Bullitt East Repeats as Region Champions

You’ll have to excuse the people around Mount Washington, Kentucky the next two weeks. They might be doing a lot of celebrating and partying.

Bullitt East girls completed the weekend sweep of winning the Sixth Region with a hard earned win over Butler, 48-45, Sunday. 

The Lady Chargers (22-2) the defending regional champions won the Louisville Invitational Tournament with a victory over Butler.

“It’s super. It’s going to be a fun two weeks in Mount Washington,” said Chargers coach Chris Stallings. “We’ve come together and really shared the ball. We were just fortunate enough to come out on top.”

The boys beat Western, 69-49 Saturday to win the Sixth Region.

Every time it looked like Bullitt East had control, Butler would rally back. The Bearettes (13-3) led 35-33 near the end of the third quarter. East would finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds but was just five of 16 from the field.  As a team Butler made 12 of 41 shots for 29.3 percent which includes one of eight from three point range.

“I thought all the threes we took. We missed some soft shots right around the rim. That’s part of it. We got the shots we thought we liked. Today we didn’t just didn’t make enough shots and that hurt us.”

Gracie Merkle led the Chargers with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-5 junior came into the game as the stakes leading field goal shooter at over 60 percent.

“Butler is a team that’s going to have their ups and downs, said Emma Egan who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. “When they get on a roll you just have to play through it. When you play their game you have to run with it  and take advantage of their lows.”

The Chargers led 43-37 with 5:59 on a Merkle rebound basket. Butler’s Tamesha Dozier made Butler’s only three to trail 46-45 44 with 1:18. Merkle’s rebound of her own miss gave the Chargers a three point lead.

Butler missed three shots in the last several seconds the last when East missed an 18 footer with less than two seconds.

“I’m so exited. That’s the first time that has happened in school history,” said guard Emma Egan who finished with 12 points, seven rounds. “I’m so looking forward to it. I have a brother (Travis) on the team. I’m so excited.”

The Lady Chargers will have several days off before playing in the state tournament against the Fifth Region Champion 

It looked like Bullitt East might run away leading 23-12 with 4:27 in the second quarter. But the Bearettes went on a 13-2 run that included the last 11 points of the quarter.

Butler couldn’t buy a shot early starting one of nine from the field. It didn’t get much better in the second quarter as the Bearettes finished four of 18. Butler started using their quickness driving to the basket. That resulted in 10 East fouls and 17 of 18 foul shots.

Butler’s Satori hit a jumper just before the buzzer sounded tieing the game at 25-25.

“We’ve been fun to watch the last month,” said Stallings. “We knew this game was going to be close. We were fortunate enough to come out ahead. Our school takes a lot of pride in representing the school and community. That’s just going to continue.”

At least for another two weeks