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There are three teams that look like they have a strong chance to win the Region 1 tournament. McCracken County, Mayfield, and Graves County have shown that they have what it takes to win it. All three teams have played at a high level during the year and will need their best to win. There are some teams that can throw a wrench into any of those teams dreams so it will not be a cake walk to get to that finals game. For now, here is this weeks rankings:

1. McCracken County – Coach Burlin Brower
BGP #9
2018-19 record: 25-3
Week’s Record: 3-0

The Mustangs continue their impressive season and with Ballard losing 2 games this week, they could move up to the BGP #8 or even higher. McCracken easily defeated Calloway County 70-50 behind Jackson Sivills 23 points. They also stifled St. Mary 59-36, and then they pulled away in the second half against Paducah Tilghman in defeating them again 56-44. They will play Murray before ending their season at Hopkinsville.

2. Mayfield – Coach Chris Guhy
2018-19 record: 20-7
Week’s Record: 2-0

Connor Guthrie stepped up in a big way in a big game. He scored 30 points while leading the Cardinals to a big 77-55 victory against Graves County. Mayfield seems to be coming into their own as they have now won 11 of their last 12 games and they have a very strong case on why they should be considered a top 20 BGP team. They are now looking more like that top 10 rating they started the season with than they did the first half of the year. This is definitely a team to watch throughout the region 2 tournament.

3. Graves County – Coach Joshua Frick
2018-19 record: 20-8
Week’s Record: 1-1

The Eagles soundly defeated Ballard Memorial in a warm up game leading to crosstown rival Mayfield. Usually these games are tight and intense, just like the first game in early January. This game had the same feeling, but only for a while. The Eagles just couldn’t find an answer to the Cardinal offense and ended up losing by 22 points. They can’t lose focus however, they still have a chance to win the region and go to Rupp. One game doesn’t define a season, however, Mayfield seems to have their number. They will play again in the district finals..

4. Paducah Tilghman – Coach Roderick Thomas
2018-19 record: 12-10
Week’s Record: 1-1

Paducah Tilghman played a very good first half against McCracken County, but their Achilles heel this year has been keeping the intensity up for the second half as well, and it came back to bite them again as the Mustangs completely dominated the Tornado in the second half and pulled away for a 56-44 victory. If Tilghman wants any hope of seeing Rupp Arena, they need to be able to play an entire game. They have the talent on the team to compete, but they just haven’t seemed to have improved throughout the season and everyone else has.

5. Murray – Coach Dior Curtis
2018-19 record: 13-11
Week’s Record: 2-0

Murray had only one game this week, but it was an important one against Marshall County. The Tigers obviously had a game plan going in and they did a pretty good job sticking to it and they defeated the Marshalls 42-33. They also defeat Fulton City big, which put them over the .500 mark for the first time this season. Murray has a very tough game against McCracken County on Monday. They have not played each other this year, but it will take a perfectly played out game plan to win the game.

6. Marshall County – Terry Birdsong
2018-19 record: 11-16
Week’s Record: 1-1

Marshall County had a big win against Calloway County 56-50 on Friday. The Marshalls needed the win as they had lost so many close games over the past few weeks. The celebration didn’t last long as the Marshalls could not figure out a way to overcome Murray’s game plan, and they fell 42-33. They will play Mayfield on Tuesday before hosting Pope County (IL) on Thursday to finish the regular season.

7. Calloway County – Coach Brad Cleaver
2018-19 record: 11-16
Week’s Record: 1-2

The Lakers continue to find themselves struggling to reach the success they were at the midpoint of the season. They were overmatched in their game against McCracken County to the tune of 70-50. It then took overtime to defeat Carlisle County 46-44, and finally the tough loss to Marshall County 56-50. The Lakers can’t seem to find their offense. They have only scored more than 60 points 4 times in the last 14 games. They have two games left in the season both away. One at Paducah Tilghman and one at Ballard Memorial.

8 Carlisle County – Coach Brian O’Neil
2018-19 record: 16-11
Week’s Record: 1-1

The Comets almost pulled out their first game of the week against Calloway County. They took the game to double overtime, but just couldn’t win it in the end. However they were able to defeat Ballard Memorial 63-57 in a closer game than they would have liked. They will end the season as the underdogs in their final two games at Graves County and at Murray.

9. Fulton County – Coach Jamie Madding
2018-19 record: 12-12
Week’s Record: 2-0

The Pilots took care of business and easily defeated two teams they have handled well already in Christian Fellowship and Fulton City. Things will be much tougher in the next match ups with Mayfield on Monday and Graves County on Friday. However they do have two games they should win as well against Ballard Memorial and Community Christian. If things go as planned, Fulton County will end the year with 14 wins and a .500 record.

10. St. Mary – Coach Greg Overstreet
2018-19 record: 12-15
Week’s Record: 1-2

St. Mary lost to McCracken County big which brought their losing streak to 7 games. Good thing is they were able to break their losing streak as they defeated Crittenden County 57-51 and backed that up with a win at Joppa-Maple Grove (IL) 63-54. They now will play region 2 foes Lyon County and Livingston Central.

11. Community Christian Paducah – Coach Daniel Durrett
2018-19 record: 7-18
Week’s Record: 0-3

The Warriors suffered three losses this week, and have lost 8 of their last 9. Regardless, it has been the most successful season CCA has had in quite some time. They will play 4 games to finish out the season: Crittenden County, Dawson Springs, Fulton City, and Fulton County. They actually have a chance to win at least 2 of those games if they play well. If they don’t, they could lose all 4.

13. Hickman County – Coach Wynn Harris
2018-19 record: 8-16
Week’s Record: 0-2

Hickman lost to Livingston Central 66-39, but repaid a loss to Community Christian with a 38-37 win. They also defeated South Fulton (TN). They finish the season against powerhouse Mayfield.

12. Fulton City – Coach Jon Dillard
2018-19 record: 7-21
Week’s Record: 0-3

The Bulldogs found themselves on the losing side of their three games this week against Mayfield, Fulton County, and Murray. They will finish the season against Christian Fellowship and Community Christian, games they can win.

14. Ballard Memorial – Coach Marla Cooper
2018-19 record: 4-18
Week’s Record: 0-2

The Bombers lost big to Graves County and lost a closer game to Carlisle County 63-57. They will play Trigg County, Fulton County, and Calloway County to finish the season.

15. Christian Fellowship – Coach Tyler Ryan
2018-19 record: 4-21
Week’s Record: 0-2

Christian Fellowship was unable to get past Livingston Central or Fulton County. They will try again in their last few games against Fulton City, Dawson Springs, and Joppa-Maple Grove (IL).