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Overview: Not much change at the top in the region this week but we did see a few surprising upsets as Paintsville knocked off Lawrence County in Louisa and Prestonsburg downed South Floyd at Hi Hat. The top tier teams are getting primed to make a deep post season run and the region has two of the top ten scorers in the nation in Timmy Dalton and Mason Blair (per maxpreps).

1. Johnson Central (19-6) –
The Golden Eagles went 2-0 in week ten with wins over Magoffin County and Breathitt County. In the Magoffin game, Mason Blair was electric as he scored 47 points and brought his team back from a 14 point deficit to start the final frame. In fact, JC outscored Magoffin County 41-25 in the final period. If JC can defeat cross town rival Paintsville on the road in week eleven, a three-way tie and subsequent draw will determine the top overall seed in the 57th district. (Sheldon Clark, Magoffin County, and Johnson Central all split regular season games with one another). Johnson Central finished undefeated at home on the season and will face Pike Central, Paintsville, and Ashland on the road in week eleven. Their six game win streak is currently the longest active streak in the region and Mason Blair is currently 10th in the nation in scoring (2nd in KY) per maxpreps.

2. Sheldon Clark (16-11) – The Cardinals went 2-1 in week ten with wins over Cabell-Midland, WV and Paintsville and a loss to Huntington, WV. With the Paintsville win, Sheldon Clark assured at least a share of the 57th district regular season title (4-2 in seeded games) and will either flip with Magoffin County or draw with Magoffin County and Johnson Central for the top overall seed. This is still the most complete and physical team in the region as they will face Prestonsburg in week eleven.

3. Pikeville (14-7) – The Panthers went 1-1 in week ten with a win over Allen Central and a loss on the road to Harlan County. Pikeville is fun to watch, plays very hard, and be a real factor come post season play. The Harlan County loss snapped a six game win streak as the Panthers will look to lock up the 59th district with huge home games against East Ridge and Shelby Valley this week. The Panthers will close week eleven with Pike Central at home.

4. Magoffin County (15-8) – The Hornets went 1-1 in week ten with a win over Betsy Layne at home and a loss versus Johnson Central on the road. In the JC game, Magoffin County was 30/51 from the free throw line, allowing the Golden Eagles to erase a 14 point 4th quarter deficit. Rumors have it Magoffin will soon welcome back sophomore sharp shooter Brady Whitaker (quit earlier in the season) as they prepare for districts on their home floor. Magoffin is assured at least a share of the regular season 57th district title with Sheldon Clark (both 4-2) as the only game left to be played is between JC and Paintsville. In all likelihood we are looking at a three way tie for the top overall seed. Magoffin will face Knott Central, South Floyd, and Prestonsburg in week eleven. The Knott Central game is a rematch of the WYMT Classic in which the Hornets knocked off the Patriots 68-63 at Perry Central. This game will be played in Salyersville where the Hornets are undefeated in their new gym.

5. East Ridge (15-8) –
The Warriors were 2-0 in week ten with wins over Phelps and Shelby Valley. Head Coach Randy McCoy was not seen on the sidelines in the Shelby Valley win as some health concerns were addressed but came back negative. Expect the legendary Head Coach back on the sidelines this week as East Ridge faces Belfry and Pikeville. It should also be noted the Magoffin County game scheduled for this past Saturday was cancelled and no make-up date has been set at this time.

6. Lawrence County (17-9) – Timmy Dalton is currently third in the nation in scoring per max preps (literally 3 point away from being number 1 – top in KY) and the Bulldogs have won four or their last five. A surprising loss to Paintsville at home in week ten drops the Bulldogs down a spot though. They have secured the top spot in the district tournament and will be a factor in the regional tournament. Week eleven will see them battle tested some more as they travel to Greenup County and Boyd County.

7. Pike Central (13-11) – The Hawks went 1-1 in week ten with a big district win on the road versus Belfry and a loss at the Pikeville EXPO to a very good Rowan County squad. Pike Central’s strength is the play of Eads and Wallace on the inside, but if their backcourt play continues to improve they could make some noise in the region. Pike Central will have Johnson Central, Menifee County, and Pikeville in week eleven. This will be a good pre-test for their post season aspirations.

8. South Floyd (14-10) – The Raiders have won four of their last five but a surprising loss to Prestonsburg at home in week ten moves them down a few spots. They are tied with Allen Central for the top overall seed in the 58th district tournament and will face Hazard, Magoffin County, and June Buchanan in week eleven. This team has good guards and physical big’s. They will be a factor in the regional tournament.

9. Belfry (10-14) – Belfry went 1-2 in week ten with losses to Pike Central and Tug Valley, WV at home. They did defeat Phelps in blowout fashion between the aforementioned games. Belfry has excellent guards and they play very hard. In some stretches they struggle to score and rebound putting themselves in behind the proverbial eight ball. The Pirates will be in the 2/3 game in the 60th District as they will face Pike Central. Week eleven will see them play Greenup County and Boyd County on the road.

10. Shelby Valley (14-10) – The young Wildcats went 1-2 in week ten with losses to Harlan Independent and East Ridge and a three point win versus Phelps. They have not been playing well after a mid-season surge, losing four of their last five games. They will have Pikeville and Jenkins in week eleven are currently looking at a spot in the 2/3 game in the 59th district.

11. Paintsville (7-14) – When the Tigers shoot the ball well, they have the ability to play with anyone in the region. This was evident in week ten as they knocked off Lawrence County on the road in a game Timmy Dalton went for 47 points. The Tigers would lose their second game of the week as they hosted Sheldon Clark, but were tied going into the fourth before scoring no FG’s and only five points in the frame. The guard play and defense in solid for this club, but they go long periods of time without scoring. Paintsville is locked into the 4 seed in the 57th District (0-5 in seeded play) with one game left against Johnson Central.

12. Phelps (10-16) – Tough week for the Hornets as they went 0-4 to include two blow out losses to Belfry and Fairview. Phelps did play East Ridge and Shelby Valley very well and could have won the games with better 4th quarter play. Christian Mounts continues to lead this young Hornets. With his athletic ability and scoring prowess, don’t be surprised if they shock the region in the district tournament. Phelps is currently in the 4 seed in the 60th.

13. Allen Central (10-15) – Allen Central has won three of their last four (only loss to Pikeville) and currently sits tied with South Floyd for the 58th District top seed (both finished seeded district play at 4-2; split with each other). The Rebels will have Jenkins and June Buchanan in week eleven and should pick up two more wins.

14. Prestonsburg (6-18) – The Blackcats pulled a shocker in upsetting district rival South Floyd on the road in week ten. Trailing by one with less than 2s to play, Prestonsburg inbounded the ball to the volleyball line and got a straight away 3FG off over multiple defenders (ball inbounded from halfcourt). The ball was true and the net rang up for the win at the buzzer for Wesley Hager. This was a very good win for an improving team, but only the 6th win on the season. Prestonsburg would play Lawrence County very tough on the road the next night as well, losing by only 13. This late surge in play might be enough to get the Blackcats out of the district and to the regional tournament.

15. Betsy Layne (3-21) – The Bobcats knocked off district rival Prestonsburg at home in week ten and are slowly getting better as the season moves along. The problem is that the talent gap to begin the season was too vast to overcome and make Betsy Layne a factor. You never know though as they could pull a major upset in the weak 58th district.

16. Piarist (1-20) – The Knights are struggling and not expected to be any factor the rest of the season.

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