We played and won during the day on Wednesday and Friday, so I headed north for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Lexington on Saturday to cheer them on in the semi-final game. Although they didn't play until the evening, I drove up early in order to do a bit of crafty shopping and exploring on my own before meeting the fella.
The game against Scott County (scoreboard pictured here) really shouldn't have been a quarterfinal game. Some of the polls had BGHS as #1 in the state, but other polls had Scott County as #1. I'm not sure why KHSAA doesn't seed the tournament, especially since this 'random' draw could just as easily have been the title game. I didn't get to go to the first or second round games since they occurred during the school day, but I did get to follow along as they were streamed at least. The fella went up to Lexington early on Friday and caught this game in person, so that's why I have the great pic of the scoreboard at the end.
I checked out a cute needlework shop, The Stitch Niche, where I snagged a cross stitch pattern I liked and an adorable needle minder for my works in progress.
JoAnn's, Michael's, and Tuesday Morning were quick stops for me too. I just bought a couple of things at each, but it was nice to check out a different selection than I have at home.
I also visited an independent bookstore, Joseph Beth's Booksellers, and had a great time checking out their selection. Here are a few things that caught my eye, even though I didn't buy anything.
I also stopped in a rather high-end gift store and fell in total love with their hand-painted pillows. Like, seriously, I need to learn how to paint because I am NOT paying $53 a pop for these not matter how cute they are. (They had tea towels too that I think were about $28 each - still too pricey for me!) These pillows were my faves!
I met the fella at the hotel, and we watched some NCAA basketball before driving to Rupp Arena to cheer on our Purples. In a VERY close game, the Purples were able to pull out a win over Scott. Although we'd led the entire game, the Scott team tied it up and even took the lead briefly in the last two minutes of the game. I still can't believe what was supposed to have been an easy game for us was one that almost cost our kids the chance to play in the championship game. Needless to say, I was a bit belligerent about some of the calls the referees made (or didn't make). I cheered so loudly at the end of that game that my throat hurt the rest of the evening.
After the game, we had dinner at Joe Bologna's, a local pizza place that has been in business for over 30 years. It's located in an old church which was super cool, and their supreme Sicilian pizza was fabulous. We both pigged out a bit!
Since the following day's game wasn't until mid-afternoon, we enjoyed a leisurely morning at the hotel followed by breakfast at a nearby place. Then, the fella squired me around to TJ Maxx and Target so I could look for some cute pajamas for the upcoming retreat. I bought some, but I'm not sure I love them. Since I haven't tried them on yet, the jury is still out.
We wanted to arrive plenty early before the game, so we headed to Rupp more than an hour before start time. It was fun to get in and get settled without being rushed. For some reason, the ticket sellers sold us tickets that were smack dab in the middle of the student section. Even though we sat there briefly before game time, I quickly realized I wasn't 'hype' enough to hang with that crew. We asked an usher about our options and he allowed us to move over a section since most of the kids were in their wrong seats anyway. Had I been stuck in the middle of that painted up, screaming, dancing craziness, I prob wouldn't have been able to enjoy the game at all.
We played Cooper, who had pulled off an upset against Fern Creek during the late game the night before. While they had some talented players and were amazing from 3-point land, they just weren't a match to the relentless Purple players. While our 67-56 win against Cooper sounds like a comfortable margin, I was on the edge of my seat the entire game. Our boys played consistently and confidently; they shot well and made smart decisions on the court. That's why they've had a 29 game winning streak this season and why they're the new KHSAA state champions in basketball.
And, as a point of pride, we're the only public high school in Kentucky to have ever won state titles in both football and basketball in the same year. 'Round here, the saying goes, "It's always a good day to be a Purple." Well, today is an extra-special, very good day.