This very well could be the craziest basketball year that we have witnessed in quite sometime. If anyone thinks they can predict a state champion, well all I can say is good luck. What a week in the 8th region, as people are jockeying for playoff position. We are 2 weeks away from the start of district tournament play, and if it is anything like the regular season hang on tight.

1. Owen County- If anyone thought their would be some type of let down after the All A, you would be wrong. All Carson Williams did against North Laurel was 43 points, 13 rebounds and one of the nastiest dunks this year. Big wins over Simon Kenton, and Collins, Toftness and Williams leading the way in those games. Big week ahead for the Rebels.

2. Oldham County- The Colonels look back on track, 4 wins in a row, and seniors starting to look like seniors. Brandon Johnson had a 30 point game and Wirth is starting to get going. The Colonels are gaining momentum as they approach the post season.

3. South Oldham- After making (24) 3 pointers against Williamstown, you have to believe that if the Dragons are hitting shots they can win this region. The Dragons got wins over North Oldham, Williamstown and Gallatin County. The North Oldham victory makes the Dragons the #1 seed in the 29th.

4. Anderson County- If the young Bearcats bring thier A game, you are in trouble. Question is can they do it (3) games in a row, as that is what it takes to win regional titles. They went 2-2 this past week, that is alot of games and could be fatigued. They got wins over Frankfort, and Western Hills. Lost to GRC, and a heart breaker to Lincoln 72-71 where FT's doomed them in the last 2 minutes.

5. Shelby County- We all knew Coach Couch would get the Rockets going, and it is at the right time. Also playing 4 games in a week, they beat Frankfort, Atherton, and North Oldham. They went down to the 13th region and lost to Clay County, but that was game #4 and a nice look at the scenery of Southeastern Ky. The win at North Oldham shows that the Rockets are dangerous to other 8th region teams.

6. Collins- The Titans are getting healthy and adjusting to getting everyone back. They lost to Male and Owen County, two of the top 10 teams in the state in my opinion, and got a win over Harrison County. The Titans are playing crosstown rival Shelby County in the first game of the district, so one of our better teams will be at home.

7. North Oldham- The Mustangs, had their chances against the Dragons but came up short, and lost to Shelby County 2 days later. Losing that game seemed to throw the Mustangs off a little but they responded with a win over J-town later in the week. They are playing Oldham County first game of the district so one of our top teams will be done for the season.

8. Walton Verona- The winners of 6 games in a row, and big win over Grant County, makes you believe these Bearcats are eyeing a district title and regional birth. They also got a win over Trimble County along the way. This Bearcat team has alot returning so gaining this experience will pay big dividends.

9. Henry County- Could someone please help me figure this team out, they beat Grant County on the road and then lose to Spencer County two days later, it shows the parity of the teams 8-12 in our region. Those teams can beat anyone and lost to anyone at the same time.

10. Grant County- The Braves showed us they can beat anyone in their district as they knocked off Simon Kenton last week, then they turnaround and lose to Henry County, and Walton Verona by 2 points. The district tournament in the 32nd should be awesome as any of the 4 teams could realistically win the thing.

11. Simon Kenton- Everyone is in panic mode but not me, in case you don't realize this the Pioneers play a brutal schedule, probably the hardest in the region. They are capable of winning that district and being very dangerous in the regional tournament. They could lose out and it will not change my mind about them. Coach Steiner does too good of a job and they have the tools with their size and shooting.

12. Spencer County- is playing better, they got wins over Henry County and Thomas Nelson this week, and are staring at Shelby County tomorrow night. They will play Anderson County in the districts and could be a threat to Anderson County come tourney time.

13. Gallatin County-Lost to Ryle and South Oldham this week, however played the Dragons well. They got a win over Switzerland Co, Indiana along the way as well. I believe that the Wildcats play Eminence in the play in game for the right to play Owen in the District Tourney. Gallatin always give the Rebels a hard time, for a little while anyway.

14. Carroll County- Has won 4 in row, they got wins over Trimble and Dayton this week. They will get the Henry County Wildcats first game of districts, and both those games were good games. They split on the season.

15. Williamstown- You can not help but love how hard they play. They are a dangerous team in the 32nd as they can beat anyone on a given night in that district. They have lost 7 in a row, Gallatin County, South Oldham, and Pendleton County this past week.

16. Eminence-The Warriors beat Heritage Academy and lost to Loyd Memorial this week. They get the Gallatin Wildcats in a the #4/#5 seed game. Coach Nethery was an assistant for Coach Jones so it should be a great game to see.

17. Trimble County-The Raiders have 2 wins on the year, and lost this week to Carroll County and Walton Verona, they are the #4 seed and will face the Dragons in the districts. Coach May has had a rough year, but he will not keep leading and coaching them into fine young men.

GAMES OF THE WEEK
Feb 9th Owen @ North Oldham @ Owen
Feb 9th Spencer @ Shelby County
Feb 11th Owen @ Anderson
Feb 12th Henry County @ Shelby County
FEb 12th Simon Kenton @ Anderson County
Feb 13th South Oldham @ Owen (Could be a regional final preview)
Feb 13th Collins vs. GRC @ Nicholas County Classic