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Even though Anderson County has no chance of winning the top seed in the 30th District Tournament and Shelby County can't break even unless it wins every game from here on out, there is plenty at stake when the Anderson boys host Shelby in the second game of Wednesday's double header.
(Assuming a Shelby win over Eminence on Tuesday after press time – not a given, by any means – Shelby would have to win its remaining 15 games to break even. To get to 15 wins, Shelby would have to win all remaining regular season games then go through the tournaments to a state championship.)
But back to matters closer to home. It boils down to the fact that the loser of Wednesday's game will have to play Eminence in an extra game for the four-and five-seeds, dictated by what is now a five-team district.
For Anderson, everything that can happen in the post-season rides on Wednesday. If the Bearcats beat Shelby, they are the three-seed, regardless of what happens to any other team in the district.
For Shelby, the scenario has a few more options. If the Rockets defeated Eminence on Tuesday night, then beat Anderson on Wednesday, they will be the three-seed, Anderson four and Eminence five.
Collins is locked in to the 2-3 seed game, with one exception, no matter what happens the rest of the way.
If Eminence beats Shelby and Shelby beats Anderson, then those three teams will be tied. It is too early to tell who would have the advantage in such a scenario.
However, if Shelby beats Eminence and Anderson, then defeats Spencer County on Feb. 8, the Rockets, who were 2-16 after games of last Tuesday, will throw things into a three-way tie with Spencer and Collins for the top seed. Anderson and Eminence would play the 4-5 game.