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1. South Laurel (16-4 overall, 10-2 vs. 13th Region opponents)
Defense.
That word sums up just how the Cardinals are getting things done this season. South Laurel possesses the best defensive play in the region and it showed during its wins over Harlan (74-60), Whitley County (51-38) and Bell County (57-52) this past week.

2. Clay County (12-6, 6-1)
After capping off an impressive three-game stretch with wins over Jackson County, North Laurel and South Laurel, the Tigers followed suit with a 78-73 road loss to Pulaski County.

3. Knox Central (15-4, 4-0)
The defending 13th Region champions are the lone team that hasn’t lost to a regional team.
Knox Central snapped a two-game losing streak after defeating Lynn Camp last week, 65-58.
The Panthers have some big games coming up and it’s going to be interesting to see how they fare.

4. Harlan County (15-5, 6-2)
The Black Bears are in the midst of a eight-game win streak and could move on up the rankings with wins against upcoming opponents Middlesboro, South Laurel, and Harlan.

5. North Laurel (14-6, 7-2)
The Jaguars have hit a couple of bumps in the road the past week or so.
North Laurel suffered a setback to Perry Central last week before losing to Middlesboro, 73-68, on the road on Friday.
Nate Valentine’s squad are in the middle of a seven-game road trip with upcoming matchups against Clay County, Jackson County and South Laurel.

6. Corbin (11-8, 5-4)
The Redhounds are losers of four straight, but get a chance to turn things around Tuesday at home against No. 1 South Laurel. This is a game Coach Tony Pietrowski will have his Redhounds ready to play. A win over the Cardinals will keep Corbin’s hope for the district’s top seed alive.

7. Harlan (8-10, 5-5)
The Green Dragons were riding a season-best six-game win streak heading into this week, but have now lost three in a row after setbacks to Harlan County (79-71), South Laurel (74-60) and Paintsville (67-60).

8. Bell County (7-11, 4-5)
The Bobcats just can’t seem to gain any traction. They’re playing a lot of good teams close, but just can’t seem to get over the hump.
They’re 1-4 during their past five games and have only won consecutive games once this season.

9. Middlesboro (13-7, 6-5)
Lewis Morris’ Yellow Jackets had a big week by upending North Laurel at home, 73-68.
Jabari Kyle has a big game during the win, scoring 34 points while TJ Patterson added 14 points. Middlesboro has now won four games in a row.

10. Williamsburg (10-10, 4-7)
The Yellow Jackets are winners of three straight and look to be peaking at the right time.
Slaht Hunter scores 26 points while Caleb Rose added 19 points and 15 rebounds during last week’s 86-52 win over Wellspring Guardians Home School.

11. Oneida Baptist (8-10, 6-6)
The Mountaineers hung tough at home against North Laurel before falling, 77-64, on Saturday.
Oneida Baptist is talented and can surprise, but is only 2-7 during its last nine games.

12. Lynn Camp (10-9, 3-5)
The Wildcats hung tough against Knox Central before losing, 65-58, during last week’s 51st District battle. Lynn Camp has now lost six of their last nine games.

13. Barbourville (8-9, 5-5)
The Tigers snapped a three-game losing skid after defeating Pineville, 64-55, this past week.
Four players scored in double figures in the win as Jordan Collins led the way with 15 points.

14. Whitley County (9-11, 2-4)
The Colonels were riding a two-game win streak entering the week, but now find themselves riding a two-game losing skid after losses to South Laurel (51-38) and Jellico, Tennessee. (98-86).

15. Jackson County (8-10, 3-8)
The Generals were able to snap a five-game losing skid with a 68-31 win over Red Bird, but followed with a 70-50 loss to Harlan County.

16. Red Bird (5-14, 1-9)
After knocking off Jackson County, 70-69, just a week before, the Cardinals fell to the Generals this past week, 68-31. They did manage to respond with a 71-35 victory over June Buchanan.

17. Pineville (6-10, 1-8)
The Mountain Lions has a chance to make some noise, but dropped two regional games to both Whitley County (67-53) and Barbourville (64-55).