Coach Steve Helton doesn't care that his Scott County team is coming into this week's 11th Region tournament as the defending champion.
Nor does he care that the No. 14 Cardinals, who advanced to the state championship game last season, are the favorites.
None of that matters as his team prepares to defend its title this week at Eastern Kentucky's McBrayer Arena.
"Every game is going to be a battle," said Helton, whose Cardinals have won four in a row. "Every year it always is.
"There's maybe 10 points difference between all eight teams. Hopefully, we've got a little bit of a mental edge going in as a district champion."
The Cardinals (17-10) are averaging a tournament-best 65.5 points a game paced by senior leaders Kristen Stainback and Alex McKenzie, but they're hitting the tournament's best defense in the first round.
Woodford County (23-7), which has won three of its last five, is giving up just 43.4 points a game coming in.
Lafayette (18-13), led by senior Shomari Kendrick's 14.9 points and 12.1 rebounds a game, has won three in a row and likely awaits the winner of Scott and Woodford.
While the top part of the 11th Region Tournament bracket where Woodford and Scott are located has intrigue, the bottom part is like a mine field with four teams that have been ranked among the state's top 25 for part of if not most of the season.
Those teams include No. 20 Franklin County, No. 22 Madison Central as well as Lexington Catholic and Bryan Station.
The Flyers (20-11), who have won three straight and seven of their last eight games, are meeting up with a motivated group of Defenders (23-6).
The senior-dominated group has been unable to get out of the first round of the region tournament for the past two years and both times it fell at the hands of Franklin County.
Last season, it was a heart-stopping overtime game.
The Defenders (23-6) won the regular-season game between the two 53-52, which makes this post-season matchup even more interesting.
In the final game, Madison Central (20-9) will try to hold off a Lexington Catholic team that has been rated in the top 20 all season until last week.
The Indians have won five in a row.
The Knights (19-11) had won five straight and nine of their last 11 games before being upended in the district tournament by Lafayette.
The most intriguing first-round meeting in the region tournaments this week has to be the matchup between fourth-ranked and defending state champion Mercy and nemesis No. 9 Sacred Heart.
The two teams split their regular-season games by a combined 11 points.
The winner of that game likely will meet Jeffersontown (23-4) in the semifinals at Bellarmine.
In the lower part of that 7th Region bracket stands the state's top-ranked team Manual, whose only in-state loss came to Mercy in late December. No. 24 Ballard also is in the lower part of the bracket.
Four teams ranked No. 23 or better in the state all advanced to the 9th Region Tournament, which will be played at Northern Kentucky.
No. 6 Boone County and star Sydney Moss appear to have gotten the most favorable draw with No. 12 Newport Central Catholic, No. 16 Ryle and No. 23 Notre Dame all going to the bottom half of the bracket.
Ryle and Notre Dame will clash in the first round.
The 5th Region draw went the way both No. 7 Marion County and No. 8 Elizabethtown wanted it.
If the two region powers should advance, they wouldn't meet until the title game.
The Panthers topped the defending region champion Knights in the regular season 55-46.
No. 18 Casey County and No. 19 Lincoln County will meet in the first round of the 12th Region Tournament.
The other ranked team, No. 2 Rockcastle County with likely Miss Basketball Sara Hammond, wouldn't meet one of those two until the championship game.