District 14 this year, so I asked him to expand on that, including all of Region 4. Sherrill immediately shook his head.
“There are some really good teams in the region, but I’m probably speaking for all five coaches in the 14th – none of us are really looking at anybody else because nobody else has to take the path that we have to take to get to the region tournament,” Sherrill said. “The other good teams in the region are pretty much going to get to the region tournament out of their districts. Over here, anyone that gets it this year is going to earn it.”
The top two region teams outside District 14 that Sherrill speaks of are Glasgow (16-5) and Clinton County (19-3), of districts 15 and 16, respectively.
Clinton County is 2-0 against District 14 this year, beating Warren Central 49-46 and South Warren 52-36. Glasgow beat Greenwood and South Warren but lost to the Dragons, and the Scotties have a game Saturday against Bowling Green.
But Sherrill says he’s more concerned with surviving District 14.
“That’s what’s good about having to play each other. It’s miserable,” he said. “Do you really want the No. 1 seed? Do you want to play the winner of the No. 4-5 game? I mean, really. When you try to sit around and figure out who you want to play in this district – I don’t want to play any of them. I’d love to go somewhere else and play.”
Bowling Green and Greenwood are both 5-1 in district play, with their first meeting of the year set for 7:30 p.m Friday at GHS.
Warren Central is 4-2 in the district and averaging 76.5 points over a four-game winning streak, and Warren East (1-4) has lost three of its district defeats by five points or less.
“The coaches in this district are top flight,” Sherrill said. “You’re going to have to play your best basketball just to win a district game. Look at Warren Central right now. They’re starting to find their way here at the end. Warren East has been in fight after fight after fight. Greenwood is winning games and making people play the way they want to play, so you don’t know how this is going to go.”