Photo by Rich Fairman| The Meade County Messenger
Senior Dylan Abell found it hard to go to the basket in the game against E-Town. Here he tries to go up for the putback but finds an E-Town defender instead.
The Meade County High School Greenwave Basketball team hosted the Fifth Region’s number two seed, Elizabethtown Panthers, in a rare Saturday night game on Feb 6. Meade was looking to bounce back from their loss the night before, and to play against this team they were going to have to dig deep, since E-Town’s only loss this season was to John Hardin, and that game came down to the last second with John Hardin winning by only one-point.
Both teams came out playing a fast-paced game from the start. Meade’s defense was able to keep the E-town shooters grounded by not allowing them to get any quality shots off from the outside or drive the lanes towards the basket.
With Meade’s defense playing well, their offense was able to keep pace, keeping the game close, but midway through the first, E-town began to find cracks in Meade’s defense where they could get out in front. Meade had to call a quick timeout to try and slow the game down and came out in a zone defense rather than their man-to-man they had been playing. The switch did little to slow E-town down as they built their lead to eight by the end of the first period. E-town came out in the second period and began to take control of the game. They switched to a press defense that gave Meade trouble bringing the ball up court, resulting in forced errors and quick turnovers for E-town. By the time the buzzer sounded at halftime, E-town had built their lead to 11, leaving Meade looking for answers as they headed to the locker rooms.
After the half E-town came back out in their man-to-man defense that had given Meade such headaches in the first half. E-town put the game on cruise control midway through the third period stretching their lead out to 15, while Meade was running short of gas. E-town never changed up their defense since they knew it was working and stayed in it for the entire fourth period. Even though Meade tried to bounce back, the E-town defense would be the difference maker. Meade had numerous opportunities to get back in the game, but missed layups, bad passing and lack of rebounds ended up hurting them in the long run, allowing E-town to take home the win, and hand Meade their third loss in a row.