Exeter boys earn No. 2 seed in district tourney
Tigers, Lady Tigers squads looking to make their marks
For the Exeter Tigers and Lady Tigers, the excitement of district playoff basketball is in the air.
For the Tigers, much respect was paid for their hard work this season, which resulted in a No. 2 seed in the Class 2, District 4 tournament in Sparta.
The freshman-laden Lady Tigers garnered a No. 3 seed.
In the boys bracket, the tournament is wide open.
"I think any one of the top four seeds can win the tournament," said Jay Allen, Exeter boys basketball coach. "I think we can get up and down the floor and have a good shot to win."
The Tigers have been a cellar-dweller in the district for the last two seasons, but Allen has them believing they can take the crown.
"We have gotten better on defense and rebounding as the season has progressed," Allen said. "With multiple shooters that can score, I like our chances."
The boys tournament begins on Saturday.
Niangua and Thomas Jefferson open tourney play at 3 p.m. followed by Verona and Lutie. Exeter and Chadwick are slated to tip off at 6 p.m. with Bradleyville and Hurley in the nightcap.
On the girls side, district play begins Saturday morning.
Chadwick and Thomas Jefferson open play at 9 a.m., then Bradleyville and Verona square off. Hurley and Lutie will tip off at noon, immediately followed by Exeter and Niangua.