The high school basketball season tips off tonight with a light area schedule, including a doubleheader for the Fort Knox Eagles.
The Lady Eagles, coming off a 6-20 season, will open at Caverna for a 6:30 p.m. EST contest. Fort Knox lost by 30 points last season in its season opener against Caverna, which finished 13-17 last year.
Lady Eagles coach David Armes is hoping for a better year.
“This is by far the best starting five I’ve had in my three years of coaching here,” Armes said. “They are basketball savvy. They aren’t lightning fast, but they are quick, and all five starters handle the ball well.
“It will just come down to how quickly they get to know each other and trust what each other can do. I’m excited and believe these girls can accomplish big things this year.”
The Fort Knox boys will meet Caverna in an 8 p.m. showdown. The Eagles are hoping to improve on last year’s 2-24 mark that included a 16-point season-opening loss to the Colonels.
“I’m looking forward to a good season,’’ Fort Knox coach Kip Rambo said. “I’m excited, the kids are excited. I’m ready to see how we stack up against everyone.”
Caverna carries a 26-game losing streak into the matchup. The lone win last year for the Colonels was against Fort Knox.
n The only other game on opening night features John Hardin’s Lady Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Nicki Coleman, visiting Grayson County for an 8 p.m. varsity game.
The Lady Bulldogs went 5-17 last season.
“I want them to see small successes in the beginning so that we can build on them,” Coleman said of John Hardin’s early schedule.
Grayson County went 11-16 last year.
n Central Hardin travels to Nelson County for a girl/boy doubleheader.
The Bruins are coming off a 19-10 campaign and return several key members of that squad, while the Cardinals finished 3-28. Gametime is at 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Bruins meet the Lady Cardinals at 6 p.m. and will try and build upon last season’s 18-13 record that included a 5th Region Tournament berth.
n LaRue County travels to North Hardin in an area girls’ matchup. North Hardin went 16-15 last season and returns several key players, while the Lady Hawks also return several top performers from a 13-18 team.
Gametime is 7:30 p.m.
n In a pair of boys’ matchups, defending 5th Region champion John Hardin hosts Lexington Bryan Station at 8 p.m. and Oldham County visits North Hardin at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs have several leading players back from last season’s 35-1 team including seniors Alex Matthews, Trevon Harris and Preston Murrell.
Bryan Station went 6-22 a year ago.
North Hardin will attempt to get the season off on a right note after finishing 12-19 last season. Oldham County went 20-14 last season and lost in the 8th Region Tournament final.