11th Region Week 10 Review
The weather and sickness ruled the week in the 11th Region as some big time district matchups had to be moved due to illness and schools being closed in Fayette County. However the games that were played this week and weekend have helped to paint the picture of how this region will play out. It has become clear that at this point it is a 2 team race to Rupp Arena and baring some sort of unforeseen circumstances the Knights or the Blue Devils should represent the Region this season. As I said last week I am convinced you could throw around 10 teams in a hat and rank the 3-13 spots in this region! Lets check out what happened this week in the 11th Region!
1. Lexington Catholic (22-2) - The Knights had yet another impressive week picking up blowout victories over Lafayette and Trinity. Lexington Catholic is in the midst of a 5 game winning streak and have won 10 of the last 11 games they have played. Having sewn up the 1 seed in the 43rd District tournament the Knights look to continue their season of dominance this week as they host Madison Central then head to Lexington Christian and Franklin County to end the week. Ben Johnson continues to have a stealer season and has thrust himself into consideration for a 1st Team All State nomination.
2. Henry Clay (18-5) - The Blue Devils are showing why most people had them either at or near the top of the region at the beginning of the season. Having run their win streak to an impressive 12 games Henry Clay picked up wins this week over Madison Central and John Hardin. The win over John Hardin was quite impressive as it was only John's 2nd loss on the season. Marques Warrick continues to shine this year and with the help of Sebian Dillard and Marquis Mackey the Blue Devils look to be the biggest challenge to Lexington Catholic for the region crown. This week Henry Clay has 4 games on the schedule all at home as they host Ballard, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Woodford County, and Belfry.
3. Tates Creek (14-9) - The Commodores get the 3 spot this week mostly because nobody else seems to want to claim it at this point. This past week Tates Creek dropped both games but they played some stellar competition as they hosted Lexington Catholic and traveled to Oldham County. Things get no easier this week as the Commodores host Lexington Christian Academy and Frederick Douglass.
4. Frederick Douglass (16-8) - The Broncos got back on the winning track this week as they picked up a win over Sayre before having their previously scheduled district matchup with Bryan Station cancelled due to illness. Douglass has had a nice season thus far and has a great chance to make the 11th Region tournament for the first time in school history but it looks like they will have to beat Scott County to do it. This week the Broncos host Paul Laurence Dunbar and then head to Tates Creek.
5. Lexington Christian Academy (15-9) - The Eagles did themselves a HUGE favor this week by picking up a win over Lafayette. That win secured them the 3 seed in the 43rd District Tournament and kept them out of the play in game. Also, this week they dropped a game on the road to an improving Franklin County team and then bounced back with a nice win over CAL on the road. This week the Eagles head to Tates Creek in what should be a preview of the 2/3 game for the district tournament and then host their rival Lexington Catholic.
6. Madison Central (11-14) - The Indians had a nice week picking up 2 wins over Harrison County and Seneca and dropping a game to a good Henry Clay team. Junior Brayden Ray hit a game winner as the clock expired on Saturday against Seneca. This week Madison Central heads to Lexington Catholic and hosts Walton Verona.
7. Great Crossing (12-13) - The Warhawks had a tough week dropping 2 games to Woodford County and Fern Creek. Having already locked up the 1 seed in the 41st District tournament Great Crossing is just waiting to see who their potential opponent could be as things in the 41st are far from locked up. Three Games on the schedule this week for Great Crossing as they host Frankfort Christian, travel to Frankfort, and then host crosstown rival Scott County on Friday!
8. Scott County (11-13) - The Cardinals played only one game this past week and dropped a close one to a good Simon Kenton team. This week is packed with 3 games as they host Franklin County, head down the road to Great Crossing, and then host Johnson Central over the weekend. The game against Great Crossing should be the big attraction in town Friday night.
9. Paul Laurence Dunbar (9-15) - The Bulldogs ran their win streak to 4 this week by picking up a win on the road over Madison Southern before having the 43rd District matchup with Tates Creek moved due to county wide illness. This week PLD heads to Frederick Douglass and Henry Clay and possibly has the makeup game with Tates Creek. A tough week ahead for the improving Bulldogs.
10. Franklin County (14-10) - The Flyers had an outstanding week this past week picking up wins over Lexington Christian Academy, Owen County, and Frankfort. The win over rival Frankfort ensured the Flyers will be the 2 seed in the upcoming 41st District tournament with an opponent yet to be determined. This week the Flyers have a tough week as they head to Scott County and then host a surprising Berea team before the top team in the region Lexington Catholic comes to FC.
11. Madison Southern (12-12) - The Eagles finished the week 1-1 with a win over Central Kentucky Homeschool and then dropped a close one at home to Paul Laurence Dunbar. This week for Madison Southern they head to George Rogers Clark, host Harlan County, and finish the week at Nicholas County.
12. Frankfort (13-14) - The Panthers finished the week 1-1 with a big win over a short handed Western Hills and then dropped a close one at Franklin County. Frankfort still has a chance as the 3 seed in the district but need to help themselves this week. The Panthers start the week hosting Great Crossing and with a win would force a coin flip with Western Hills for the 3 seed and then invite Paris over to Frankfort to end the week.
13. Bryan Station (10-14) - The Defenders were idle last week as their previously scheduled games were all canceled due to sickness and Fayette County schools being closed. Bryan Station is scheduled to visit Lafayette this week and host Boyle County but at some point they will need to make up last week's Frederick Douglass game for district seeding purposes.
14. Lafayette (7-19) - The Generals dropped 3 games last week all to quality competition in Lexington Catholic, Lexington Christian, and South Oldham. The Generals are locked in with Paul Laurence Dunbar in the 4/5 game in the 43rd District tournament. This week Lafayette continues its tough schedule as they host Bryan Station and Trinity.
15. Berea (17-5) - The Pirates are in the midst of a 7 game win streak and added to that this week by defeating Nicholas County and St. Patrick. An argument could be made the Pirates should be higher but with only having played 4 11th region teams and going 2-2 with the wins being Model and Frankfort Christian its hard to argue they should be any higher. This week will provide them an opportunity to move up as they head to Corbin and Franklin County before returning home to face Danville Christian.
16. Western Hills (12-12) - The Wolverines have lost 4 of their last 5 and some of the magic they had early in the season has seemed to leave them now. This week they did pick up a win over Bluegrass United before falling to Frankfort in a game where second leading scorer Eric Gabbard was not available to play. This week the Wolverines head to Estill County, Shelby County, and host Nicholas County.
17. Sayre (12-13) - The Spartans finished the week 1-2 with a win over Dayton and two losses to Frederick Douglass and Atherton. This week Sayre heads to St. Francis and Fleming County.
18. Model (6-18) - The Patriots split this week with a win over Casey County and a loss to Paris. This week they host Danville, Wellspring Guardians, and Harlan County.
19. Frankfort Christian Academy (1-19) - The Royals dropped games to Burgin, Beth Haven, and Portland Christian this week. Up next they head to Great Crossing and Highlands Latin before hosting Danville Christian and June Buchanan to end the week.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
Tuesday February 11th
Ballard at Henry Clay
Friday February 14th
Scott County at Great Crossing
Lexington Catholic at Lexington Christian