2nd Region Team Rankings New Year's Edition
Rank (Movement Since Last Ranking) Team (Overall Record; Region Record)
#1 (UP 1) Webster County (12-4; 4-0) - The Lady Trojans have really picked up momentum over the holiday break. They took down district rival Henderson County 59-46 in the championship game of the Owensboro Invitational Tournament. Senior forward Jessica Winders was huge for the Lady Trojans in that game with her 20 points and 9 rebounds. Webster County followed that up by going 2-1 in the State Farm Classic at national powerhouse Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Dixon will be the place to be when Henderson County comes to town for a rematch on January 9th.
#2 (DOWN 1) Christian County (11-4; 4-0) - The Lady Colonels went 1-2 in the Murray Bank Lady Tiger Classic. They suffered a 14 point loss to host Murray, a top 10 team in the state, and a 9 point loss to Lincoln County, a top 3 team in the 12th region. While senior guard Laderia Gold has cooled down from her hot start, senior center Trinitee Jackson and junior guard Aaliyah Hampton have continued to lead the Lady Colonels. Junior guard Kinara Phillips continues to exceed expectations. January 12th will be the first Christian County-Hopkinsville matchup of the season at Hopkinsville. They will meet again on February 2nd.
#3 (UP 1) Henderson County (5-6; 1-1) - The Lady Colonels have settled the debate for #3 in the region after their 17 point win over #4 Hopkinsville at the Owensboro Invitational Tournament. Their trio of returning varsity experience (Alyssa Dickson, Jalee Carter and Emilee Hope) was big in that game with all of them scoring in double figures. However, the next day they suffered a 13 point loss to district rival #1 Webster County. The Lady Colonels will get their chance at redemption when they travel to Dixon for their rematch on January 9th.
#4 (DOWN 1) Hopkinsville (12-4; 5-1) - The Lady Tigers got a couple of 3rd place finishes over the holiday break. At the Owensboro Invitational Tournament, they lost to eventual runner-up in the tournament #3 Henderson County. After Christmas, Hopkinsville traveled to the FNB Holiday Bash at South Warren where they suffered a 19 point loss to Campbell County, who many believe is the #3 team in the state. Junior guard Breon Oldham continues to pace the Lady Tigers with her pressure defense and offensive production. They will have a tough test on January 9th when they travel to Graves County, one of the top team in the 1st region. Just days later they host bitter rival #2 Christian County on January 12th.
#5 (SAME) Caldwell County (8-4; 5-2) - The Lady Tigers had both their best and worst performances of the year in their own holiday tournament. A head-scratching 19 point loss to Ballard Memorial had the Caldwell County faithful concerned, but the Lady Tigers responded with a hard-fought win over a tough Calloway County team the next day. Freshman Jacey Jaggers posted a 21 point and 6 rebound performance in the win. January will be a big month for Caldwell County. On January 6th they host #1 Webster County in the 6th/7th District Challenge. The next week they face district rivals Madisonville-North Hopkins and Hopkins County Central.
#6 (SAME) Hopkins County Central (8-8; 2-4) - After a head-scratching loss to Union County, the Lady Storm rebounded nicely by winning the PBI/Danny Annis Classic at Ohio County. They opened up their own Lady Storm United Mine Workers of America Classic with a huge win over Northeast (Clarksville, TN) but finished with 3 straight losses, including a heart-breaking 1 point overtime loss to Grayson County. Junior guard Nykea Ikeard has been outstanding for the Lady Storm with her double-double production nearly every game. A chance at redemption awaits when they face Union County in the 6th/7th District Challenge at Caldwell County, and the next week features a matchup to determine 1st place in the district when they host rival Caldwell County on January 12th.
#7 (SAME) Livingston Central (8-7; 3-2) - It was a tough holiday break for the Lady Cardinals. Their 18 point loss to #1 Webster County reminded us of the division between the top 4 teams and the rest of the field this year in the 2nd region. The Lady Cardinals followed that up by going 1-2 in the Lady Marshal Holiday Classic at Marshall County. Senior forward Tabby Padon keeps filling up the box score, including a 36 point performance against Egyptian (Tamms, IL). Things heat up in January with All-A Classic just around the corner. Expect Livingston Central to challenge Caldwell County for the region.
#8 (SAME) Crittenden County (6-6; 4-2) - The Lady Rockets are staying competitive despite their youth. They went 1-2 in the Martin Lions Club Tournament at Westview, Tennessee. Senior guard Madison Champion keeps providing offense for the Lady Rockets on a nightly basis. They have 2 important matchups with Lyon County within 10 days of each other. They host the Lady Lyons on January 5th before they open the All-A Classic against them on January 15th at Caldwell County.
#9 (SAME) Lyon County (8-3; 5-2) - The wins keep coming for the Lady Lyons. They made it all the way to the championship game of the Lady Warrior Shootout at Community Christian Academy in Paducah before losing a close one to Hickman County. The Lady Lyons could easily could be ranked as high as #5 because of their record and key win over Caldwell County earlier in the season. However, they stay at #9 due to their pair of distict losses to Livingston Central and Crittenden County who both lost to Caldwell County. Junior Allison Murphy continues to average a double-double for the Lady Lyons. The upcoming games with rival Crittenden County that were mentioned above are games to keep an eye on.
#10 (SAME) University Heights (4-6; 2-2) - The Lady Blazers have shown they will go as far as senior guard Anshanique Leavell and sophomore guard Lily Hendricks can take them. Opponents continue to focus on limiting Leavell's scoring and so far Hendricks has been the only consistent production outside of Leavell. If the Lady Blazers can find a consistent 3rd scoring option, they could be in the discussion for #5- #9. On January 15th, they will open up against Dawson Springs in the All-A Classic at Caldwell County.
#11 (SAME) Madisonville-North Hopkins (3-8; 2-3) - The Lady Maroons went through a tough 6 game losing streak, including losses to district rival #6 Hopkins County Central and #1 Webster County. They went 1-2 in the South Central Bank-Halton Classic at Allen County-Scottsville but managed to end their streak with a big win over Lecanto, Florida. Sophomore Courtney Peyton and 8th grader Camryn LaGrange continue to lead the Lady Maroons night in and night out. The next big game on the schedule is at district rival #5 Caldwell County on January 9th.
#12 (SAME) Union County (2-10; 1-4) - The Bravettes pulled the upset and picked up their 1st region win when they defeated Hopkins County Central. 8th grade forward Raigan Price had a big game with her 17 points and 12 rebounds. However, since that night it has been tough sledding for the Bravettes, losing their last 4 games. They face off against district rival #1 Webster County on January 5th before getting a rematch with #6 Hopkins County Central the next day. District rival Henderson County is just around the corner on January 12th.
#13 (SAME) Trigg County (5-7; 2-6) - The Lady Cats went 2-1 in the Lady Warrior Shootout at Community Christian Academy in Paducah. Their lone loss was a lopsided one to #9 Lyon County, showing another division in region between the middle tier teams and the bottom tier teams. The young Lady Cats have a big district rival game coming up on January 5th at home against #7 Livingston Central.
#14 (SAME) Dawson Springs (3-9; 1-5) - The Lady Panthers went 1-2 in the Murray Bank Hardwood Tournament at Calloway County, getting a win over Fulton City. They get back to district play on January 4th at #5 Caldwell County.
#15 (SAME) Fort Campbell (0-9; 0-7) - The Lady Falcons haven't played since their 46-6 loss against #5 Caldwell County. Offensive struggles continue with only 8.7 points per game average as a team. Hopefully the Lady Falcons can find their rhythm this month and get their 1st win.
I know I did not fulfill my promise last time but I hope to have player stat rankings posted soon. I just do not have as much spare time as I had last year to compile all of the stats.