What started as a two team battle for the region 1 championship at the beginning of the year has turned into at least a four teams now. McCracken County and Marshall County still lead the way, but Murray and Paducah Tilghman have pushed their way into the conversation. Other teams such as Calloway County, Mayfield and Graves County could pull big upsets in the post season. Some big games are on tap this week in Region 1, so pay attention! Here are the week 10 rankings :
1. McCracken County – BGP #8
Season Record: 21-5
McCracken won two games to bring their winning streak to 14 games, but then had the streak snapped in a great game versus BGP#9 Collins 63-59 on a neutral court. Tough loss for the Mustangs, but they have some important games coming up, specifically against Paducah Tilghman and Murray. They are the favorite going into the Region 1 tournament, but will have some stiff competition.
2. Marshall County
Season Record: 16-9
Marshall extends their winning streak to 9 games now after defeating Graves County in a closer than expected game. The Marshalls won at Graves 56-51 behind 25 points from Zion Harmon. They will play two big region 2 games this week versus Murray at home and then at Calloway County. Marshall defeated Calloway by 8 a couple weeks ago at home. They defeated Murray by 14 back in mid December. Both should be close games.
Season Record: 21-4
The Tigers have been playing great basketball this season and it continued this week with wins over McKenzie (TN) and Calloway County. Marshall County stands in the way this week. Murray will travel to Marshall County for the rematch. Murray is playing much better ball than they were in the first game, but so is Marshall. Should be a great #2 vs #3 matchup. By the way, McCracken County is looming in the near future
4. Paducah Tilghman
Season Record: 16-8
The Blue Tornado won both their games this week verses Graves County and St. Mary. They have proven than can beat anyone in region 1 not named McCracken or Marshall. They have a chance to change that on Friday when they travel across town to McCracken. They will need to figure out a way to keep Sivils in check if they want that win.
5. Calloway County
Season Record: 15-10
The Lakers had a up and down week. They had two hurdles in Mayfield and Murray, they were able to escape with a win at Mayfield 63-56, but 3 days later couldn’t come away with a victory against Murray, losing 45-38. Three of their final four games of the season are very tough. They play McCracken and Marshall this week and then Paducah Tilghman next week, brutal.
Mayfield lost their first game of the week to Calloway County 63-56. They were able to rebound and defeat Ballard Memorial easily a few days later. They will be favored in all but one game the rest of the regular season including this week’s games with Fulton County and Graves County.
7. Carlisle County
Season Record: 15-9
The Comets find themselves in the midst of a five game winning streak after defeating Fulton County, Fulton City, and Community Christian this week. They will play Livingston Central and Ballard Memorial this week, a great chance to extend that streak to 7 games.
8. St. Mary
Season Record: 12-13
The Vikings have had a rough go it the last two three weeks as their losing streak was extended to 6 games and 8 of their last 9. They were handed defeat by Dawson Springs, Paducah Tilghman, and Lyon County. They will try and stop the bleeding against Fulton County before a nightmare game at McCracken County.
9. Graves County
The Eagles have played much better lately, but just not good enough to win. They lost to McCracken by 6, and Marshall by 5, and had it close versus Paducah Tilghman for much of the game before bowing out by 13. They can win out the rest of the season if they play well.
10. Fulton City
Season Record: 9-10
Fulton City lost to Halls (TN) and Carlisle County before defeating Clarksburg (TN) handily. They will play Dresden (TN) before a crosstown rematch with Fulton County on Friday, and then Graves County on Saturday.
11. Fulton County
Season Record: 10-11
The Pilots lost two games this week to Lake County (TN) and Carlisle County before defeating Hickman County by 6 points. They will play St. Mary, Mayfield, and crosstown rival Fulton City this week.
12. Hickman County
Season Record: 7-14
The Falcons split the games this past week defeating Livingston Central while losing to Fulton County. They will play Christian Fellowship this week before heading to Tennessee for two games.
13. Ballard Memorial
Season Record: 3-21
The Bombers have now lost 8 games after playing Mayfield and Livingston Central this week. They have upcoming games at Graves County and Carlisle County.
14. Community Christian
Season Record: 1-23
The Warriors tough season continues after losses to Crittenden County and Carlisle County. They play 4 games this week with St. Francis and Portland Christian as their best chance for victories.
Season Record: 15-9
The Eagles lost two close games this week, one to Livingston Central by 5 and one to Fort Campbell by 1 in overtime. They were able to rebound to defeat Evangel Christian. They play Hickman County and Clarksville Christian this coming week.
*Does not compete in the Region 1 tournament.