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As I have said before, nothing is ever set in stone. Nothing is truly a 100 percent guarantee. So, after saying that, I find myself sitting here typing a column wanting to say those words, but I know that I have to control myself.
You may be wondering what I am talking about. I’m talking about something that hasn’t happened in the state of Kentucky since 1984, one year before I was born. In girls’ basketball there have been some good teams over the past 30 years or so. Sacred Heart won three straight state titles in the early 2000s, and Lexington Catholic’s won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.
Even with all the talent on all these teams, one thing has eluded all of them since the 1983-84 season. That year, Marshall County defeated Belfry in the state championship game to cap a 34-0 season, the last unbeaten season in Kentucky girls’ basketball.
I feel one of those urges coming on that would lead me to start using words like “for sure” and “going to”, but after over two years writing for the newspaper, I’ve learned that those words can haunt you. So, instead, I’ll simply give you the facts.
The Lady Knights are 27-0 after defeating Washington County and are staring an undefeated regular season in the face with just three games left to go. Henderson County remains on the schedule and they won’t be any slouch. In the latest Litkenhous ratings, the Lady Colonels are ranked at No. 3, and boast a 19-1 record of their own.
The 27-game winning streak is the second longest in school history. From Nov. 29, 1979, until March 13, 1980, the Lady Knights put together a 28-game winning streak to open that season. That included a pair of overtime games that season and six games that were decided by single digits, including a one-point margin. Now here we sit looking history right in the face as the Lady Knights have an opportunity to tie that winning streak mark and look to break it. Oh, by the way, the 28-0 start was abruptly ended with an opening round loss at the state tournament to Mercy.
It’s difficult for me to say too much without digging myself into a hole. I will simply say this - there are a possible 12 more games left in the season, including that game on Saturday night in Bowling Green. I’ll let you do the math for yourself, but it would be nice to join elite company and have a number on the left side of your win/loss mark that starts with a four.
I better end this thing before I really open up something. I believe the same thing that nearly all of you believe will happen, but for some reason when media publishes certain things, certain other bad things happen. I wouldn’t want that to be on me.