Third place Tigers will host region opener
WATERTOWN -- Thanks to Pickett County being barred from hosting a playoff game due to TSSAA sanctions, Watertown's boys will host the Bobcats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the opening game of the Region 4-AAA tournament.
Coach Matt Bradshaw's Purple Tigers evened their seasonal record at 14-14 after posting a 75-63 win over Merrol Hyde Tuesday in the District 8-A consolation game.
Pickett County enters Saturday's contest 20-9 on the season after falling to Clarkrange 54-47 in the District 7-A finals Tuesday.
Watertown has swept two earlier meetings with PCHS this season -- a 59-57 home win back in December and a 63-59 decision in Byrdstown in late January.
On Tuesday, junior post Dylan Speck powered inside for 24 points as the Tigers led from wire to wire. Ty Jobe and Seth Price each added 16 points for the winners.
Patrick Carr led Merrol Hyde with 18 and Jacob Stinson added 16 as the Hawks enter the region tournament 10-11 overall.
Saturday's winners will move on to the regional semifinals at Livingston Academy next week.
Tigerettes fall in Monday's finals
WATERTOWN -- A one-two punch of post player Micah Holmes and guard Cariona Hassell helped lead No. 1-seeded Goodpasture to a 46-36 victory over host Watertown in Monday night’s District 8-A girls tournament finals.
Holmes pounded away in the middle for 24 points while Hassell popped for 15 as the Lady Cougars improved to 20-7 on the season.
The Tigerettes, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, dropped to 19-10 overall but will host Pickett County in Friday’s 7 p.m. Region 4-A tournament opener.
The winner of the Watertown vs. Pickett County game will advance to the regional semifinals next week at Livingston Academy.
Post player Bobbi Staats led Watertown with 10 points while Bay Cole, Dae Dae Nunley, Jasmine High and Alicia Jennings each finished with six points.
8-A Semifinals: Watertown 59, Red Boiling Springs 49
WATERTOWN -- Jasmine High had 12 points and Alicia Jennings 11 Friday as Watertown downed Red Boiling Springs in the district semifinals. WHS finished 27-of-34 at the line (79 percent).