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This Week in UC Hoops: District Play Ramps Up

After a two-week hectic holiday tournament schedule, teams throughout the Upper Cumberland have returned home and are set to jump into district play full force, over the next several weeks. Several area teams got a couple of district games under their belts prior to Christmas break, but some teams will be facing district opposition for the first time this season, starting this week.

The Monterey Wildcats and Lady Wildcats host Bledsoe County in their District 5-2A opener on Tuesday night, while Jackson County will travel to Pikeville to face Bledsoe County on Friday, in their district opener. York Institute, also a member of District 5-2A, will host Sequatchie County, Friday night, in their district opener. Warren County will host Franklin on Friday night, in their District 6-4A opener.

Cookeville has another week before opening play in District 9-4A against Green Hill, next Tuesday, January 11.

Games to watch this week: Upperman (13-2) hosts defending Class 2A State Champion, Macon County, Tuesday night in District 7-3A. The young Tigerettes (3-11) lost their first 11 games of the season, but have won their last three by 14 or more points.

The Cookeville Lady Cavaliers (16-0) won two tournaments over the break to remain unbeaten, but will be challenged this week at York Institute (9-3) on Tuesday, and at home against White County (12-3) on Friday. The Lady Cavs defeated both teams earlier this season.

Pickett County will host Clay County in a clash of District 7-1A heavyweights on Friday night, in both girls’ and boys’ action. The Bobcats (13-3, 2-0) and Bulldogs (8-4, 2-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams in District 7-1A.

Here’s a look at this week’s schedule:

Monday, January 3
Jackson Co. at Van Buren Co.

Tuesday, January 4
Clarkrange at Cumberland Co.
Cookeville at York Institute
*Livingston Academy at DeKalb Co.
Trousdale Co. at Jackson Co.
*Bledsoe Co. at Monterey
Clinton Co., KY at Pickett Co.
*Stone Memorial at White Co.
*Macon Co. at Upperman
Van Buren Co. at Sequatchie Co.
Warren Co. at Siegel

Thursday, January 6
Monterey at Smith Co.

Friday, January 7
*Red Boiling Springs at Clarkrange
*Clay Co. at Pickett Co.
White Co. at Cookeville
*Cumberland Co. at Livingston Academy
*Macon Co. at DeKalb Co.
*Jackson Co. at Bledsoe Co.
*Upperman at Stone Memorial
*Hardy Memorial at Van Buren Co.
*Franklin Co. at Warren Co.
*Sequatchie Co. at York Institute

Saturday, January 8
Warren Co. at DeKalb Co.

Updated Overall Records
Girls
Cookeville 16-0
Clarkrange 13-2
Livingston Academy 13-2
Upperman 13-2
Warren Co. 13-2
Pickett Co. 12-2
White Co. 12-3
Clay Co. 10-3
York Institute 9-3
Van Buren Co. 7-4
DeKalb Co. 9-6
Cumberland Co. 8-7
Stone Memorial 6-7
Monterey 4-12
Jackson Co. 2-9

Boys
Pickett Co. 13-3
Jackson Co. 8-3
White Co. 9-4
York Institute 10-5
Clay Co. 8-4
DeKalb Co. 8-6
Warren Co. 7-6
Cookeville 9-8
Livingston Academy 7-7
Stone Memorial 7-7
Van Buren Co. 5-7
Monterey 7-10
Upperman 4-6
Cumberland Co. 5-9
Clarkrange 2-13

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