BluegrassPreps.com 13th Region Weekly Rankings (1/22/17)
1. Corbin (14-3 overall, 7-1 vs. 13th Region competition)
The Redhounds move in to the top spot after knocking off Knox Central at home this past week, 81-67. Corbin led wire to wire in the match-up and took control of the game in the first quarter. The Redhounds followed the win the next day with a 70-57 victory over Lincoln County.
2. Knox Central (16-2, 7-1)
The Panthers suffered their first in-state loss of the season after an 81-67 defeat to Corbin, but managed to respond the following day with a 69-60 victory over Harlan County. This is the first time tis season Knox Central isn’t ranked as the 13th Region’s top team.
3. South Laurel (14-3, 7-2)
The Cardinals are winners of four straight and during the same stretch they’re allowing only 43 points per game, including limiting Clay County to only 36 points during a 12-point win and Harlan to 38 points in a 25-point victory.
4. North Laurel (15-3, 4-2)
The Jaguars saw their four-game win streak get snapped after a disappointing 66-64 loss to Rowan County this past weekend. They were coming off an impressive 75-56 road win over Jackson County. North Laurel has a big game in front of them Tuesday on the road against Clay County.
5. Harlan County (14-3, 7-2)
The Black Bears are losers of two of their last three games with both losses coming against both South Laurel and Knox Central. It does;t get any easier this week with road games against Whitley County and Corbin before a home game against Scott.
6. Lynn Camp (15-1, 10-1)
The Wildcats captured the boys basketball program’s first-ever 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship this past week by defeating Pineville, Barbourville and Williamsburg in fine fashion. Coach Dinky Phipps’ captured his seventh overall 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship during the process, and now has the Wildcats off to their best start in program history.
7. Clay County (10-10, 5-3)
The Tigers inconsistent ways continue, but they remain a team you can’t take likely. Clay County is 4-6 during its last 10 games. The Tigers have an important home game against North Laurel Tuesday.
8. Jackson County (10-6, 4-4)
The Generals had a perfect chance to move up in the rankings, but posted a 1-3 record during their last four games, which includes losses to Harlan County, Clay County and North Laurel.
9. Bell County (10-5, 4-3)
The bobcats are another team that has struggled of late, losing two straight contests to both Knox Central (82-61) and Harlan County (68-55).
10. Whitley County (6-13, 1-5)
The Colonels are 2-8 during their past 10 games, but they did almost pull off an upset against 50th District foe South Laurel before falling, 57-53. They’ve got a big game against Harlan County today before traveling to play Williamsburg Tuesday.
11. Barbourville (9-9, 4-5)
The Tigers came close to beating Lynn Camp in the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Tournament this past week before falling, 58-53. They did respond with an 88-81 win over Oneida Baptist.
12. Williamsburg (8-11, 6-8)
The Yellow Jackets have hit a few bumps in the road lately, posting a 3-9 record during their past 12 games.
13. Middlesboro (9-9, 4-6)
The Yellow Jackets’ nine wins are the most they’ve had since garnering 10 back during the 2013-14 season.
14. Oneida Baptist (6-8, 3-8)
The Mountaineers snapped a three-game losing skid by dominating Berea, 77-55.
15. Harlan (1-12, 0-7)
The Green Dragons are still searching for win No. 2. They just don’t seem like they can get anything going.
16. Red Bird (5-10, 1-8)
The Cardinals dropped an 82-59 decision to Barbourville during last week’s 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Tournament.
17. Pineville (4-13, 1-9)
The Mountain Lions are 1-8 during their last nine games.