Crystal City vs. Herculaneum in conference doubleheader on KJFF

JCAA rivals from the Quad Cities collide for a doubleheader of both girls’ and boys’ basketball when the Herculaneum Blackcats host the Crystal City Hornets Friday on KJFF.

In the girls’ game, Crystal City will look to shake off losing six of their last seven to fall to 4-12.

Hornets head coach Ken Jones says continuity has been missing.

Herculaneum had lost three in a row to follow up a stretch where they had won eight of nine.

But the Blackcats won their latest game over Grandview to move a step closer to another JCAA Small-School Division championship.

Head coach Riley Blair says finishing that journey comes down to getting stops.

The Herky girls have beaten Crystal City in 10 of the last 11 meetings.

On the boys’ side, the Hornets’ hot streak to start 2021 has been stymied, as back-to-back losses have dropped them to 8-10.

But Crystal head coach Phil Tessereau doesn’t think any of his team’s problems are new.

After a very slow start to the year, Herculaneum may have found its footing with 5 wins in the last 9 games.

Blackcats head coach Jason Jarvis says his team just had to get back to full speed.

The Hornets and the Blackcats have split their last 4 meetings in boys’ hoops.

Coverage of both matchups between Crystal City and Herculaneum starts just before the girls’ game at 4:45 Friday evening on AM 1400 KJFF.