HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — It was a frenzy of firsts in the world of Northern Kentucky’s women’s high school basketball.
For the first time since 2003, Campbell County had a team in the Sweet Sixteen. It was also the first time since 2002 the Holmes High School Lady Bulldogs made the show.
And now, for the first time ever, the tournament was played here in Northern Kentucky.
“I’m absolutely excited,” said Campbell County parent Brian Clos, who added that he’s not sure who’s more excited: the players or the parents.
“This is a great opportunity,” he told WCPO. The community’s been wonderful standing behind us.”
The fans poured into Northern Kentucky University’s BB&T Arena wearing their team colors to root for their favorite players.
The pride roared from the stands as the Campbell County Camels and the Lady Bulldogs took the court against their respective rivals.
And win or lose, this convergence of firsts is an experience these young women will no doubt remember for a lifetime.
“That’s the perfect opportunity,” Clos said. “The first trip to state for this group, to be able to do it here in Northern Kentucky, to represent.
“It’s almost like we’re playing on our own home court.”
Both Northern Kentucky teams lost in the second round Friday. Campbell County fell to Franklin County, 41-38, and Holmes lost to Mercer County, 59-55.