4th Region Week 8 Review
So that was a crazy week. Let's take a deep breath.....
1) Bowling Green (15-3) - 1/15 72-55 W at Christian County, 1/18 61-44 W #12 Warren East, 1/19 45-49 L at #3 Warren Central
Previous Rank: 1
This Week: 1/22 vs. #8 Franklin-Simpson, 1/25 vs. #3 Warren Central, 1/26 at #2 Allen County-Scottsville
Yes, the Purples lost their first region game of the year, falling for the first time in-region since the region finals last season. With that, they lost a nine game winning streak. Still, they have proven to be the class of the region thus far. Their losses are to BGP ranked teams like John Hardin (in overtime) and McCracken County, and now rival Warren Central. All of them have been away from home, and they came by a combined 11 points. They're quite good. They shot 52% from the floor and 57% from three in their win over Christian County, but did struggle a bit more from the floor later in the week. Almost everything about their shooting against Warren Central was uncharacteristic. They were 1/9 from three and 2/10 from the foul line. Look to see them bounce back in a big way this week at home, but they do have two big games to close the week with the rematch against Central (with huge district implications) and a showdown with #2 Allen County-Scottsville.
2) Allen County-Scottsville (16-3) - 1/18 73-52 W #7 Barren County
Previous Rank: 2
This Week: 1/22 at #9 Greenwood, 1/26 vs. #1 Bowling Green
The Patriots are now alone in first for the best record in the region. They bounced back from a disappointing loss in the 2A sectional last Saturday with a big win in-district over Barren County. It's the first season sweep over Barren County for ACS in 8 seasons. It puts the Patriots on the precipice, needing only one win in their final two games to clinch the top seed. There's no reason to believe that they aren't going to get it at this point. They get a big "prove-it" game this week when they host Bowling Green on Saturday. The Purples will be coming off a rivalry game with Warren Central and travel to Scottsville, an ideal situation for ACS. The Patriots have lost their last 11 matchups with Bowling Green, and haven't won in the series since 2006.
3) Warren Central (10-6) - 1/15 74-76 OT L at #11 South Warren, 1/18 79-51 W #9 Greenwood, 1/19 49-45 W #1 Bowling Green
Previous Rank: 3
This Week: 1/22 vs. #10 South Warren, 1/25 at #1 Bowling Green
I can't quite describe the strangeness of seeing a weekly line that features a loss to South Warren in the same week as a win over Bowling Green. If that's happened before from any team, I can't imagine when. One can't underscore how hideous the loss to South was. Central had never lost to South in their 18 all-time meetings, and it had been five years since there had even been a single digit meeting. The Dragons were buried in a second quarter avalanche where they fell behind by 14 at the half. They clawed back and tied it at the buzzer to send it to OT, but finally ran out of answers. They followed that with their best game of the year against Greenwood, shooting 61%, and then their biggest win over the year, taking down top rated Bowling Green. The loss to South changed the math in District 14, meaning the Dragons really need the follow-up win with Bowling Green to have a realistic shot at the #1 seed. And should they fall to South again, then there's all kinds of messy scenarios that come into play. The win over Bowling Green saved them from dropping several spots in these ranks.
4) Clinton County (16-5) - 1/14 68-44 W at #14 Metcalfe County, 1/17 69-59 W #10 Monroe County (at Todd County Central), 1/18 81-61 W #17 Cumberland County (at Todd County Central)
Previous Rank: 5
This Week: 1/24 vs. Shelby Valley (at Eastern Kentucky University)
There was little doubt that Clinton County would take home the 4th Region All "A" title, and they did so by an average of 18 PPG. They are now on an impressive eight game winning streak, including five wins over their fellow District 16 teams. Chase Stines dropped 20 points in their victory over Metcalfe County, providing a rare game in which the leading scorer wasn't Jackson Harlan or Seth Stockton. They have an extremely difficult matchup on tap with Shelby Valley in the All "A" state tournament.
5) Logan County (15-3) - 1/15 81-54 W at #13 Russell County, 1/18 52-57 L at #8 Franklin-Simpson
Previous Rank: 4
This Week: 1/22 at #7 Barren County, 1/25 vs. #16 Russellville, 1/26 at #6 Glasgow
Logan County grabbed a season high seventh straight win on the road at Russell County, but lost the bigger game when they fell to Franklin-Simpson on the road, a 20 point turnaround from their 61-46 victory over the Wildcats in December. That result threw the top spot in the 13th District up for grabs, as each team sits at 3-1 in district play. The 52 points were a season low (*wink* - they scored just 49 in a season opening loss that was ultimately won by forfeit), and came in a game where they at one point led by 15 points. It ultimately may not matter as Logan County should be a significant favorite over the likes of Russellville or Todd Central in the postseason, but it's a reminder that the Wildcats had their number a season ago too. The Cougars will have even more emphasis put on that Friday matchup with Russellville now.
6) Glasgow (12-7) - 1/18 68-61 W Morgan County (at Owensboro Sportscenter), 1/19 40-67 L John Hardin (at Owensboro Sportscenter)
Previous Rank: 6
This Week: 1/22 at LaRue County, 1/25 vs. #7 Barren County, 1/26 vs. #5 Logan County
The Scotties won the 2A Section 1 tournament last week, and followed that up by reaching the state semifinals in the tournament, before bowing out in blowout fashion at the hands of undefeated John Hardin. Still, it was a strong momentum building experience, and the Scotties have now won 8 of their last 11 games. Nick Sorrell is now over 20 PPG on the season to lead Glasgow. This week they have a brutal slate, with BGP ranked LaRue County on the road and a must-win district contest against Barren County. A win there guarantees them no lower than the #3 seed in the postseason and keeps their hopes alive for the overall top spot. Glasgow won at Barren County 63-58 on December 28th.
7) Barren County (10-8) - 1/15 61-58 W at Ohio County, 1/18 52-73 L at #2 Allen County-Scottsville, 1/19 63-59 2OT W #8 Franklin-Simpson
Previous Rank: 7
This Week: 1/22 vs. #5 Logan County, 1/25 at #6 Glasgow, 1/26 vs. #17 Todd County Central
Barren County sandwiched a pair of close wins around a blowout loss at Allen County-Scottsville, which moves them to the brink in district play. The Trojans are just 1-4 in the 15th District, and already need help to escape the #4 spot and a likely game with district favorite Allen County-Scottsville. If Barren County falls to Glasgow on Friday, they're locked into that bottom spot. They have won 4 of their last 5, and the double overtime win in a thriller against Franklin-Simpson was a nice win over a rising team in region play.
8) Franklin-Simpson (10-8) - 1/15 63-54 W #9 Greenwood, 1/18 57-52 W #4 Logan County, 1/19 59-63 2OT L at #7 Barren County
Previous Rank: 8
This Week: 1/22 at #1 Bowling Green, 1/25 at #17 Todd County Central
Franklin-Simpson saw a six game winning streak come to an end in their road loss to Barren County, but it scarcely hurts them thanks to that big win over Logan County. The Wildcats have now surpassed last season's win total of seven games, and as I've said before - if not for the play of Allen County, Franklin would be THE story in the region. And that's with Franklin actually having beaten Allen County. They overcame a 15 point first half deficit against Logan County to move to 3-1 in district play. They'll look to keep the pressure on in the chase for the district's top spot when they take on Todd County Central on Friday. Franklin won the first matchup with the barn-burning 47-37 score on January 4th. They're likely to be the unfortunate recipient of a beating by an angry Bowling Green team on Tuesday. Bowling Green has won the last 10 matchups between the two teams.
9) Greenwood (8-10) - 1/15 54-63 L at #8 Franklin-Simpson, 1/18 51-79 L at #3 Warren Central
Previous Rank: 9
This Week: 1/22 vs. #2 Allen County-Scottsville, 1/25 at #12 Warren East
Greenwood's grip on this spot is tenuous as they are officially in a slump. The Gators have fallen in six of their last eight games, scoring 60 points or less in all but one of those games. Junior forward Ben Carroll has done his best to carry the team. He dropped in 19, 18, and 26 in the last three for the Gators, scoring over half of Greenwood's points in their loss at Warren Central. Jack Roberts appears to be still getting up to speed, and still has time to make a significant impact in the stretch run. Right now they are a half game out of the #3 spot in the district. They have district games the next three Fridays, and road games at Warren East on the 25th and South Warren on February 1st are of incredible importance.
10) South Warren (8-11) - 1/15 76-74 OT W #3 Warren Central, 1/18 82-56 W #13 Russell County
Previous Rank: 11
This Week: 1/22 at #3 Warren Central, 1/25 at Ohio County
I'll be honest - I gave up South Warren for dead entering the new year. But they are now 4-1 in their last five, with the crown jewel being their first ever victory over Warren Central. They never trailed after the first quarter of that one, shooting 54% from the floor and 18/25 from the foul line. Tyler Martin led South with 21 points in that one, but it was Jace Carver's 16 points that may have been most crucial, since they were less expected. Carver was 3/5 from the three point line in the game, hitting half of South's output from deep. The Spartans jumped out to a 14 point halftime lead and held on from there. The Spartans had a neat moment in their game against Russell County, dressing and starting team manager JoJo Stacker. Stacker was given an open look at a three ball to open the game and buried it, nothing but net. It was a very cool moment that was picked up by national media. Tuesday they visit Warren Central for an encore game. A loss there would push their thinking almost exclusively to the #3 seed, but a win.... that would be a paradigm shifting moment. They'd become big favorites for the #2 seed.
11) Monroe County (8-11) - 1/17 59-69 L #5 Clinton County (at Todd County Central)
Previous Rank: 10
This Week: No games
The Falcons have still be unable to arrest their fall, getting a tough draw with Clinton County in the All "A" tournament. They have now lost 9 of their last 11 games to fall three games below .500. They may try to pick up a game in the schedule gap that they built in just in case they went to the state All "A" tournament, but perhaps they will take the time to practice and gain their bearings. They still sit at 2-2 in district play, and are technically still alive for the district's top seed.
12) Warren East (9-11) - 1/18 44-61 L at #1 Bowling Green
Previous Rank: 12
This Week: 1/25 vs. #9 Greenwood
The Raiders have been ravaged by illness and injury, and it has shown itself in a 1-7 stretch to push them below .500 on the season. The latest loss was in the house of horrors that is Bowling Green. The Raiders have lost 49 in a row to the Purples, and they've lost 25 straight at BG. Their last win there was the last time they won a 14th District semifinal game, all the way back in 1997. Still, though the margin wouldn't show it, they played very well against the Purples. The game was tight for three quarters, and the Raiders actually led by 3 at one point in the third quarter. The lack of depth took a toll as the fresh legs from BG took over in the final quarter. No player scored in double digits in the game, and they'll lament a 3/20 showing from deep that eliminated an upset bid. The Raiders almost have to win out to escape the 4/5 game, and they'll start that climb with a must-win at home against Greenwood on Friday.
13) Russell County (5-14) - 1/15 54-81 L #4 Logan County, 1/18 56-82 L at #11 South Warren
Previous Rank: 13
This Week: 1/21 vs. #17 Cumberland County, 1/22 vs. Pulaski County, 1/25 at Casey County
The Lakers took it on the chin this week, losing by 27 and 26 points in their two matchups. Their season goal is still intact though, looking to reach the region tournament for the 14th straight season. They can assure themselves a spot in the 2/3 game of the 16th District tournament - avoiding Clinton County - with a win in one of their final two district games. The first of those is tomorrow night against Cumberland County. The Lakers have beaten them twice this year (only one counted towards district standings), winning on the road in their last matchup 76-72 on January 4th.
14) Metcalfe County (6-13) - 1/14 44-68 L #5 Clinton County, 1/19 65-84 L at Red Boiling Springs (TN)
Previous Rank: 14
This Week: 1/22 vs. Edmonson County, 1/25 at #17 Cumberland County, 1/26 at Green County
The Hornets couldn't duplicate their strong effort against Clinton County from 10 days prior in a 24 point battering in the All "A" tournament. They have now quietly endured a 1-6 stretch, albeit against good competition. Their game against Cumberland County on Friday carries massive importance. Metcalfe County can clinch a spot in the 2/3 game with a win in that one.
15) Cumberland County (4-15) - 1/14 84-76 W at #15 Russellville, 71-67 W at #16 Todd County Central, 1/18 61-81 L #5 Clinton County (at Todd County Central)
Previous Rank: 17
This Week: 1/21 at #13 Russell County, 1/25 vs. #14 Metcalfe County, 1/26 vs. McCreary Central
The Panthers finally broke through to end a nine game losing streak, doing so on the road in contests against Russellville and Todd County Central. Reaching the final of the All "A" was an achievement in itself for them, and primes them for their most crucial week of the year. If they can sweep the week, they give themselves a shot at escaping the 4 seed in the postseason tournament where they'd face Clinton County. A win over Metcalfe County likely gives them a chance too, but would require Metcalfe County to lose to Russell County on January 29th AND that they win the coin flip for the #3 spot.
16) Russellville (7-11) - 1/14 76-84 L #17 Cumberland County
Previous Rank: 15
This Week: 1/25 at #5 Logan County
Russellville fell to Cumberland County for the second time this season, allowing Cumberland County to post a season-high 84 points. Three Panthers scored in double digits in the contest, led by Jacob Naylor (as usual) who had 19 points. They'll seek their first district win of the season when they take on Logan County.
17) Todd County Central (5-15) - 1/17 67-71 L #17 Cumberland County
Previous Rank: 16
This Week: 1/21 vs. Clarksville Academy (TN), 1/25 vs. #8 Franklin-Simpson, 1/26 at #7 Barren County
Todd Central now carries the longest losing streak in the region, falling for the sixth consecutive time and squandering home floor advantage in the All "A". They have not defeated a region opponent since knocking off Russellville on December 7th. This week they take on a Clarksville Academy team that they picked up a forfeit win over to open the year.
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