Bardstown last made it to the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 in 2011, and while none of the current batch of Tigers was on that squad, they got to soak in the environment.
Junior guard L.J. Cowherd was in Lexington to watch, and he said it planted a seed for the future.
“Looking out when I was in the stands as an eighth-grader, when they went to Rupp, I was thinking, ‘Man, what would I do to play at that venue, that place right there?’”
Now, Cowherd and his teammates have realized that goal, and they like how it feels.