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This past week may have provided some hope for the teams chasing Elliott County for the 16th Region crown. The Lions survived at Morgan County and then lost 69-54 to Danville in the state All A Classic. Is it just the ordinary January grind taking a toll or could someone make this region a lot more interesting? This week is HUGE in the 62nd District seeding as Morgan County, East Carter, and West Carter battle it out for the 2-4 seed in this ultra-competitive district. Let's take a look at this week's rankings.

1. ELLIOTT COUNTY (16-3) The Lions needed some late free throws from senior Gage Evans to pull out a close win over Morgan County on Tuesday. Danville forced the Lions into a high number of turnovers and dominated the glass to oust them from the state All A Classic. Korbin Spencer, who has committed to UPike, continues to put up big scoring numbers. The Lions look to get back on track this week with home games versus West Carter and Ashland.

2. ROWAN COUNTY (19-2) The Vikings have won more close games than any team ion the region. They survived West Carter on Tuesday night and fought off a pesky Fleming County team later in the week. Mason Moore and Brady Madden have been stalwarts as the Vikings look to reach the 20 win plateau with games versus Menifee County and Bath County this week.

3. BOYD COUNTY (14-8) Don't look now but the defending region champs have reeled off three impressive wins in a row. The Blake Stewart-led Lions followed up an impressive win over Ashland last week with wins over Spring Valley and Mason County. The supporting cast has grown into roles around Stewart and Talbott Taylor. A NBA-type week awaits them this week week with games against Fleming County, East Carter, Fairview, and Morgan County.

4. MORGAN COUNTY (14-8) It is the most important week of the season for the Cougars. Currently 0-3 in district play, the Cougars host East Carter and West Carter this week in West Liberty. Anything less than a sweep likely means an opening round district matchup against Elliott County. Blake Evans, Jake Helton, and Garrett Adkins will need to bring their A games for the Cougars, who also end the week with a game against Boyd County.

5. LEWIS COUNTY (12-9) The Lions broke a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought win over Raceland. The win clinched the top seed in the 62nd District which will be played at Lewis County. Sam O'Keefe and Seth Wright both made big plays down the stretch in the win. The Lions host St. Patrick and Russell this week.

6. WEST CARTER (12-8) The Comets lost two tough games last week to Rowan County and East Carter. The latter on a buzzer-beating three in Grayson. Braden Leadingham and Trace Tackett have stepped up their games in recent games. Two key district games await the Comets this week at Elliott County and at Morgan County.

7. EAST CARTER (7-11) The region's hottest team extended their winning streak to five with a win at Ashland and a thrilling win over West Carter on a buzzer-beating three by Treven Tussey. Jordan Brooks has become a force for the Raiders with his scoring and shot-blocking abilities. The Raiders travel to West Liberty Tuesday for a huge matchup with Morgan County and finish the week with a matchup with Boyd County.

8. ASHLAND (10-10) The up and down season on Blazer Blvd. continued last week. The Tomcats lost 50-48 to East Carter but bounced with a lopsided district win over Fairview on Friday. Senior big man Ryan Bryant is slowly becoming a force in the paint and junior Ethan Hudson has picked up his scoring for the Tomcats. Another tough week awaits the Tomcats with George Washington visiting Anderson Gym and a trip to Sandy Hook to face Elliott County.

9. FLEMING COUNTY (10-12) The Panthers split district games last week with a win over Menifee County and a loss to Rowan County. Cole Saunders has been a consistent scorer for the Panthers this season. The Panthers have some good opponents this seek in Boyd County, Harrison County, and Montgomery County.

10. BATH COUNTY (11-13) The Wildcats stepped out of the region for wins over Estill County and Bracken County last week. Chandler Otis has become a double-double machine for the Wildcats. Rowan County and Raceland will provide the opposition this week.

11. RUSSELL (6-13) The Red Devils crossed the river to face traditional power Wheelersburg and fell 83-66. Tristan Miller found his shooting range to keep the Devils competitive most of the night. This week the Red Devils host Lawrence County and then travel to Lewis County for a district seed game.

12. RACELAND (9-10) The Rams lost two of three last week dropping close games to West Carter and Lewis County before beating Portsmouth West on Saturday. Kirk Pence and Kyle Adkins had some big scoring nights for the dangerous Rams. The Rams can get well this week with a three-game homestand versus Fairview, Greenup County, and Bath County.

13. GREENUP COUNTY (7-13) The Musketeers ended a seven-game losing skid with a 51-48 win over Minford. Brady Nelson carried the scoring load once again as only four players hit the scoring column. This week provides some opportunities for wins with Portsmouth Notre Dame, a key district game at Raceland, and a trip to Fairview.

14. FAIRVIEW (8-13) The Eagles ended the week with a win over Hannan following a shocking loss to Rose Hill and a home loss to Boyd County. Noah King and Garrett Greene continue to carry the scoring load for the Eagles. The Eagles have a busy week with Raceland, Boyd County, and Greenup County dotting the schedule.

15. MENIFEE COUNTY (7-15) The Wildcats dropped a 69-62 decision to Fleming County in their lone game of the week. Travis Trimble has been a bright spot for the Wildcats. The road is no easier with games versus Rowan County and Robertson County and then a game against Rose Hill.

16. ROSE HILL (3-19) The Royals broke a 70-game losing streak versus 64th District opponents with a win over Fairview. Kenny Wilburn poured in 33 points in the win. The Royals will take on Menifee County Saturday in its lone game this week.