It's been 17 years since a team from Madison County won an 11th Region Tournament title and advanced to the KHSAA State Softball Tournament.

It certainly won't be easy to bring an end to that streak this season.

Madison Southern (25-8) and Madison Central (16-15) are set to face very tough match-ups in the opening rounds of the tournament.

The Lady Eagles will take on Western Hills (23-11) on Monday at noon in Berea.

The Lady Indians (16-15) will travel to Versailles on Monday to face No. 7 Woodford County at noon.

The semifinals are set for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday at Tates Creek High School.

The title game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lexington.

The other first-round match-ups on Monday feature Frederick Douglass (22-13) at No. 18 Lafayette and Tates Creek (30-7) at No. 14 Scott County (20-10).

Seven of the eight teams in the 11th Region Tournament have at least 20 wins.

Madison Southern claimed its first-ever back-to-back 44th District Tournament titles with a 4-2 win on Monday over Madison Central.

The Lady Eagles did not play Western Hills during the regular season.

Southern had already set a new single-season school record for wins.

If the Lady Eagles beat Western Hills, they could face defending state champion Scott County in the semifinals.

The Lady Cardinals have won six of the past seven 11th Region Tournament titles.

Central and Woodford County met just once during the regular season.

The Lady Yellow Jackets earned a 5-3 win over the Lady Indians on April 27 at home.

Woodford County is the highest-ranked team in the 11th Region and carries an eight-game winning streak into the tournament.

The Lady Yellow Jackets beat Frankfort (15-0) and Western Hills (8-0) in the 41st District Tournament earlier this week.

Central has just a 3-6 record against 11th Region opponents this season.

The winner of the Central-Woodford game will face either Lafayette or Douglass in the semis.

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