Sixth Region Week 11 Review: Fern Creek Serves Notice
The much anticipated Fern Creek-Butler match up was played this week, and Fern Creek looked good in beating the Bears 79-63. Butler fans will be quick to point out that the Bears were without the services of their leading scorer and recently named Sixth Region Player of the Year Trey Minter, and that is a valid point. But Fern Creek can only play the team put on the floor against them, and the Tigers dispatched the team put on the floor against them by 16 points. Fern Creek, and in particular Jaden Rogers, looked good in doing so. Let's hope Trey is back on the court quickly. I would love to see these teams face off again in the Sixth Region tournament.
In addition to Trey Minter being named Player of the Year, North Bullitt's Alex Young was named the region's Coach of the Year. Congratulations to them both.
1. Fern Creek Tigers (21-6)
The Fern Creek Tigers served notice this week that they should be top-ranked and considered the favorite going into the Sixth Region tournament. After dispatching Great Crossing 64-43 earlier in the week, the Tigers bested the Butler Bears 63-54 Thursday night. That game was a grinding, physical battle between two good teams. While some may try to diminish the win in light of Butler’s Trey Minter not playing, it is worth noting that the Tigers’ Zek Montgomery’s minutes were limited by foul trouble. Guard Jaden Rogers continues to be impressive, this week scoring 17 against Great Crossing and 24 against Butler. The Tigers, who now have won 8 straight and 14 of their last 15, finish the regular season this week with games against Valley and Doss.
2. Butler Bears (16-8)
The Bears’ 63-54 loss to Fern Creek perhaps comes with an asterisk. Trey Minter, Butler’s leading scorer on the season who was voted the Sixth Region Player of the Year this week, did not play due to a groin injury. Whether his presence would have made a difference in the game’s outcome is one of those things that fans can debate all day long. Jadon Lamb, who had scored 28 points in Butler’s 71-54 win over Iroquois earlier in the week, scored 18 against Fern Creek. The Bears wrap up the regular season this week with games against Southern and Jeffersontown.
3. Jeffersontown Chargers (17-6)
The Chargers had a nice 3-0 week, which started with a 88-43 win over Whitefield Academy. Trevis Oglesvy led the way in that one with 17 points and 9 rebounds. With Quinton Anderson scoring 20 points and Trevis Oglesvy adding 15, J’Town then scored a nice 57-54 win over the St. X Tigers from the Seventh Region. The Chargers finished the week with a 84-49 win over the Valley Vikings. The regular season’s last week presents the Chargers with games against Fairdale and Butler.
4. Pleasure Ridge Park Panthers (15-9)
The Panthers ended their 5-game losing streak this week with a 93-86 win over the Western Warriors. To be sure, the five losses were all to good teams, but it is nice when such a streak comes to an end. PRP finishes up the regular season this week with three games, facing Manual, Beth Haven, and Pekin (IN) Eastern.
5. DeSales Colts (16-9)
DeSales had a great week, going 3-1 and looking like they are ready for the post season. The week started with a nice 67-59 win over South Oldham. The Colts then competed well against the Male Bulldogs but ended up on the wrong side of a 69-62 score before beating Iroquois 60-56 and Christian Academy 68-58. The regular season wraps up this week for the Colts with a single game against North Oldham.
6. Doss Dragons (17-9)
The Dragons went 2-1 this week. Doss easily handled Brown (68-37) and Southern (91-64) but suffered a disappointing loss to the Western Warriors by a 70-65 margin. The Dragons face two good teams during this last week of the regular season, facing the Eastern Eagles and the Fern Creek Tigers.
7. Bullitt East Chargers (12-14)
The Chargers won both of the games they played this week. Zak Perdew scored 17 in the Chargers’ 59-44 defeat of Grayson County. Bullitt East followed up that win with a 87-76 win over Southern. The Chargers complete the regular season this week with games against Nelson County and Elizabethtown.
8. North Bullitt Eagles (20-8)
Congratulations to Head Coach Alex Young on being named Sixth Region Coach of the Year. The Eagles celebrated by going 2-0 and reaching the 20-win mark this week with wins over Holy Cross (67-56) and Fairdale (95-93, in overtime). Logan Steinmacher led North Bullitt in scoring in both games, scoring 21 points against Holy Cross and 24 against Fairdale. The Eagles finish the regular season with games this week against Meade County and Brown.
9. Holy Cross Cougars (15-10)
Holy Cross split the two games they played this week, taking care of business against Beth Haven by a 83-57 margin but then falling to North Bullitt 67-56. The Cougars wrap up the regular season this week against Western and Bardstown Bethlehem.
10. Fairdale Bulldogs (12-12)
Hunter McCutcheon, who had been declared eligible to play the week before, showed how much of a difference maker he could be, scoring 37 points in the Bulldogs’ 85-57 win over the Valley Vikings. Fairdale then played North Bullitt tough, but ended up falling to the Eagles 95-93 in overtime. The Bulldogs have three games during the upcoming last week of the regular season, facing J’Town, Collegiate, and Bullitt Central.
11. Iroquois Raiders (15-13)
The Raiders lost to two of the higher ranked Sixth Region teams this week, falling to Butler 71-54 and to DeSales 60-56. Iroquois bounced back from those losses to beat Thomas Nelson 69-51. The Raiders wrap up the regular season with games in the upcoming week against Atherton and Southern.
12. Western Warriors (13-13)
Western started the week with a really nice 70-65 win over Doss. The Warriors followed that up with an understandable 93-86 loss to PRP, but then finished the week with a 74-64 win against Fort Knox. The Warriors, who have not had a winning season since the 2015-16 season, face Holy Cross and Moore in the upcoming final week of the regular season.
13. Moore Mustangs (9-14)
The Mustangs played just once this week, beating Bullitt Central 72-58. Junior E.J. Waller lit up the scoreboard against the Cougars, scoring 27 points. Moore ends the regular season this week with games against St. X and Western.
14. Bullitt Central Cougars (9-18)
The Cougars went 1-2 this week, falling to the Moore Mustangs (72-58) and the Spencer County Bears (65-49) but beating Christian Academy 78-69. Bullitt Central will finish the regular season this week with games against Oldham County and Fairdale.
15. Valley Vikings (5-17)
The Vikings lost both of the games they played this week, falling to Fairdale (85-57) and Jeffersontown (84-49). Valley will be busy in the upcoming final week of the regular season, playing Collegiate, Fern Creek, Shawnee, and Seneca.
16. Southern Trojans (5-16)
The Trojans lost both of the games they played this week, falling to Doss (91-64) and Bullitt East (87-76). Southern faces Butler on Tuesday before finishing the regular season on Friday night against the Iroquois Raiders.
17. Whitefield Academy Wildcats (13-12)
The Wildcats went 0-3 this week, losing to J’Town (88-43), Atherton (71-65), and Washington County (76-67). Whitefield will look to get back over the .500 mark in the regular season’s last week with games against Portland Christian and Fort Knox.
18. Beth Haven Bearcats (9-15)
Despite Luke Easley’s 27 points, Beth Haven lost to Holy Cross by a 83-57 margin. The Bearcats also lost this week to Christian Fellowship, falling 78-65. The regular season ends for the Bearcats this week with games against PRP and Fort Knox.
19. Evangel Christian Eagles (3-15)
The Eagles did not play this week, but have three games in the upcoming week to finish off the regular season, playing Shawnee, St. Francis, and Walden.