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UPDATE: BE advances in 6th Region Tourney

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By Mike Farner

LOUISVILLE – The Bullitt East Chargers move on to the second round of the 2009 Girls' Sixth Region Basketball Tournament with a 49-33 victory over Pleasure Ridge Park.

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The Lady Chargers (23-8) will play again Friday against the Iroquois/Central winner. Iroquois is the top ranked team in the state at 26-1. Central is 14-12.

The game will take place at Bellarmine University at 6:30 p.m.

Check Wednesday's edition of The Pioneer News and www.pioneernews.net for a full story on the Bullitt East/PRP contest.

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Lady Chargers start 6th Region play on Tuesday

SHEPHERDSVILLE – Sunday’s draw for this week’s Sixth Region Tournament at Bellarmine University went just about as well as the Bullitt East Lady Chargers could hope.

Of course, when you are in a region with the number one team in the state, Iroquois, as well as the defending state champions, Butler, there are only a limited number of things that can go right.

Those are the only two teams in the Sixth Region that have defeated Bullitt East this season.

First and foremost, the Lady Chargers did not draw Butler in the first round, something that was a possibility.

Second, the red and gold will not meet Iroquois in the first round. That was not possible this year, but that has been the case each of the past two seasons as the Lady Raiders ended Bullitt East’s season each of those two times.

Instead, Bullitt East will open the Girls’ Sixth Region Tournament on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. when they square off against Pleasure Ridge Park. The Lady Chargers did not meet up with PRP this year as the game was canceled due to bad weather in early February.

Pleasure Ridge Park is coached by former Bullitt Central assistant coach Buddy Fluhr who is in his second season as the head coach of the Lady Panthers.

Still, Bullitt East could meet up with Iroqouis in Friday’s semi-finals. That game would take place at 6:30 p.m.

The lower half of the bracket is looking at having to beat Butler, the defending regional and state champion.

Bullitt East assistant coach Christal Scott went to the draw on Sunday as head coach Chris Stallings had to stay home with a sick child.

Scott knew that there was no ‘perfect’ draw this year so she was happy with the way the pills did fall.

“It’s not the worst situation to be in,” the coach said. “Yes, we wanted to stay away from Butler. There were a lot worse scenarios we could have come out of the building with. We know we’ll have to go through Iroquois at some point in the tournament.”

Bullitt East was going to practice on Sunday afternoon and again on Monday to prepare for PRP. The Lady Chargers would then have two more full days of practice to prepare for Iroquois.

While everyone is pointing to Butler and Iroquois meeting in the regional final for the third straight season, Scott says that there are other teams playing well including the Lady Chargers, the third-ranked team in the Sixth Region for most of the season.

“Central has been playing well late in the season,” Scott noted. “Prez has a strong team. Fairdale is so hot and cold, but they are athletic enough to play with anybody when they are on. Holy Cross nearly scored 100 points the other night (99 against Valley).

“At this stage of the season you can’t count anybody out,” Scott said. “Everybody is in the field for a reason. That’s the way we look at it.”

The Girls Sixth Region Championship Game will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Knights Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University.