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6th Region girls report for February 2, 2016

It is time to separate the pretenders and the contenders. The post season starts in less than 3 weeks. Who will make that final push to make a run in the district and region? Who will fall off the trail? The way the top of the 6th region looks right now, we have a legitimate shot of getting crowned the state champion at NKU. There has been a lot of work put in to get teams to this point. It will be very interesting to see who emerges from this tough region.

1. Butler Bearettes (17-4) Butler played really well in January---ending the month by winning the prestigious Louisville Invitational Tournament. With Etown losing to Mercy in the LIT, some might have the Bearettes as the top team in Kentucky at this point. They are the target to get out of the region.

2. Mercy Jaguars (15-9) The Jaguars move up a spot with an impressive win over previously #1 ranked Elizabethtown. Mercy is playing really well currently and are a tough out when they are shooting the ball well. Defensively, you know the effort and intensity will always be the same.

3. Bullitt East Lady Chargers (14-4) Bullitt East drops one spot behind Mercy after losing in the second round of the LIT. The Chargers continue to have some misfortune as they were missing starting point guard Alyssa Peak (strep throat) for all of the LIT. When healthy, Bullitt East is a legitimate contender in the region.
4. North Bullitt Lady Eagles (16-5) The Lady Eagles are the team that may be the most confusing in the region. They look like a contender at times, and pretender at others. They should be getting back to full strength after some minor mid-season injuries. It will be interesting to see which way this team goes in February.

5. PRP Lady Panthers (12-7) The Lady Panthers have hit a little bump in the road (against good competition). They have lost 3 straight to Assumption, Eastern, and Bullitt East. They are very athletic and could pose a problem in a first round regional matchup. They, like North Bullitt, could go either way in February.

6. Fairdale Lady Bulldogs (9-8) The Lady Bulldogs are putting together a solid season under Coach Price. They are on a 3 game winning streak at present. They may not be considered a threat to win the region, but they could make it out of their district that seems to come down to PRP, Fairdale, and Holy Cross battling for 2 spots.

7. Holy Cross Lady Cougars (10-10) The Lady Cougars go into February with an even record. They lost a heartbreaker in the All-A regional final after being up 15 against Presentation. They came back with a win over Southern. They are in the 3 way district battle with PRP and Fairdale to make it to the regional round.

8. (Tie) Bullitt Central Lady Cougars (10-11) The Lady Cougars are dealing with injuries and players leaving the team for unspecified reasons. It may seem odd to have a tie for 8th, but they do have a win over Fern Creek. But the loss to Shawnee was somewhat surprising to many. Coach Kyle Roach does a fantastic job through adversity, it would not be a shock to see improvement over the last month.

8. (Tie) Fern Creek Lady Tigers (10-13) Like many others at this point in the season, the Lady Tigers have dealt with issues (mid-season coaching change). They were able to stay afloat with a 5-4 record in January. They have some pieces, it will be interesting to see how the “new” coach puts those together to finish the season.

10. Jeffersontown Lady Chargers (8-9) The Lady Chargers went 3-5 in January including losses to Fairdale and Fern Creek who are ranked just ahead of them. Jtown is in a tough district and would need much improvement over the last month to advance to the regional round.

11. Doss Lady Dragons (8-9) The Lady Dragons only played 5 games in January compiling a 3-2 mark. They will need to improve to make noise in the district tournament. Coach Crowe is an experienced coach and does a great job keeping his kids involved.

12. Valley Lady Vikings (8-7) The Lady Vikings are on a 3 game winning streak and have a chance of finishing the season with a winning record. Coach Webb should be commended for getting his team back on track.

13. Southern Lady Trojans (7-13) Southern went 2-4 in January. But this team went from 1 win last season to 7 at present. A huge improvement for them!

14. Moore Lady Mustangs (4-19) The Lady Mustangs struggled to a 1-8 mark in January. Coach Mason has a few weeks left to get his team turned around and headed in a positive direction for the future

15. Western Lady Warriors (2-11)
Western has experienced an oddity (at least to this writer)---you usually don’t see a team win by forfeit. The Lady Warriors have received 2 such victories in the last month (Seneca and Iroquois).

16. Beth Haven Lady Bobcats (8-7) Beth Haven is putting together a nice season with a winning record. They are an All-A school that is extremely small and it is good to see their kids have some success against like opponents.

17. Whitefield Lady Wildcats (3-15) The Lady Wildcats went 2-5 in January. The small school has limited athletes to choose from. Compounding on that issue was the fact that one of their better players moved out of state over the Christmas break.

18. Iroquois Lady Raiders (0-11) Iroquois has not played a game since January 9th. The KHSAA has their game with Western, which was scheduled for tonight, listed as a forfeit. It is sad to see a team that won a state championship a few years ago not be able to field a team this season.