As week one ends in the 16th Region it’s clear that’s it’s unclear how the Region is going to shakeout. The EKC Tournament accounted for a large portion of the games this past week. This upcoming week brings more of the same along with some interesting in region matchups. While some teams looked better than expected I still think it’ll be January before you can start being confident with the true capabilities of the teams.
1. Boyd County (1-1) — The Lions suffered a loss to Johnson County but mounted a comeback behind a 37 point performance from Blake Stewart. The Lions will host the RoundBall Classic at the end of the week with matchups against Elliott and Lewis.
2. Ashland (1-0) – Ashland played only one game this week against the Lions of Lewis County. They rode a strong performance from Chase Villers who put up 33. The week ahead brings out of state South Point and a trip to Boyd County’s Roundball Classic.
3. Elliott County (1-1) – Elliott suffered a loss to Paintsville this week but posted an EKC win against an underwhelming East Carter. Evans and Dickerson provided much of the scoring with Whitley controlling the ball. The Lions are missing Spencer and need to have at least one more player step up to keep them ranked among the top teams.
4. Greenup County (1-1) —The Musketeers lost to Rowan County this week but posted a 12 point victory over Russell. With Hughes missing the contest it’s difficult to gauge the teams true strength. This week’s game against Elliott and next weeks against the Tomcats of Ashland will offer more a better picture of their true capabilities.
5. Morgan County (3-0) —The Cougars are off to a quick start defeating Lawrence, Bath and East Carter this week behind Praters strong play. The Cougars continue into the EKC this week and have a scheduled game against West Carter on Friday. It could/should be a good week for Perry and his boys.
6. Bath County (1-1) –In what was most likely the best game of the region this week Bath County dropped a nail biter to Morgan County. Pergrem and Williams have been offensive weapons with several others contributing. Thus far Bath County appears to have improved from their sub 500 team of a year ago. With Menifee and Robertson County at the end of the week they should improve upon their W/L record.
7. Rowan County (2-1) – The Vikings played Montgomery close and got the win this week before beating Greenup by double digits and losing to Bath County by double digits. The Vikings. The Vikings have had a balanced attack thus far with 4 players averaging double digits.
8. Raceland (1-0) —The Rams only played one game this week, beating Rose Hill. The upcoming week has them challenging two out of state teams before playing in region competition.
9. Russell (1-1) — The Red Devils split their first week games, beating Fairview but falling to the Musketeers of Greenup County by double digits without their best player. Russell doesn’t appear to be as strong as I thought they might be early on.
10. Fleming County (1-2) — Stapleton collected a win over Robertson County this week but dropped two to Bourbon County and Floyd County in a nearly 30 point loss. It looks like an up and down season for the Panthers at best. They play Menifee County tonight, giving them an opportunity to collect another win, though.
11. East Carter (0-3) — The Raiders are off to a rough start dropping all three games this week to Lawrence, Elliott, and Morgan. Even with the losses, they have been close games including a 3 point loss to Morgan.
12. Lewis County (1-1) —The Lions also split the week with a loss to Ashland and a win over West Carter. With Bath, Boyd and Greenup in the near future we will see what the Lions are made of.
13. West Carter (1-1) —The Comets finished the week even with a win over Fairview and a loss to Lewis County. The Comets are looking are missing their senior scorers from last year and will need some time to try to fill the void.
14. Menifee County (0-0)—Menifee will open the season tonight against Fleming.
15. Fairview (0-2) —The Eagles are off to a rough start and could be looking at a long season. They lost to West and Russell both by double digits.
16. Rose Hill (0-2) —The Royals lost to in region opponent Raceland last week, but has two games with smaller schools this upcoming week.