As Christmas arrives, the region is as wide open as everyone expected heading into the season. Owensboro Catholic started the season with 7 straight wins, but this week showed this region is wide open. Owensboro only has a 6-4 record, but they have played the toughest schedule in the region. As they continue to get their entire roster healthy and gel as a team, you can expect them to be a tough matchup for anyone.

1. Owensboro Red Devils (6-4) UP 2
Owensboro went 3-1 this week, starting with a double overtime win over Ohio County. Freshman Gavin Wimsatt led the Devils, knocking down big free throws in the 2nd overtime. They fared well in the OIT, going 2-1. Their lone defeat came to Hopkinsville by 2. On Friday, they got a big 7 point win against previous #1, Owensboro Catholic. Owensboro closed tournament play with a 75-67 win over Monroe County. The Devils have no games listed this week.

2. Owensboro Catholic Aces (7-2) - DOWN 1
The Aces had their 7 game win streak to open the season come to an end in the OIT. They opened with a big win over Monroe County before falling to Owensboro, 76-69. Expect these 2 teams to clash several more times throughout the season. They closed tournament play with a loss to Hopkinsville. This week the Aces head to Allen County Scottsville vs Daviess County, Franklin Simpson, Greenwood and Sayre.

3. Breckenridge County Tigers (8-2) - DOWN 1
The Tigers bounced back this week, going 4-0. They opened the week with a big win over Grayson County. Grant Riley scored 16. They followed that up with by knocking off North Hardin, Ft Knox and Shawnee to win their Christmas tournament. Kobe Poole and Tanner Whitworth led the Tigers to the tournament championship. This week they head to Daytona Beach for the Sunshine Classic.

4. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (6-3) SAME
The Mustangs went 2-1 in the Warren East Classic. They picked up 2 nice wins over Marion County and Bardstown before losing to Warren East in the championship. Nash Divine, Nolan Davis and Asher Carver led a balanced attack to defeat Marion. Divine followed that up with 23 points to help knock off Bardstown in overtime. The Mustangs head to the Magnolia Bank Tourney in LaRue County with Carlisle County and Bullitt Central.

5. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (7-3) SAME
The Raiders had a nice week, going 3-0. They won the Aleris Christmas tournament in Hancock with wins over Providence, Crittenden and Hancock County in the championship. Ethan Howard had 20 in the championship game. Trinity takes on Mclean County on Saturday in their lone game this week.

6. Butler County Bears (6-5) UP 3
The Bears went 2-2 this week with wins over Evangelical Christian and Fulton City. They did drop games to a good Lyon County team and in overtime to a good Caldwell County team. Parker Rice and Jaden Hurt continue to be one of the regions best 1-2 combinations. Rice is averaging 21 points and 9 boards, while Hurt is putting up 16 a game with 6 boards. They have games this week against Portland Christian and St Francis.

7. Ohio County Eagles (5-7) DOWN 1
Ohio only went 1-2 this week, but showed well. They battled Owensboro before falling in double overtime. Dennis Manning had a big game for the Eagles. They bounced back with a win over Lloyd Memorial before losing to Grant County and South Oldham. The Eagles will host their own tourney this week vs Russellville, Chattanooga and Warren East.

8. Meade County Greenwave (5-7) SAME
The Waves went 2-1 in Gatlinburg TN. They lost to Harlan County but defeated Glenwood Alabama and Berean Christian TN. This week, Meade heads to Nelson County vs Nelson, Boyle and Logan County.

9. Daviess County Panthers (3-6) - DOWN 2
The Panthers struggled a bit this week, going 1-2 in the OIT. They survived against Apollo, as Dakota Walden knocked down 2 free throws with .5 seconds left to give them a 52-51 win. DC dropped games to Bowling Green and John Hardin in tournament play. This week they will join Owensboro Catholic in Allen County vs Franklin Simpson, Greenwood and Sayre.

10. Edmonson County Wildcats (4-8) SAME
The Wildcats went 1-2 in their Christmas tournament. In the win over Hart County, Chaz Wilson had a double double, scoring 22 points and pulling 11 boards. They dropped games to Green County and Metcalfe to wrap up tournament play. This week they have games against Cloverport and St Francis.

11. Grayson County Cougars (3-8) SAME
The Cougars went 1-3 last week. They opened with a regional loss to Breckenridge County. They did score a win vs Metcalfe County in the Edmonson County holiday tournament. Spencer Sharp was big in the win, with a career high 28 points. They lost games to Green County and Greenwood. This week they head to the Campbellsville Holiday Tournament.

12. Mclean County Cougars (2-6) SAME
McLean got a 59-55 win over Dawson Springs this past week. They go on the road this week for 3 road games against Bethlehem, St Francis and Whitesville Trinity.

13. Apollo Eagles (1-11) SAME
Apollo dropped 3 more games this week in the OIT, but showed well against Daviess County. They held a 1 point lead vs the Panthers but free throws with .5 seconds left gave Daviess County the win. The Eagles head to the Marshall County holiday tournament this week.

14. Hancock County Hornets (3-7) SAME
The Hornets went 1-2 this week. They got a win over Williamstown before falling to Whitesville Trinity in the title game of their Christmas tournament. This week the Hornets head to Lexington Catholic for the Tradition Bank tournament.

15. Cloverport Aces (0-9) SAME
The Aces are still looking for their first win. They dropped 2 games in the Hancock County tournament. Cloverport hosts Edmonson County on Thursday.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Parker Rice - Butler County - 21 points / 9 rebounds thru the 1st 11 games