By Kyle Lovern
It’s that time of year where you throw out the regular season records and teams who have struggled hope to pull off the tournament upset.
Every year there is a Cinderella team that seems to put on the glass slipper and pull off a surprise upset.
Belfry head coach Mark Thompson, in his first year at the helm of the Pirate’s ship, hopes his young squad can do just that.
The Pirates will play local rival Phelps at 8:00 p.m. in the nightcap of a boys-girls doubleheader on Tuesday. The tourney is being hosted by Pike County Central this year.
The winner of this game will take on the Pike Central Hawks on Thursday for the 60th District title and a better seed in the 15th Regional Tournament at the Expo Center the next week.
“We’re a very young team and we’ve had growing pains,” Thompson said earlier this week. “We were playing Man the other night and I looked out on the floor and realized we were playing five freshmen.”
That is good for the future, but sometimes not as great for the present. But many of Belfry’s younger players are used to winning from the middle school ranks.
Put in that many of Thompson’s players also played on the state championship Class AAA football team and his kids know how to win.
“We first want to get by Phelps and then we’ll worry about Pike Central,” Thompson said. His team defeated Phelps twice this year in the regular season. But they lost two heartbreakers to Pike Central, both on last second shots this year.
So with those games being so close, the Belfry players know they can compete with the Hawks.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)