Honestly, is there a better time of year than now, when spring's pre-season aligns with basketball's post-season?
The sun never feels nicer on our old Kentucky backs than when — after surviving a long, gloomy winter — we fan out under blue skies to cheer on our tourney teams. (OK, it's fun when it's cold and damp, too.)
Welcome to hoops fans of all ages and loyalties who are in Lexington this week for the greatest show in high school sports, Kentucky's Boys Sweet Sixteen.
And godspeed to the elated Eagles, relieved Wildcats, dejected Cardinals, triumphant Tigers and all the other Kentucky fans who are still following their teams.
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Before getting any deeper into March Madness, we have to offer a word of praise for the state's new girls' high school champion, Rockcastle County. If you didn't see Rockcastle take on favorite Manual in the finals of the Girls Sweet Sixteen on Saturday night, you missed a barnburner.
Led by blue-chipper Sara Hammond, Rockcastle clawed back from nine points down to put the game into overtime.
With less than two seconds left, Angie Lawrence, cool as a March night, sank a floater in the lane to give Rockcastle coach Chrysti Noble her first championship in seven trips to the state tourney.
Noble's Rockets shot an impressive 71 percent from the foul line.
And it was one of those storylines — small county school vanquishes urban powerhouse — that reminds us why Kentucky high school basketball should never go to a class system.