Lady Rockets begin region play Monday

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By Todd Martin

After upsetting Anderson County in the 30th District Championship game, the Shelby County softball team will enter Monday's 8th Region Tournament with back-to-back victories.

"Hopefully that emotional win can carry over in a positive way," SCHS Coach Kelly Cable said. "I hope we can ride that wave."

Shelby (16-13) and Anderson (23-7) can't meet again until the region championship game, but the two rivals will likely be the favorites to advance.

The 8th Region pairings will be set today after the draw at SCHS at 5:30 p.m. The tournament will begin Monday, with all four first-round games being played at the SCHS Athletic Complex.

Of the six other schools in the way of a regional title, Oldham County (17-4) is the top competitor.

The Lady Colonels are the hottest team in the region, having won 13 consecutive games before their 29th District Championship game against South Oldham (8-15). The results of that Thursday game were not in at press time. It's the only district race that had not already been decided.

The Lady Rockets split two games with Oldham this season, with each team winning on the road, but Cable said those regular-season games don't mean much now.

"They're a tough team, no matter when you play them," she said of the Lady Colonels. "But it's tournament time, so you can't go in looking at old games. This is an unpredictable time."

Simon Kenton (28-9) took care of the 32nd District, beating Walton-Verona (21-15), 3-2.

"Those are two very good teams," Cable said. "We can't afford to overlook anybody at this time of year, especially teams that have won 20-plus games."

The 31st District saw Henry County (24-11) whip Owen County (12-13), 8-1. And Cable said the Lady Wildcats are a team to watch out for.

"I think Henry County is the sleeper team in the region," she said. "That's a young team that keeps getting better and better, and they're a team all of us will have to watch out for."

For the Lady Rockets, Cable said the key will be taking care of themselves.

"There's a lot we can control and lot we can't," she said. "I think if we control the mental aspect and stay focused, then everything else will take care of itself."