After 1 week, only (7) 6th region teams escaped the week without taking a loss. Many of those taking a loss suffered it at the hands of another 6th region team, so to think the 6th is down this year is likely a knee jerk reaction this early. However, DeSales, Bullitt East, and Moore all losing out of region games was a bit surprising. So the rankings will change a bit and until we get a larger sample this will be a Top 10 this week
1) Fern Creek(3-0)- The Tigers get the nod at the top by virtue of their double digit win over pre-season #1 ranked Doss. 83-70 was the final score at Doss which was a really hard fought exciting high school basketball game. Many in attendance commented on how it reminded them of games held at Community schools in Louisville back in the 80's & 90's. Both teams played well. Fern Creek is getting production from their Big 4, Moore, Price, Wales, & Rogers.
2) PRP (2-0)- Two wins over solid 6th region teams push the Panthers to the 2nd spot as they beat both Moore and Western to start the season. The Moore game was a 40 point blow out, but Western played the Panthers tough keeping it under 10. Trey Hill looks to be playing very good and has started the season averaging close to 20 PPG.
3) Doss (1-1)- Losing to Fern Creek will not drop the Dragons far from their #1 pre-season spot. Expect the Doss team to remain within striking distance. Jaylon Hall looks very good early and will continue to lead his team as they attempt for a 3rd consecutive trip to Rupp. The Dragons can take solace knowing that Fern Creek beat them last year in the 2nd game of the season and Doss got their revenge in the Regional Semi-Finals before finishing back to back runs to Rupp. Will they be able to do the same this year?
4) Butler (3-0)- KC Goodin has his team playing hard and also looking good with 3 double digit wins. Without PG, Jaquay Wales, the Bears turned to sophomore Maurice Tolley in the opener and he delivered over 20 points in his 2nd season for the Bears. He is not the only one playing well, the team looks tough.
5) Valley (3-0)- Valley should likely be higher than at the #5 spot, as they have won big twice and got a win over Oldham County by 7 in a home game for the Vikings. Plenty of scorers and a U of L Hall of Fame player over on the sideline in Coach Wheat.
6) DeSales (1-1)- After the top 5 spots it drops off a bit based on the loss suffered by DeSales to Spencer County. However, it is early and DeSales easily beat North Bullitt. DeSales will be a team to keep an eye on as they likely will improve as the season continues.
7) Bullitt East (1-1)- A road loss to open the season against Warren Central may not be a bad loss a few weeks from now if Warren Central continues to win. Bullitt East faces Butler this week and that could tell a lot about both teams.
8) J-Town (2-1)- An opening loss by 20+ to Valley did not look as if the Chargers had turned the corner in year two under Coach Coleman, but back to back close victories over Iroquois & Atherton are games they may have lost last year. Progress is all they can shoot for as it does not look like they have the depth to get the best 6th regions teams in trouble.
9) Western (1-1)- The Warriors are more in the Top 10 from their 8 point loss to PRP than their opening season 11 point win over Atherton. They will not be an easy victory for anyone in the 6th region.
10) North Bullitt (1-1)- Beat out of region Henry County, but were turned back by DeSales. In order for North Bullitt to gain traction in the upper half of the Top 10, they need to win those games like DeSales.