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Once again, Lady Rockets favored in 30th District

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By Todd Martin

The Lady Rockets have one goal in mind right now: winning the 30th District Tournament.

After whipping Eminence 64-9 at Spencer County in Monday's opener, the Lady Rockets are just one win away, but they don't know who they'll play just yet.

Anderson (21-7) and Spencer (13-11) counties face off tonight in the other first-round game and the winner will play Shelby County Friday at 7 p.m.

"I expect Anderson County to win, but Spencer County is a better team now than they were earlier in the season," SCHS head coach Sally Zimmerman said.

Anderson County won at Spencer 62-36 on Dec. 11.

No matter who the Lady Rockets face on Friday, Zimmerman knows her team will have to play well to win.

"We want to go into the (8th) Region Tournament as a winner, that's our goal," she said. "But we have to put together four good quarters to do it. It's hard to beat a good team twice, but that's what we're going to have to do to win the district. We may have secured district and region wins in the regular season, but that doesn't mean anything now. Our region has four or five teams that are capable of winning it, so it's important to go into it as a (district) winner."

The top two teams in the distric move on to the region tournament. With the format of the district tournament changing this year to a more spread out format, the Lady Rockets will have plenty of time to prepare for the championship.

"I like have three days to prepare for the championship," Zimmerman said. "We don't know who we'll face, but it's more important that we focus on what we're doing and doing that right. It's going to give us a chance to fine-tune our game, and then we'll have Thursday to prepare for our opponent."

Zimmerman said she likes her team's chances in the title game.

"The mindset of our team is very good right now," she said. "We're playing in a good rhythm, and I think if we rise to the level of play that we're capable of we can win it. But, I also think that our district, both the winner and runner-up, will fare well in the (8th) Region Tournament."

Winning the district, Zimmerman said, is more about the psychological impact than who the team could face in the region.

"There's going to be some very good district runners-up in the region, so it's not so important in the sense of having an easy first round game in the region," she said. "It's more important confidence-wise. Mentally, it's much, much better to go into the region as a winner."

District tournament tickets

Tickets for Friday's Girls' 30th District Tournament were put on sale at Shelby County High School yesterday. The school was allotted 500 tickets for the championship game, and they will continue to sell tickets today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the school. Because of seating limitations, the school will only allow four tickets to each buyer. If tickets remain, they will be on sale again Thursday and Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.