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If it’s January, it must be basketball season once again at the Frankfort Convention Center.  On Saturday, January 9th, the capital city played host to the Kentucky-Indiana Challenge Cup Basketball Tournament.  Kentucky’s best challenged Indiana’s best for 2016 high school basketball supremacy.  The format, the best of five games, determined the winner of the 2016 Challenge Cup.  Ten great teams with numerous college prospects competed for state bragging rights.  This midwinter state competition played in the heartland of basketball, had all the markings of a special event for the two greatest basketball states in America.  The 2016 Hall of Fame Challenge Cup was played in support of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame.  The KIC is a unique competition with an emphasis on teams representing their schools, communities, and states.

The first two years of the event have seen Kentucky dominate, winning seven of the ten games against their Indiana counterparts, claiming the traveling trophy for the Bluegrass State, and contributing the proceeds to the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Wounded Warrior Relief Program.  This year was no different. Winning the best of 5 in the series, Kentucky once again retained the trophy winning 3 out of the 5 games.

To watch the entire series was spectacular as the series was tied up 2 – 2 going into the 5th and final game.  The game saw our neighbors up the road, Owen County High School, taking on the Indiana team from Forrest Park HS.  From the beginning, OCHS dominated the game, and never looked back, defeating FPHS, 72 – 55.  They are the reason Kentucky continues to reign supreme in this unique series.

Game 1

Franklin County VS Columbus North (girls)

40 – 50

Game 2

Madison Southern VS Wood Memorial

55 – 53

Game 3

Cooper HS VS Jay HS

45 – 37

Game 4

Dunbar HS VS New Albany HS

47 – 55

Game 5

Owen County VS Forrest Park

72 – 55