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Inside the 14th Region (12/7/14)

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1. Knott County Central:

The Patriots showed why they were the top team, not only in the 14th region but also in the mountains when they three teams in week one with one of those teams being a regional opponent.


Knott County Central defeated Magoffin County 79-26 to open up the season on December 1st. Vanderbilt commit Camron Justice led the Patriots with 25 and was 3/7 from three point range.


Knott County Central picked up win #2 when they defeated the visiting Polar Bears of Bracken county 80-38 on December 5th. The Patriots lead 26-22 before going on a 44-1 run.


Knott County Central would host Breathitt County the very next night after defeating Bracken County on December 6th. Much like the first two games of the season the Patriots wouldn’t have any trouble with the Bobcats as they’d roll to a 93-50 victory. Camron led the Patriots with 17.



2. Perry County Central:

The Commodores opened up the season with a 99-71 win at Breathitt County on December 2nd. A balance scoring attack led the Commodores to the victory.


Corbin would edge the Commodores 69-67 on December 6th over in Corbin.


Perry Central would make the trip to North Laurel for the Legacy Nissan Classic where they would play Southwestern and that game would not go Perry’s way as Southwestern would run to a 99-75 win.


Even though the Commodores are 1-2 they are still the second best team in the region behind Knott County Central.



3. Cordia:

Coach Rhodes and the Lions only get 15 games this season but they are making the best of those 15 games.

Cordia would open the season with a 65-57 loss at Sheldon Clark. Oumar Keita led Cordia with 16. Ajenee Chisolm and Richard Chapman added 12 apiece.


After losing to Sheldon Clark to open up the season, the Cordia Lions would bounce back in a big big way when they would go to Hazard to face the Bulldogs and Cordia would leave Hazard with a thrilling 66-65 victory.



4. Hazard:

Hazard opened up the season on December 5th against Cordia, a team that was hit hard by penalties by the KHSAA this past offseason, came into Hazard’s Memorial Gym and stunned the Bulldogs and the Bulldog faithful as Coach Rhodes and his Lions would leave with a 66-65 victory.


Hazard was originally scheduled to open up the season on December 1st at Silver Grove but the game was canceled.



5. Buckhorn:

One of the top teams in the 54th district and region got their season started at home on December 2nd hosting the Owsley County Owls. Owsley County would give Buckhorn fits but Buckhorn would prevail to a 75-53 victory. Connor Hoskins led Buckhorn with 32. Peyton Cooper added 16.


Buckhorn would travel to Berea to participate in the Roland Wierwille Classic as they would play Owen County. Game would be back and forth that would go into overtime with Owen County edging the Buckhorn Wildcats 75-68. Ryan Boggs led Buckhorn with 22. Connor Hoskins added 19.



6. Leslie County:

One team that played 5 games in week 1 of the 2014/15 season made some big impressions in that stretch.

Leslie County opened up the season on December 1st and wouldn’t have a problem picking up win #1 of 4 when they would defeat Riverside Christian 86-26. Everyone got to play for the Eagles on this night. Austin Day led Leslie with 13. Connor Day and Austin Spurlock added 10 apiece.


Leslie County would travel to Red Bird Mission School in Clay County on December 4th and much like Riverside Christian game, the Eagles wouldn’t have any trouble at all as they’d pick up win #2 by defeating the Cardinals 96-36.


Leslie County would make the trip over to Berea to participate in the Berea Tip-Off Classic. Leslie County would edge Whitefield Academy 51-43 to open things up in the Berea Classic on December 5th.

The Eagles would play two games on December 6th. The Eagles would pick up win #4 by defeating Berea 69-51, however they would fall to Danville 73-65.



7. Letcher County Central:

Coach Hammonds and his Cougars opened the season on December 2nd traveling to Harlan County to face the Black Bears. Harlan County would defeat Letcher County Central 69-52. Torell Carter led Letcher County Central with 27.

The Cougars would return home to host the Jackson City Tigers on December 5th. After a back and forth game that would go down to the wire the Cougars would edge the Tigers 56-48. Torell Carter once again led the Cougars, this time he had 30.


The Cougars would welcome in the Pike County Central Hawks the very next night. After another back and forth game the Cougars would pull away from the Hawks and run to a 64-50 victory. Sophomore Torell Carter would once again led the Cougars in scoring with 35.



8. Powell County:

The Pirates seem to be a tad bit better than what most people thought they would be entering the season. The Pirates are 2-1 heading into their December 9th game with Jackson City.


The Pirates would get things started with an 81-51 victory over Bath County.


Powell County would travel to Owsley County on December 5th for a boy girl double header district game. The game would be a close one until Powell County would pull away and go to a 55-40 victory over the Owls.


Powell County would make the trip over to Paris to participate in the Paris Greyhound Hoopfest where they would square off with Walton-Verona. After another back and forth game the Walton-Verona Bearcats would edge the Pirates 51-42.



9. Estill County:

The Engineers didn’t get to start the season until December 5th but when they did, they did in a big way when they went to Beattyville to face the Lee County Bobcats in a boy girl double header district game. After an exciting first half that seen Estill County take a 5 point lead (36-31) lead into halftime. Estill County would pull away from the Bobcats in the third quarter on their way to a 80-52 beat down of the Bobcats.


Estill County would travel to Montgomery County the next day to face Bourbon County in the Bart Rison Classic. After a back and forth game that seen Estill County take another halftime lead this time it was a different result as the Bourbon County Colonels would edge Estill County 64-59.



10. June Buchanan:

People may be surprised by this ranking but the Crusaders are 2-0 with a big 48-46 thrilling victory over Wolfe County.


June Buchanan would make the trip all the way to Frenchburg to take on the Menifee County Wildcats. In a thrilling back and forth game the Crusaders would prevail to a 52-48 victory, making coach Justice 2-0 in his first ever career coaching job.



Upcoming Games:

Leslie County at Breathitt County (12/8):

The #7 ranked team in the region travels to Jackson to face a 0-3 Breathitt County team that came up short against Knott Central in the region last season. We’ll find out if Leslie is the real deal or if Breathitt deserves to be in the rankings.


Leslie County at Buckhorn (12/9):

#7 travels to face the #5 team in the region in a big district showdown on Tuesday.


Jackson City at Powell County (12/9):

Jackson City travels to Stanton to face the #8 team in Powell County. With almost an upset of Letcher County Central, do the Tigers have what it takes to defeat the Pirates on their home court?


Breathitt County at Wolfe County (12/9):

Unless Breathitt County defeats Leslie County, one of these two teams will get their first win of the season.


Knott County Central at June Buchanan (12/10):

The Crusaders will get their first real test against the #1 team in the region, do they have what it takes to upset the Patriots?


Perry County Central at Hazard (12/12):

A big 54th district game that features the #2 and #4 teams in the region, who will get the win?


Estill County at Jackson City (12/12):

The Engineers demolished Jackson City in this same gym last season 58-20. Will the same result but different score be the same or will the Jackson City Tigers pick up the win?


Lee County at Owsley County (12/12):

One of these two teams will get their first win of the season, which one will it be?


Buckhorn at Perry County Central (12/13):

A big test for both teams that features two top 5 teams in the region. Will Buckhorn shock the world or will the Commodores get win #2 (if they don’t get it before hand)?

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