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BluegrassPreps.com 1st Region Boys Basketball Review Week 3
Big game this week between Paducah Tilghman and Graves County. Winner would be the number one in the region for this week rankings. The game was close, the atmosphere was awesome and it came down to the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Here are the rankings for week 3:

1. Paducah Tilghman – Coach Roderick Thomas
2017-18 record:4-2
Weeks record: 1-0
Last Week’s Rank: 1
Paducah Tilghman passed its first test in showing why it is the number 1 ranked team in this region. The Tornadoes defeated Graves County 61-50 behind Jerome Reed (17), Jordan Harmon (15), and Rodriguez Thomas (14). This was the big game of the week and it didn’t disappoint. Graves led at the half, but PT had an outstanding second half fueled by a fantastic home atmosphere.
Tilghman will host Henderson County before also hosting their Christmas Tournament.

2. Mayfield – Coach Chris Guhy
2017-18 record: 4-1
Week’s Record: 3-1
Last Week’s Rank: 2

Mayfield is trying to make up for lost time this season with 4 games this past week. The Cardinals went 3-1 with the only loss coming to BGP#19 Christian County 81-74. Mayfield actually led much of this game, but allowed the Colonels to take control midway through the 4th quarter. The Guthries did their things with Connor leading the way with 19 and Carson had 17.
The most surprising game was the 2 point win over McCracken County. Many thought Mayfield should have won this game handily. Connor and Carson both struggled in this game only scoring 17 points between them. They only made 7 of 23 shots from the field, however Desean Jones picked them up by scoring 17 himself and saving the Cardinals from losing.
Mayfield will host Murray before heading to play in the Paducah Christmas Tournament. Three tough games upcoming for Mayfield including Valley, Hopkinsville, and Ballard.


3. Graves County – Coach Joshua Frick
2017-18 record: 6-2
Week’s Record: 1-1
Last Week’s Rank: 3
Graves looked great in the first half of the region 1 battle with Paducah Tilghman. They couldn’t hold it together in the second half as turnovers hurt them in giving up the lead. Brenden Young was a force down low. He scored 16 and battled the boards all night. Ryan Mathis added 12. The Eagles just couldn’t seem to find a good rhythm in the second half. They will get the chance to redeem themselves later in the season. For now, they look to host Ohio County and Muhlenberg County in their own Holiday Classic.

4. McCracken County – Coach Burlin Brower
2017-18 record: 7-1
Week’s Record: 2-1
Last Week’s Rank: 4
McCracken almost pulled the first big upset of the year in Region 1, losing to Mayfield by one basket. Tough loss for the Mustangs who put in a great effort. This game is an eye opener to the job that Coach Brower has done with a team that doesn’t seem to have the talent or experience to matchup with some of the top tier teams in the region. McCracken had a 46-44 lead with just minutes left, but lost on a jumpshot with 6 seconds left.
The Mustangs didn’t dwell on their first loss of the season long as they downed Muhlenberg County and Liberty Tech from Tn. They will play Ballard and Lyon County before Holiday games.


5. Marshall County – Terry Birdsong
2017-18 record: 4-2
Week’s Record: 1-0
Last Week’s Rank:5
Marshall County only had one game this week against Murray who they defeated 78-48, which was their highest offense output of the season. Tyler Powell led the Marshalls with 21 points, Skyler Smith contributed 12.
Marshall County now travels south to Orlando, Florida where they will play in the Amusement Park Classic..lucky them.


6. Murray – Coach Dior Curtis
2017-18 record: 5-3
Week’s Record: 2-1
Last Week’s Rank: 6
Murray lost a big game to Marshall County. They didn’t have any answers for Marshall’s defense. However the Tigers bounced back with wins against Evangelical Christian and Todd County Central. Hunter Utley led the Tigers in scoring for all 3 games, but his biggest was 28 against Marshall.
Murray will play Mayfield before playing in Butler County’s BTN/WLBQ Christmas Classic.

7. Carlisle County – Coach Brian O’Neil
2017-18 record: 5-3
Week’s Record: 2-1
Last Week’s Rank: 7
The Comets took a overwhelming loss to Mayfield, but not before they defeated Fulton City 66-40. They also rebounded nicely from that loss and beat Lyon County 57-54. Carlisle is finding itself improving, and although they are not on a level like Mayfield, Graves, or Tighlman, they will compete well in most of the games they play this year. They will continue their season at Graves County Eagle Holiday Classic.

8. Calloway County – Coach Brad Cleaver
2016-17 record: 5-2
Week’s Record: 2-0
Last Week’s Rank: 7
The Lakers won two more games, their opponents this weke were Fulton County and Caldwell County. Both are game Calloway needed to win to prove they deserve to be ranked where they are. They squeaked by Caldwell 58-52, while soundly beating Fulton County 85-54. Jeremy Darnell continues to lead the Lakers.
*Last week it was reported Calloway lost to Hickman, when they actually defeated Hickman 83-64.

9. Ballard Memorial – Coach Marla Cooper
2017-18 record: 5-2
Week’s Record: 1-1
Last Week’s Rank: 9
Ballard had a very nice win over Hickman County 74-63. Bradley Chandler led the way with 23 points and they continued to get balanced scoring as 3 other players had more than 10 points.
Ballard lost to region 1 contender Graves County 84-40. The separation between the top and the middle is quite large. Ballard has a tough game against McCracken before playing winnable games against Crittenden Co. and Lyon Co.

10. Hickman County – Coach Jimmy Long
2017-18 record: 2-7
Week’s Record: 0-2
Last Week’s Rank: 10
Hickman hasn’t won a game since December 5. They currently in a 5 game slump including two losses to Ballard Memorial and an bad effort against Livingston Central losing by almost 50 points. Hickman will hopefully get back in the win column as they will play in Trigg County’s KME Christmas Classic
11. Fulton County – Coach Jamie Madding
2017-18 record: 3-4
Week’s Record: 1-2
Last Week’s Rank: 11
The Pilots lost to Calloway County 85-54, Cairo IL 61-75, and then defeated Dongola IL 66-28. Next up for Fulton County is the Obion County Christmas Tournament in Tn.


12. Fulton City – Coach Jon Dillard
2017-18 record: 1-6
Week’s Record: 0-2
Last Week’s Rank: 12
The Bulldogs lost 2 games, one to Carlisle County and one to an out of state team. That puts the Bulldogs on a 6 game losing streak. Good news…2 games against Christian Fellowship are on the horizon.

13. St. Mary – Coach Greg Overstreet
2017-18 record: 2-5
Week’s Record: 1-1
Last Week’s Rank: 13
St. Mary got a surprising win at home versus Dawson Springs. This win is enough to move them up the standings. Dawson is not the cream of the crop, but a great effort from the Vikings. Next up…the KME Classic in Trigg County.

14. Community Christian Paducah – Coach Daniel Durrett / Rhet McMullen
2017-18 record: 0-8
Week’s Record: 0-2
Last Week’s Rank: 14

The losing streak continues and stands at 47 games dating back to Jan of 2016. They are 2-100 in their last 102 games. They keep showing up and playing hard. Maybe this week they will get their 1st win of the season.


Player of the Week
Tyler Powell, Marshall County – 21 points on 6-8 shooting from the field including 4 of 6 from 3 point range.