Bowling Green Basketball Team Gets Spirited Send Off to Sweet Sixteen

By Melissa Warren | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green High School boys basketball team will make their way to Lexington tomorrow morning for the KHSAA tournament. They won't face their Sweet Sixteen opponent until Thursday, but their peers and teachers wanted to give them a spirited send off this afternoon.

"It's so exciting to know you team is able to be there, no matter win or lose, we're just there and being able to enjoy the whole experience," said BGHS Senior Cheerleading Captain and pep rally planner Paula Adams.

Five students who went the extra mile to show their spirit, earned free tickets to the upcoming game.

"What purple things do I own that I can wear? What can I put on to show spirit? Just head to toe is where it's at." said BGHS Senior and Spirit Award winner Robie Carson.

Both players and fans are ready to get back to Rupp Arena, not having played in the Sweet Sixteen since 2012.

"It's going to be totally different going back this time because I'm going to be starting and actually playing significant minutes, so I'm glad to end my season like this," said BGHS Senior Power Forward Clay Stivers.

Stivers says he's ready to return to that atmosphere again.

"You get on the court when we run out for warm ups, and you just look around and you just see all people. All you see is lights and people everywhere. It's just... there's nothing better," said Stivers.

The students say they are ready to go with him.

"It just really helps them. It pumps them up. Everybody's watching and supporting them, and I think they'll do pretty good," said Adams.

"It helps alot. It gives you motivation. Everytime you do something good, you hear the echo of the student section behind you. It makes a difference," said Stivers.

Bowling Green will play Knott County Central on Thursday at 1:30 at Rupp Arena. For more information on the tournament, see the related link.

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