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Henry County High School was jam-packed with basketball games Saturday night with a double double-header against Owen County.
The Henry boys’ varsity team played Owen at 6 p.m. inside legendary Roy L. Winchester Gym, and at the same time the girls’ junior varsity teams were playing in the newer auxiliary gym. Then, the roles were reversed as the girls’ varsity teams played inside the larger gym and boys’ JV played in the smaller one. It was four high school games in less than three hours.
The anticipated Henry-Owen showdowns were originally scheduled for Friday night but the icy road conditions moved them back one day.
Visiting Owen, a team in the 31st District with Henry, won both varsity games — 75-58 in the boys’ game and 58-39 in the girls’ game. It was the first time Henry had used the double double-header format, which the Cats plan to do again.
“I wish we could have gotten a true read without the snow involved but I thought it went well,” said Todd Gilley, the HCHS athletic director and head girls’ coach. “Nothing is perfect. I know there were people who would have liked to have seen all the games. But if you have double headers with the varsity teams then JV is left out so this takes care of that problem. And it’s less nights out for the players, workers and those attending. Other schools in similar situations have already been doing this.”
The next scheduled double double-header is on Jan. 21 when the boys play South Oldham and the girls play Walton-Verona. Another is scheduled for Jan. 30 when both teams play Walton-Verona.
Henry County decided to build the new gym in conjunction with the school’s recent renovation because of the high demand for the one gym shared by P.E. classes and high school teams. The new gym has eased congestion and allowed teams more practice time.
The new Auxiliary Gym was used full-time for volleyball in the fall and is now being utilized for basketball games. It was a big boost for a school that has roughly 675 students.
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