While the weather was the clear winner early in the week, we had a great weekend of high school basketball in the Seventh Region. Thanks to the good basketball folks at Manual, the LIT was completed this weekend and the Trinity Shamrocks were crowned the LIT champions on Sunday afternoon. Saturday night, in front of a loud and excited crowd, the Louisville Collegiate Titans were crowned the All A Seventh Region champion. Congratulations to Trinity and Collegiate, and good luck to the Titans in the All A state tournament this upcoming week.

This week’s rankings:

1. Trinity Shamrocks (18-1)

Trinity showed why it is one of the top-ranked teams in the state. Before completing the LIT, the Rocks beat its St. Matthews neighbor Waggener by a 62-45 margin on Friday night. When the LIT resumed Saturday afternoon, Trinity got out to what seemed to be a comfortable lead against Butler before Butler came back to tie the game late. That set up Justin Powell’s game-winning 3-point shot with 2.5 seconds left to allow Trinity to prevail 53-50. In Sunday’s final, Trinity trailed Doss 50-46 with a little over six minutes left. The game was tied with about four minutes left. But then Trinity went on a 12-4 run to win 66-58. Jay Scrubb, who scored 29 points in the final, was named the LIT Most Valuable Player. Trinity has now won ten games in a row. Trinity faces two opponents from the Eleventh Region this week, hosting Henry Clay on Tuesday and playing at Madison Central on Friday. The Rocks then play DeSales Saturday afternoon.

2. Ballard Bruins (13-4)

Ballard went 2-0 this week. The Bruins went on the road and beat Henry Clay 74-66, with Dorian Tisby leading the way with 16 points. Friday night, Ballard beat Eastern 77-48. Davis Bryant led the Bruins in that one with 17 points. Ballard’s balanced offensive approach is evidenced by having six players averaging between 8 and 12.5 ppg. Ballard plays at Jeffersontown on Tuesday and then hosts two good games during the weekend, playing St. X Friday night and Fern Creek Saturday night.

3. Waggener Wildcats (12-5)

The Wildcats played once this week, facing the Trinity Shamrocks on Friday night. The Wildcats were patient on offense, and the strategy worked for a while; Waggener led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter and were within two at halftime (21-19). But Trinity pulled away in the second half and beat the Wildcats 62-45. Waggener has a challenging week ahead; after playing at Christian Academy on Tuesday, the Wildcats host the formidable Fern Creek Tigers on Thursday and then play North Hardin at John Hardin on Saturday in the Nathan McCurry Classic.

4. St. Xavier Tigers (10-8)

St. X had a little bit of an up and down week. The Tigers were behind the entire game against DeSales Wednesday night and lost to the Colts 71-58. According to the Courier-Journal, the Tigers had a team meeting on Thursday before facing the Male Bulldogs on Friday. Whatever happened in the meeting seems to have had a positive influence on the Tigers, as they came out and got their best victory of the season, a 63-54 win over Male. Pierce Kiesler had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers. St. X hosts the Eastern Eagles on Tuesday before playing at Ballard on Friday.

5. Male Bulldogs (12-8)

The Bulldogs played one game this week, a 63-54 loss to St. X Friday night. Cold shooting (32% from the field) did in Male, although the Bulldogs were within 6 points in the final minute. Howard Fleming led the Bulldogs with 19 points. The only game on Male’s schedule this week is an away game at Valley on Saturday. Male beat Valley 75-73 in overtime in the first round of the LIT on January 9.

6. Seneca Redhawks (7-9)

The Redhawks ran their winning streak to six games with a 79-56 win over Atherton this week. Richard Ninamou and Carl Parker had big games, with 25 and 23 points respectively. Those two are the leading scorers on the season for the Redhawks, with Parker averaging 17.7 ppg and Ninamou averaging 15.5 ppg. Seneca is on the road this week, playing at Manual on Tuesday and at Fairdale on Friday.

7. Manual Crimsons (9-9)

The Crimsons had two comfortable wins this week, beating Shawnee 76-47 and Moore 68-51. Manual, which has now won three in a row, hosts Seneca on Tuesday before playing at Western on Friday. On Saturday, Manual plays Larue County as part of the Nathan McCurry Classic at John Hardin.

8. Eastern Eagles (7-11)

Eastern fell to Ballard 77-48 on Friday but then traveled to East Jessamine on Saturday and beat McCreary Central 88-63 as part of the Jaguar Classic. Going into Saturday’s game, Jacob Robinson was leading the Eagles in scoring at 13.7 ppg. The Eagles play at St. X on Tuesday and at Central Hardin on Wednesday before hosting Dixie Heights on Saturday.

9. Central Yellow Jackets (4-9)

The Yellow Jackets split their two games this week, losing at Fairdale 87-65 and winning at Portland Christian 64-51. The Portland Christian win has Central at 2-0 against district opponents. Central has a tough week ahead, playing at PRP on Tuesday, at home against Butler on Thursday, and at home against Jeffersontown on Friday.

10. Atherton Rebels (6-9)

Atherton played once this week, losing to Seneca 79-56 on Friday. That loss put Atherton at 0-2 in 27th district play. The Rebels have two challenging road games this week, at Fairdale on Tuesday and at Valley on Friday.

11. Louisville Collegiate Titans (17-4)

Congratulations to the Louisville Collegiate Titans, winners of the All A Seventh Region tournament. The Titans found themselves down by 4 at halftime in a semi-final game against St. Francis before coming back to win 55-45. In the final against Kentucky Country Day, Collegiate played perhaps its best game of the season, leading from wire-to-wire and winning 58-43. Collegiate is a worthy All A regional champion. The Titans head to Richmond for the All A State Tournament at the end of this week, playing at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday against the Sixteenth Region winner.

12. Christian Academy Centurions (6-11)

Christian Academy had one game this week, a 59-56 loss to Spencer County on Thursday. Jacob Dupps led the Centurions with 20 points, while Tyler McDaniel added 13. CAL has home games against Waggener and DeSales this week before playing Elizabethtown at John Hardin in the Nathan McCurry Classic on Saturday.

13. Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (8-6)

The Bearcats finished as runner-up in the All A Seventh Region tournament this week. KCD needed overtime to beat Whitefield Academy 71-66 in the semi-finals before falling to Collegiate 58-43 in the final. KCD plays at Bardstown Friday night.

14. St. Francis Wyverns (7-8)

St. Francis was ahead of Collegiate by four at halftime of its semi-final game against Collegiate in the All A Seventh Region tournament. But Collegiate came back to beat the Wyverns 55-45. The Wyverns have a busy week ahead of them; after hosting Evangel Christian Monday night, St. Francis plays at Fairdale on Thursday and at Holy Cross on Saturday.

15. Shawnee Golden Eagles (5-15)

Shawnee beat Portland Christian in the first round of the All A Sixth Region tournament 59-55, its third win in a row. In the championship game, the Golden Eagles lost to Holy Cross 69-37. On Friday night, Shawnee lost to Manual 76-47. Shawnee’s five wins represent a good rebound from last season, when the Golden Eagles won only one game. Shawnee has no games on its schedule this week.

16. Portland Christian Eagles (5-9)

Portland Christian lost to fellow Seventh Region member Shawnee 59-55 in the first round of the All A Sixth Region tournament. Michael Meredith led the Eagles in that game with 14 points. Portland Christian then lost a district game to Central 64-51. Quincy Dye scored 23 in that game and now is averaging 22.7 ppg and 12.5 rpg. The Eagles host Beth Haven on Tuesday before participating in the Cougar Classic at Calvary Christian on the weekend.

17. Brown Bears (4-13)

Brown lost a tough one in the opening round of the All A tournament, falling 87-73 to Whitefield Academy in overtime. Brown led relatively late in that game before Whitefield came back to send the game into overtime. The Bears have home games this week against Trimble County and Beth Haven.

18. Walden Wolverines (2-10)

The Wolverines picked up their second win of the season, a 71-62 road win at Burgin Friday night. Walden has a home game Friday night against Robertson County, although Robertson County’s participation this week in the All A state tournament may affect whether that game is played as scheduled.