Let the games (that really count) begin.
High school basketball's post-season tips off on Monday with district tournaments across the state.
The 43rd District is at Lexington Christian Academy. Lexington Catholic's boys and Paul Laurence Dunbar's girls are defending champs.
Lexington Catholic, which has fallen out of Dave Cantrall's top 25, is the top seed in the boys' tournament. The Knights will play the winner of Monday's LCA-Tates Creek game on Wednesday. LCA and Tates Creek split two regular-season meetings.
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No. 7 Lafayette and No. 16 Dunbar face off in Tuesday's semifinals. Dunbar swept the Generals in the season, 68-54 and 77-61.
Lafayette's girls earned the district's top seed and will play the winner of Monday's Lexington Catholic-LCA game. The Knights swept LCA during the season.
No. 23 Dunbar, which reached the Sweet Sixteen final four last year, will face Tates Creek in Tuesday's semifinals. They split their regular-season games.
The 42nd District is at Scott County. The host Cardinals are defending boys' champs. Bryan Station won the girls' district title last year.
Henry Clay is the top seed in the boys' tournament. The No. 18 Blue Devils play Sayre in Monday's semifinals.
No. 15 Scott County, state runner-up last year, plays Bryan Station in Tuesday's semifinals. They also split their regular-season meetings.
In the girls' 42nd, Scott County is the top seed and will play Sayre on Monday.
District winners and runners-up will advance to the 11th Region tournament at EKU's McBrayer Arena in Richmond next week.
Madison Central is favored to win the 44th District boys' and girls titles.
Woodford County's boys and girls are defending champs in the 41st.