Inside the 4th Region (2/1/15)
Fourth Region Top 10
1) Monroe County (22-3) - 1/29 63-55 W Murray (All A ), 1/30 55-53 W Danville (All A), 1/31 55-46 W Owen Co. (All A), 2/1 36-78 L NCC (All A)
Previous Rank: 1
This Week: 2/3 vs. Glasgow, 2/6 at #10 Allen County-Scottsville
2) Bowling Green (19-4) - 1/26 75-40 W at #10 Allen County-Scottsville, 1/27 58-50 W Muhlenberg Co., 1/30 69-57 W #2 Warren Central
Previous Rank: 3
This Week: 2/3 vs. #9 South Warren, 2/7 vs. Greenwood
3) Warren Central (15-7) - 1/27 68-51 W #8 South Warren, 1/30 57-69 L at #3 Bowling Green
Previous Rank: 2
This Week: 2/3 vs. Christian County, 2/6 at Warren East
4) Clinton County (16-7) - 1/30 62-56 W #10 Allen County-Scottsville
Previous Rank: 4
This Week: 2/3 at Caverna, 2/6 vs. Glasgow
5) Barren County (17-6) - 1/27 79-55 W #5 Logan County, 1/30 58-45 W at Glasgow
Previous Rank: 6
This Week: 2/3 at Greenwood, 2/6 at Hart County
6) Russell County (10-9) - 1/26 77-45 W Cumberland County, 1/27 79-59 W at Pulaski County
Previous Rank: 7
This Week: 2/2 at South Laurel, 2/5 vs. Casey County, 2/6 at Metcalfe County
7) Logan County (14-6) - 1/27 55-79 L at #6 Barren County, 1/29 50-76 L at Daviess County
Previous Rank: 5
This Week: 2/2 vs. Trigg County, 2/6 vs. #8 Russellville
8) Russellville (10-9) - 1/27 85-75 W Springfield (TN), 1/30 70-60 W #8 South Warren
Previous Rank: 9
This Week: 2/3 vs. Franklin-Simpson, 2/6 at #7 Logan County
9) South Warren (10-12) - 1/27 51-68 L at #2 Warren Central, 1/30 60-70 L at #9 Russellville
Previous Rank: 8
This Week: 2/3 at #2 Bowling Green, 2/6 vs. Greenwood
10) Allen County-Scottsville (11-11) - 1/26 40-75 L #3 Bowling Green, 1/30 56-62 L at #4 Clinton County
Previous Rank: 10
This Week: 2/3 vs. Hart County, 2/6 vs. #1 Monroe County, 2/7 vs. Todd County Central
Last Week's Game of the Week - The intra-region games weren't all that pretty with most of the significant games ending in double digit margins, so we turn again to the All A for the highlight. Monroe County and Danville met in the state All A quarterfinals and it was not short on drama. Danville led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons took care of that with a 13-0 run that was part of a 20-7 finishing kick that sent them into the semis. Monroe County was fairly pedestrian from the field, shooting just 38% from the floor and 27% from three, but their 22 points off of turnovers proved to be the difference. They parlayed that into a run to the finals, and barring something unforeseen, Clinton County will be their only major hurdle in the remainder of the regular season. Strong chance they remain our #1 heading into the postseason and could possibly carry a 27-3 record by that point. Almost everything has come up big for Monroe so far.
District Races - An update on where we stand as the regular season winds down.
13th District - There's still a lot of movement that can happen. Logan County sits at 5-0 and needs only to beat Russellville on the 6th or have Russellville fall in one of their other two district games to clinch the #1 seed. But should the Panthers win out, they'll tie with Logan County for the top. Franklin-Simpson can clinch at least the #3 seed with a win over Todd County Central on Friday, and could theoretically play up to the #2 seed. At current, Russellville is 2-1, Franklin-Simpson 1-3, and Todd County Central 0-4.
14th District - Last season was one of the very few clean draws for the #1 seed we've had recently, marking the first time since 2008 that there was no tie for the #1 seed. After Bowling Green's win over Warren Central last Friday, the odds are in favor of those two teams facing a coin flip in a couple of weeks, though there are plenty of games remaining that could alter that course. Warren Central missed a chance to clinch the top seed in that game, but would have to lose out to face even a chance of falling below the #2 seed. Greenwood gained a huge win at Warren East to move one game up on both the Raiders and South Warren, sliding into the #3 spot. South Warren perhaps has the best remaining schedule for movement, facing both Greenwood and Warren East in addition to Bowling Green, while both Greenwood and Warren East have to play both Warren Central and Bowling Green in addition to South Warren. The 14th is a 5 team district, and each of those three teams will desperately want to avoid the 4/5 game which would require two wins to advance to the region tournament.
15th District - The matchups are officially set and the jersey colors decided in the 15th District. Monroe County has clinched the top spot via a season sweep of Barren County, and even if they lost their two remaining games this week, would win a tiebreaker with the Trojans based on that. They'll face Glasgow in the first round which is winless in the district at 0-5. Barren County has clinched the 2 seed with a 4-2 record while Allen County-Scottsville will be in the 3 spot at 2-3 currently.
16th District - The 16th is almost certainly heading to a coin toss as Russell County will likely knock off Metcalfe County on Friday to enter into a 5-1 tie with Clinton County for the top spot. Cumberland County is locked into the #4 seed with an 0-6 record while Metcalfe County has clinched the 3 seed with a 2-3 record. In any scenario, Clinton County and Russell County are virtual locks to advance regardless of which opponent they play. Cumberland County is winless and Metcalfe County's only wins are the two district wins they have over Cumberland County
Upcoming Games of the Week
2/3 - #9 South Warren at #2 Bowling Green - The Spartans are a combined 0-22 against Warren Central and Bowling Green, and will once again try to pick themselves off the mat and come up with a signature win for the program. South Warren has lost 5 of their last 7, and dropped both results last week after what looked like a corner had been turned in a strong win at Russell County.
2/6 - #8 Russellville at #7 Logan County - The Clash of the Cats may have district tournament implications as mentioned above. The Cougars wiped the floor with Russellville in their January 2 meeting by a score of 72-52, but recently saw a winning streak snapped with a rough 0-2 week to tumble down the ranks. Meanwhile, that Logan County loss is the last one Russellville has taken, currently sitting on a 6 game win streak. Both of these teams will want that #1 seed badly as that likely means avoiding Franklin-Simpson, a far more dangerous opponent than Todd County Central.
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