The tournament has quite the unique set-up put together by Trigg County Athletic Director Taylor Sparks and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Amy Breckel with eight teams competing for the crown. While I was in high school there was a Christmas basketball tournament every year and it was actually a pretty good tournament despite a small turn out due to games taking place during the daytime when people are working. Although the tournament was a boy’s tournament, Trigg’s girls tournament should prove to be worth the price of admission (although through my perks, I don’t have to pay, sorry spectators). So here are 12 reasons why I think you should attend The Cadiz Record 12 Games of Christmas.
1. It’s double elimination. Although the downfall is if you lose, there’s no way for you to come back and win. But that’s why it’s called the 12 Games of Christmas. If they went through the trouble of letting an established loser in the tournament come back and win, the name just wouldn’t work.
2. The only day games will be played during the day is Thursday when the championship games of played. Again, the downfall is a lot of people will likely miss games due to work schedule. The upside, the overall championship game is at 4:30 P.M. so most anybody can catch it, except for you second shift workers. But you can still catch the early afternoon games.
3. There will be eight teams with a combined record of 21-24 going into the tournament. Most all teams are evenly matched with just two teams having a bit of an edge in Metcalfe County (5-2) and Heath (5-1).
4. High school guys, there are lots of high school girls who have nothing better to do than flirt with you between games.
5. Crowd size means more than one would think. When crowds are larger, teams tend to wake up and get into the game sooner, which would be a big help to the Lady Wildcats who have struggled to get things going in the first period as of late.
6. LaQuisha Boyd and Janada Acree. The post duo of senior a sophomore is beginning to work out quite well for Coach Amy Breckel who could possibly get an average of double-digit rebounds and points from the two as the season progresses. A good time to start would be when they host a Christmas tournament.
7. Trophies will be given out for first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and even eighth place following each game on the final day of the tournament. The presenter of the trophies will be this handsome bearded young man from southern Indiana. Great photo opportunity with autographs being signed between games.
8. Guy cheerleaders. I’ve got my fingers crossed John David Fourqurean and company will be on the sidelines as male cheerleaders. They’ve been working on a few things and I’d say by the end of the year, these three guys will be a joy to watch.
9. The Black Hole. Even if they aren’t there as cheerleaders, they will be a part of The Black Hole, Trigg’s student section, which is always entertaining.
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