With about a month remaining in the regular season, the regional picture is nearly as wide open as it was back in November. Apollo seems to have established themselves as the team to beat the rest of the way, but its a very muddled picture behind them. The region still seems like it will run through the 9th district when all is said and done. Hancock County has a nice record, but they will need to prove they can hang against top contenders in the region. Meade County should also have a say if they can get healthy before the elimination games begin.

1.Apollo Eagles(15-2) – SAME – The Eagles 15 game win streak came to an end with a 57-51 loss to Evansville Central in overtime. Apollo had a shot to win in regulation but Zach Hopewell had his shot blocked as time expired. Hopewell led the way with 18 and joined the 1000 point club in the loss. Alex Gray had a big game with 14 points and 15 boards. On Tuesday, Apollo knocked off Breck County 81-66. Hopewell went for 30 and Nathan Boyle knocked down 7 3’s to finish with 23. The Eagles return home tonight against Mclean County before traveling to Muhlenberg on Friday. On Saturday, they will make a trip to John Hardin to take on Bardstown in the Nathan McCurry classic.

2.Daviess County Panthers(14-6) – UP 3 – With the Apollo loss, Daviess County may be the regions hottest team. The Panthers have won 9 of 10, with their only loss coming at Apollo back on the 6th. Tuesday, DC knocked off Warren East 85-59. Blake Boswell led the way with 28 and 8. Tyler Boling chipped in with 15. Friday, DC knocked off OHS 75-61 in a big 9th district statement win. 4 players reached double figures in the victory(Boswell 17, Owen & Boling 16 and Coomes 12). The Panthers look to stay hot with two games early in the week, tonight vs Hancock at the Sportscenter and tomorrow at Henderson.

3.Owensboro Catholic Aces(13-7) – UP 1 – The Aces stayed hot this week, winning the 3rd Region All-A regional tournament. Catholic seems to be playing more consistent, winning 5 of their last 6 outings. On Tuesday they knocked off Hancock County 52-37 to advance to the title game. Luke Hayden had 18 and Jacob Mulchay finished with 16. On Friday, they held off a scrappy Edmonson County team, 53-45 to take home the championship. Hayden had 15 in the win. The Aces now head to the All-A state tournament where they will take on the 13th region champs, Pineville(14-4) on Thursday.

4.Hancock County Hornets(17-2) – DOWN 2 – Owensboro Catholic ended the Hornets 11 game winning streak on Tuesday, eliminating them from the All-A tournament. There have been a lot of questions about the Hornets strength of schedule as they haven’t played the competition that many of the top teams around the region have played. They will get an opportunity to bounce back with a big statement tonight, as they take on Daviess County at the Sportscenter. On Friday, they travel to Cloverport to take on the Aces.

5.Owensboro Red Devils(9-10) – DOWN 2 – It has been an up and down season for the Devils, and this week was no different. On Tuesday, they got an impressive 61-38 blowout win in Grayson County but they could not sustain the momentum, as they dropped a home game to Daviess County by 15. OHS has been without the services of Jacoby Harris, as he is battling an illness. With the time table for his return up in the air, Deonte Douglas has started to emerge, scoring right at or over 20 points in his last 4 outings. Coach Drake is still hunting for that lineup that can give him more consistency. They travel to Madisonville on Tuesday and host powerhouse Evansville Bosse on Friday.

6.Muhlenberg County Mustangs(10-10) – SAME – The Mustangs have really struggled since returning from Christmas break, losing their last 4 games. On Friday, they dropped a key district game in Ohio County in overtime. The loss gave Ohio County the #1 seed in district. Muhlenberg will now have to play an elimination game against Mclean County in the district tournament. On Saturday, the Stangs were blown out by Mercer County 93-63. While they sport one of the most talented rosters in the region, things just haven’t clicked for Coach Stovall yet this season. Things do not get any easier this week, as they travel to #2 Bowling Green on Tuesday before playing host to Apollo on Friday.

7.Edmonson County Wildcats(9-7) – SAME – Even though Edmsonson fell short of the All-A 3rd Region championship, they showed they are still a contender as they played Catholic tough for 4 quarters. The Wildcats have a 9-2 record since 12/15. Bailey Board and Caleb Skaggs provide a nice 1-2 punch, both averaging 14ppg. Edmonson has 3 winnable games this week, as they host Warren East tonight, travel to Trinity tomorrow and back home for Butler County on Friday.

8.Ohio County Eagles(8-11) – UP 2 – Ohio County is the first team in the region to punch their ticket to the regional tournament, as they knocked off Muhlenberg at home on Friday. The Eagles were led by Connor Wilson’s 19 in the big 66-61 overtime win. They wrapped up district play at 3-1 and hold the tiebreaker with the last win over the Mustangs. Coach Hopper will look to keep the wins coming, as they travel to Hopkins Central on Tuesday before returning home to host South Warren and Henderson on Friday and Saturday.

9.Meade County Greenwaves(8-11) – DOWN 1 – There isn’t a team in the region who’s current ranking means less than Meade County. The Waves have been without their top 2 scorers for the past 2 weeks and their schedule has done them no favors during this stretch. They were blown out by very good teams in North Hardin and Bullitt East this past week, extending their losing streak to 10 games. There is some good news for the Waves, as all region forward James Baker expects to return from injury in the next few weeks. They have a huge district game at Breck County on Friday. If they lose, they will have to play Breck again in an elimination game in district. A win would force a tie and coin flip scenario with Hancock County. They also have games this week against Valley and LaRue County.

10.Butler County Bears(7-10) – UP 1 – Butler County is playing better as of late, winning 4 of their last 6. On Friday, Will Moore knocked down a jumper with 3 seconds left to knock off Grayson County 58-56. The Bears place 3 players in double figures(Will Moore, Baylee Anderson & Rex Henderson 13ppg). They travel to Caverna on Tuesday and to Edmsonson on Friday.

11.Grayson County Cougars(8-12) – DOWN 2 – The Cougars slipped out of the top 10 this week with a road loss to Butler County. They have lost 5 of 6, with their only win during that stretch coming on a last second 3 over Ohio County. Grayson will try to get back on track on Tuesday as they host Breck County. Friday they head to the Barn to take on Trinity and on Saturday, they travel to John Hardin to take on ETown.

12.Breck County Tigers(3-13) – SAME – This season has been a struggle for the young Tigers, only winning 1 game in their last 13 outings. They dropped a game to Apollo this week. It’s a busy week for Breck as they travel to Grayson and Cloverport on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home to host Meade and Owensboro Catholic on Friday and Saturday.

13.Cloverport Aces(7-12) – UP 1 – The Aces move up a spot this week with a nice win over Dawson Springs, 64-58. Senior Steven Jennings had a nice game with 21 points and 12 boards. Cloverport returns home for 4 games this week, after hosting the All-A last week. Bethlehem, Breck Co, Hancock Co and Trimble Co will all make the trip to Cloverport this week.

14.Trinity Raiders(6-11) – UP 1 – The Raiders move out of the cellar for the first time this year, getting a 52-49 win over Portland Christian. Eric Howard went for 19 in the victory. Trinity hosts Edmonson and Grayson on Tuesday and Friday before traveling to Harlan on Saturday.

15.Mclean County Cougars(2-16) – DOWN 2 – Mclean County had a tough season get even tougher as they lost their leading scorer, Sam Miller, for possibly the rest of the season. They’ve dropped 6 straight without him and it doesn’t get any easier this week as they travel to Apollo tonight and host Owensboro on Saturday.

GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
TONIGHT - Daviess County vs Hancock at the Sportscenter
TUESDAY - Daviess County at Henderson Co // Muhlenberg Co at #2 Bowling Green
THURSDAY - Owensboro Catholic vs Pineville - All-A State Tournament
FRIDAY - Apollo at Muhlenberg // Meade Co at Breck Co (11th District Seeding)
SATURDAY - Apollo vs Bardstown at John Hardin