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Halfway through the season and we are finally starting to the cream of the 11th Region rise to the top! The top 3 teams in the Region have started to reveal themselves while the middle of the pack is trying to figure out who really wants to be here. The 43rd District remains as crazy as ever and 2 LONG streaks remained intact for another week.

Team Rankings

1. Scott County (15-1) - The Cardinals began the week with their first loss of the season in the championship of the Beach Ball Classic losing 42-41 to Westchester, California in a game they lead most of the way but just fell short at the end to a very talented team. To end the week Scott County traveled to 42nd District rival Henry Clay and won a grind it out battle against the Blue Devils 67-59. Finally, they headed to South Laurel to take on #2 Trinity in a game most people had circled on the schedule since the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, headliners Michael Moreno and David Johnson were both out due to injury but the game did not disappoint. Diablo Stewart poured in 25 points to lead the Cardinals. Im not sure you can find a team in the state of Kentucky that has played a tougher schedule then Scott County in a long time! Three games on the schedule for the Cardinals this week as they head to Madison Central then host Sayre and Ashland Blazer.

2. Frankfort (12-2) - Last week we previewed a HUGE game in the 41st District when the Panthers hosted Woodford County. Frankfort DOMINATED the Yellow Jackets and won 66-49 in a game that was basically over at the half. The Panthers have solidified themselves as the second best team in the region and in my opinion a top 25 team in the state of Kentucky. More importantly to them they are now 3-0 in the district with wins over all 3 teams and are now in a great position for the 1 seed. This week provides 2 more opportunities to establish themselves as the 1 seed as they head to Franklin County and host Western Hills in two 41st District showdowns!

3. Henry Clay (13-4) - The Blue Devils finished the week 2-1 with wins over Sayre and Huntington North, Indiana and a loss to Scott County. Henry Clay led the Cardinals at the half but werent able to hang on. The game against Huntington North went Double Overtime and the Blue Devils prevailed led by Marques Warrick's 22 points and 4 assists. Three city games, including two 42nd District games, on the schedule this week. Henry Clay hosts Bryan Station then head to Paul Laurence Dunbar and Frederick Douglass to end the week.

4. Lexington Christian Academy (11-5) - A rough week for the Eagles going 1-2 with both losses being in 43rd District play. They fell in 2 close games both at home to Lexington Catholic and Paul Laurence Dunbar before salvaging a win over Southwestern over the weekend. Another big week ahead for the Eagles as they head to West Jessamine then host Lafayette in ANOTHER 43rd District showdown before ending the week against North Hardin at Central Hardin as part of the Bluegrass Cellular Classic.

5. Lafayette (10-6) - The Generals have now won 5 in a row after a 2-0 week with wins over Bryan Station and Tates Creek. In the win over Tates Creek big man Ray Surratt poured in 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds including a put back with less then 2 seconds left to seal the win for the Generals. Lafayette currently sets as the 2 seed in the 43rd District with 2 district games on the slate this week as they host Lexington Catholic and then head to LCA in what is the biggest week of the season for the Generals thus far.

6. Woodford County (9-4) - The Yellow Jackets take a drop in our rankings this week after losing to Frankfort in a big district game that now drops them to the 2 seed in the 41st District. After starting the season 6-0 the Yellow Jackets have dropped 4 of their last 7. This week Woodford County heads to Sayre and then hosts district rival Franklin County to end the week.

7. Madison Central (8-8) - The Indians finished last week with a 2-1 record with wins over Bryan Station and Paul Laurence Dunbar and a close loss to Heritage Hills, Indiana in the Kentucky/Indiana Hall of Fame Classic. Big man Isaiah Cozart averaged 19.3 points and 10.6 rebounds a game this week while Quaezhan Charlton helped the big man with 19 points a game for the week. Only one game on the schedule this week for the Indians but its a big one as they host Scott County.

8. Lexington Catholic (7-10) - The Knights had a big week going 2-0 with wins over LCA and St. Henry. The win over LCA on the road and in overtime helped move the Knights to 2-0 in 43rd District play and currently puts them as the 1 seed. Ben Johnson and Brice Scott continue to pace Lexington Catholic. This week 2 more 43rd District games as the Knights head to Lafayette and then host Tates Creek. If the Knights pull out 2 wins this week they will be in the drivers seat in the 43rd.

9.Tates Creek (9-4) - To begin the week the Commodores went to Franklin County and won 54-52 in a game they lead by double figures headed to the 4th. Next, they traveled to Lafayette in hopes of ending their 37 game 43rd District losing streak. Unfortunately, the Generals got a last second tip in to get a win and increase Tates Creek's streak to 38. This week two more opportunities to end the streak as Tates Creek hosts Paul Laurence Dunbar and then heads to Lexington Catholic to end the week. If the Commodores want any chance of not being the 5 seed.....again, they need to pick up a win this week.

10. Paul Laurence Dunbar (6-8) - The Bulldogs finished the week 1-1 with a win over LCA and a loss to Madison Central. The win over LCA was a big one for the Bulldogs to improve their 43rd District record to 2-2. In the win over the Eagles, senior Jared Gadd poured in 24 points to help Dunbar pull off the upset on the road. This week 3 games are on the schedule as Dunbar heads to Tates Creek, hosts Henry Clay, and heads to Christian County over the weekend to play in the Toyota of Hopkinsville Classic.

11. Frederick Douglass (7-7) - After a good Christmas break the Broncos took a step back this week going 1-1 with an overtime win over Madison Southern and a blowout loss on the road to a 4 win Harrison County squad. If the Broncos arent scoring off turnovers or in transition they are hard pressed to score. This week only one game on the schedule as they host Henry Clay in a 42nd District battle.

12. Franklin County (8-8) - The Flyers finshed 1-1 last week with a 2 point loss to Tates Creek and a win over Western Hills. The win over Western Hills was the 29th straight in the "rivalry" and the 46th out of the last 50. Think about that for a second two crosstown rivals and one team has won 46 out of 50!! Anyway, this week the Flyers have two big district games as they host Frankfort and visit Woodford County.

13. Madison Southern (9-8) - The Eagles lost a heart breaker in overtime to Frederick Douglass early in the week but bounced back with a big win over Montgomery County at the end of the week. The Eagles have shown improvement over first year coach Austin Newton. This week they head to Model in what should be an interesting game and then host Berea.

14. Model (10-5) - The Patriots have won 5 straight and won their only game of the week last week with a blowout win over rival Berea. Up next a big game with Madison Southern before heading to Washington County to end the week. Personally, I think the Model/Madison Southern game could be a good one for an under the radar game of the week.

15. Bryan Station (2-13) - The Defenders dropped both games this week to Lafayette and Madison Central. Things get no easier for Bryan Station as they hit the road to Henry Clay and George Rogers Clark to play in the MLK Jr. Classic on Saturday.

16. Sayre (3-11) - The Spartans finished the week 1-1 with a loss to Henry Clay and a win over Pendelton County, without Dontaie Allen. This week the Spartans host Woodford County and head to Scott County. Rough week ahead.

17. Berea (9-6) - The Pirates finished the week 1-1 with a loss to Model and a win over Bluegrass United. This week the Pirates head to Burgin and Madison Southern.

18. Western Hills (2-9) - The Wolverines lost their only game of the week to Franklin County.....for the 29th straight time. This week 4 games for the Wolverines. They head to Mercer County for the opening round of the 2A Classic, then go to East Jessamine, host homeschool team Bluegrass United, and head to Frankfort to end the week.

District Standings
41st District
1. Frankfort (3-0)
2. Woodford County (2-1)
3. Franklin County (1-2)
4. Western Hills (0-3)

42nd District
1. Scott County (3-0)
2. Henry Clay (3-1)
3. Frederick Douglass (1-2)
4. Sayre (0-1)
5. Bryan Station (0-3)

43rd District
1. Lexington Catholic (2-0)
2. Lafayette (2-1)
3. Paul Laurence Dunbar (2-2)
3. Lexington Christian Academy (2-2)
5. Tates Creek (0-3)

44th District
District is drawn not seeded

Games of the Week
Tuesday January 8th
Lexington Catholic at Lafayette
Madison Southern at Model
Paul Laurence Dunbar at Tates Creek
Scott County at Madison Central

Thursday January 10th
Henry Clay at Paul Laurence Dunbar

Friday January 11th
Tates Creek at Lexington Catholic
Lafayette at Lexington Christian