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Coca-Cola Mid-South Classic

Posted Friday, December 19, 2008, at 12:34 AM

It must be difficult for any team to play in an almost empty gym, stadium, etc. That was the case, however, when both the Shelbyville Central Eaglettes and Eagles participated in the Coca-Cola Mid-South Classic at the Jackson County High School gym in Gainesboro, TN on Thursday. Both time and distance had a great deal to do with the low attendance. Even parents have difficulty getting off from work to attend an out-of-town game at 4 or even 5:30, especially when it's over a hundred miles from home.

I don't know that anyone from the Times-Gazette covered the game. At least Gary Johnson wasn't there taking those death defying shots at the ends of the court. (I'm referring to his possible death.)

The Eaglettes took care of Brentwood Academy early. At the end of the first quarter, our girls had a 17-7 lead. It was 32-15 at the half, 47-27 after three, and 59-37 was the final score. I don't keep stats, but at least 3 of the girls hit 3-pointers. Coach Burkey played every girl on the bench, which included 3 freshmen. They played well.

The Eagles definitely played a different ballgame. They faced Clarksville Northeast, which consisted of several really tall young men who made it almost impossible for the Eagles to grab a rebound. Also, Northeast's boys were difficult to stop under the goal. However, Central gave them a good game. They just couldn't match those tall boys. Emanuel Andrews was probably the top scorer of the evening. There were several 3-point shots made in this game also. At the end of the first quarter Northeast led 21-16. It was 33-24 at the half, 42-41 after three, and 59-54 at the final buzzer. The Eagles kept it close after the first quarter.

The brackets for this classic were in Thursday's Times-Gazette. Both of Central's teams will play again Friday at the same school. At 7 the girls will play the winner of Thursday's second girls' game, which was between Riverdale and Jackson County. At 5:30 Central boys will play the loser of the second boys' game of the evening between Jackson County and Lebanon. Both teams will play again Saturday, but the times depend on the outcome of Friday's games.

If you have finished your Christmas shopping and want a nice ride, mixed with some really good basketball, drive up to Gainesboro Friday night.


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Yes thank you for supporting our boys also.To many times i think our boys get left out they are doing very well this year. I thinkg our boys desereve just as much of our support as the girls do.

-- Posted by lovnmykids on Sat, Dec 20, 2008, at 1:21 PM

I'd much rather read this than the constant nonsense being posted in Mr Bell's blogs.

Kudos to you for taking the time to support our girls!

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Sat, Dec 20, 2008, at 12:45 PM

OMG . . . she is a fan of Shelbyville sports and attended the game and wrote a blog entry about her experience and how she perceived the game. There is no law against that and plus it's a blog . . . it's not the sports section so she can say or write whatever she wants. She just wanted to drum up some support for her favorite team . . . isn't that what all good fans do?

Good grief, lighten up people.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 10:50 PM

I don't have a problem with anything Ms. Brown wrote. As long is she is accurate with her facts I'm cool with it. It's her blog. A lot of coverage for our teams is definitely better than no coverage.

She likely didn't see me because I primarily shot from the steps or second deck. I like to mix up the angles from which I shoot. In fact, I incorporated shots from four different lenses this evening. I don't like camping out all night under the goal. Also, I rarely ever use a flash.

This is my third straight year covering Central up here in Gainesboro/Baxter/Cookeville. It's always a treat and the teams are very respectful toward me. Perhaps some folks will be able to make it to the games on Saturday. Girls are at Cookeville HS at 1 p.m. Boys are back at Jackson County HS at 5:30.

-- Posted by Parker on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 10:34 PM

Last time I checked this is a free country. It's her blog, as long as it's not obscene, she can write whatever she wants.

-- Posted by wahoo on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 11:00 AM

When you re-cap the game by quarter, you aren't soliciting fans. Let them do the game reporting.

-- Posted by Dolittle on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 9:46 AM

What double coverage? There is a newspaper, and there is a blog. They are 2 different things.

My purpose was not to "cover the games" as a reporter. I am a fan & want to encourage others to attend Central's games away from home. People who read the paper don't necessarily read the blogs. They may not even have a computer. I think you insult Gary if you call what I wrote "covering the games."

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 8:57 AM

Looks like Betty is trying to move over to sports editor. I am sure someone in sports department covered this story. Why the double coverage????

-- Posted by bedfordcounty08 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 8:25 AM

Don't think Johnson is going to appreciate you doing his job for him.

-- Posted by Dolittle on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 7:47 AM


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