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This week's edition arrives a day later after a long holiday weekend. The top 3 teams stayed consistent but it has become tougher and tougher each week ranking the teams from there. Here is where teams inside the 9th region stand as we get ready to head in to the New Year.

1. Covington Catholic (9-2)
After a tough loss to Trinity (70-60) in the King of the Bluegrass semi finals, the Colonels responded with a 67-50 win over the top ranked team in the state, Bowling Green, and then beat a struggling Boone County, 73-36. Cole Vonhandorf and CJ Fredrick led the Colonels in the loss to Trinity with 21 and 19, with AJ Mayer posting a double double (13 pts, 11 rbs). Fredrick finished with 34 against Bowling Green, while VonHandorf had 17. In the Colonels final game before Christmas, Vonhandorf (20), Fredrick (17), Jake Walter (12 pts, 15 rbs), and AJ Mayer (11) all reached double figures.

The Colonels will unfortunately be without leading scorer CJ Fredrick for 6-8 weeks as he suffered a fractured foot over the week end. This is a major blow for the Colonels as he was having a player of the year type season at 23 ppg and doing it all at both ends of the floor.

Up Next: 12/27 v Pope John XXIII, NJ; 12/28 v St Augustine Prep, NJ (Both games at St Anthony, NJ --Skyline Classic)

2. Cooper (6-3)
The Jags responded to a two game losing streak by defeating Fairdale (107-71) and West Jessamine (91-63). Sean McNeil (21 pts, 8 rbs), Adam Kunkel (19), Chris McNeil (15), and Brayden Runion (11 and 7) led the Jaguars against Fairdale, with McNeil and Kunkel both having 16 against West Jessamine. Brayden Runion had 15, while Dante Hendrix had 11 against West Jessamine.

Up Next: 12/28 v Dunbar/Sheldon Clark/Russelville Winner; 12/29-12/30 v TBA at Lexington Catholic (Traditional Bank Holiday Classic)

3. Dixie Heights (8-1)
Dixie won the Simon Kenton Invitational by posting wins over Aiken, OH (55-39), Central Hardin (68-56), and host Simon Kenton (60-49). Reed Bradfield led Dixie in the Central Hardin win with 17 points, while Hunter Meyer and Cam Thornberry both had 14 points. In the Championship win over Simon Kenton, Meyer finished strong with 21 points followed by Thornberry and Schreck with 16 and 11 points.

Up Next: 12/27 v North Oldham at South Oldham; 12/28-12/29 at South Oldham (Mitchell F Irvin Classic)

4. Newport Central Catholic (4-4)
Newcath started the week with a lopsided loss to top 5 ranked Scott County (75-47) but rebounded with a 60-52 win over Holy Cross. Brennan Hall had 26 points in the loss to Scott County, followed by 12 from Luke Moeves. In the win over Holy Cross, it was a balanced effort as Hall and Stevie Pangallo both finished with 11 points, while Luke Moeves and Brendan Luken led the Breds with 12, each.

Up Next: 12/27 v Central Hardin at Apollo (Apollo Holiday Classic)

5. Beechwood (7-2)
While some might question this because of the Tigers' schedule so far, they are playing very well right now. Ben Toebbe had 24 pts, 12 rebounds in a 63-47 road win over Williamstown and followed that up with 29 points, 8 rebounds in a 79-43 win over Henry County. It's tough to know for sure if Beechwood is the 5th best team in the region right now, but their only losses are by 3 to Bracken County and 4 to #3 Dixie Heights.

Up Next: 12/27 v Meade County at Eastern; 12/27 at Eastern (City of Middletown Holiday Classic)

6. Holmes (5-4)
The Bulldogs enter this week on a three game losing streak after falling to Campbell County (73-63) and Walton Verona (62-47). Rico Hollis and LJ Miller led the Bulldogs in the loss to Campbell County with 17 and 14 points. Miller also led the Bulldogs in the Walton loss with 14. The score of the Walton game is a bit misleading as Holmes played without 6'5 senior Jaiden Greene and leading scorer, Rico Hollis, sat out the entire first half.

Up Next: 12/28 v Conner at Lloyd (Lloyd Memorial Invitational)

7. Ryle (6-5)
Ryle has now won 4 of their past 5 after going 3-1 this past week with wins over West Jessamine (68-66), Frankfort (82-47), and North Oldham (70-55) and a loss to John Hardin (88-66). Braden Cheesman had a career high 26 points in the win over West Jessamine and followed that up with 18 against Frankfort. Josh Puthoff (15) and Vince Rankin (11) also reached double figures in the win over Frankfort.

Up Next: 12/28 v Dayton at Lloyd (Lloyd Memorial Invitational)

8. Conner (4-4)
The Cougars got a much needed 11 day break after losing three straight.

Up Next: 12/28 v Holmes at Lloyd (Lloyd Memorial Invitational); 12/29-12/30 v TBA at Lloyd

9. Newport (7-4)
Rod Snapp's team went 2-2 this past week with wins over Pendleton County (70-61) and Western Hills, OH (61-55) and losses to Jeffersontown (73-63) and Grant County (92-88 OT). Mekell Burries went off for 26 points in the loss to Jeffersontown, while sophomore Donnie McGuire had 13 points. Burries also scored 20, 15, and 22 in the Wildcats other 3 games. Sophomore Donnie Miller had a career high 27 points in the loss to Grant County. Sophomore Tahj Harding averaged 15 ppg over the Wildcats final 3 games.

Up Next: 12/28 v Campbell County at Lloyd (Lloyd Memorial Invitational); 12/29-12/30 v TBA at Lloyd

10. Lloyd (7-3)
After starting 5-0, the Juggs have lost three of the past five, including losses to Gallatin County (62-54) and Highlands (67-62) this past week. The one win was a 69-63 win over Aiken, OH. Devin McClendon had 20 and 15 points against Gallatin County and Highlands, while Hamilton Sterling had 17 in the loss to the Bluebirds. A lot of questions surrounding this team right now which is why they dropped all the way to #10 from #4.

Up Next: 12/28 v Woodford County ; 12/29-12/30 v TBA (Lloyd Memorial Invitational)

11. Highlands (3-7)
The Bluebirds continued to struggle this past week with losses to Simon Kenton (89-64) and Scott (71-59), but they did pick up a big win over Lloyd (67-62). Robby Gabbard and Ben Sisson both had 12 points in the loss to Simon Kenton, while Braden Posey had 23 in the win over Lloyd. In the final game of the week, Kyle Finfrock had a double double (16 pts, 13 rbs) against Scott, followed by Bryce Traylor with 14 and Posey with 11.

Up Next: 12/28 v Daviess County at LaRue County; 12/29-12/30 v TBA at LaRue County (Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic)

12. Boone County (3-6)
Boone went 1-1 this past week with a 70-66 win over Holy Cross and 73-36 loss to Covington Catholic. Raymond Rodgers had a career high 30 points in the Holy Cross win, while Ethan Robbins and Ethan Nyman also reached double figures with 12 and 11 points.

Up Next: 12/28 v Harrison County at Powell County (Red River Classic)

13. Holy Cross (1-9)
Another tough week for the Indians as they fell to Boone County (70-66) and Newport Catholic (60-52). Nolan Schrand had 19 points in the loss to Boone. Jaylin Williams and Ty Houston led the Indians against Newcath with 14 and 12 points.

Up Next: 12/27 v Warren Central at Apollo

14. St Henry (4-4)
Stephen Maley, Mitch McArtor, and Michael Schaefer all scored 11 points in a 51-41 win over Ludlow. McArtor scored 13 in a 66-52 loss to Campbell County.

Up Next: 12/28 at Lawrenceburg, IN; 12/28 v Centerville, IN; 12/29 v TBA at Lawrenceburg, IN (Lawrenceburg Holiday Tournament)

15. Villa Madonna (5-6)
The Blue Lightning went to Florida for the holiday week, but unfortunately came back with losses to Jackson Christian School, TN (74-50); Savannah County Day, GA (45-42); and Freeport, FL (78-58). Will Martin (17), Sean McIntyre (12), and Ben Zalla all reached double figures in the first game. Thomas Schutzman led Villa with 14 in the second game and the trio of Schutzman (12), McIntyre (16), and Martin (13) combined for 41 points in the final game of the week.

Up Next: Villa won't play again til January 6th.

16. Ludlow (2-6)
The Panthers went 1-2 last week with a win over Calvary Christian (46-41) and losses to St Henry (51-41) and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (61-38). Chandler Booker led Ludlow with 16 points in the win over Calvary, while TC Eads (12), Justin Blackburn (11), and Chandler Booker (10) all reached double figures in the loss to St Henry.

Up Next: 12/30 v North College Hill, OH

17. Bellevue (3-7)
Bellevue went 1-3 this past week with losses to Lloyd (73-50), John McGregor, Canada (67-52), and Bishop Brossart (62-56) but did pick up a key conference win over rival Dayton (49-47).

Up Next: 12/30 at Calvary Christian

18. Dayton (3-7)
The Green Devils averaged just 48 ppg in losses to Pendleton County (83-48), Western Hills,OH (72-48), and Bellevue (49-47).