Teams from around the area have converged on the Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Health Sportsplex the last few days for the Summer Shootout.

Christian County boys' basketball coach Kerry Stovall wanted to put on the tournament and said it helped that the Sportsplex was in their own backyard.

"We wanted to show off our city and our Sportsplex," he said. "When most people come through Hopkinsville, they don't see this side of Hopkinsville. It's growing and blowing up as far as the new businesses and things."

Stovall said the event wouldn't be possible without officials as they've had more than 30 during the shootout.

"It's great for a team to come in for three hours and can play three games with varsity, JV and freshman," Stovall said.

Christian County and University Heights Academy represented teams from the 8th District in the shootout while Henderson County, Caldwell County, Marshall County, Lyon County, Graves County, Paducah Tilghman and Muhlenberg County were all in attendance during the three-day event.

UHA coach Grant Shouse and his Blazers had one team in competing while Shouse split his squad into two teams for the event.

Shouse had a new-look team on the court as his only starter from last season that logged minutes during shootout was Will Bryan,

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but he did have another guard that'll be key for the Blazers.

Alijah Watts transferred from Hopkinsville to UHA and is enrolled at the school, according to Shouse. Watts will give the Blazers another guard to handle the basketball.

For the Colonels, they also graduated multiple starters from last year's senior class, but return Olajuwon White, Mikeon Mathis and Stephen Bussell from a team that finished runner-up in the 8th District tournament.

Both teams still have a lot more basketball to play this summer as they prepare for the 2019-20 season.

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