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With two games Saturday and another match Sunday before two games in two days next week, John Hardin coach Brittany Carter knows her Lady Bulldogs could be worn out following the Fifth Annual Lady Bulldog Classic.
Each team plays twice Saturday and once Sunday in the four-team round robin.
John Hardin (3-1) opens the tournament with an 8 a.m. game Saturday with the Thomas Nelson Lady Generals (4-1 entering Thursday’s night game at Bardstown). The Lady Bulldogs take on the Corbin Lady Redhounds (2-3 entering Thursday’s home game with South Laurel) before wrapping up play at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Mercer County Lady Titans (2-2-2).
The Lady Bulldogs get a one-day reprieve Monday before hosting Bardstown on Tuesday and Elizabethtown on Wednesday to end their stretch of five games in five days.
“It’s going to be pretty tiring,” Carter said. “Thankfully because we’re doing a JV and varsity tournament simultaneously, they’ll get a little more rest than traditional varsity tournament. We’ll try to keep them out of the sun and in the air conditioning between games. That will be a key.”
Corbin plays Mercer County at 10 a.m. Saturday, while Thomas Nelson takes on Mercer County at 4 p.m. Saturday. Corbin and Thomas Nelson face off at 11 a.m. Saturday to complete the schedule. Tickets are $6 per day for $10 for a two-day all-game tournament pass.
Thomas Nelson and Corbin are in the event for the first time. Mercer County, meanwhile, beat John Hardin in last year’s title game after losing to the Lady Bulldogs in pool play.
“It should be pretty evenly matched,” Carter said. “Last year we had some good games and while it’s early enough in the season, it’s not too early. So teams are starting to take on their shape and it usually results in some pretty good games.”
The JV tournament includes John Hardin, Mercer County, Thomas Nelson and North Hardin, which is taking Corbin’s spot in the rotation.
“We’re going to be pulling in a lot more parents that way,” Carter said of running a JV tournament at the same time. Carter pointed out Mercer County and Corbin are staying in are hotels. “That’s good not only for the community, but for our program as well.”
Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at 270-505-1758 or email@example.com.