By Steve Dunford

The Thompsonville Tigers are making a long road trip to Elizabethtown tonight to take on the Hardin County Cougars.

Thompsonville comes into tonight with an 8-6 mark and 3-1 in the GEC. They are fresh off a win over arch rival Galatia 50-42.

Hardin County comes in with a 4-7 mark and a 2-0 record in the GEC.

The Cougars record is deceiving. All seven losses occured in the tough Goreville invitational Tournament and in the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.

The tough schedule was the first thing that Thompsonville Coach Pete Gordon referred to in our conversation.

It was the first thing out of coach Rodney Lane‘s mouth.

I asked him about hanging around with Harrisburg in the first round of the Eldorado Holiday Tournament. He said, “I was without (Conrad) Cowsert (a 6′ 4″ forward) and we still played with him. Guard Hunter Cullum was sick during the tournament as well.”

In the Red Eye Special the same day at Eldorado, they faced the Hamilton County Foxes and ran out of gas. Two of their losses are to Hamilton County.

Hardin County plays a loose 2-1-2 zone that looks like a 2-3 and the guards trap out of it. “There were times even Benton struggled with it at Goreville, We just made to many turnovers early, and we are getting better at taking care of the Basketball,” Coach Lane said.

“We have to slow down Thompsonville’s penetration and make them shoot it from the outside, especially Corbin Fitch. That is their game going to the hole. If you get them in the open court, they could run with Norris City.” said Coach Lane.

Coach Gordon said this about the Cougars. “Hardin Co. is so solid. Coach Lane does such a great job. They are sound at both ends of the floor.”

“We will have to play our best game yet to hang in there. They are extra tough on their home court. Hicks is All World. Austin and Cullum are getting better every game. Fowler is also a veteran.”

I look for the Tigers to come out in a 2-3 zone tonight. Since Peyton Roberts has been added into the starting lineup, they have been playing a lot of man to man, with Tyson Kessler drawing their biggest match up. I am curious what they come out in when I watch the film later this evening.

The key player for Thompsonville tonight is Reed Raubach, and if he is hitting from the outside. You might see a lot of Grady Furlow tonight, the sharp shooting freshman for the Tigers.

It will be an uphill battle tonight, but Thompsonville gets better every game. I can not wait to watch the film tonight and tell you about it in the morning.

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