The basketball regular season ends for the county on Friday night with the West Jessamine girls at George Rogers Clark and the East Jessamine boys at Danville.
Come Monday and Tuesday, it’s do or die time for both schools.
This year’s 46th District tournament is at Mercer County High School. Both girls’ teams will play on Monday, and the boys will play on Tuesday.
The East Jessamine girls drew the No. 4 seed after an 0-6 record in the district. The Lady Jaguars are 3-23 overall and will face No. 1 seed Mercer County on Monday at 6 p.m. Mercer won both regular season meetings beating East 65-28 on Jan. 2, and 70-15 on Jan. 27.
The West Jessamine girls finished the regular season with a 2-4 mark in the district — both wins coming against East Jessamine — and will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Lady Colts will play No. 2 Burgin on Monday at 7:45 p.m. Burgin edged West 51-46 on Jan. 23 and 62-47 on Dec. 22. The Lady Colts are 5-21 overall.
It came down to the last district game of the year, but the West Jessamine boys’ loss to East Jessamine on Feb. 3 gave West the No. 2 seed. The Colts will play Burgin on Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. The Bulldogs have had a breakout year, going 19-4 in non-district games, but are 1-3 against district opponents. The lone win was against Mercer County. West Jessamine went 3-2 in district games, beating Mercer twice and Burgin once, a 78-66 win on Jan. 30.
East Jessamine (23-4) will be the No. 1 seed in the district tournament for the second year in a row. The Jags play host Mercer on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. East won the two regula- season meetings against the Titans 78-63 on Jan. 27 and 82-72 on Dec. 13. Mercer is the reigning district champion, but has struggled this season, going 1-5 in the district and 9-19 overall.
East Jessamine is looking for its first district crown, having lost in the championship seven times in school history and three times in the last four seasons.