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There are only three weeks left in the regular season, and other than our top two squads, nothing seems to have settled into any kind of pattern. Last week was, however, a week that saw a couple of the 10th's smaller schools shine on different fronts.

1. Campbell County (15-4, 6-0 region, 2-0 37th District). The much anticipated game against Covington Catholic didn't take place, so the Camels had to settle for thumping St. Henry and Paris on consecutive days. Reid Jolly and Drew Wilson scored 23 and 19 as the squad made nearly 70% of their field goals against the Crusaders; and Jolly hauled down 15 boards for good measure. Next was a 65-32 doubling up of the Greyhounds that had Wilson (17) and Jolly (16) once again heading the scoring column. The Camels host Harrison County and Bracken County on Monday and Tuesday, then travel to Taylor Mill for a matchup of the number one and number two teams in the district on Friday.

2. Clark County (17-6, 7-1 region, 5-0 40th District). GRC continues to nip at the heels of Campbell County; extending their modest winning streak to 4 with wins over Tates Creek (73-54) and Montgomery County (67-55). Jehdon Jenkins led a balanced attack against the Commodores, with Lincoln Bush grabbing 10 boards. The final score in the Montgomery County game was closer than the game played out, as the Cardinals were never threatened. Brennan Canada and Jenkins scored 20 and 17; with Bush leading the squad once again with 8 rebounds. Home against Bourbon County and on the road at Mason County this week.

3. Scott (11-8, 6-1 region, 1-0 37th District). The Eagles once again flip spots with Bourbon County, primarily on the strength of a "good loss". Scott eased by Calvary Christian early in the week by 14, then took another long road trip for a rematch with undefeated John Hardin; ultimately falling 72-69 in a game that saw Scott fritter away a 14-point lead. The Eagles get back to familiar surroundings this week, hosting Dixie, NewCath and Campbell County.

4. Bourbon County (17-8, 8-3 region, 1-3 40th District. Bourbon continues to puzzle. Not a loss to Clark County - that's expected. But two district losses to Montgomery County - the second coming last week in Mount Sterling - has this grizzled observer wondering if the return of Coach Campbell will be enough to get the Colonels back on track. Three tough contests will give us the measure of the Colonels and their current 4th-place ranking this week - Clark County, Franklin County and Paris.

5. Bishop Brossart (14-8, 6-1 region, 0-1 37th District). Brossart holds steady at number 5 in the region, but number 3 in their district. The Mustangs won the 10th region All-A championship game over Paris in a nip-and-tuck affair by the score of 47-42. Ethan Eilerman scored 15 of his team-high 17 in the second half and Brossart canned their free throws down the stretch and hitting 19 of 21 for the game. Brossart played well in the first round of the state All-A but fell in the first round to eventual tournament champion University Heights and presumptive Mr. Basketball KyKy Tandy 61-53. J.D. Schumacher led the Mustangs in scoring and rebounds with 21 and 13. Brossart hosts Pendleton County, Augusta and NewCath in week 10.

6. Robertson County (15-6, 8-3 region, 2-1 38th District). The Devils went 2-1 last week, picking up a nice win on the road against Montgomery County 71-64, falling to perennial power Lexington Catholic at home by 16; and finally routing Beth Haven in a laugher 100-38. Alex Schalch had 22 and 12, while the Becker boys combined for 30/22 against the Indians. Justin Becker and Sebastian Dixon tallied 14 apiece in the loss to the Knights; while fourteen Devils saw the floor against over matched Beth Haven. Robertson gets the chance to pad their record even further this week with three home games - Bluegrass United (a Lexington-based home school), Menifee County and Berea.

7. Montgomery County (11-11, 3-6 region, 2-3 40th District). The Indians slip a spot to number 7, dropping 2 of 3 last week. First was the 7-point loss at home to Robertson County; followed by the mild upset of Bourbon County at home. Finally, the 12-point defeat at the hands of Clark County. Pharoah Davis and Myron Ralls had 22 and 21 against Robertson, with Davis gathering 10 boards. Hagan Harrison came out of nowhere with a surprising 22 points (3-3 from behind the arc) in the 56-48 win over Bourbon (he averages 6 per game). A four-game slate this week - Mason County, Augusta, Paris and Fleming County.

8. Paris (6-12, 5-5 region, 1-3 40th District). The Hounds fell in the regional All-A final to Brossart 47-42; Caleb Johnson notching a 17/10 double-double. The next day took Paris to the Fieldhouse and resulted in a 66-50 win over Mason County; Johnson with a team-high 16 points. The Hounds ran into a buzzsaw at Campbell County on Friday, converting only 11 baskets on the way to scoring a near season-low 32 (Clark held the Hounds to 31 easily in the season). Dunbar away, then a pair of key district games against Montgomery and Bourbon on Friday and Saturday in week 10.

9. Harrison County (7-13, 2-6 region, 1-2 38th District). Don't look now, but the Breds have won three straight, including both games last week - a 3-point squeaker over improving Bracken County and a 63-44 drubbing of Pendleton County. Spencer Free and Quenton Turley were reliable as usual with 20 and 19 against the Polar Bears; then went an astonishing 25-34 from the field (73.5%) against Pendleton, with Turley scoring 22 on 10-11 shooting. Tough road games at Campbell County and Madison Central before returning home to host Fleming County later this week.

10. Mason County (9-11, 4-5 region, 2-0 39th District). The Royals are still the best of a bad district, but not by much. After finally hitting the .500 mark, Mason County dropped both of their games last week - at home to Paris and on the road at Boyd County. The Royals missed 40 shots against the Hounds and didn't fare much better against Boyd, going 22-56. Poor shooting has plagued the squad all season - less than 42% from the field and only 52% from the line. Montgomery County, Clark County and Ashland will be a tough row to hoe this week.

11. Bracken County (9-12, 3-7 region, 1-1 40th District). Although going just 1-2 last week, the Bears were competitive in all three games. A 3-point loss at Harrison County, a 7-point win over Nicholas; and finally, what had to be the experience of a lifetime despite the 81-71 loss to Bath County - the opportunity to play at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Indiana. Jhace Cummins had 20 against the Breds; Tad Fisher poured in 27 against Nicholas; and Cummins paced the Polar Bears with 20 again against Bath. Campbell County (yikes), then St. Patrick and Pendleton County in week 10.

12. Calvary Christian (13-9, 6-5 region, 2-2 37th District). The Cougars were stopped by Scott and Ludlow before turning things around against Heritage Academy. Mason Rusch continues to fill up the stat sheet, scoring 22, 16 and 26 in last week's games. Bellevue, Portland Christian and Immaculate Conception (Norwood OH) provide this week's competition.

13a. Pendleton County (10-12, 6-6 region, 3-1 38th District), Coach Belcher's team has lost 9 of 10 since losing U.K. signee Dontaie Allen, including both contests in week 9. A 47-point loss at St. Henry was just pain ugly as the Wildcats went 3-20 from distance and 5-12 from the line. Tredyn Thomas had 16, but no other Cat scored more than 6. More of the same against the Breds - 14-40 FG including 4-19 from three-point land with Thomas again leading the way with 18. Brossart and Bracken away this week.

13b. Augusta (8-13, 6-6 region, 3-1 40th District). The Panthers won all three games last week and are poised to move up a spot or two in the rankings. They defeated the three teams currently occupying spots 15 through 17 - Nicholas by 33, Silver Grove by 35 and St. Patrick by 36. The balanced scoring quartet of Preston Philpot, Stephen Cordle, 7th grader Blake Reed and Samuel Appleman all average double figures on the season. Brossart and MoCo this time around.

15. Nicholas County (4-15, 1-10 region, 1-3 38th District). The Jackets' losing skid stands at 7 after losses to Williamstown (by a single point in double overtime), Bracken County and Augusta last week. Bderea, Sayre and Frankfort Christian in week 10.

16. St. Patrick (1-21, 1-9 region, 0-4 39th District). The Saints were manhandled by Augusta and St. Joseph (Ironton OH) last week; with Jack Gallenstein topping the scoring column in both games. Lewis County, Bracken County and Berea this week.

17. Silver Grove (5-13, 0-4 region, 0-2 37th District). The Trains were walloped by Augusta and Dayton before beating Covington Latin. Spence Macke continues to be a one-man show for the Grove, scoring 122 points in the trio of contests; including 52 against Latin. Ludlow, Heritage and Bellevue are on tap in week 10.

Games to watch in week 10:

Campbell County @ Scott, 2/1
Bourbon County @ Paris, 2/2
Newport Catholic @ Brossart, 2/1
Montgomery County @ Paris, 2/1