BluegrassPreps.com 5th Region Weekly Rankings (1/28/18)
1. John Hardin (17-5): Bruins started off the week with a loss, but ended the week with a big win. They lost to Adair County at Adair, 66-65. They beat Fort Knox 88-43 and beat Oldham County 73-46. They lost another region game, but beating a top 20 team in Oldham, was very big for them. Standout Mickey Pearson had 33 and 12 versus Oldham, as they lost to them earlier in the year, so that was an impressive bounce back win. John will get its chance at more revenge, as they play Elizabethtown at home this upcoming week.
2. Larue County (18-2): The Hawks continue to win, as they won all three games this week, and lead the region in wins at 18 currently. They beat Glasgow at Glasgow 63-48, beat district opponent Caverna at their place 75-48, and beat Dupont Manuel 57-54 in a classic at John Hardin. Larue has had a great year so far, and both their losses have come to very good teams. Anthony Adkins had 17 to lead Larue versus Glasgow, as he continues to play very well. Larue has a big 5th region matchup at home versus Adair County this upcoming week.
3. Elizabethtown (12-6): The Panthers went 1 and 1 this week, as they got upset to start off the week, but ended it with a win. They lost to North Hardin 68-63 and beat Christian Academy- Louisville 73-53 at John Hardin in a classic. After the big win versus John Hardin, they had a letdown losing to district opponent North Hardin. Darius Harding continues to be the guy for them. They have a big district matchup with John Hardin at John Hardin this upcoming week.
4. Adair County (13-7): The Indians had a great week as they went 2 and 0 and upset the region favorite. They beat John Hardin 66-65, and beat Marion County at Marion 79-77. The Indians got a lot of confidence taking down John Hardin. They do seem to be playing their best basketball right now. Dre Boyd had 11 and 17 versus John Hardin, as he has improved all year. Adair has a big 5th region game at Larue County this upcoming week.
5. Central Hardin (13-7): Great week for the Bruins as they won all three games including one which was a district win. They beat Eastern 64-54, beat North Hardin 54-48, and beat Daviess County 66-63 at John Hardin in a classic. Daviess County is one of the best teams in the third region, so that was a very good win for Central. Chase Elmore led the way with 22 versus Eastern. This upcoming week Central Hardin will be looking to increase their 3-game winning streak.
6. Marion County (12-9): The Knights won 1 and lost 2 this week, but both losses were by 2 points. They lost to East Jessamine at East Jessamine 57-55, beat Nelson County at Nelson 83-56, and lost to Adair 79-77. Marion almost came away with a very impressive win over Adair, as the Knights were very close to pulling off the upset. Lez Means continues to be excellent, as he had 26 versus Nelson County. Marion has some very winnable games this upcoming week, as they hope to continue to be playing very good basketball.
7 Washington County (11-10): They did not have a game this week. They have been playing very well lately, as they have won 5 out of their last 6. Cameron Willis has been the guy, as he is averaging 19 points per game. This upcoming week are all very winnable games, so Washington is hoping to stay on the winning path.
8. Bardstown (12-7): The Tigers only played one game, but that one game was a 2-point win. They beat Kentucky Country Day 62-60. They have done well as of late, as they have won 5 out of their last 6 games. Still a threat to win their district, Tereylin Calbert led them with 17 in the close win. They have two big road district games this upcoming week.
9. Hart County (11-8): The Raiders won all three games this week, as they are playing their best basketball of the year. They beat district foe Green County 58-53, beat Nelson County 60-46, and beat Taylor County 64-58. Hart has won an incredible 9 out of their last 10 games. John Shoulders led Hart with 20 and 10 in the win versus Taylor County. Hart has a game at Barren this upcoming week, where if they can win, will be a big statement for them.
10. Green County (9-11): The Dragons went 1 and 2 this week, but they did get to experience playing at 1A State. Green lost to Hart County at Hart 58-53, lost to Mayfield 65-50 in the All A State Tournament, and beat Metcalfe County at Metcalfe 62-50. The Dragons have been very competitive all year, although they have a young team. Zyler Bardin led Green with 14 points at the All A State. Dragons play the district favorite, Larue, on the road this upcoming week.
11. North Hardin (7-15): Trojans went 1 and 2 this week, but had a huge district upset over Elizabethtown. North Hardin looks likely to be the 4 seed in their district. However, they could be a tough out for someone, come tourney time.
12. Caverna (7-13): They lost all three games this week, including one district game. They have been struggling lately, as they have lost 5 in a row. Key for Caverna is to avoid the 4 seed in their district.
13. Campbellsville (8-11): The Eagles got a 5th region win this week over Thomas Nelson. They have played very well at times. The key for them is to be more consistent, as they do have a lot of young players.
14. Taylor County (4-15): The Cardinals lost all three games this week. This has not been the usual Taylor County, to say the least. Irvin supposedly is coming back soon, so this could be what the Cardinals need to turn it around.
15. Bethlehem (7-11): They had a good week, as they won two out of their three games. They ended their 6-game losing streak, and hope to build off that. Good news for Bethlehem, their district is wide open.
16. Nelson County (5-15): They played two games this week, and lost both games to 5th region opponents. Out of their last 7 games, Nelson has won once. They have a big district game versus Thomas Nelson this upcoming week.
17. Thomas Nelson (2-17): They lost all three games this week as they continue to struggle. They did have an overtime loss, as they came very close to getting their third win of the year. Currently, they have an 8-game losing streak.
18. Fort Knox (1-12): They played only one game this week, which was to the district/region favorite, that was a blowout loss. Fort Knox is still trying to get that second win of the year. They have an 8 game losing streak.