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SHEPHERDSVILLE – With the way the holidays fell this year, namely Christmas and New Year’s Day on a Wednesday, as well as the way the school breaks were lined-up, the traditional holiday basketball tournaments are a little more spread out this winter as there are basically three different times for the tournaments.
In addition, because of the scheduling, two teams, the North Bullitt Lady Eagles and the Bullitt Central Lady Cougars, opted to participate in only one holiday tournament this season.
This will be the first time in four years that the Bullitt East boys will not participate in the King of the Bluegrass event at Fairdale High School, the state’s top in-season event.
The only tourney that will be held in Bullitt County this year will be the Bullitt East/Vision First Holiday Classic that will start play on Saturday with the Lady Chargers playing host. This will be the second year for this event.
Bullitt East Vision First Classic
Late in the summer, Bullitt East head coach Chris Stallings recalled having only five teams lined up for his holiday event. Then, Manual had to cancel their event because of a coaching change and suddenly Stallings had more interest than he could handle. The coach said that the event could have swelled to 16 teams, but he opted to stick to eight for this year’s event.
Each of the eight teams will play three games with games played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Bullitt East is in the lower bracket and will open play on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Moore. The other game in the lower bracket will have Holy Cross taking on Central Hardin.
The upper bracket has two of the top teams in Kentucky this year in Manual and Ballard. Ballard will open the tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday against Central. Manual will then take on North Hardin at 4 p.m.
Sunday’s semi-finals could be impressive. A possible Ballard-Manual semi-final would be at 6 p.m. on Sunday while Bullitt East would then take on the winner of the Holy Cross-Central Hardin game at 7:30 p.m.
The championship game on Monday is set for 7:30 p.m.
Games each day will be played at 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Warren East Christmas Tournament
The Bullitt Central Cougars will play in the Warren East Christmas Tournament starting on Saturday. This is an eight-team event with each team playing three games.
This originally was scheduled for a three-day event, but when the Warren County Board of Education nixed the idea of games on Sunday, the tournament was forced to have each team play two games on Saturday with games at both the high school and the middle school.
Bullitt Central will take on Marion County at 2 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday in the middle school gym. The Cougars will then come back and play either Edmonson County or Warren East at 6 p.m. in the middle school (with a loss earlier) or the high school gym.
The teams in the upper bracket include McCracken County, McLean County, South Warren and North Oldham.
The championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Monday.
Mercer County Event
The tournament with perhaps the longest name in the state this year is the Farmer’s National Bank Fort Harrod Classic Tournament that will be held at Mercer County High School with the Bullitt East Chargers taking part.
This is a 14-team event being played like a 16-team event with all the teams playing four games.
Bullitt East will swing into action on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Apollo, a top team from western Kentucky. With a win, the Chargers would return to action at 6 p.m. on Saturday against either University Heights or Lincoln County.
There is a possible showdown game with Sixth Region rival Doss. If each team reaches the semi-finals, they would meet on Sunday at 9 p.m. The two teams do not have a game scheduled in the regular season. Doss already has a victory this season over defending Sixth Region champion Pleasure Ridge Park, the pre-season number two team in Kentucky.
The championship game is set for 7 p.m. on Monday.
Salt River Electric Tourney
The Bullitt Central Lady Cougars will take part in their only tournament of the regular season when they take part in the Salt River Electric Tournament at Spencer County High School.
This tournament has eight teams and will be played on Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Cougars will start play on Friday at 6 p.m. against Pulaski County in a game that will be played at Spencer County Middle School. Each of the teams will then play two games on Saturday to decide a champion. All of the Saturday games will be played at Spencer County High School.
The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.