13th Region Rankings Feb. 1 - Feb. 7
1. Harlan (19-4 overall, 9-2) — The Lady Green Dragons responded well from their little midseason slump by winning six games in a row before losing to Owensboro Catholic in the All “A” Classic State Tournament this past week.
2. North Laurel (15-6, 10-1) — No team in the 13th Region is hotter than Eddie Mahan’s Lady Jaguars. North Laurel has now won 11 games in a row, which includes two wins over Clay County during the past two weeks. They hadn't beaten the Lady Tigers for 11 straight years. North Laurel did have a scare during its 60-52 win over Clay County, but still managed to come through with the victory.
3. Harlan County (17-6, 10-1) — The Lady Black Bears might not be as hot as North Laurel, but they’re playing pretty good basketball right now. Harlan County is riding a six-game win streak, which includes wins over No. 1 Harlan, No. 4 Bell County and No. 9 Whitley County.
4. Bell County (12-7, 5-4) — The rankings get a bit tricky after the top three teams. The lady Bobcats grab the No. 4 spot despite losing two games in a row. They had won four of their last five games before the skid, which included wins over No. 1 Harlan, No. 8 Lynn Camp and No. 10 South Laurel.
5. Knox Central (8-10, 8-2) — Why at the No. 5 spot? The Lady Panthers have some impressive wins, such as the double-digit victory on the road against No. 6 Corbin, a 26-point win over No. 8 Lynn Camp, and a four-point victory over No. 10 South Laurel. Road games against No. 7 Clay County and No. 4 Bell County in the next two weeks will show if Knox Central is a top four team in the region.
6. Corbin (12-9, 6-2) — The Lady Redounds suffered a 50-48 surprise on the road to No. 8 Lynn Camp last week before responding with a 62-49 win over No. 4 Bell County at home Saturday.
7. Clay County (8-11, 6-5) — The Lady Tigers might be three games under .500, but had No. 2 North Laurel on the ropes last week before losing to their 49th District rivals in the final three minutes of play. Keep an eye on eighth grader Kaylee Mathis. She’s a star int he making.
8. Lynn Camp (14-10, 8-5) — The Lady Wildcats are winners of three straight after knocking off Thomas Walker, Va., No. 6 Corbin and Red Bird this past week. Guard Brooklyn Bryant scored 24 points during her team’s win over the Lady Redhounds, and showed she’s one of the top guards in the region. Makenzie Grant scored 12 points int he win, and had the game-saving block at the buzzer.
9. Whitley County (10-10, 4-6) — The Lady Colonels have been struggling of late, losing six of their last eight games. Abby Estes and Seirra Feltner has turned things up a notch this past week. Estes scored 20 against McCreary Central while Feltner scored 19 against No. 3 Harlan County.
10. South Laurel (9-12, 2-8) — The Lady Cardinals are winners of three straight for the first time since January of 2013. South Laurel has picked up two region wins during the past week, including Saturday’s 58-46 victory over No. 11 Jackson County. Freshman Dianna Morgan turned in a nice 16-point, 12-rebound effort while eighth grader Ally Collett added 21 points. South Laurel could be peaking at the right time.
11. Jackson County (10-8, 6-6) — The Lady Generals inconsistent ways carried over into this past week. They picked up a win over No. 17 Red Bird, but fell to No. 10 South Laurel Saturday, 58-46.
12. Middlesboro (11-10, 6-6) — The Lady Yellow Jackets recently snapped their four-game losing skid by defeating No. 15 Oneida Baptist, 62-56.
13. Pineville (12-6, 7-6) — The Lady Mountain Lions have a nice record, but all seven of their region wins have come against All “A” teams.
14. Williamsburg (3-13, 1-10) — The Lady Yellow Jackets are currently riding a three-game losing skid after defeating No. 15 Oneida Baptist a week ago.
15. Oneida Baptist (5-12, 3-9) — The Lady Mountaineers have now lost nine in a row. Their last win came back on Dec. 14, 2015 against Berea.
16. Barbourville (10-13, 1-7) — The Lady Tigers are winners of three of their last four games.
17. Red Bird (1-12, 0-12) — The Lady Cardinals are losers of nine in a row. Their last win came back on Dec. 17, 2015 against Riverside Christian.