12th Region Basketball

This past Monday night a 47th District rivalry game was played in Somerset, Kentucky. The number one team in the 12th Region and 12th ranked team in the BGP state poll, Pulaski County, took on a 4-11 Somerset team that was struggling to finish games and was desperate to turn the season around. Pulaski County has been dominating in 12th Region play with only one team coming within 10 points of the Maroons up to this game. The Jumpers, on the other hand were in need of a spark to lift their team out of a bad slump and a spark they found. Welcome to the big stage 8th grader Kade Grundy! The young point guard put on a show that left the Maroon fans shaking their heads and the Briar Jumper faithful cheering with jaws dropped as the student section chanted “He’s in 8th grade!” over and over. Pulaski did everything they could to try and contain him but the 14 year old from Meece Middle still finished with 30 points and lifted the Briar Jumper to a 79-76 victory over Pulaski County. This was the game heard around the region and opens the door to what looks to be a very competitive 12th Region. Here is this week's rankings and review of the 12th Region.

1) Pulaski County (14-4) – It was rivalry week for the Maroons as they played Somerset to start the week and Southwestern to finish the week. Steven Fitzgerald scored 40 points in the game versus crosstown rival Somerset but it wasn’t enough as the Maroons fall for the first time to a 12th Region team 76-79. Landon Powell added 18 points in the loss. The Maroons rebounded the next night and defeated Lincoln County 74-62. Fitzgerald once again led the way with 31 points while Powell added 20. The Maroons pulled out the win in a thriller versus Southwestern 82-81. Again Fitzgerald was high scorer for the Maroons as he put up 26 points while Danny Butt added 16. This week the Maroons travel to 47th District foe Casey County for their only game.

2) Southwestern (15-2) – The Warriors were on the road to start the week and beat Bourbon County 87-57. Peyton Cundiff led all scores with 26 while Peyton Gover added 23 in the win. The Warriors then traveled across town to Pulaski County for another epic matchup between the two rivals. Southwestern lost the battle 81-82. Peyton Gover led all scores with 31 points. Peyton Cundiff added 17 points in the loss. The next night the Warriors beat Glasgow 89-54 to finish off the week. This week the Warriors travel to Russell County and McCreary Central.

3) Mercer County (12-4) – The Titans only played one game last week but it was a high scoring thriller versus Wayne County as Mercer County pulled out a 95-90 win at home. Trevon Faulkner was on fire as he put up 46 points in the win. The Titans have a busy week this week as they travel to Montgomery County, host 46th District rival West Jessamine, and finish the week in the Remy Grace Classic at East Jessamine playing Muhlenberg County.

4) Lincoln County (13-6) – The Patriots lost to Pulaski County 62-74. Noah Young scored 28 points while Devin Alcorn added 15 points and 8 rebounds. Lincoln County then hosted rival Boyle County in a 45th District clash. The Patriots prevailed in a triple overtime thriller 52-49. Noah Young had over half of the Patriot’s points as he scored 27 points. Lincoln County played Bourbon County the next night and beat them 75-53. This week the Patriots host 45th District opponent Garrard County before traveling later in the week to Madison Central.

5) Rockcastle County (11-5) – The Rockets are on a roll as they have won seven games in a row and eight of their last nine games. Last week they beat East Jessamine 80-64. The Rockets then faced 47th District rival Casey County and won 69-66. This week the Rockets travel to Wayne County before going to Scott County to play in the Toyota Classic.

6) Wayne County (9-8) – The Cardinals started the week beating 48th District foe McCreary Central 88-65. The Cardinals had balanced scoring as five players had double digit scoring led by Stetson Simpson’s 20 points. Clay Shelton added a double-double in the win as he scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. The next night the Cardinals lost to Taylor County 71-76. Jakson Baker had a big game scoring 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. The Cardinals finished the week on the road at Mercer County where they lost in a high scoring affair 90-95. Brett Logan led scoring with 28 points and Jakson Baker added 20. This week the Cardinals host Rockcastle County before traveling to Scott County to play in the Toyota Classic.

7) West Jessamine (8-9) – The Colts struggled last week as they started the week losing to the states #13 ranked team Lexington Christian 63-81. In the loss, Dalton Bruner scored 22 points and Isaiah Okesson added 18 points. The next game they lost to Casey County 73-75. This week West Jessamine hope to turn things around as they host Madison Central then travel to 46th District rival Mercer County. They then will play Dixie Heights at East Jessamine in the Remy Grace Classic.

8) Boyle County (8-9) – The Rebels were in full 45thDistrict mode last week as they beat Garrard County 72-54, Danville 61-48, but lost to Lincoln County in triple overtime 52-49 . In the win over Garrard County, Jason Alexander led the way with 16 points and Bryce Slone added 15 points. In the win over Danville, Reese Smith scored 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Will Bramel was leading scorer in the loss to Lincoln County. He had 14 points. This week the Rebels host Casey County and Garrard County before traveling to East Jessamine to play Franklin County in the Remy Grace Classic.

9) Casey County (6-13) – The Rebels played four games last week and lost three of them. They lost to Madison Central 72-88, lost to Anderson County 77-86, lost to Rockcastle County 66-69, but beat West Jessamine 75-73. In the loss to Madison Central, Jacob Smith led the way in scoring with 20 points and Colin Miller added 19 points. Colin Miller was high scorer in the loss to Anderson County. He had 24 points while Jacob Smith added 21. This week the Rebels travel to Boyle County before hosting 47th District foe Pulaski County. The next night the Rebels will host 14th Region power Perry County Central.

10) McCreary Central (12-4) – The Raiders started 48thDistrict play last week and came up on the losing end to Wayne County 65-88. In the loss, Devon Hamilton had 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Raiders turned it around the next night and beat Russell County 70-61. Devon Hamilton had another big night as he scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Hunter Jones added 23 points in the win. The Raiders also beat Barbourville 69-60 on Hunter Jones 21 point performance. Garrard County also fell victim to McCreary 70-55. This week the Raiders host 48th District foe Southwestern before traveling to play East Jessamine in the Remy Grace Classic.

11) Somerset (7-11) – 8th grader Kade Grundy is the talk of Somerset as he helped the Briar Jumpers beat Pulaski County 79-76 by putting up 30 points on shooting 10-12 (83.3%) from the field and 4-5 (80%) from 3-point range. He followed up by leading the Jumpers in scoring the next two games as well. He scored 16 points in the 74-58 win over Model and 25 in the 82-75 win over Cumberland County. This week the Jumpers start play in the 12th Region All A Classic versus Washington County.

12) Danville (5-11) – The Admirals split a pair of games this past week as they lost to crosstown rival Boyle County 48-61 but beat Garrard County 63-58. The win over Garrard ended a five game losing streak. Zach Thorton had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Boyle. DeShaud St. Martin led the team with 13 points and 5 rebounds in the win over Garrard County. Next week the Admirals take on Burgin in the first round of the 12th Region All A Classic.

13) East Jessamine (7-14) – Last week the Jaguars lost to Rockcastle County 64-80, beat Western Hills 63-51, and beat Garrard County 74-62. Against Rockcastle County, Jacob Bradshaw had 18 points while DeAnte Sanon added 17 points. In the win over Western Hills, DeAnte Sanon had 18 points and 9 rebounds. This week the Jaguars host Madison Southern and play McCreary Central in the Remy Grace Classic.

14) Garrard County (3-14) – The Golden Lions are struggling to get a win this season as they have lost the last seven games. This past week they lost to Estill County 49-65, East Jessamine 62-74, Danville, and McCreary Central. This week it doesn’t get any easier as Garrard is on the road taking on 45th District rivals Lincoln County and Boyle County.

15) Burgin (6-8) – The Bulldogs are on a roll. They beat Berea 78-70, beat Evangel Christian 77-58, and Portland Christian 56-54 before losing to Robertson County 41-52. Micah Dunn had 35 points in the win over Berea. Next week they play in the 12th Region Class A Tournament versus Danville. Burgin is also scheduled to play at Riverside Christian and host St. Francis later in the week.

16) Kentucky School f/t Deaf (1-6) – The Colonels did not play last week. They will resume play on January 17th as they host Riverside Christian.

District Standings:

45th District

Boyle County 2-1

Lincoln County 2-0

Danville 1-2

Garrard County 0-2

KY School f/t Deaf 0-0

46th District

West Jessamine 2-0

Mercer County 1-1

East Jessamine 0-2

Burgin 0-0

47th District

Rockcastle 3-1

Pulaski County 1-1

Casey County 3-2

Somerset 1-4

48th District

Southwestern 1-0

Wayne County 1-1

McCreary Central 0-1

Last Week’s Games:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Casey County 72 at Madison Central 88

Pulaski County 76 at Somerset 79

McCreary Central 65 at Wayne County 88

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Casey County 77 at Anderson County 86

Southwestern 87 at Bourbon County 57

Danville 48 at Boyle County 61

Berea 70 at Burgin 78

Garrard County 49 at Estill County 65

Russell County 61 at McCreary Central 70

Lincoln County 62 at Pulaski County 74

East Jessamine 64 at Rockcastle County 80

Taylor County 76 at Wayne County 71

Lexington Christian 81 at West Jessamine 63

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Evangel Christian 58 at Burgin 77

Western Hills 51 at East Jessamine 63

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Garrard County 62 at East Jessamine 74

Barbourville 60 at McCreary Central 69

Friday, January 13, 2017

Portland Christian 54 at Burgin 56

Garrard County 58 at Danville 63

Boyle County 49 at Lincoln County 52

Wayne County 90 at Mercer County 95

Southwestern 81 at Pulaski County 82

Casey County 66 at Rockcastle County 69

Model 58 at Somerset 74

Saturday, January 14, 2017

McCreary Central 70 vs Garrard County 55 (at Southwestern) Hall of Fame Classic

Glasgow 54 at Southwestern 89 (Hall of Fame Classic)

Robertson County 71 at Burgin 47

West Jessamine 73 at Casey County 75

Bourbon County 53 at Lincoln County 75

Cumberland County 75 at Somerset 82 OT