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10 Notes From The 10th Region (Reviewing Week 11)

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10 Notes From The 10th Region (Reviewing Week 11)


1) Last week was an important one in the 10th, which was nowhere more evident than in the 37th District showdown between Bishop Brossart and Scott. With the #1 seed in the upcoming District Tournament on the line, the host Mustangs, powered by Alex Trentman's 14 points, 11 rebounds & 4 steals, came away with a 51-41 victory. The win not only keeps the 'Stangs undefeated against 10th Region competition (12-0), but more importantly gives them a much easier path to the 10th Region Tournament. The Eagles, on the other hand, will now have to duke it out with Campbell County for the opportunity to qualify for the Region tourney.


2) Speaking of Campbell County, it's not exactly the best time to be in their crosshairs. With swingman Nate McGovney back at what seems to be 100% the Camels have been rolling, winning 6 straight games and 7 of their last 8. This past week Aric Russell's crew won 3, including a pair of not-so-easy road contests with Simon Kenton & Pendleton County. McGovney and junior guard Corey Holbrook get most of the pub, but the Camels have also been getting solid production from freshman big man Matt Wilson and sophomore wing Deondre Jackson. The 37th District's #3 seed will finish the regular season with a pair of games this week, hosting Fleming County on Tuesday & visiting Ryle on Thursday.

3) Mason County is right up there with Campbell County when it comes to hottest teams in the 10th. The Royals have won 4 straight and 5 of their last 6, with the lone loss coming to Montgomery County. Last week saw Chris O'Hearn's team win a trio of games, beginning with a huge road win against Woodford County (64-60). The Royals then won a pair of home games over the weekend, upending Rowan County and then dominating Harrison County on Saturday. While Shawn Johnson has been (and continues to be) the team's top player, senior Steven Chambers has been impressive of late. The bouncy forward notched a career-high 21 points in the Saturday night victory, just a day after he posted a double-double of 13 points & 13 rebounds over the visiting Vikings.


4) The Camels & Royals may be the hottest teams in the 10th, but the title of top team in the Region is still held by Happy Osborne's Montgomery County Indians. Since the calendar turned to 2013 Omar Prewitt & company have won a whopping 13 of 14 contests, with the only blemish coming against defending state champion Trinity. Last week saw the Indians take to the court four times, starting with a 66-51 home victory over Scott. The team then took to the road for three games in which it won each in convincing fashion while scoring over 90 points each outing. The first victim was Augusta (95-65), followed by Bath County (93-55), & finally there was Harlan County (94-77) on Saturday.


5) Despite the 30-point margin of victory, Wednesday night's Montgomery County/Augusta battle drew attention because it showcased (arguably) the top two individual talents in the 10th, with Omar Prewitt & Brent Bach going mano a mano. The two stars did not disappoint, as Prewitt finished with 42 points & 8 boards, while also throwing down 4 monster dunks. Bach, on the other hand, tallied 33 points, including a 14-14 performance from the charity stripe.


6) For other teams in the Region the recent sailing has not been so smooth, specifically for the top two teams in the 38th District. Let's start with Harrison County. The Breds started 2013 by winning their first 6 games, but have since fallen on hard times, losing 6 of their last 8. Larry Kendall's squad also played four times this week & came away with just one victory (Nicholas County, 71-62). The Breds lost their other three games--each of them on the road--to Estill County (60-57), Mason County (70-61) & Collins (68-55). The Breds will visit Frankfort on Tuesday night before ending the regular season with a Friday night matchup against Montgomery County in Cynthiana.


7) Pendleton County would be the other 38th District team that has struggled to put up W's. The Wildcats have lost 4 of their last 5 games, with the lone win coming against Robertson County. Ed Cravens' team took a couple on the chin last week, both games at home, to Grant County (72-48) & the aforementioned Campbell County (75-64). The 'Cats will play their final home contest tonight against Bourbon County before ending the season with a road game against Paris on Wednesday.


8) Two-time defending Regional Champion George Rogers Clark has not been able to string together many victories this season, but the Cardinals find themselves competitive in nearly every outing. Last week the Cards went 1-1 at home, scoring a 48-41 victory over Franklin County & then coming up short against Simon Kenton (50-42) on Friday night. Scott Humphrey's kids will finish the regular season with a pair of 9th Region opponents, traveling to Dixie Heights tonight & then wrapping things up on Thursday with a visit from 1-loss Holmes.


9) For the majority of the 2012-13 season there has been what seems to be a drop-off after the top 8 or 9 teams. An ongoing problem for those of us in charge of putting out Regional rankings has been the #10 spot (see this thread right here, for example). Bourbon County and stud guard Snoop Johnson occupied the 10-spot most of the year, but the Colonels have fallen on hard times with a roster that has been depleted (for various reasons). Nicholas County made the most recent visit at #10 and proceeded to lose 4 straight. St. Patrick was bitten early (and hard) by the injury bug, losing its top two returnees from the season previous. Paris possesses a lot of talent, but it is easily the youngest roster in the region. Calvary Christian & Silver Grove are a combined 12-37, though the Big Trains have won 2 straight. Robertson County (formerly Deming) has won but three times all year, though the Black Devils have a brand-new school to enjoy. Perhaps the most impressive of these teams (recently, that is) has been Chad Persinger's Bracken County squad. Since January 12th the Polar Bears have won 6 of 10 and just this past Friday gave cross-county rival Augusta everything it wanted in a 67-62 loss. The school that in May of 1996 finally got rid of Randy Parker will finish the regular season with a couple of home contests against Newport & Robertson County. The Bears present a balanced offensive attack, but Persinger has a star in the making with 8th grade guard Austin Crawford.


10) With just one week remaining in the regular season, attention is naturally being shifted to the post season...particuarly District Tournaments which will start one week from today. All the pairings are set, which you can find below:


37th District (all games at Campbell County Middle School):


#4 Calvary Christian vs. #5 Silver Grove- Feb. 18th 6:00 pm


#1 Bishop Brossart vs. #4 Calvary Christian/#5 Silver Grove winner- Feb. 19th 6:00 pm

#2 Scott vs. #3 Campbell County- Feb. 19th 7:30 pm


Championship- Feb. 21st 7:00 pm



38th District (all games at Harrison County):


Pendleton County vs. Harrison County- Feb. 18th 8:00 pm

Robertson County vs. Nicholas County- Feb. 19th 8:00 pm


Championship Game- Feb. 22nd 7:00 pm



39th District (all games at Mason County):

St. Patrick vs. Bracken County- Feb. 18th 8:00 pm

Augusta vs. Mason County- Feb. 19th 8:00 pm


Championship Game- Feb. 21st 8:00 pm



40th District (all games at George Rogers Clark):

#1 Montgomery County vs. #4 Bourbon County- Feb. 18th 6:00 pm

#2 George Rogers Clark vs. #3 Paris- Feb. 18th 7:45 pm


Championship Game- Feb. 20th 7:00 pm

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