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It has been a long time since Region 2 has been this volatile and unpredictable. The top 3 teams are still from District 8, but none of the 3 have shown they are head and heels better than anyone else, and none are top 25 teams in the state, despite the current BGP rankings (those will change). Hopkinsville have lost their top 3 players, otherwise it would be a different story. Christian County has a superstar in D.Ware, but if he is shut down, they will probably lose. UHA is much of the same story, huge superstar in KyKy Tandy, but if he is contained, what do they have. The surprise right now maybe Webster County. Their game on Dec 22 will be a telltale if they have the ability to crack the top 3.

1. Christian County – Coach Kerry Stovall *BGP #12
2017-18 record: 3-1
Week’s Record: 2-1
Last Weeks Rank: 1

Christian County started out this year with some very good wins against Paducah Tilghman, Madisonville, and Doss. Detorrion Ware has been absolutely unstoppable so far. He averaged 35 ppg in those 3 wins. He is the reason the Colonels are ranked where they are in the BGP rankings and number 1 in region 2. However, the question has been what happens if a team can contain Ware.

Owensboro did just that. They got out to a 21-0 lead in the first. Things continued to go down from there and the Colonels found themselves playing a game with a running clock on them. The final score was 82-43, the worst beating CC has taken in recent memory. It also causes all kinds of problems with if they deserve to be in the place they are. For now, it will go down as a outlier game and Christian County will stay number 1 in the district. They play Russellville and Mayfield this week. The Mayfield game should be a great game between top teams in their respective regions.

2. University Heights Academy – Coach Grant Shouse
2017-18 record: 2-1
Week’s Record: 1-0
Last Weeks Rank: 4

The Blazers had a chance to prove they belong in the discussion as a team that could go to Rupp from region 2, and they capitalized on it. The game against Hopkinsville was the first game they had in 10 days, and Kyky Tandy was phenomenal pouring in 42 points in front of multiple D-1 college scouts and coaches. KJ Crump add 12 and Kwun Dorsey add 11.

The Blazers are pretty much a 1 man show, like Christian County, but have some decent supporting players in McGowan and Hollowell. They will play West Creek from Clarksville, Tn and Hopkins County Central. Both should be wins.

3. Hopkinsville – Coach Tim Haworth

2017-18 record: 2-2
Week’s Record: 1-1
Last Weeks Rank: 2

The Tigers season just seems to get worse and worse. Unconfirmed reports state that senior POY candidate Jalen Johnson is out for the season with a severe knee injury. Add to that Tefrell Toliver is out and the suspension of Stephen Cager and the Tigers have gone from state champion contender to the 3rd best team in District 8.

The Tigers still have a lot of talent, but no experience. That was evident in the loss to UHA 88-81. The Tigers had no answer for Kyky Tandy and made some very costly mental mistakes. Good news is James Nicholas played the best game of his career with 25 pts and 7 boards. Jacarious Burks added 19. Things don’t get easier for the Tigers as they have a rematch with Bowling Green before hosting Russellville.

4. Webster County – Coach Jon Newton
2017-18 record: 4-1
Week’s Record: 2-0
Last Weeks Rank: 5

Webster looked pretty good in their two wins this week increasing their total to 4 on the year, their only loss coming to Apollo. The big game was the win against Madisonville in a nail biter 51-50. Chatman Ellis paced the Trojans with 22 points while Malachi Douglas added 12. This puts Webster at the top of the second tier of teams in region 2 and the number 4 spot.

Webster will play Caldwell County and Dawson Springs this week. Expect them to continue their winning ways.

5. Madinsonville North Hopkins – Coach Matt Beshear
2017-18 record: 5-2
Week’s Record: 3-2
Last Weeks Rank: 3

Busy week for the Maroons. They opened the week with a loss to Christian County. The game was closer than the final score. They defeated Butler County and Dawson Springs before dropping another region 2 game to Webster County. They returned to the win column getting their first region 2 win against Hopkins County Central.

The Maroons are getting some balanced scoring this season with Ksuan Casey leading the way averaging 16.5 ppg/8.2 rpg and Cade Cunningham adding 15 ppg and Kenny White 14 ppg. Madisonville has a good team, but are probably one year away from a real chance of taking down District 8. They play Trigg and McClean County next and should win both of those games.

6. Henderson County – Coach Tyler Smithhart
2017-18 record: 3-3
Week’s Record: 2-1
Last Weeks Rank: 6

Henderson did not play any in state teams this week, but they did play 3 games winning two of those games. While nobody has really taken control as the leader of the team, the group as a whole has played very well together and will continue to improve with more game experience. The Colonels have 6 players averaging 7ppg or more. They are led by Kale Gaither who is scoring 12 ppg. Henderson will play one more out of state team to finish out this week.

7. Hopkins County Central – Coach Lee James
2017-18 record: 2-4
Week’s Record: 0-4
Last Weeks Rank: 7

After starting the season 2-0, things have gone the opposite direction for the Storm. HCC were handed losses to Webster Co, Muhlenberg Co, Graves Co, and Madisonville. Tyler Mann is leading the Storm with 14 ppg and Blasin Moore and getting 12.2 ppg. HCC will try and pull a big upset on Saturday against UHA.

8. Union County – Coach Shane Smith
2017-18 record: 3-2
Week’s Record: 1-2
Last Weeks Rank: 12

After starting the season 3-0, and Braves were brought back to earth. They took losses to Trinity (Whitesville) and Murray. While Union looks to be a team that has improved from last year, it still has some ground to make up on teams above them. We really won’t be able to tell where they stand until after the break when they are able to play some other region 2 teams. For now, Logan Thomas (20 ppg/11 rpg) and Elex Dunford (19 ppg) are eating up opponents. If a couple other guys can get involved, they can make a big move.

9. Livingston Central – Coach Bill McNamara

2017-18 record: 3-4
Week’s Record: 3-0
Last Weeks Rank: 10

The Cardinals had a dreadful start to the year losing their first 4 games. They quickly turned it around and have won their last 3 against Lyon County, Trigg Co, and St. Mary. Livingston is led by Cameron Dean and Seth Hosick who are both getting 14 ppg. Livingston can extend their winning streak this weekend as they play Crittenden County and Hickman County.

10. Dawson Springs – Coach Chad Burgett
2017-18 record: 2-4
Week’s Record: 1-3
Last Weeks Rank: 9

Dawson Springs defeated Lyon County in the mist of losing their other 3 games they played again Union Co, Madisonville, and St. Mary. They will play Webster Co this weekend. The Panthers are led by Austin Clark who is averaging 17 ppg.

11. Caldwell County – Coach Daniel Kukahiko
2017-18 record: 2-2
Week’s Record: 2-2
Last Weeks Rank: 11

Caldwell County rebounded from their loss to Hopkinsville by defeating Crittenden County. But they couldn’t outscore Mayfield losing 66-50. Derrin Boyd continues to impress averaging 20 ppg on the year. He looks to lead his team back to the win column in a game at Webster Co and Calloway Co. Both would be considered upsets if they can pull off the win at either.

12. Fort Campbell – Coach Stacey Harrell
2017-18 record: 2-4
Week’s Record: 2-1
Last Weeks Rank: 15

Falcons also got their first win of the season against Trigg County which was the region’s first upset on the season. They then also beat South Haven Christian in TN. Between those wins they were reminded they play in District 8 and were soundly beaten by Hopkinsville. They do not play again until JANUARY 5….Ouch.

13. Trigg County – Coach Payton Croft
2017-18 record: 3-2
Week’s Record: 1-2
Last Weeks Rank: 8

Trigg was expected to be 5-0 at this point in the season, but that didn’t happen. In fact, things went wrong when they took the court against Fort Campbell. They loss that game and then against at Livingston Central. They squeaked out a close win against Lyon County at home. They will play Madisonville and hope to pull an upset and get back on the right track.

14. Lyon County – Coach Jeff Embrey
2017-18 record: 1-5
Week’s Record: 1-3
Last Weeks Rank: 13

Lyon got their first win of the year against Crittenden County, unfortunately that was surrounded by 3 losses to other region 2 schools. Lyon doesn’t seem like it will compete very well in region 2 this year. They continue this week against Union Co and Carlisle Co.

15. Crittenden County – Coach Denis Hodge
2017-18 record: 1-5
Week’s Record: 1-2
Last Weeks Rank: 14

The Rockets got their 1st win of the year against winless Christian Fellowship. They also loss a tough one to Lyon County 69-64. They will continue their journey against Livingston Central this weekend.

Player of the Week

KyKy Tandy, University Heights, threw down 43 points on 9 of 14 fg and 12-13 from the free throw line against Hopkinsville. It is great to see budding stars being able to hit their free throws.