Not a lot of movement this week in the standings because not a lot of big games were played. What we did learn this week is there is a clear confirmation of the separation between the top three teams and the rest of the region. However that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of upsets taking place as Marshall County has played everyone tough as has Murray. Lots of big district games this week that will affect the seeding going into the tournaments. Should be an exciting week of Region 1 basketball. Here is this weeks rankings:
The Mustangs had two easy victories this past week against Community Christian and Massac County (IL). They won both games by 30+ points. Traveling to Marshall County provided a tougher matchup. McCracken escaped with a 50-45 win. Sivills led the Mustangs with 19 points and Winsett added 13. This week they host an improving Calloway County tem before playing St. Mary and crosstown rival Paducah Tilghman for the regular season District title.
The Eagles rebounded nicely from the disappointing loss to McCracken with a commanding win against Paducah Tilghman 72-57. Naranjo had 23 and Mathis had 22 in the win. They had to go Marshall County, a tough place to play, and they came away with a 61-57 victory. Graves then hosted St. Louis Christian Academy (MO) but the Eagles couldn’t hang with Cougars as they fell 74-50. The most important game of the week will be on Friday as they host the Mayfield Cardinals, a team they lost to by 5 points earlier this season.
Connor and Carson Guthrie led the Cardinals to a 10 point win over Calloway County, a team that has vastly improved as the season has went along. Carson had 15 points and Connor added 12 points in the win. They also defeated Ballard Memorial 74-37. Mayfield has the chance to move up in the standings as they travel to Graves County on Friday. It will be another great game for region 1 fans and will most likely preview the District 3 title game in a few weeks.
Paducah Tilghman played two games this week, the first didn’t quite go like the Tornado hoped. Graves County came to town and reminded everyone there is still a pretty big gap between Tilghman and the upper teams in region 1. The Eagles defeated the Blue Tornado 72-57. Tilghman was able to come back and defeat St. Mary 78-49 led by Rodriquez Thomas with 27 points. Paducah can make a big statement on Friday night as they host BGP#9 and the top region 1 team McCracken County. A win will put the Blue Tornado in a tie with the Mustangs for the number one seed in the 2nd District tournament, and will go to a coin flip.
Murray looked very good this week as they defeated St. Mary 69-44 before traveling to Calloway County and coming away with a 49-36 victory in tense rival game. Grant Whitaker was the only player in double figures as he led the Tigers with 12 points. Murray now sits a top of the 4th district standings and a huge game against Marshall County is on Tuesday. The Tigers soundly defeated Marshall early in the season, but have made some big strides forward. Should be a great game for the number one seed in the district.
6. Marshall County – Terry Birdsong
2018-19 record: 10-15
Week’s Record: 1-2
Marshall County has had one of the toughest stretches of any team in Kentucky, not their opponents, but the way they have lost. Marshall played the #1 and #2 teams in region 1 this week and lost to Graves County by 4 and McCracken County by 5. In Marshalls last 5 losses, all of them were decided by 5 points or less. Marshall County could easily be 15-10 and looking at being right in the middle of the talk of top teams in the region. Instead they are on the outside looking in and things do not get easier the rest of the season as they play Murray, Calloway County, and Mayfield.
The Lakers have made some big improvements throughout the year and have played many good teams very close and even pulled out some upsets. The schedule has been tougher at this point of the season and teams are taking them seriously and wins have been hard to come by. This past week the Lakers played Mayfield close but couldn’t quite keep up as they lost by 10. Then had a very tough loss against cross town rival Murray. The Lakers thought they would play much better as they defeated the Tigers just 3 weeks ago, however losing by 13 points was tough. Now they will play McCracken, Carlisle, and Marshall.
8 Carlisle County – Coach Brian O’Neil
2018-19 record: 15-10
Week’s Record: 3-0
The Comets had three games this week, two of them being easy wins against Community Christian and Fulton City. However their game against Fulton County was a nail biter and they pulled out a 63-59 victory over Fulton County. Trey Wilson led four players in double figures with 17 points. Big game against Calloway County is up next before travelling to Ballard Memorial.
The Pilots had a tough loss against Carlisle County in a chance to move up in the region rankings. Caleb Kimble had 16 points in the loss. They took out their frustration two days later when they hosted Hickman County and won 70-38. They have a real chance of getting back to .500 as they play Christian Fellowship and Fulton City, both teams they have defeated handily this season.
10. St. Mary – Coach Greg Overstreet
2018-19 record: 10-14
Week’s Record: 0-3
St. Mary lost three more games this week, and none of them were close. After losses to Murray, Paducah Tilghman, and Lyon County, the Vikings have now lost 6 straight. They will play McCracken before heading to Crittenden County in the chance to snap the streak.
11. Community Christian Paducah – Coach Daniel Durrett
2018-19 record: 7-15
Week’s Record: 1-3
The Warriors suffered three losses this week, but also picked up their 7th win of the season in a 59-42 win against Christian Fellowship. That is more wins than the last 4 seasons combined and the most since the 2013/14 season when they finished with 9 wins. Looking forward to the remaining games, it is possible for them to match or exceed that amount of wins this season.
Hickman to Christian Fellowship 59-56 and Fulton County 70-38. They may find it tough to pull out a win the rest of the season, but this weekend in South Fulton (TN) may be their best chance.
12. Fulton City – Coach Jon Dillard
2018-19 record: 7-18
Week’s Record: 1-2
The Bulldogs had bad losses at Lake County (TN) and Carlisle County. However they had a nice win against Ballard Memorial 70-55. Cameron Madding had 28 points in the win. Fulton City has tough games against Mayfield, Murray, and rival Fulton County this week.
14. Ballard Memorial – Coach Marla Cooper
2018-19 record: 4-16
Week’s Record: 1-2
The Bombers lost big to Mayfield, played Fulton City close, and defeated Brown. They will play Graves County and Carlisle County this week.
15. Christian Fellowship – Coach Tyler Ryan
2018-19 record: 4-19
Week’s Record: 1-1
Christian Fellowship pulled out a close win at Hickman County led by Michael Bivin’s 17 points and Luke Grigg’s 16 points. After losing to Community Christian in their rubber match, they will play Livingston Central and Fulton County.