A little bit of movement in this week's rankings as a result of last week's action, but nothing earth-shattering. Campbell County remains solidly ensconced in the top spot even after a close call, and the regional All-A tournament told us quite a bit about some of the smaller schools.
1. Campbell County (16-1, 5-1 region). The Camels ran their winning streak to 14 with a convincing district win over Brossart, a big win across the river and a close call against Conner. Bertsch and Hegyi led te Camels with 25 and 16 in the 74-45 decision over Brossart, Hegyi had a big 35 point-effort against Western Hills, and pitched in another 19 in the Conner nailbiter. Highlands, then a much-anticipated 37th district battle at Scott are on Campbell County's schedule this week.
2. Scott (13-5, 4-0 region). It's a little tough to get a bead on Scott in the 10th because they have played so few games within the region (they're only scheduled to play 7 Region 10 games during the regular season). Last week saw the Eagles defeat Boone County; Jake Ohmer barely missing a triple-double with 30, 14 and 9. Ohmer added another 20 in a close loss at the hands of Dixie Heights, and is currently averaging nearly 27 ppg. Scott's lone game this week is at home against Campbell County.
3. Paris (13-6, 8-1 region). Paris took home the 10th Region All-A championship trophy last week, dispatching St. Patrick, Brossart (a big psychological barrier) and Bracken County in the process. Wells and Davis led the Hounds in the Brossart game, then a monster 24-point second half from junior guard propelled them over Bracken in the finals. Harrison County is the only game on this week's schedule.
4. Clark County (12-7, 5-2 region). Coach Cook's Cards captured a trio of wins last week, rebounding nicely after the earlier loss to Paris. First was a 1-point buzzer-beater over improving Harrison County, then Montgomery County and Greenup were the next victims. Soph Jordan Graham filled up the stat sheets in all three contests. Clark goes the road warrior route for their next seven games, starting with Bourbon, Rowan and Tates Creek this week.
5. Pendleton County (11-6, 3-2 region). Dontaie Allen had a big week as the Wildcats easily dispatched Fleming County and Grant County. A 34-15-10 triple double against Fleming (with Dennie and Sullivan both hitting double figures - a key to Pendleton's continued success); and another 30 against Grant with Dennie adding 25 versus Grant. Don't look now, but Coach Belcher's squad is riding a nice 6-game winning streak. At Ryle and home to Mason County this week.
6. Bracken County (8-8. 6-3 region). It was the Austin Crawford show as usual for the Polar Bears in last week's All-A regional tourney in a hard-fought win over Nicholas County and the loss in the title game to Paris. 30 in the semis and 12 in the final. Host to Nicholas and at Harrison County on back-to-back nights this week.
7. Mason County (10-9, 4-3 region). Coach Biggs can't catch a break with Garrison leaving the team and two more starters down with injuries. A win over Fleming County was followed by a close loss at Ashland and a much bigger loss to 11th-region power Lexington Catholic. Greenup County, Pendleton County and Lewis County round out this week's schedule.
8. Nicholas County (8-8, 5-5 region). The Jackets acquitted themselves well in their only game last week, the 63-58 loss to Bracken County. Robertson, Bracken and Danville are on the menu this week.
9. Bourbon County (7-11, 4-3 region. The Colonels dropped all three games they played last week - Southwestern, Harrison County and Lincoln County. They look to right the ship this week but things won't be easy against Clark County and Montgomery County).
10. Harrison County (3-14, 1-7 region). The Breds get the surprise nod as this week's number ten. A close loss to Clark and a win over Bourbon tell me that they're on the upswing. Brossart, Paris and Bracken will make for a tough week.
11.Bishop Brossart (6-13, 3-3 region). A convincing win over Calvary Christian was followed up by a 41-50 loss to eventual All-A winner Paris. Brossart had a 3-point lead early in the 4th quarter in this one before falling victim to a 12-1 late Greyhound run.
12. Montgomery County (4-13, 0-4 region). Jeryd Jones finally returned to the lineup for the Indians, but it wasn't enough to stop their losing skid.
13. Augusta (7-8, 3-4 region). Panthers defeated Burgin for the second time this season in their only action last week.
14. Robertson County (8-5, 1-4 region. The Black Devils look to get revenge against Augusta at home this week.
15. Calvary Christian (6-8, 2-4 region). A pair of lopsided losses last week for the Cougars.
16. St. Patrick (6-12, 1-6 region). Saints riding a modest two-game winning streak.
17. Silver Grove (2-12, 0-3). Trains got their second win of the season over Covington Latin before dropping three straight.
Player of the week:
Pendleton County's Dontaie Allen erupted in the Wildcats' two wins, scoring 65 points and ringing up a triple-double in the two games. Hard to believe he's only a soph - the future is bright! Honorable mention to Clark County's Jordan Graham and Campbell County's Cole Hegyi.
Games to watch this week:
Campbell County at Scott, January 20
Mason County at Pendleton County, January 20
Clark County at Bourbon County, January 17
Nicholas County at Bracken County, January 20
Bishop Brossart at Harrison County, January 16