Clopton tourney features top seeds in Lady Hawks, Louisiana Bulldogs
The Louisiana Bulldogs boys basketball team and the Clopton Lady Hawks are both seeded first in their divisions for the upcoming Clopton Invitational.
The tournament will start Monday, Jan. 6 with the first round of girls games with the boys starting on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The girls championship will be played at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. The boys championship will be at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The host Lady Hawks are 3-3 on the season and ranked 22nd in the state for Class 2 teams by MaxPreps. They have been brilliant some nights, mediocre on others and are looking to build consistency during the tourney.
Senior guard Shelby Dunn continues to lead the team in scoring. Senior forwards Brittney Hamilton and Spencer Hicks have been playing better in recent weeks. Junior forward Megan Parrish and freshman center Ashtyn Lagemann are also beginning to contribute.
The Silex Lady Owls are the No. 2 seed and the Elsberry Lady Indians are the No. 3 seed. Clopton and Louisiana could play those teams in the late rounds.
The Louisiana Lady Bulldogs are seeded fourth and have a chance to go up against Clopton at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in either the championship or consolation bracket, depending how they do in the first game on Jan. 6.
The Lady Bulldogs are 2-5 on the season and have lost their last four games in a row.
Senior forward Batrice Blackwell and sophomore forward Denise Blackwell have developed into a strong sister duo that has kept Louisiana in most games. Senior guard Caitlin Bolton has also had some strong games.
The top-seeded Bulldogs are 3-1 on the season and haven’t played as much as other teams due to scheduling and games cancelled due to weather.
However, senior forward Tristan Castiglia is utilizing what he learned in the off-season with the Missouri Mavericks traveling team and has become a more complete player, scoring, rebounding and blocking shots.
Senior guard Daylon Greene has made a fantastic return from a year out with a knee injury and is leading the team in scoring along with Castiglia.
The No. 2 seed is the Warrenton Warriors, with the Monroe City Panthers as the third seed.
Louisiana and Clopton could play those teams in the late rounds.
The host Clopton Hawks are seeded fourth and have yet to hit their stride, going 2-3 on the year. They could face Louisiana in the second round at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 in either the consolation or championship brackets.
Senior guard Jack Hicks is leading the team in scoring. Senior guards Luke Robbins, Rheed Leake and Jamel Shelton have all had good games, but the team has lacked consistency despite the recent big win against North Callaway.