29th District Tourney at TCHS gym next week

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By Dave Taylor

The Trimble County High School gymnasium will be a hotbed of activity next week as TCHS hosts the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s 29th District Tournament for both girls’ and boys’ high school basketball. Trimble last hosted the event four years ago.

The tournament begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, with the girls’ match-up between South Oldham and North Oldham and continues with the boys’ opening round game between South Oldham and Trimble County, which is projected to start at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Trimble County Lady Raiders will face Oldham County at 6 p.m. Oldham County and North Oldham will square off in the boys’ game at 7:30 p.m. Winners of the opening round games will automatically advance to the Eight Region Tournament after playing Friday for the District Championship.

“It rotates every four years,” Trimble County Athletic Director Frank Ragland said of the tournament. The schools split proceeds from the gate evenly. “You take all the expenses off the top and each school gets a share of the net. Typically, the host school will get 15 percent, which we’ll write off as an expense.”

The spectator admission fee will be $5 per person, ages first grade and up. The facility, staff and security are in readiness for the large crowds expected, Ragland said.

“Typically, all the athletic directors from the other schools will be here to help control their crowd. It usually runs pretty smooth. There can be some heated battles, especially when you get the Oldham schools playing each other. They usually bring big crowds. I don’t foresee any problems.”

Of the four schools South Oldham brings the best record into the girls’ tournament at 21-4. (All records are incomplete with games remaining on the regular season schedule.) The Lady Dragons own wins over the other three District opponents. They defeated Oldham County, 76-29 on Jan. 6; North Oldham, 74-32 on Jan. 18; and Trimble County, 77-46 on Jan. 30.

Oldham County, at 9-16, defeated Trimble, 58-54, on Dec. 16; and squeaked by North Oldham, 34-33, on Jan. 25.

Trimble, 9-13, defeated North Oldham, 67-51, on Feb. 3. North Oldham, 8-15, is winless against District opponents.

The Oldham County Colonels are one of the favorites in the boys’ tournament sporting a 23-5 record. Oldham has wins over Trimble County (64-26 on Dec. 16) and North Oldham (64-52 on Jan. 13) but fell to defeat at the hands of South Oldham, 50-45, on Jan. 6.

South Oldham’s record (17-8) may not be as stellar but the Dragons are undefeated against their three District opponents. South Oldham defeated Trimble, 92-36, on Dec. 13, and upended North Oldham, 60-48, on Jan. 31.

North Oldham (18-9) has only a win over Trimble (65-51 on Feb. 2) among District foes. Trimble, 5-17, is winless among District opponents.