Scott County and Lexington Catholic are solid favorites to repeat as champions in the boys' 42nd and 43rd District high school basketball tournaments this week.
Can anybody give the No. 1 Cardinals or No. 6 Knights a run for those titles?
Scott County went 5-0 against its 42nd rivals in the regular season. It beat Bryan Station and Sayre by wide margins. Henry Clay gave the Cards a tougher time, losing 61-48 and 67-63.
Lexington Catholic played only one of its 43rd rivals in the regular season. The Knights beat Lexington Christian 76-68 in December.
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Lexington Catholic goes against Lafayette in Tuesday's semifinals. The last time they met was in the district finals last year, with the Knights winning handily.
No. 11 Tates Creek will face LCA in the 43rd District Monday night. The Commodores beat LCA 56-49 in early January.
LCA has shown it can beat anybody. The Eagles beat Scott County in early January, and routed Lafayette a few weeks ago. The LCA-Tates Creek winner advances to face Paul Laurence Dunbar in the semifinals.
Dunbar finished the regular season 3-20 record, including an 0-11 mark against 11th Region competition.
District winners and runners-up advance to the region tournament at Eastern Kentucky University's McBrayer Arena next week.
Lexington Catholic is two-time defending region champ.