Girls' basketball | Capsule previews of regional tournament games



* Bullitt East (22-8) at Butler (25-3), 7; Bullitt Central (17-13) at Holy Cross (14-14), 7; Iroquois (11-12) at Mercy (15-13), 7; Pleasure Ridge Park (18-9) at North Bullitt (21-7), 7. Monday’s quarterfinals (at district champions):

* Bullitt East-Butler winner vs. Bullitt Central-Holy Cross winner, 6:30; Iroquois-Mercy winner vs. Pleasure Ridge Park-North Bullitt winner, 8:15.Wednesday’s semifinals (at Valley):

* 7:30 p.m.Saturday’s final (at Valley):

* Mercy (2013), Butler (2010-12), Iroquois (2009).Past five champions:

* Lindsey Duvall, Bullitt East, 19.5 ppg.Top scorer:

* Butler, 67.0 ppg.Top scoring team:

* Butler, 42.2 ppg.Top scoring defense:

* Butler, 13.Longest winning streak:

* Butler.Jason Frakes’ pick:

* Butler.Litkenhous Ratings pick:

* Mercy’s regional title last year ended a run of 10 straight championships won by either Butler (six) or Iroquois (four). Pleasure Ridge Park was the last team other than those three to win the regional, doing so in 2002. … The Bullitt East-Butler quarterfinal matches the region’s top two teams in the Lit Ratings. Butler is ranked No. 3 in the state, and Bullitt East is No. 11. Butler beat Bullitt East 78-65 on Dec. 11. … Iroquois, the 2009 state champion, is in the regional for the first time since 2010.Notes:



* Waggener (15-11) at Male (20-9), 7 p.m.; Central (11-10) vs. Ballard (22-4), 7 at Valley; Assumption (7-18) at Manual (17-11), 7; Eastern (18-8) at Sacred Heart (24-7), 7.Monday’s quarterfinals (at district champions):

* Waggener-Male winner vs. Central-Ballard winner, 3:30; Assumption-Manual winner vs. Eastern-Sacred Heart winner, 5.Wednesday’s semifinals (at Valley):

* 5 p.m.Saturday’s final (at Valley):

* Manual (2011-13), Mercy (2010), Christian Academy (2009).Past five champions:

* Alexandria Peden, Waggener, 19.0 ppg.Top scorer:

* Eastern, 64.5 ppg.Top scoring team:

* Manual, 40.6 ppg.Top scoring defense:

* Male, six.Longest winning streak:

* Sacred Heart.Jason Frakes’ pick:

* Sacred Heart.Litkenhous Ratings pick:

* No. 20 Eastern will play at No. 8 Sacred Heart in the top quarterfinal matchup. The Valkyries beat the Eagles 77-49 on Dec. 17. … Manual is trying to become the first team from Louisville to win four straight regional titles since Southern won five straight Sixth Region crowns from 1988-92. … Waggener lost its top player – senior Jada Jackson – to a knee injury during a preseason scrimmage but still reached the regional tournament for the first time since 1991.Notes:



At Grant County

* South Oldham (9-15) vs. Simon Kenton (27-3), 6:30 p.m.; Shelby County (18-9) vs. Gallatin County (19-7), 8:30.Monday’s quarterfinals:

* Henry County (12-14) vs. Oldham County (15-9), 6:30; Walton-Verona (17-13) vs. Anderson County (24-4), 8:30.Tuesday’s quarterfinals:

* South Oldham-Simon Kenton winner vs. Shelby County-Gallatin County winner, 6:30; Henry County-Oldham County winner vs. Walton-Verona-Anderson County winner, 8:30.Friday’s semifinals:

* 7 p.m.Saturday’s final:

* Anderson County (2013), Walton-Verona (2011-12), Anderson County (2010), Simon Kenton (2009).Past five champions:

* Ashley McMurtrey, Oldham County, 24.1 ppg.Top scorer:

* Simon Kenton, 66.2 ppg.Top scoring team:

* Henry County, 41.2 ppg.Top scoring defense:

* Simon Kenton, 14.Longest winning streak:

* Anderson County.Jason Frakes’ pick:

* Anderson County.Litkenhous Ratings pick:

* No. 2 Anderson County and No. 5 Simon Kenton are favored to meet in the final for the second straight year and the fifth time in seven years. They both reached the final three straight seasons 2008-10. … Henry County is in the regional tournament for the first time since 2005. … The last team from Oldham County to win a regional championship was South Oldham in 1998.Notes:

— Jason Frakes

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