Holiday tournaments start back on Tuesday

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - After a very short break for Christmas, the six area high school basketball teams will be back in action starting on Tuesday of this week in a number of different tournaments.

The two Bullitt East programs are really hitting the road this week as on Monday morning they will be getting on chartered buses and heading to Florida for the Fort Walton Beach Blowout. The teams will stay through the week before returning home on New Year’s Eve.

The other four teams from Bullitt County will stay a little closer to home as they will be playing in Kentucky. The main focus will be on the First Citizens Bank Classic at North Bullitt, which will include the girls’ teams from both Bullitt Central and North Bullitt.

A look at the four tournaments taking place in Kentucky includes:

First Citizens Bank Classic at NB

With her program maturing on the court, North Bullitt Lady Eagle head coach bumped up the level of competition this season for the annual First Citizens Bank Classic.

The first move was to get Bullitt Central back into the event. Still, Bullitt Central and North Bullitt are in opposite sides of the bracket and can only meet on the third day of the event.

Action will start at 3:30 p.m. each day of the event. On Tuesday, Warren Central will take on Bardstown in the opening game of the tournament before Bullitt Central collides with Gallatin County at 5 p.m. In the bottom half of the bracket, Henry County will clash with Iroquois at 6:30 p.m. before North Bullitt takes the court at 8 p.m. against Shawnee.

Four games will be played on Wednesday with the two semi-finals at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Thursday’s championship game is slated to start at 8 p.m.

Cougars to Russellville

The Bullitt Central Cougars will head to Russellville on Tuesday to compete in the First Southern National Bank Christmas Classic. This event has both a girls’ and a boys’ tournament going on at the same time so the boys’ games are not played consecutively. In fact, games are being played at both Logan County High School and Russellville High School.

The Cougars have a tall order in the first game as they will take on Muhlenberg County at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Logan County High School. Muhlenberg County, number 13 in the pre-season coaches’ poll, is led by 6-10 senior center Lemon Gregory, the number 10 player in the state in the coaches’ poll.

The event also includes the two host schools as well as three teams from out of state as well as Fern Creek.

With a win, Bullitt Central will play at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday against either Logan County or one of the out-of-state teams, Percy L. Julian. With an opening loss, the Cougars will play at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Either game would be played at Logan County.

All of the boys’ games on Thursday at scheduled for Russellville High School with the championship contest set for 7 p.m.

Eagles at LaRue County

For the second time in three years, the North Bullitt Eagles will head to LaRue County to compete in the National Guard Holiday Classic.

North Bullitt will open play in the tournament at 3 p.m. on Tuesday against Green County. The other two teams in the upper bracket are Bethlehem and Taylor County. The field also includes Adair County, Metcalf County and LaRue County.

Games will also be played on Wednesday and Thursday with the championship game set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m.