2nd Region Team Rankings 12/17/17
Through the first 3 weeks of the season it has become clear that the region will indeed be a 4 horse race, maybe fewer. We are still waiting for our first power matchup of the season between the big 4, but there has been a lot of action in the middle of the pack that made ranking teams 5-9 very tough.
Rank (Preseason Rank) Team (Overall Record, Region Record)
1 (1) Christian County (8-2, 3-0) - The Lady Colonels continue to blow past region competition and their only 2 losses have been by a combined 6 points. 6-3 center Trinitee Jackson is playing to her potential and that is a scary thought for the other 14 teams in the region. Guards Laderia Gold and Aaliyah Hampton are producing as expected, but the surprise has been the production they are getting from their role players. This is a very talented team.
2 (2) Webster County (4-2, 2-0) - The Lady Trojans took back to back losses at the hands of the top 2 teams in the 1st region (Murray and Graves), but they have been dominant in their 4 wins. Their deep bench and balanced scoring has been too much for region competition so far, as they have both region games by 29 points or more.
3 (4) Hopkinsville (6-2, 5-0) - The Lady Tigers move up 1 spot from their preseason ranking due to their hot start, winning all region games by 33 points or more. Lightning quick point guard Breon Oldham is having a great year and the team is shooting the basketball much better than in years past. If they continue to put the ball in the hole as efficiently as they have been, they definitely make a run to the Sweet 16.
4 (3) Henderson County (2-5, 0-0) - The Lady Colonels have dealt with a combination of injuries and inexperience to start the season. They stay in the top 4 however because of the lack of depth in the region this year. Expect Henderson County to right the ship by January and start playing the way we are used to seeing them play.
5 (5) Caldwell County (5-2, 4-2) - This was a tough ranking to make given their loss to Lyon County but that looks to have been an off night for the Lady Tigers. As of now, they are my favorite to take the All-A but it will be the most competitive tournament we have seen maybe ever. The 7th district is a toss-up right now between Caldwell County and Hopkins County Central. Their first matchup should be a good one.
6 (6) Hopkins County Central (4-4, 2-3) - The Lady Storm are sitting even right now at 4-4 but what is alarming is their 4 blowout losses. Granted 3 of the 4 were to the top 3 teams in the region and a region contender in the 3rd (Muhlenberg County). We will know more about this team when their region and district schedule heats up in January.
7 (9) Livingston Central (7-4, 3-1) - The Lady Cardinals are looking like the team we all thought they would be last season. Their 3 region wins were all over 5th district rivals so they are sitting comfortably in the 1 spot. Their lone region loss was to Caldwell County, whom they most likely will face again in the All-A.
8 (11) Crittenden County (4-3, 4-2) - The blue collar mentality of the Lady Rockets always seems to make them a competitive team regardless of youth or talent. They pose the biggest threat to Livingston Central for the 5th district.
9 (8) Lyon County (5-2, 4-2) - The Lady Lyons dropped district games to both Livingston Central and Crittenden County, but they have a nice win over #5 Caldwell County. Forward Allison Murphy is doing everything she can to keep Lyon County in the race for the 5th district and All-A.
10 (7) University Heights (2-4, 2-2) - Anshanique Leavell is playing very well offensively keeping the Lady Blazers afloat, but this team sorely misses Jordyn Hornbuckle.
11 (10) Madisonville-North Hopkins (2-5, 2-3) - The Lady Maroons may miss the region tournament for the first time since 2006. This is a young team that is rebuilding.
12 (12) Union County (1-5, 0-3) - The Bravettes have struggled out of the gate losing region games to #3 Hopkinsville, #9 Lyon County and #11 Madisonville-North Hopkins.
13 (14) Trigg County (3-6, 2-5) - The Lady Cats wins over #14 Dawson Springs and #15 Fort Campbell move them up 1 spot.
14 (13) Dawson Springs (2-6, 1-5) - The Lady Panthers dropped a tough one to #13 Trigg County that they will get a chance to avenge later in the season.
15 (15) Fort Campbell (0-8, 0-6) - All losses have ended with a running clock. It is going to be a long year for the Lady Falcons.
Player Stat Rankings will be posted later this week.