Townsend has Falcons headed in right direction

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Fort Campbell's KeShawn Daniels (center) and Jeremiah Holley (right) talk to Falcon coach Robbie Townsend during their loss to Hopkinsville on Friday.

It's been more than a decade since the Fort Campbell Falcons beat a team from the city of Hopkinsville but second-year coach Robbie Townsend knows a little something about knocking off Eighth District teams.

Fort Campbell's last victory against a district foe came Feb. 24, 2009 in the first round of the district tournament. The Falcons took down University Heights Academy 75-71 before falling to Christian County 98-52 in the championship. FC went on to lose to Henderson County 43-34 in the first round of the Second Region tournament.

Townsend is a 2008 graduate of Fort Campbell but during his sophomore campaign, he was apart of something that hasn't been done in a long time.

During the 2005-06 season, the Falcons went 3-6 in district play, with all three wins coming against Hopkinsville.

Fort Campbell beat the Tigers 60-55 and 88-76 during the regular season then took down Hoptown again 71-55 in the district tournament before falling to the Colonels in the final.

"I just tell my guys you get out what you put in," he said. "You got to be willing to put the work in and if you don't, don't expect any other result. I just tell them all the time let's work hard, let's worry about what we can control. Just play every game like it's our last."

When Townsend was named head coach a couple of years ago, he said he felt a sense of pride leading his alma mater.

"It's a great feeling," he said. "I've got a great group of guys. Like I tell them all the time, I believe in them, I just got to get them to believe in themselves and I think once we do that we're going to be very special."

When the Falcons fell to Hopkinsville Friday at HHS, they made a game of it for nearly the entire game before the Tigers pulled away in the fourth.

For Townsend, he said that was an eye-opener for his squad.

"It just lets these guys know they can compete in, to me, one of the toughest districts in the state of Kentucky ..." he said. "I tell my guys, 'I feel like we're the best team in the district.' But we have to believe it."

Fort Campbell sits at 6-8 on the season and hits the court again Friday as the Falcons host Hopkins County Central.

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