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SHEPHERDSVILLE - All six local high school basketball teams will be playing in holiday basketball tournaments this week.
Three of those teams, the Bullitt East and Bullitt Central boys, as well as the North Lady Eagles, have already started play. The other three will compete Wednesday through Friday before taking very short breaks for Christmas before heading into another round of holiday tournaments next week.
The Bullitt East Chargers are competing in the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Tournament at Fairdale. The championship game for that event is set for Wednesday night of this week at 7:30 p.m.
For Bullitt Central, the Cougars are competing in a round-robin event at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown. The third and final game for the Cougars in the event will be Wednesday night at 6 p.m. against Whitley County.
The North Bullitt Lady Eagles started play on Monday in the Western Holiday Classic at Western High School in Jefferson County. After playing Lone Oak on Monday, the green and gold will play games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The end of week schedule for tournaments includes:
Sarah Major Barger Tourney at North Bullitt
Even after former North Bullitt head coach Lee Barger stepped down to become the school’s athletic director, the decision was made to continue the Sarah Major Barger Tournament that is named in honor of the coaches’ late mother. Proceeds from the event go to fund scholarships for deserving North Bullitt students.
North Bullitt is the defending champion of its own event.
The eight-team tournament will start on Wednesday and continue to Friday.
In the upper bracket games on Wednesday, Atherton and Shawnee will open play with a game at 2 p.m. The next game will involved two of the better teams in the field as Collegiate will take on Spencer County at 4 p.m.
Spencer County won the tournament two years ago, but did not defend that trophy last season.
In the lower bracket, Waggener will take on Whitefield Academy at 6 p.m. North Bullitt will then take the floor in the nightcap at 8 p.m. when they take on St. Francis.
Games each day will start at 2 p.m. with games at two-hour intervals. The championship game on Friday is set for 8 p.m.
Vision First Holiday Classic at Bullitt East
For the first time in a long time, if ever in fact, the Bullitt East Lady Chargers will host their own tournament with the Vision First Holiday Classic at Bullitt East.
The format is a little different than other tournaments as the teams will play four games in three days.
There are eight teams in the field and the group is divided into two pools. The Red Pool includes Bullitt East along with Eastern, Corbin and Daviess County. The Gold Pool teams are LaRue County, Male, Bell County and Mercer County. Each team will play the other three teams in their pool on the first two days before the first, second, third and fourth place teams from each pool play the same seeded team from the opposite bracket on Friday.
Bullitt East will open play at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday against Eastern and will then play again at 6:15 p.m. against Corbin. The third Bullitt East game is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday against Daviess County.
There are six games each of the first two days. The first game each day starts at 11:15 a.m. with the final game set for 8 p.m.
On Friday, the two fourth-place teams will start play with a game at 1 p.m. The two first-place teams will in the championship game at 6:15 p.m.
Hardees Holiday Classic
The Bullitt Central Lady Cougars will be in Bowling Green for three days this week competing in the Hardees/Warren East Holiday Classic. There is also a boys’ tournament run at the same time so the girls’ games are not played consecutively.
Coach Bryan Bates’ team will open play on Wednesday at noon (central time) against Leslie County. That is an upper bracket game and then on Thursday the Lady Cougars will take on either Franklin Simpson or Crittenden County at either 10:30 a.m. (with a loss on Wednesday) or at 5 p.m. (with a win on Wednesday).
The championship game is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.