10th Region Week 1 Review: Two at the Top
Three tiers are starting to emerge. George Rogers Clark and Bourbon County appear to be fighting for supremacy and look to continue to establish themselves as co-10th region favorites.
Campbell County (who lost to GRC), Robertson County, Montgomery County, Bishop Brossart, and Mason County appear to be in next tier. These teams can compete for a region title if they can make some necessary improvements.
The other nine teams seem to have a lot to improve on in order to challenge the teams in tier 2. But I expect one or two of them to be able to move up into tier 2.
1. George Rogers Clark (3-0) - The Cardinals avenged last years 10th region title game loss, with a 63-48 home win over Campbell County. The Cardinals used a high pressure defense the forced 15 first half Camel turnovers, and that pressure continued in the second half. GRC also picked up easy and expected wins over Bath County and Floyd Central. Jerone Morton (25 ppg) and Jared Wellman (23 ppg) lead the way.
2. Bourbon County (2-0) - The Colonels could easily be ranked in the top spot, as they are only narrowly behind the Cardinals. They beat Fleming County 69-50 and West Jessamine 72-54. Newcomer Amirion Joyce is off to a good start. The Colonels have a lot of firepower.
3. Campbell County (1-1) - The Camels move up in the rankings due to beating Rowan County 66-64. The Vikings are considered to be one of the top 16th region teams. Jordan Gross had 26 points in that one. However, the Camels struggled with GRC's pressure in a 15 point loss to the Cardinals in Winchester.
4. Robertson County (2-0) - Dominant wins over Augusta (70-44) and Scott (93-57) propel the Black Devils up in the rankings. Star sophomore Justin Becker scored 19 against Augusta.
5. Montgomery County (2-1) - There is no shame in taking a close loss on the road to a good team, and that is exactly what happened to the Indians against Rowan County. The Indians have been without Ryle big man transfer Zach Benton, but Brandon Dyer's hot shooting has the tribe trending up from last year.
6. Bishop Brossart (1-2) - The Mustangs will need to shoot the ball better in order to challenge the top tier 10th region teams. A nice win over Harrison County (65-36) was sandwiched around lackluster losses to Newport (58-42) and Highlands (65-58).
7. Mason County (1-1) - A somewhat unexpected loss to Lewis County has the Royals tumbling a few spots in the rankings. However, the way newcomer Alex Schalch is playing, gives the Royals the potential to make some noise in the region. The Royals destroyed a re-building Frankfort team 80-31.
8. Paris (1-1) - Losing to Franklin County 69-32 was a rough way to start the season for Paris. Ricqiece Washington had 20 points, but the rest of the team combined for only 12. Paris needs to re-group quickly, or they will fall out of the top 10.
9. Harrison County (0-2) - It is not easy to replace 5 starters, but that is what Harrison is finding out. They suffered a 65-36 blowout loss to Bishop Brossart, and fell to Anderson County 52-45.
10. Augusta (1-2) - Kason Hinson scored 39 points to lead Augusta to an emotional 94-86 win over Bracken Co. The teams had not played in the regular season for 4 years. However, there must not have been much emotion left the next day, because Augusta followed that up with a loss to a subpar Sayre team. Augusta's first game was a blowout loss to Robertson County.
11. Nicholas County (1-1) - The experienced Bluejackets got off to a great start to the season by knocking off Bracken County 83-70. Dalton Davenport led the way with 25 points. Nicholas County lost to Shelby County by only 6 points.
12. Scott (0-2) - Grant Profitt scored 33 points, but Scott lost by 20 points to Boone County despite that effort. Scott then lost to Robertson County 93-57. Not the start to the year the Eagles were hoping for.
13. Bracken County (1-2) - The Polar Bears could not beat rival Augusta, despite Blake Reed scoring 44 points. They have to get better on the boards and at the charity stripe. They also lost to Nicholas County, but did manage to beat Pendleton County.
14. Pendleton County (3-1) - The Wildcats are 3-1 but have not played a challenging schedule thus far. They beat Calvary Christian on the road 64-63 but lost at home to Bracken County 76-67, thus they are ranked in between those teams.
15. Calvary Christian (2-1) - They had a chance to move up a little in the rankings, but suffered a tough 1 point setback to Pendleton County.
16. St. Patrick (2-1) - Jaylon Rigdon is averaging 28 points per game and the Saints have already doubled their win total from last year, but they still have a long way to go.
Key Game to Watch This Week:
Henry Clay at Bourbon County - Saturday, December 14 at 8pm
Come out and watch one of the best teams in the region take on one of the best players in the state. Henry Clay senior guard Marques Warrick is one of the best players in the state. He can score from anywhere. Henry Clay is one of the top teams in the 11th region, along with Lexington Catholic, Frederick Douglas and a few others.
Last edited by teeroy; Dec 9, 19 at 10:16 AM.