The 8th region gets more congested as the year goes on with potential teams that could win this region. It is hard to win (3) games in a row at Roy Winchester gymnasium, but a lot of teams are making the case that they can. Only 3 weeks in the regular season and jockeying for position in some of the districts is still taking place.

1. Owen County-Represented the 8th region well at the All A State tournament. Coach Duvall and his Rebels showed a lot of class all week. Keeping them at the #1 spot this week, but teams are closing the gap on the Rebels. I think we saw some fatigue out of the Rebels this week, and winning the 8th region on back to back playing nights against stiff competition will be really challenging. Wins over KCD and Morgan County, with that heart breaking loss to Murray at the buzzer.

2. Oldham County- Back in the #2 spot, had a tough loss at home to Central Hardin, and Coach Zerhusen made some changes in his line up and boy did it pay off. Brandon Johnson averaged around 30ppg in the 2 wins against Shelby and KCD, as the Colonels had easy wins Friday and Saturday against quality opponents. The Colonels play around 7-9 guys pretty comfortably, and that could be a huge factor in a post season push. The Colonels had a rough schedule coming back from Arizona and I don't think had quite recovered, they seem re-energized and ready to make a run.

3. South Oldham-It appears that they Dragons have hit the January slump, as all teams do. How the Dragons respond this week will tell us a lot about the Dragons. Losses to North Bullitt, and a thrashing at the hands of Anderson County this week, leaves me scratching my head with my rankings. Dragons got a huge week ahead of them as they can wrap up the #1 seed at North Oldham, that is the game of the week in the 8th region, as Goshen will be rocking.

4. Anderson County-The young Bearcats show why they are so dangerous this week. Districts are at Anderson County, they are the #1 seed, and have a legendary coach, accompany that with some younger players that are maturing and you have a dangerous team. Gunner Gills lead the way with 25 points against the Dragons in the win.

5. North Oldham-Big win over North Bullitt on the road the day after North Bullitt beat South Oldham, makes you think we are in for a great game Friday as they host the South Oldham Dragons. The Mustangs only have 2 seniors, the younger Mustangs are starting to find their stride. They went on the road and lost to John Hardin in the Nathan Murray Classic, so being consistent is one of their main goals.

6. Henry County-3 wins this week over Gallatin, Trimble and Williamstown have moved the Wildcats up my list this week. I think they have secured the #2 seed in the district which keeps them away from the Rebels in that first round as they hope to get to the regional tournament for the first time under Coach Welch.

7. Collins Titans-The Titans welcomed back Grant Clarkson and all he did was score 18 against Eastern in a loss, and it makes the Titans real dangerous come tourney time. They got a road win at Grant Co, and lost another game to Woodford this week. The Titans are looking to get some much need playing in with their starters back in the rotation.

8. Shelby County- Got a win at home over a scrappy Western Hills team, lost at Oldham County and it was never close. The Rockets have a lot of games this week as they try to get ready for the post season. The Rockets are playing 7-9 guys and that can only help them as the season gets closer to tournament time. Rockets have a chance to move up in my rankings this week.

9. Simon Kenton-Hard to believe that the 32nd district doesn't have a top 5 team in my ranking, but it definitely has a lot of parity as these teams have beaten up on each other all season. The Pioneers lost to Grant County by 2, so I have no idea how that district does seeding, I am checking on that this week. The Pioneers beat Boone County but only managed 41 points in both losses. Looks as if we they are playing better defense as they only gave up 43 in each game.

10. Walton Verona-Wins over Gallatin, Beechwood, and Williamstown this week, makes the Bearcats 14-6, but their schedule strength concerns me. I know they have a young team so I can understand that part as well. They have a chance to get back to the regional tournament and move up my ranking as they travel to Grant County this week.

11. Grant County- Well I warned you last week 8th region fans, the Braves are used to winning this district lately and they got a big win against Simon Kenton this past week. They lost to Collins and East Jessamine in the week as well. The Braves have Walton at home this week and can move up my rankings.

12. Williamstown- Lost to Walton Verona this week and Henry County, but the Demons have made a lot of improvement this year and would love to crash the regional tournament.

13. Spencer County-Lost to Anderson County and CAL over the week, but the Bears are improving and could be a regional party crasher come seasons end.

14. Gallatin County-Lost to Henry County, Walton Verona, and beat Trimble County. I still believe in the guy on the sidelines, so be weary of the Wildcats in late February.

15. Eminence-Lost to Owen and Carroll, giving up 96 ppg, in those 2 losses.

16. Trimble County-Lost to Western Hills, Henry and Gallatin. Raiders are improving believe it or not.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
Feb 2nd Owen @ Simon Kenton
Feb 2nd South Oldham @ North Oldham
Feb 2nd Oldham @ Eastern
Feb 2nd Anderson County @ GRC
Feb 4th Shelby @ North Oldham
Feb 5th Simon Kenton @ Oldham
Feb 5th Walton Verona @ Grant County

Feb 4th Collins @ Owen