Drummond Holiday Tournament returns to Cedar Key

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CKS boys are in Trenton for tournament play Dec. 21-23

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.

The tourney features six girls’ squads, including Branford, Chiefland 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 Chiefland over that stretch, and face the Lady Sharks Dec. 15 in Branford.

CKS was at Bronson Dec. 12, and follows up its Branford game with a tough home tilt against district powerhouse Trenton. Junior Jasmin Jackson is back leading the Lady Sharks again at 16.5 points and four assists a night. Fellow junior Cassie Lozier is adding 8.2 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game, while eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling leads CKS on the defensive end with 3.2 steals and a block a game. Cedar Key was 2-3 overall and 1-2 in 1A-7 play heading into its district game against the Lady Eagles Tuesday. CKS’ Pool B looks to be wide open for the taking in the tournament.

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.