31st District Tournament preview

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By Brian Blair

Tournament time has arrived for high school basketball in the Bluegrass. Teams from all across the state begin play this week with one goal in mind. For the boys, they want to earn a trip to Rupp Arena while the girls are hoping to reach Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

For the Rebels and Lady Rebels, their journey begins in Gallatin County at the 31st District Tournament.

The girls opened up play Tuesday against Henry County while the boys will tip things off Wednesday against Henry County.

The championship games are Friday night at 7 p.m. for the girls and Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the boys.

Both teams enter the tournament as the defending district champs.

Last year, the girls needed double overtime to defeat Carroll County on their way to a second straight title.

The boys held off Henry County to earn the title.

It was the first time in school history that both teams had won the district in the same season.

This season, both teams will be challenged.

The girls split their two games with Henry County this season. Each team won on the others’ home court. The Lady Rebels also split their games with Gallatin County and swept the season series with Carroll County.

If the Lady Rebels are able to pull off the three-peat, it would be the first time in school history that the girls have won three-straight district titles.

A win Tuesday over Henry County would also put the Lady Rebels in the eighth-region tournament for the fourth-straight year. This year’s eighth-region tournament will be held at Simon Kenton High School in Independence.

The boys finished 4-2 in district play during the regular season. The Rebels won both games against Carroll County and split their two games with Henry and Gallatin counties.

Owen County also dropped a first-round All “A” Classic game against Gallatin County. If the boys pull off another district championship, it would be the first time the Rebels have gone back-to-back.

A win Wednesday would put the Rebels in the eighth-region tournament at Henry County for the third consecutive year.

Last year, Owen County reached the semifinals before losing to eventual eighth-region champion Anderson County.