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Teams will start playing for keeps on Monday

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – One and done.

It means something a little different in high school basketball than it does in college as the post-season starts this week in Kentucky with elimination games right off the bat as district play is conducted this week.

Every team is 0-0 at this point.

North Bullitt will be hosting the 23rd District Tournament this time around with the two defending champions, Moore (boys) and North Bullitt (girls), having the number one seeds. The same is true in the 24th District as Bullitt East (boys) and Mercy (girls are the top seeds as the tournament gets under way at Fern Creek.

One big difference between the two districts this time around is that the boys’ and girls’ events will not mirror each other. At North Bullitt, the boys’ final is on Thursday with the girls’ playing on Friday. At Fern Creek, it is the opposite as the boys’ tourney will conclude on Friday while the girls will finish up on Thursday.

As is also the case, the top two finishers in each tournament will advance to next week’s Sixth Region Tournament.

The Girls’ Sixth Region Tournament will start next Monday at Bellarmine University while the Boys’ Sixth Region Tournament will have four games on Tuesday at the new gym at Valley High School. Both events will finish up at Valley.

Chargers’ Favored

On the boys’ side, Bullitt East is undefeated in Sixth Region play this season and with the state’s top ranking in a number of polls and in the top three in any poll, the Chargers are the favorites to make it three straight regional titles.

Bullitt East will open district play on Wednesday at Fern Creek against Whitefield Academy, a team they did not play this season. The Chargers beat Whitefield 71-32 in last seasons’ district opener.

On the girls’ side in the 24th District, Bullitt East will once again try to dislodge Mercy, the state’s fifth-ranked team. The Lady Chargers open with a game against Jeffersontown, a team that they beat 80-54 back on Jan. 4.

Bullitt East closed with a flourish last week, defeating Sacred Heart on Friday.

North Bullitt Hosts

The North Bullitt Lady Eagles will try to win back-to-back district titles for the first time in school history this week after winning the program’s first district title since 1979 a year ago.

The green and gold should have no trouble in the opener against Southern on Wednesday and then could very well play Bullitt Central in Friday’s final if the Lady Cougars can get another win over Moore. North Bullitt and Bullitt Central have played two close games this season.

On the boys’ side, the district is much more balanced than it was a year ago after Moore rolled to the title. The Mustangs edged top-10 power Pleasure Ridge Park last week, but their wins over district rivals Southern and Bullitt Central have been by just eight- and nine-points in the past month.

Bullitt Central opens with a game against Evangel on Monday and they will have to win that game to take on Moore in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

North Bullitt will open against Southern, a team they lost to in the district semi-finals last year. Back on Feb. 5, Southern defeated the Eagles 50-35.