11th Region Week 5 Review
A week full of holiday tournaments have passed and the season is in full swing. This past week some of the top teams in the region made some statements while others are still trying to find their identity. One team is not only starting to distance themselves from the rest of the region but maybe the state as a whole. Lets get to the rankings!
1. Scott County (13-0) - The Cardinals traveled to Myrtle Beach this week for the prestigious Beach Ball Classic and at the time of this post are preparing to play in the championship game against Westchester, California. During the impressive run by Scott County this week they knocked off host Socastee, SC, Cox Mill, North Carolina who is currently ranked 19th in the country by Max Preps, North Little Rock, Arkansas, another team ranked in the top 25 in the country by Max Preps. The biggest news to come from the Scott County camp though unfortunately is the loss of Michael Moreno for 4-6 weeks with a fracture in his foot that he sustained against Cox Mill. Glenn Covington has picked up the slack pouring in 31 points in a semifinal win over North Little Rock. This team is loaded and deep, the loss of Moreno will hurt but Im not sure anyone in KY will be able to handle Scott County in the mean time.
2. Frankfort (11-2) - The Panthers continue to impress this season. This past week Frankfort won the Gateway Holiday Classic in Montgomery County with 3 wins over Mason County, Harrison County, and host Montgomery County. None of the 3 games were remotely close and Juanya Frank continues to lead the way for the Panthers with help from big man John Tillman. Only one game on the schedule this week for Frankfort but its a HUGE one with Woodford County visiting the state capital Friday night in a big district seeding matchup.
3. Lexington Christian Academy (10-3) - The Eagles captured the Central Bank Classic this week with wins over Conner, Campbell County, and Central Hardin. In the win over Campbell County senior Kyle Rode connected on a lob play over 3 Camels with less then 7 seconds left to give LCA a big win over a quality opponent. This week LCA hosts Lexington Catholic and Paul Laurence Dunbar in 2 big district seeding games. Two wins would really establish LCA as the 1 seed in the ever tough 43rd District.
4. Henry Clay (11-3) - The Blue Devils headed to Ashland this past week for the Ashland Invitational Tournament. Henry Clay finished 3rd with a semi final loss to Butler, a team they beat just last week, and wins over Christian Academy of Louisville and Seneca. Marques Warrick was named to the all tournament team and continues to prove himself to doubters. He is by far and away the best player on the Blue Devils and one of the best in the state. Three games on the schedule for the Blue Devils this week with district games against Sayre and Scott County and a game in the Kentucky/Indiana Hall of Fame Classic at New Castle, Indiana.
5. Woodford County (9-3) - The Yellow Jackets traveled to Daytona, Florida this past week and finished 3rd in the Father Lopez Holiday Tournament with wins over Gateway and Canterbury out of Florida and a loss to Frederick Douglass Academy out of the Bronx. This week just one game but as mentioned above its a big one against Frankfort. Cant wait for that matchup.
6. Tates Creek (8-3) - The Commodores were idle this past week after their tournament win in Gatlinburg. This week they hit the road to Franklin County and Lafayette. The next hurdle for these Commodores is to win a district game. The Commodores have lost 37 straight 43rd District games. The last win came against Lafayette in December of 2014!! A big chance to end that streak Friday against the Generals.
7. Lafayette (8-6) - The Generals are starting to find their stride as they ended the week with a championship at the City of Middletown Holiday Classic with wins over DuPont Manual, Mayfield, and Central. This week Lafayette hosts Bryan Station and then an interesting district matchup with Tates Creek.
8. Madison Central (6-7) - The Indians traveled to the Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic and finished 1-2 on the week with a win over Newport Central Catholic and losses to Somerset and Aiken out of Cincinnati, OH. Three games on the schedule this week for the Indians as they host Paul Laurence Dunbar and Bryan Station then head to New Castle, Indiana to play in the Kentucky/Indiana Hall of Fame Classic against Heritage Hills, Indiana.
9. Lexington Catholic (5-10) - The Knights finish the week 2-2 in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic with wins over Bellevue and Franklin County and losses to Newport and Landstown, Virginia. This week the Knights head to LCA and host St. Henry.
10. Frederick Douglass (6-6) - A good week for the Broncos as they finished 3-1 in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic and won the consolation bracket. After a loss to eventual champion University Heights the Broncos reeled off 3 straight wins over Robertson County, Bardstown, and George Rogers Clark. This week the Broncos hit the road to Madison Southern and Harrison County.
11. Paul Laurence Dunbar (5-7) - The Bulldogs finished the week 1-2 in the City of Middletown Holiday Classic with losses to Central and Eastern and a win over Atherton. The Bulldogs are one of the better defensive teams in the region but are really struggling to score on the offensive end which has resulted in a lot of close losses. This week PLD heads to Madison Central and LCA.
12. Franklin County (7-7) - The Flyers competed in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic this past week and finished 1-2 with a win over Hancock County and losses to Lexington Catholic and Cooper. A good week of quality opponents for the Flyers. This week they host Tates Creek and "rival" Western Hills.
13. Madison Southern (8-7) - The Eagles traveled to Campbellsville this past week for the Campbellsville High School Holiday Classic and finished 1-2 with a win over Green County and losses to Marion County and Campbellsville. This week they host Frederick Douglass and Montgomery County.
14. Model (9-5) - The Patriots continue to play good basketball with a championship in the Beth Haven Holiday Classic with 3 wins over Brown, Shawnee, and Kentucky Country Day. Up next the Patriots head to Berea.
15. Bryan Station (2-11) - The Defenders competed in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic this past week and finished 1-2 with a win over Bellevue and losses to Deltona, Florida and George Rogers Clark. Station's 2 wins are against teams with a combined 6-18 record. This week they head to Lafayette and Madison Central.
16. Berea (8-5) - The Pirates finished the week 2-1 in the Grand Home Furnishings Holiday Classic in Wise, Virginia with wins over Wise County Christian and Northwood both out of Virginia and a loss to Eastside, Virginia. This week the Pirates host Model and Bluegrass United Homeschool.
17. Sayre (2-10) - The Spartans finished the week 0-3 as part of the South Central Bank Halton Classic at Allen County Scottsville with losses to Allen County Scottsville, Todd County Central, and Franklin Simpson. This week Sayre hosts Henry Clay and Pendleton County.
18. Western Hills (2-8) - The Wolverines ended up competing in the Henry County Invitational and finished 1-2 with losses to Grant County and Boone County and a win over Iroquois. This week Western Hills heads to Franklin County in a district matchup.
Games of the Week
Friday January 4th
Woodford County @ Frankfort
Tates Creek @ Lafayette
Scott County @ Henry Clay