First-round fireworks are guaranteed in the boys' 11th Region basketball tournament this week: No. 5 Scott County will face No. 6 Lexington Catholic at EKU's McBrayer Arena in Richmond.
"You've got probably the biggest rivalry in the state of Kentucky in the first round of the regional tournament," Lexington Catholic Coach Brandon Salsman said after Saturday's draw. "What more can you ask for?"
Just two weeks ago Scott County beat the Knights 85-81 on their home floor in a bruising showdown.
"There wasn't a good draw going in, but we got the worst one of the bunch," Scott County Coach Billy Hicks said.
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"Whoever wins the tournament is going to have to beat Catholic, so it doesn't matter when you play them."
Defending region champ Scott County and Lexington Catholic won't have to break down video of each other.
"They know what we do and we know what they do," Salsman said. "Billy could come on my bench and call our plays, and I could go to their bench and call theirs."
Wednesday's opening game will have No. 12 Tates Creek playing No. 22 Henry Clay. Tates Creek beat the Blue Devils 50-49 in overtime in the season opener, and 53-42 in late January.
In the girls' region, defending champ Scott County, rated No. 16 in the state, drew Woodford County as its opening opponent.
Lafayette, which knocked off No. 24 Lexington Catholic in the 43rd District finals, will play Madison Southern.
In the lower bracket, Lexington Catholic will play Madison Central, and Bryan Station faces Franklin County.
"It's the 11th Region, so you've got to bring your 'A' game every night," Scott County Coach Steve Helton said. "And you've got to hope the ball bounces your way."