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Fourth Region Rankings

1) Warren Central (17-2) - 1/16 73-38 W #7 South Warren, 1/19 71-60 W at #11 Greenwood
Previous Rank: 1
This Week: 1/23 at #11 South Warren, 1/26 vs. #2 Bowling Green

The Dragons are out to their best record through 19 games in almost 30 years, picking up back to back district victories after a week off from the snow. They did have to survive a game Greenwood team playing on their own home floor, trailing by as many as 8 before seizing control of the game in the third quarter. If Central can continue on track, they'll likely have to beat Greenwood there again in the district tournament. They can basically sew up the #1 seed if they can defend their homecourt against Bowling Green on Friday.

2) Bowling Green (12-7) - 1/19 81-57 W at #5 Warren East
Previous Rank: 2
This Week: 1/22 vs. #13 Franklin-Simpson, 1/23 at Muhlenberg County, 1/26 at #1 Warren Central

Bowling Green made it 47 in a row against Warren East, blowing the Raiders out of their own gym for one of their most impressive wins of the year. It's the latest evidence that despite the loss to Barren County, the Purples are clearly the biggest threat to knock Central out of the top slot. Winners of 7 of 9, Bowling Green has a busy start to the week before the all-important road game at Warren Central. If they can get the win, it becomes likely a coin toss will decide the top slot in the district.

3) Monroe County (14-6) - 1/15 73-50 W at #17 Metcalfe County, 1/20 86-37 W #10 Russellville (at Clinton County), 1/21 47-51 L at #8 Clinton County
Previous Rank: 3
This Week: No Games

Monroe County took their first loss of the calendar year, falling to Clinton County on the Bulldogs' home floor. It snapped a six game win streak, and was the second lowest scoring output of the year for the Falcons. They may try to pick up a game during the week now that they won't have the All "A" Classic on deck. Otherwise, they'll have a nine day layoff before a potential district clinching game at Glasgow on the 30th.

4) Glasgow (15-3) - 1/18 78-77 W Adair County, 1/20 74-73 W at #11 Greenwood
Previous Rank: 4
This Week: 1/22 vs. #14 Allen County-Scottsville, 1/23 vs. LaRue County, 1/26 at #7 Barren County, 1/27 vs. #6 Warren East

Speaking of Glasgow, they kept it rolling with their fifth and sixth straight wins. The first was a comeback win over the Zion Harmon-led Adair County Indians, before gutting out a road win at dangerous Greenwood. Their 15 wins matches their highest output for an entire season in the last six years, and they remain on pace for their best record since the turn of the century. They have a full week with a pair of district games on tap, the most crucial of which is a road trip to Barren County. They'll try to avenge an 8 point loss on their home floor on December 29th. If they lose, they'll lose control of their destiny in chasing the district's top seed.

5) Clinton County (14-7) - 1/20 72-62 W #12 Todd County Central, 1/21 51-47 W #3 Monroe County
Previous Rank: 8
This Week: 1/25 vs. Robertson County

The Bulldogs rode homecourt advantage to their first All "A" title in five years, capping it with a four point win over their old district rival Monroe County. Clinton County has been frequently unimpressive, though Jackson Harlan remains the leading scorer in the region. Their five game win streak is their first over two games in a row this season. They'll meet Robertson County in the All "A" state tournament, the representative from the 10th region.

6) Warren East (10-7) - 1/19 57-81 L #2 Bowling Green
Previous Rank: 5
This Week: 1/22 vs. #9 Greenwood, 1/23 at #12 Russellville, 1/26 at #9 Greenwood, 1/27 at #4 Glasgow

Warren East's losing streak to Bowling Green turned 20 this year, and it continues to be an albatross around their neck. Brevon Whitney was the only Raider who came to play, pouring in 27 in the losing effort. A perfect indicator for how the game went was leading scorer Tashawn Neal. Neal entered the game shooting 45% from three on the year. He missed all four of his attempts and limped to four points. If Bowling Green fails to knock off Warren Central to climb to the top seed in the district, then East is going to have to go through the Purples to return to the region tournament. Their region tourney drought became old enough to drink this year..... They'll want to get both of those games against Greenwood to feel confident about getting into the 2/3 game.

7) Barren County (10-9) - 1/19 62-56 W #14 Allen County-Scottsville, 1/20 51-49 W at #13 Franklin-Simpson
Previous Rank: 6
This Week: 1/23 at #8 Logan County, 1/26 vs. #4 Glasgow, 1/27 at #10 Todd County Central

The Trojans finally stopped the bleeding this week, snapping a four game losing streak that featured a hideous 25 point loss to district foe Monroe County. This week they were still playing down to the competition, beating ACS and Franklin-Simpson by a combined 8 points, but a win is a win is a win. These are confidence boosters that the Trojans sorely needed with their district tilt vs. Glasgow on Friday upcoming.

8) Logan County (10-10) - 1/19 74-49 W #13 Franklin-Simpson
Previous Rank: 9
This Week: 1/23 vs. #7 Barren County, 1/26 at #12 Russellville

The Cougars had twice fallen to Franklin this season, both times by three points, but they unloaded their frustration at home, running the Wildcats off the floor in a 25 point blowout. That win pushed them to 4-1 in district play, making their path to #1 quite simple. They need either a district win or a Russellville district loss to clinch the top seed. And wouldn't you know, they could take care of both birds with one stone on Friday. Austin Rayno dropped 28 on Russellville in their 68-64 victory earlier this month.

9) Greenwood (8-10) - 1/19 60-71 L #1 Warren Central, 1/20 73-74 L #4 Glasgow
Previous Rank: 11
This Week: 1/22 at #6 Warren East, 1/23 vs. #14 Allen County-Scottsville, 1/26 vs. #6 Warren East, 1/27 vs. #16 Cumberland County

The Gators battled to the buzzer against Warren Central, and jumped out to an 18-10 lead behind some hot three point shooting from Luke Littrell. Greenwood made four of their first seven attempts from the arc - two of which were DEEP behind it - but lost their steam, missing their last six, and proving unable to stay within double digits of the Dragons. That's a potential district semifinal matchup as the Gators drop to 0-4 in district play. They followed that up with another "quality loss", falling just short in a homestand against #4 Glasgow. The Gators have dropped four of five, but three of those losses were to #1 Warren Central, #2 Bowling Green, and #4 Glasgow. The other? To a solid Adair County. They're better than their record.

10) Todd County Central (10-8) - 1/18 72-64 W #16 Cumberland County, 1/20 62-72 L at #8 Clinton County
Previous Rank: 12
This Week: 1/23 vs. Webster County, 1/26 at #13 Franklin-Simpson, 1/27 vs. #7 Barren County

The Rebels now have their most wins in a season since 2009, and with a single win more they'll have their highest total since 2004 - their last year with a winning record. They may be able to achieve that with a favorable schedule ahead of them, and while they fell to All "A" champ Clinton County, their district matchup with Franklin on Friday is far more important. The Rebels unloaded with a 19 point victory over Franklin earlier this month, and with a win, can assure themselves of no worse than the #3 seed in the postseason, a good chip given that probable #1 Logan County is the only district team they've lost to.

11) South Warren (10-9) - 1/16 38-73 L at #1 Warren Central, 1/19 67-60 W at #15 Russell County, 1/20 67-89 L at Hart County
Previous Rank: 7
This Week: 1/23 vs. #1 Warren Central, 1/25 at #16 Cumberland County, 1/26 vs. Ohio County

South Warren is going the wrong direction. One of December's best surprises, they are now 1-4 in January. The loss to Central was expected, but a running clock doesn't bode well for them. And while they were playing their third game in three days, the 22 point loss to Hart County was decidedly unexpected. They'll likely be trying to stay above .500 by the end of the week.

12) Russellville (6-10) - 1/20 37-86 L #3 Monroe County (at Clinton County)
Previous Rank: 10
This Week: 1/23 vs. #6 Warren East, 1/26 vs. #8 Logan County

Russellville is another team that felt like it turned a corner in late December, but have lost 3 of 4 in the new year. The 49 point drubbing by Monroe County was an obvious low point. They do get to play 6 of their last 8 games at home, and start a four game homestand by hosting East this week. They are still alive for the top seed in their district, but have to win out against District 13. The first of those games is against Logan County on Friday.

13) Franklin-Simpson (5-13) - 1/19 49-74 L at #9 Logan County, 1/20 49-51 L #6 Barren County
Previous Rank: 13
This Week: 1/22 at #2 Bowling Green, 1/26 vs. #10 Todd County Central

The points continue to be scarce for Franklin, as they have not topped 49 since the start of the calendar year. In fact, they've landed on 49 points in three straight games. The close loss to Barren County was encouraging, but would be moreso if the Trojans were playing better. Bowling Green will likely batter them tomorrow, before Franklin faces a must-win against Todd Central.

14) Allen County-Scottsville (6-12) - 1/19 56-62 L at #6 Barren County
Previous Rank: 14
This Week: 1/22 at #4 Glasgow, 1/23 at #9 Greenwood, 1/26 vs. #5 Clinton County, 1/27 vs. Caverna

The Patriots made it much closer than their game in December, but ultimately fell for the 11th straight time against district rival Barren County. That result likely condemns them to the #4 seed in the postseason. They'll clinch it if they fall to Glasgow tomorrow.

15) Russell County (6-13) - 1/19 60-67 L #7 South Warren
Previous Rank: 15
This Week: 1/22 at #16 Cumberland County, 1/23 at Pulaski County, 1/26 at Casey County

The Lakers fell in their first game in 8 days, and have now lost 7 of 10, albeit in close fashion in many of those losses. Despite regularly being one of the best teams in the region outside the last two years, Russell County dropped to 1-5 against South Warren.

16) Cumberland County (4-14) - 1/18 64-72 L at #12 Todd County Central
Previous Rank: 16
This Week: 1/22 vs. #15 Russell County, 1/25 vs. #11 South Warren, 1/27 at #9 Greenwood

After their 13th loss in 14 games, the Panthers are now the owners of the worst record in the region. They're obviously better than the Metcalfe County team that they swept, but it remains to be seen if they'll be able to avoid staying below them record-wise.

17) Metcalfe County (4-13) - 1/15 50-73 L #3 Monroe County, 1/20 70-50 W Red Boiling Springs (TN)
Previous Rank: 17
This Week: 1/23 at Edmonson County, 1/27 vs. Green County

The Hornets grabbed a 20 point win over Red Boiling Springs to climb out of the region basement by record, snapping a modest five game losing streak.