2nd Region Week 1 Review

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    This is not the 2nd region we are used to seeing here in Kentucky. With the exception of UHA, the top teams in the region have all taken significant losses already. At the moment it seems that University Heights is the cream of the crop for the region, and then everyone else is looking up with lots of questions. As of now UHA looks to be worthy of the excitement. Here is what happened in Region 2 this week.

    1. University Heights Academy – Coach Grant Shouse
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    2018-19 record: 3-0
    Week’s Record: 3-0
    The Blazers surprised a lot of people when they opened the season as #4 in Bluegrass Preps Preseason Rankings. They have backed that up with 3 excellent games to start the season. They defeated Murray and Doss by almost 20, but the premier win was against Callaway, MS who is a top 50 ranked team in the nation. McGowan and Tandy have overpowered teams. McGowan is shooting over 60% from the floor, and Tandy is averaging over 27 ppg. Some tough region games coming up after this week, will show if there is any competition in region 2 for the Blazers.

    2. Madisonville North Hopkins – Coach Matt Beshear
    2018-19 record: 2-1
    Week’s Record: 2-1
    Madisonville showed they have the talent to compete for the region title with big wins over Daviess County and Muhlenberg County. They did look a little outmatched at the Marshall County Hoopfest against Belleville West so they may not be ready to face top 10 teams in KY, but they may get there by seasons end, especially when Cade Cunningham kicks it into gear. He has only avg 7.5 ppg so far.

    3. Hopkinsville – Coach Larry Miller
    2018-19 record: 2-1
    Week’s Record: 2-1
    Hopkinsville looked completely lost in their first game against Paducah Tilghman. They went on to be soundly defeated by the Tornado 80-65. They looked a little better in their next two games against Clarksville, Tn teams. They will play Christian County and Bardstown this week.

    4. Christian County – Coach Kerry Stovall
    2018-19 record: 0-1
    Week’s Record: 0-1
    The Colonels suffered their worst seasoning opening loss (27 pt loss to McCracken Co) since the 2010 season. However, the Colonels went on the win the Sweet 16 State Championship that year. This team doesn’t have the talent to do that it seems. Instead it may be a long year.

    5. Webster County – Coach Jon Newton
    2018-19 record: 2-0
    Week’s Record: 2-0
    Webster won their first two games of the season again Crittenden County and Hopkins County Central. They were expected to win those two games and have a litter stiffer competition this week against Apollo and Caldwell County.

    6. Hopkins County Central – Coach Lee James
    2018-19 record: 1-1
    Week’s Record: 1-1
    Hopkins County started off the season well and found themselves on both sides of close games. They defeated McLean County by 1 and lost to Webster County by 4. They will play a good Muhlenberg Co team this week along with Calloway Co.

    7. Henderson County – Coach Tyler Smithhart
    2018-19 record: 2-0
    Week’s Record: 2-0
    Henderson County had a tough offseason and things didn’t look to promising for this season. However the Colonels have started well winning their first two games againt Trinity (Whitesville) and North Hardin. They will play in the Independent Bank Classic in Evansville this weekend.

    8. Livingston Central – Coach Chris Green
    2018-19 record: 2-2
    Week’s Record: 2-2
    The Cardinals are one of the few teams that have played 4 games already this season. They started the year against two Region 1 juggernauts and just like their other Region 2 counterparts, were soundly defeated losing by 30+ to Graves Co and McCracken Co. They rebounded however with strong wins against Union Co and Hickman Co. They play Lyon Co, Trigg Co, and St. Mary this week.

    9. Union County – Coach Shane Smith
    2018-19 record: 1-2
    Week’s Record: 1-2
    Union didn’t have the season start they were hoping for when losing their first two games to Owensboro and Livingston Central. However did get their first win against Caldwell County. Kale Gaither has shown he is a force while averaging 23.5 ppg so far this season. If he can get some support from teammates, Union can accomplish some big things this year.

    10. Caldwell County – Coach Daniel Kukahiko
    2018-19 record: 0-2
    Week’s Record: 0-2
    This is not the expected start of the season for the Tigers. This team is returning all its starters from a year ago and they were hoping to have a better start this season than last. However they have dropped their first two games at Lyon Co and against Union. They have Crittenden and Webster County before they hit some very tough games against Muhlenberg and Paducah Tilghman. Derrin Boyd is leading the Tigers with 23 ppg.

    11. Trigg County – Coach Payton Croft
    2018-19 record: 2-1
    Week’s Record: 2-1
    Trigg County have started off pretty well this season. They have two wins against Dawson Springs and Crittenden County with a bad loss to Marshall County sandwiched between. They Wildcats will have winnable games against Fort Campbell and Livingston Central this week.


    12. Lyon County – Coach Jeff Embrey
    2018-19 record: 1-2
    Week’s Record: 1-2
    Lyon pulled an upset at home against Caldwell County behind a trio of scoring performances from Travis Perry (23), Gabe Board (21), and Jackson Shoulders (21). They lost the next two games to Butler Co and Elliot Co. Livingston Central, Crittenden Co, and Dawson Springs are on the schedule for this week.

    13. Fort Campbell – Coach Robbie Townsend
    2018-19 record: 1-1
    Week’s Record: 1-1
    The Falcons have a full roster of 14 players and a new coach. They defeated Clarksville Christian in the opener, and took a loss to Clarksville Academy on Friday. They will play Trigg County and Webster County this week. It will give a clearer picture of where this team may go.

    14. Crittenden County – Coach Denis Hodge
    2018-19 record: 0-2
    Week’s Record: 0-2
    The Rockets lost their first two games of the year against Webster Co and Trigg Co. Caldwell Co and Lyon Co are up next.

    15. Dawson Springs – Coach Chad Burgett
    2018-19 record: 2-1
    Week’s Record: 2-1
    The Panthers have a pretty weak schedule their first three games, so far they have faired well winning two of those games and winning one. Union and Madisonville are up. Will be tough to win.

    Player of the Week
    Dekeyvan (Kyky) Tandy, University Heights, (Guard), Junior.
    KyKy Tandy scored 31 points against one of the top teams in the country. He added 7 rebounds to that line as well. Tandy is averaging 27 ppg so far this short season.
    Last edited by silo11; Dec 2, 18 at 11:34 PM. Reason: Forgot to make it an article

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    Everything looks good with the exception of Caldwell at 10 and Lyon at 12. Lyon beat Caldwell by 11 to open the season. All in all good job again Silo.

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    Yea I struggled with whether I should drop Caldwell under Lyon. Caldwell definitely has the talent to be better than what they are, and Lyon played a great game against them. It's the first week, it will all pan out by season's end.

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    Caldwell County is missing not having Jameer Riley on the inside. They miss his physicality inside.

    UHA is better than last year, and that's scary. But they still have lapses where certian players try to "get theirs" when they get a lead, and that leads to lulls.

    Hoptown can be a really good team come March. So can Madisonville. They are the two teams most likely to beat UHA in both the regular season and postseason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scribe View Post
    Caldwell County is missing not having Jameer Riley on the inside. They miss his physicality inside.

    UHA is better than last year, and that's scary. But they still have lapses where certian players try to "get theirs" when they get a lead, and that leads to lulls.

    Hoptown can be a really good team come March. So can Madisonville. They are the two teams most likely to beat UHA in both the regular season and postseason.
    UHA just has the mentality of winners now. Last year they were trying to break through after years of losing. Once they vanquished Ware/Stovall/Haworth in the postseason, those kids finally believed they can beat anyone.

    Hoptown has strong post play and depth, but nothing in the back-court. County has pesky skilled-guards, but not a lot of depth or post players. If Hoptown can find a point guard they can be a really tough out in the post-season.

    Webster is always an interesting team. Well coached and Newton always has to do "more with less" per say. With R2 being down this year, I could see them being one of the better teams behind UHA and Madisonville.

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