Scott County already knows after a series of nail-biters this spring that Woodford County, Lafayette and Frederick Douglass are legitimate threats to supplant the Lady Cards as 11th Region championships.
The good news after Friday's draw to set the bracket for next week's tournament is that SC won't have to worry about any of them having a chance to prove it until the championship round.
Those three motivated rivals all will begin play on the other side of the chart when the first pitches of the quarterfinals are delivered at noon Monday,
District champions host the openers, including a showdown between 42nd District champion Scott County (20-10) and 43rd District runner-up Tates Creek (30-7) at Lois Holmes Field.
As the records indicate, it will be no cakewalk, although the Lady Cards played a substantially tougher schedule. SC waged 12 of its games against fellow rivals in the top 25 of the coaches' poll.
Tates Creek's signature wins were a regular season sweep of Lafayette, but the Lady Generals earned revenge with a 9-1 victory in the district championship.
Despite being from neighboring counties, TC and SC haven't met on the softball diamond since 2007.
Other quarterfinal match-ups are Madison Central (16-15) at Woodford County (27-5), Douglass (22-13) at Lafayette (22-11), and Western Hills (23-11) at Madison Southern (25-8).
Tuesday's semifinals (6 p.m and 8 p.m.) and Wednesday's championship (7 p.m.) all will be played at Tates Creek.
Scott County also did not face either of its potential semifinal opponents, Madison Southern or Western Hills.
The Lady Cards rallied from a 5-2 deficit to defeat Woodford County, 8-6, at home on May 7. They needed nine innings to ward off Lafayette, 5-4, later that week in a tournament at Bowling Green.
Three comeback wins over Douglass served up a rare challenge to SC during the district season. The Lady Cards won 8-3, 12-8, and 6-5, the last one in Wednesday's title game.
Scott County and Woodford County have met in the past four region finals, winning in 2015 (3-0), 2016 (4-1) and 2018 (12-1). The Lady Yellow Jackets' lone victory was a 1-0 verdict in 2017.
SC has three seniors – Carly Oliver, Sam Sims and Alyssa Woolums – and two other starters (Savannah Merriman and Nani Valencia) remaining from the team that won the KHSAA title last spring. It was the program's third state championship in five years.