Heading into the holiday tournament season, Owensboro Catholic has established themselves as the clear front runners in this region. We should find out just how good they are this week, as they will be tested by 3 very good teams in OIT pool play. If they get through that, they'll have a difficult match up waiting for them in the finals with John Hardin and Bowling Green on the opposite side of the bracket.

1.Owensboro Catholic Aces (6-0) - SAME
The Aces continued with their hot start, knocking off Daviess County in their lone game this week. John Parker led the Aces with 23, but it was Andrew Riney's huge 3rd quarter that put Catholic in front for good. He scored 8 straight in the quarter and finished with 19. They kickoff holiday tournament season this week in the OIT against Monroe County, Hoptown and Owensboro.

2. Breckenridge County Tigers (3-1) - SAME
Breckenridge opened the week with an 81-53 win against Whitesville Trinity. The win was extra impressive on the road in a tough environment. Five Tigers reached double figures in the win, led by Kobe Poole's 16. On Friday, Breck was upset by Meade County in 11th district play. This week, they will host Grayson on Tuesday before hosting their own Holiday Tournament with the likes of Ft Knox, Bullitt East, North Hardin and Shawnee.

3. Owensboro Red Devils (3-3) - SAME
Owensboro opened the week with a road loss in Christian County, 75-66. Issac Humphrey led the Devils with 21. On Friday, OHS knocked off 9th district rival Apollo, 72-44. Freshman Gavin Wimsatt led all scorers with 21, while Darrion Wimsatt poured in 20. The Devils are still feeling out their lineup but with more talent starting to get healthy, look for Owensboro to continue to improve. They play Ohio County tonight, before opening OIT play this week against Monroe County, Hoptown and Owensboro Catholic.

4. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (4-2) UP 2
The Mustangs are back up to the 3 spot after going 2-0 this week. Tuesday they got a big 10th district win over Ohio County 36-29. Nolan Davis had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the win. This weekend, they defeated Russellville 66-40. Davis again led the way with 16. Trey Lovell and Asher Carver chipped in 14 each while Nash Divine also reached double figures with 11. Coach Eades has been getting it done with different lineups early in the season. The Stangs will head to the Warren East holiday tournament this week against the likes of Marion County, Henderson, Bardstown, Caverna and Campbellsville.

5. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (4-3) DOWN 1
The week started off on the right foot for the Raiders. They knocked off Daviess County on Monday, 61-51. Trinity put 4 players in double figures led by Ethan Howard's 15. Cameron Wright and Brenden Wathen had 14, while Trenton Morris chipped in 13. On Tuesday, they couldn't keep the momentum alive, losing 81-53 to Breckenridge County. Then on Friday, they lost a tough road game in Union County, 68-33. The loss was the worst offensive effort of the season for Trinity. They will travel to the Hancock County Christmas Tournament this week with Cloverport, Eminence, Williamstown, Providence IN and host Hancock County.

6. Ohio County Eagles (4-4) UP 1
Even though the Eagles only went 1-2 this past week, they showed well against good competition. They battled Muhlenberg hard until falling 36-29. Dennis Manning led the Eagles with 9. Thursday, they led Henderson throughout the game before giving away in the 4th quarter. Shane Frady was strong off the bench and 8th grader Elijah Decker played some strong minutes in the loss. Ohio was able to get back on track on Saturday with a 68-54 win over Todd Central. Trey Lewis led the Eagles with 18. Shane Frady scored a double double with 10 points and 11 boards. They are at Owensboro tonight before traveling to Grant County to take on Lloyd Memorial later this week.

7. Daviess County Panthers (1-4) - DOWN 2
Daviess County feels like they are a lot better than the 7th team in this region, but they just haven't found a way to finish games. That's understandable with an entire new cast of players. They lost to Whitesville Trinity to open the week but bounced back with a strong showing against Owensboro Catholic. They led the Aces mid way through the 3rd quarter before running out of gas against Catholic's deep bench. Dakota Walden showed why he is a 3rd Region player of the year candidate, scoring 35 and setting a school record by going 8 for 8 beyond the arc. Walden is averaging 29 points per game through the first 5. DC hosts Hancock County on Tuesday before heading into the OIT against John Hardin, Bowling Green and Apollo.

8. Meade County Greenwave (2-5) UP 1
The Waves split a pair of games this week, losing to Shelby County 52-44 back on Tuesday. Friday night, Meade finally played up to their potential, upsetting 11th district rival Breck County in overtime. Chezney Wieck was huge, going for a double double with 21 points and 10 boards. His younger brother Chaney scored 16, while Peyton Cole also reached double figures with 10. With Armstead back in the lineup, you an expect this team to continue to climb up the rankings going forward. Meade travels to Gatlinburg this week where they will face Harlin County.

9. Butler County Bears (4-3) UP 2
It was a good week for the Bears, as they won 3 straight games. Tuesday they put together a big 4th quarter to knock off Apollo, 61-56. Parker Rice continued his hot start to the season, scoring 20. Jayden Hurt added 18. Rice and Hurt stayed hot on Friday, as they went for 19 and 24 respectively in their 75-63 win over Edmonson County. On Saturday, they beat Walden 69-38. The Bears have another busy week, heading to Evangel Christian tonight before hosting their own Christmas tourney against Lyon County, Caldwell County and Fulton City.

10. Edmonson County Wildcats (2-4) SAME
Edmonson dropped a pair of games to Barren and Butler County before bouncing back with a 69-60 win over Hancock County. Chaz Wilson is putting up big numbers through the first 6 games, averaging 16 points and 10 boards. The Cats host their own Christmas tournament this week against Hart, Green and Metcalfe County.

11. Grayson County Cougars (2-5) DOWN 3
After a hot start, Grayson County has dropped 4 straight games. They played an extremely difficult schedule this past week with losses coming against Elizabethtown and Central Hardin. The Cougars will travel to Breckenridge County this week before heading to the Edmonson County Christmas tournament.

12. Mclean County Cougars (1-5) SAME
Mclean dropped another close game this week, 78-76 to Russelville. Logan Patterson scored 30 and pulled down 10 boards in defeat. On Friday, the Cougars lost to Webster County 61-50. They will look to turn things around on the road, with games against Hopkins Central and Dawson Springs this week.

13. Apollo Eagles (1-8) - SAME
Things continue to snow ball on the young Apollo Eagles. They dropped 2 more games this week to Owensboro and Butler County. The Eagles led Butler County most of the way before coming up short in the 4th quarter. Dylon Talbott and Harrison Bowman scored 13 each. They open OIT pool play this week against John Hardin, Bowling Green and Daviess County.

14. Hancock County Hornets (2-5) SAME
The Hornets split a pair of games this past week. They knocked off Lighthouse Christian, Indiana on Friday. Saturday Edmonson County defeated Hancock 69-60. They will travel to Daviess County tonight before hosting their own Christmas tournament with Whitesville Trinity, Cloverport, Eminence, Williamstown, and Providence Indiana.

15. Cloverport Aces (0-5) SAME
Cloverport fell in their only action this week, 86-28 to Louisville Iroqouis. They will look for their first win this week at home againt Burgin this Wednesday before heading to the Hancock County Christmas tournament.