Time to hit the hardwood

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By Brandon Mattingly

It’s basketball time again in the Commonwealth and I know plenty of people are happy about that. Locally, St. Catharine’s season has gotten underway and the Patriot women made a big early statement last week by knocking off No. 22 Bethel University on the road to improve to 3-0.

As for the Washington County boys’ and girls’ teams, they’re counting the days until Nov. 27, when WC opens the season with a girl-boy double-header at home against Taylor County.
Readers can find full season previews in next week’s issue of The Sun, but for now, I want to hit on a few notes entering the 2012-13 season.

The boys will be looking for their first double-digit win season in five years (11-18 in 2007-08).

The Commanders are looking to replace four seniors from last year’s 7-22 team.

They will compete in holiday tournaments in Adair County and LaRue County for the third-consecutive year.

WC drew Green County (8-23 last season) in the first round of this year’s 5th Region All-A Classic in Fort Knox in January. The teams didn’t meet last season.

After a 12-16 record and a trip to the region tournament last season, the Commanderettes are looking for their second winning season in three years (15-14 in 2010-11).

Longtime starting point guard and WC’s No. 11 all-time scorer, Shay Yocum, was lost to graduation.

Senior center Kenya Turner enters the season as the No. 5 scorer in school history, 112 points behind Jane Goatley for fourth on the list.

The WC girls will travel to Campbellsville for the Food Pantry Holiday Classic for the third-straight year.

The Commanderettes are also matched up with Green County (26-7 last season) in this year’s All-A Classic in Fort Knox. It will be their first matchup with the Lady Dragons since WC’s 59-49 win in the 2010-11 All-A tournament.