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MOUNT WASHINGTON - With only ten days remaining in the regular season for girls' soccer, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers had a 7-9 record. That mark included a seven-game winning streak and an eight-game losing streak.
On the final surge to the post-season, coach Richard Carver's first team bounced back from the long losing spell, winning the last four games before the team enters Ninth District Tournament play on Monday against North Bullitt at Nelson County High School.
One of the final wins came on Tuesday when Bullitt East got the best of Bullitt Central 7-1 in the only meeting of the season between the two rivals.
It was Senior Night for the Lady Chargers and they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Early in the second half, Bullitt Central got a conversion from junior Crystal Lemons to get within two goals, but the rest of the game belonged to the Lady Chargers as they wrapped up the number four seed for the post-season.
"Our girls played as expected," Carver said later. "We experimented with a different lineup preparing for district play."
In the first half, Bullitt East got goals from Alicia Schwenker, Jessi Hottois and Lexi Higginbotham. After the Lady Cougars pulled within two goals, the Lady Chargers put the game away as Hottois, Alexis Smith, Cassidy Grom and Higginbotham scored again.
The late season surge by the young Lady Chargers included wins over LaRue County, Fort Knox and Fern Creek in addition to Bullitt Central. In those last four wins, Bullitt East had a 24-2 scoring edge including a 10-0 route of Fern Creek.
Now, the focus for all the high school soccer teams turns to the post-season. All three Bullitt County girls' soccer teams will be playing in the Ninth District Tournament starting on Monday. Some first round games will be played at Nelson County, although, the event is being hosted by Bethelehm.
The key first-round game will pit Bullitt East against North Bullitt. The Lady Chargers defeated the green and gold 4-1 back on Sept. 7 but North Bullitt standout Halee Heltsley, the state's number four scorer, did not play in that game.
The winner of that game will face Bardstown on Tuesday. The Tigers have the number one seed and an 18-2-1 record that included an 8-1 win over Bullitt East and a 3-0 decision at North Bullitt.
Bullitt Central, which did get three wins this season, will play at 8 p.m. on Monday at Nelson County against the host Lady Cardinals.
The tournament semi-finals will be played on Tuesday at St. Monica Elementary, the home field for Bethlehem. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Boys' District Action
Play in the Boys' Ninth District Tournament actually started on Sunday with Bullitt Central taking on Nelson County and Bullitt East facing LaRue County.
North Bullitt will swing into action with a first-round game at 5:30 p.m. on Monday against Bardstown on their home field.
The tournament semi-finals will be played on Tuesday at Bardstown starting at 6 p.m. Bullitt East and Bullitt Central, with earlier wins, would play in the second semi-final. North Bullitt, with a win over Bardstown, would play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against Bethlehem, the top-seeded team in the tournament and a top-25 team in the state.
29th District Volleyball
The final 29th District Volleyball Tournament with the present teams will start on Tuesday of this week at Spencer County High School.
The four teams have the exact same seeding as they did last year with North Bullitt being number one and Bullitt Central number two. Last year, Bullitt East upset the Lady Eagles, but North Bullitt has been the hot team over the second half of the season.
The North Bullitt-Bullitt East contest will be played on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bullitt Central will then take the court at 8 p.m. to battle Spencer County.
The two winners on Tuesday will meet in the final on Thursday at 7 p.m. Both teams that play on Thursday will advance to next week's Eighth Region Tournament.
Starting next season, the volleyball alignment will mirror that for basketball this winter with the three Bullitt County teams in different districts. Bullitt Central and North Bullitt will be paired with Moore, Evangel and Southern while Bullitt East will play with Mercy, Fern Creek, Jeffersontown and Whitefield Academy.