4 weeks remaining in the regular season before district play begins and for most teams that is 8-10 games to post their final records. Now is the time to be playing your best basketball and getting chemistry together for the post season run.

Last week there were a few games that clarified the picture, but for the most part the top teams are going to stay pretty much the same. Here it goes....

1) Fern Creek (19-2)- One game is all the Tigers had and that was at JTown this past Tuesday. The highly ranked team coming off their LIT championship showed no signs of slowing down as they had a 39 point victory against their district rival before having the rest of the week off. They were scheduled to play Southern on Friday but the 30 game KHSAA limit required the game to be canceled as the Tigers played maximum games at both the KOB and the LIT tournaments which caused the need to drop a game. This week will be extremely difficult playing two top teams from the 7th region, Ballard & Waggener. The Ballard game is the 3rd time those teams will have played and Waggener will be hitting strides having their star player, Devon Cooper, back for his 3rd game by the time they meet on Friday. Taylor County is on the schedule for Saturday.

2) Valley (14-4)- Valley has more regional wins than anyone else in the 6th with 8 victories against a lone loss to Doss. The Vikings had a great week beating PRP on the road and then taking care of Western as expected with little trouble. Since 2017 they are 5-2 with only the loss to Doss and Trinity in the LIT. The next 5 games on their schedule are against lesser foes and it will not be until early February when they play DeSales that they should have a tough game. Despite the double digit loss to Doss on January 3rd, they are playing good enough basketball to be the clear #2 team in the region at this time.

3) Doss (13-7)- Doss went 1-1 last week losing to Ballard by 12 before beating J-Town by 10. Like Valley, they only have 1 loss in region and that was to Fern Creek in the first week of the season. The Dragons have a huge home game on Thursday against PRP that will tell a lot for both teams. They finish the week on Saturday playing an out of state team in Taylor County.

4) Bullitt East (14-6)- BE Remains at #4 even with the Doss loss as they really did not have very competitive opponents in Meade County and Manual although they easily beat both teams. They are off until the weekend when they play back to back games Friday & Saturday against top tier teams from the 5th region in Bardstown & John Hardin. If the Chargers get past those two teams, the schedule lines up very favorable for running the table going into district play.

5) DeSales (12-6)- DeSales jumps back in the top 5 after taking out Butler last week in a 69-52 rout followed by a convincing win over Fairdale as well. DeSales, Doss, and Butler all play again in the District 22 tourney. Doss will have the 1st seed with their wins over both, so there will be a rematch between DeSales & Butler with a regional bid on the line next time they face off. Moore & Eastern await this week for the Colts.

6) PRP (10-8)- This may be a surprise pick to move PRP ahead of Butler and Moore, but they are playing much better after the LIT blowout loss to Bullitt East. Coach Mabrey and his excellent assistants are not going to sit by and do nothing. This team will improve and last week they played Valley close in a 7 point loss before blowing out Fairdale by 35. Given the margin of victory, PRP and Valley will most likely be advancing out of District 21 where Valley will be the top seed and PRP will rematch with Fairdale to advance onto the Regional Tourney. How far PRP is able to go in the regional will be determined later, but insight will be gained from their game at Doss this week.

7) Butler (11-7)- DeSales dropped Butler to the 7th spot with a convincing win and that has to be concerning for Coach KC Goodin. The good news is they play again and that will be of much more importance when district play is on the line to determine who advances to regionals. Butler plays Southern, Central, and Pulaski County this coming week in an opportunity to reshape their season.

8) Moore (12-7)- Moore suffered only their 2nd regional loss when they fell to Iroquois this week as they went 1-2 with a win over KCD to go along with the loss to Iroquois 65-73 and a 30+ point loss to Trinity. A big regional game is on Tuesday when they play DeSales sandwiched between (2) 7th region opponents in Manual & Male. The 23rd District is going to come down between Moore, Southern, and North Bullitt with Moore having the edge unless they stumble against North Bullitt when they play in early February.

9) Iroquois (11-10)- The 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th, spots this week are all really toss-ups. Iroquois is 0-3 in district and lost to Western on the road by 11 and North Oldham by 6. But in their home game they beat Moore by 6 in what may be their best 6th region victory. They do not play again versus a 6th region foe until early February.

10) Southern (8-10)- Southern won their only game last week beating North Bullitt. They are 2-1 in district play and will likely have a rematch with North Bullitt to determine who will go to the region once the district tournament starts. Butler and Male games this week will shed some insight if they can mount a challenge in post season play.

11) Fairdale (8-11)- Last week started out great with a large margin victory over 7th region Central, but ended horribly with a 35 point loss to PRP and a 19 point loss to DeSales. Atherton & JTown will be in front of the Bulldogs this week.

12) Western (7-10)- The Warriors lost to Valley last week 59-83, but did beat Iroquois by 11 in a must win for their season. They only have 2 region wins and are 1-2 in district play. Central and Bullitt Central are the opponents for this week.

13) Holy Cross (10-8)- Wins over Shawnee and Beth Haven in the All A Classic 6th region event keeps the Cougars in the 13th spot. They play in Frankfort this week as they represent the 6th region

14) Jeffersontown (7-11)- J-Town had a 39 point loss to Fern Creek, but turned around and played much better in their 56-66 loss to Doss. Still, they have now lost 5 games in a row since their January 3rd overtime win over Western. Bullitt Central and Fairdale will be on the schedule this week.

15) North Bullitt (6-13)- With all their team now in place, improvement is evident as they lost close 3 point games to both Southern and Bardstown. North & South Oldham are next.

16) Bullitt Central (7-11)- This week JTown and Western will provide opportunities to move up or confirm that the Cougars are ranked where they are supposed to be.

17) Beth Haven (10-7)- Lost 45-67 to Holy Cross in the All A classic and the same Holy Cross will be their next 6th region foe on January 31st.

18) Whitefield Academy (6-9)- Lost to KCD 63-90 last week.

19) Evangel Christian (3-14)- No more regional games until District post season.