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Rockin’ the Big House - Hoops tourney at BC

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2011 24th District Basketball Tournaments

By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Big House will be Rockin’ this week as the 2011 24th District Tournaments invade Bullitt Central.

This will be the sixth and final version of the big show with this format. Next year, the Bullitt County teams will be moved into the new Seventh Region and be split between the 27th and 28th Districts.

It was at Bullitt Central that this configuration of teams got started back in 2006 when the three Bullitt County teams moved from the Eighth Region into the Sixth Region to join up with Southern and Fairdale. That first year, North Bullitt won the boys’ tournament while Fairdale took the girls’ crown.

Since that time, all of the titles on both the boys’ and the girls’ side have been won by either Bullitt East or Fairdale. Of the previous ten basketball titles up for grabs, Fairdale has won five and Bullitt East four with North Bullitt having that one boys’ title.

Heading into this week, Bullitt East has the two top-seeded teams, but nothing is a sure thing.

Boys’ Tourney

If there is a ‘prohibitive’ favorite in the 24th District this season it is the Bullitt East boys. The Chargers are undefeated against their district foes and in fact have won six of their seven games against district foes by double-digit counts

However, it is that one single-digit encounter that hangs over this week’s tournament. That game came on the same tournament floor three weeks ago when Bullitt East needed to score ten of the final 11 points of the game to beat Bullitt Central 52-51.

Bullitt East shot poorly that night and needed more guts than beauty to secure the top-seed in the district.

The Chargers will face the winner of Monday’s North Bullitt-Southern game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The intriguing first-round match-up could be the second semi-final on Wednesday when Bullitt Central takes on Fairdale. The Cougars have not won a district semi-final game since 2006. This will be their best chance since that time.

Bullitt Central lost to Fairdale 71-53 at home back on Jan. 4, but the Cougars have played better since that time. In fact, the Cougars have not lost at home since that game except for the one-point loss to Bullitt East. Bullitt Central is also 4-1 over the last five games of the regular season while Fairdale has lost six of its last seven, although the Bulldogs have played tough competition.

If the Cougars can get the three-pointers made to be in double-digits, they have the ability to pull the upset.

The big house might not be big enough on Friday if Bullitt East and Bullitt Central were to meet again.

Girls’ Showdown

On paper, the Girls’ 24th District Tournament looks to be a collision course between Bullitt Central and Bullitt East. The two squads are both 5-1 against their district rivals with the two splitting their regular season games with each winning on the others’ home-court.

Bullitt Central will face a interesting foe in the second semi-final on Tuesday when they battle Southern. The Lady Trojans actually have a better record than the Lady Cougars who beat Southern 62-49 back in December.

The Lady Cougars have been a little inconsistent late in the season, but most of that came away from home. Bullitt Central is 7-1 at home since the first of the year with the only loss being the close game with Bullitt East.

Southern has won nine of its last ten games, but against less than stellar competition.

Still, it would be a huge surprise if it was not a Bullitt East-Bullitt Central rematch in Thursday’s championship game.

As in the past, the top two teams in each tournament will advance to next week’s Sixth Region Tournaments which will start on Monday at Bellarmine (boys) or Tuesday at Atherton (girls) before all of the semi-finals and finals are played at Bellarmine.