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Drummond Holiday Tournament returns to Cedar Key

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By Sean Arnold

One of the staples of the holiday season are hoops tournaments.

Cedar Key School is hosting its second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, and the Chiefland girls will be there.

The tourney features six girls’ squads, including the Lady Indians, Branford, and The Rock (Gainesville) in Pool A; and Fort White, Keystone Heights and the Lady Sharks constituting Pool B.

Each school plays twice on Day 1 in pool play.

A junior varsity matchup between Creekside and CKS tips off action at 11 a.m. Dec. 19, before pool play begins at 12:15 p.m. between the Buccaneers and the Lions of Gainesville. Fort White and CKS follow it up at 1:45, and then The Rock and Lady Indians of Chiefland are scheduled for 3:15. Keystone Heights and FWHS meet at 4:45, then CMHS returns to action against BHS at 6:15 before KHS and Cedar Key cap the day at 7:45.

On Dec. 20, the third-place teams from each pool face off at 4 p.m., followed by the second-place schools at 5:30, and then the championship game at 7 p.m.

The Bucs, led by Carla Suggs, figure to come in with the hot hand, having won five straight heading into their Dec. 14 meeting with Dixie County. They notched double-digit wins over district foes Bell, Bronson and CMHS over that stretch, and face the Lady Sharks Dec. 15 in Branford. CMHS coach Buddy Vickers says The Rock will be tough in his team’s pool as well.

After knocking off the Lady Sharks with a late push at the foul line, and then falling against district powerhouse Trenton, the Lady Indians have been tantalizingly close in a series of road losses, including at 6A Crystal River.

“It seems like we have one bad quarter per game,” said Vickers, who took the blame for the team’s loss at Bell Dec. 11. “We’ve got to learn how to finish a game. We’ll just go back to work and try to correct our problems.”

Cedar Key was 2-3 overall and 1-2 in 1A-7 play heading into its district game against the Lady Eagles Tuesday.

Any ties between teams in the pool standings will be determined by: 1) quarters won; 2) point differential; then 3) a coin flip.

One-day admission is $6; a two-day bracelet pass is $10.

The concession stand will be open.

CKS coach David Tomlin says Drummond Community Bank’s support is critical for the tournament.