For the second year in a row, the Meade County Greenwave Basketball team faced off against the Owensboro Red devils in first round action of the Region 3 tournament held at the Owensboro sport Center in Owensboro KY. The red Devils got off to a very fast start by using fast breaks after grabbing defensive rebounds and transition to get the ball down the court quickly. Owensboro built a quick eight-point lead over Meade, forcing head coach Jason Tripure to call a timeout and figure out how to slow Owensboro down before it gets too far out of hand. Owensboro’s press defense was working on Meade that kept them grounded and disrupted their three-point shooting. Meade would not score their first points of the game until midway through the first on a layup from senior Brayden Blankenship. After the Blankenship score, Owensboro would go on an 11-0 point run spreading their lead even further. At the end of the first, Meade was trailing in double figures (23-7) to the Red devils and looking for answers. Owensboro came out in the second playing the same press defense that was giving Meade offense all sorts of issues. Meade continued to have issues making baskets, or handling the ball that Owensboro continued to capitalize on, padding their lead even more. By the end of the first half, Meade found themselves down to Owensboro by 25 as they went into the locker room at halftime.
“We go five on seven and even five on eight in practice to tray and emulate the speed of what we had going on there, but you just can’t do it,” Coach Tripure said, “There’s only one other team that we play all year that plays like that, and that’s E-Town, and they beat these guys.”
At the start of the third, it looked as though Owensboro was not going to let up off the gas as they came out playing with the same press defense and tenacity they displayed in the first half. Midway through the third, Owensboro had built their lead to 35, which is the magical number to start the running clock. After the running clock began, both coaches started sitting their players and rotating others in to gain some experience in a high-pressure game such as this. However, for Meade it was too late to mount any sort of comeback. Owensboro had the momentum and continued to keep the ball away from Meade through the fourth period, diminishing any hopes that Meade had of coming back. Owensboro cruised through the fourth to take home the victory, ending Meade’s 2019/20 season, and eliminating them form the Region 3 Tournament by a score of 85-46.
“I think the speed of the game got into their heads a little. I mean you’re forced to take shots you normally wouldn’t, or you get blocked once, or twice it gets into you head and makes it even more difficult,” Tripure said, “Overall I think the team improved a lot since the start of the season. We started out pretty rough, then to come back and beat Hancock the way we did, and go to the very end with Breck says a lot about how much they have improved. We have some young talent that I am looking forward to seeing work out in the summer, and am excited for our future.”
Box score 1 2 3 4 F
Owensboro 23 21 27 14 85
Meade County 7 12 20 7 46