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Lady Chargers set to face state's top-ranked squad

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON - The Bullitt East Lady Chargers, winners of eight of their past nine games, will face the ultimate challenge on Tuesday when they travel into Jefferson County to take on Iroquois, the state’s top-ranked girls’ basketball team.

(It is hoped that the two teams will play, but it will only happen if both school systems are back in class that day.).

The contest will pit the two teams in the Sixth Region with the best records. Iroquois stands at 18-1 with the only loss coming two weeks ago to Manual 59-56 at a neutral site. Bullitt East stands at 17-5 after the recent eight gaming winning streak that was snapped last Saturday in a loss to Lexington Catholic.

Of course, neither team played at all last week. Bullitt East might have been looking for a small advantage when they initially looked at the schedule since Iroquois would have played a lot of games last week in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, but that whole tourney was cancelled due to the bad weather.

Bullitt East has not beaten Iroquois since moving into the Sixth Region. In fact, the Lady Raiders have knocked the Lady Chargers out of post-season play each of the past two seasons in the first round of the Sixth Region Tournament.

Two years ago, Iroquois went on to reach the state championship game before losing. Last year, Iroquois lost to eventual state champion Butler in the regional final.

Coach Al Northington’s team is senior-laden, led by University of Kentucky signee Adia Mathis who is averaging 18.5 points a game. Iroquois has five players who average over nine points a game. Four of those five players are seniors.

Game time on Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. for the junior-varsity contest. The varsity game will start after that at around 7:30 p.m.