HENDERSON -- Tuesday's weather forced the Hopkinsville Tigers to wait an extra day to take on Hopkins County Central in the first round of the Second Region Tournament at Henderson County.
For the Tigers, it was their first game in eight days, and it showed.
Despite the Storm packing the box and Hoptown struggling to find the back of the net, the Tigers grabbed a 1-0 victory to advance to tonight's semifinals against host Henderson County.
HHS coach Tyler Stallons said his team's performance is on him.
"I hope we got it out of our system," he said. "Some people played with effort and some people didn't. I didn't have them ready to play so I've got to do something different to get their mindset ready for tomorrow. I don't know if it was coming up here yesterday. We can make all the excuses in the world, but we weren't ready to play. We'll put that on me and I've got to do a better job for them to have a better mentality for tomorrow.
"I told them if we're going to come up here and not play our best, we found a way to let that be the game we didn't play our best and we play our best from here on out."
Hopkinsville had plenty of chances throughout the game, but every time they'd get close to the goal, a Storm defender would clear it out.
It wasn't until there was 12:20 left in the game that the Tigers finally capitalized on an opening.
Senior Tyler Greenwell battled through a Hopkins Central defender to beat the keeper and give Hoptown the lead it so desperately wanted.
Stallons commended the play of the Storm.
"They had a good game plan," he said. "They made it tough for us to score. We had a lot of shots, but we struggled to get quality shots off. We played a lot of offense, we didn't play a lot of defense."
The Tigers fell to the Colonels 3-0 back on Sept. 17 during the roughest stretch of the season for Stallons and his crew.
He said he knows they'll have to turn it around today.
"We weren't ready to play and we've got to bounce back," he said. "We won. It's survive and advance right now and that's what I told him. Still, if we play our way we can beat anybody. If we don't, we'll look like that."
University Heights Academy and Madisonville-North Hopkins play in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. with Hoptown and Henderson County kicking off 20 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
Hopkinsville 1,Hopkins County Central 0
HHS 0 1 -- 1
HCCHS 0 0 -- 2
HHS: Tyler Greenwell (goal)