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Henry leads Royals on the road

 

Mason County made a pair of trips to Northern Kentucky last week. On Tuesday, the Royals went on a 15-0 run in the 3rd quarter to overcome a 6-point deficit, en route to a 71-57 win over Campbell County. It was a highly anticipated matchup of what was considered the 10th's top two squads, with Mason County senior forward Dorian Henry shining in the victory. Henry finished the game with 22 points, 12 rebounds, & 8 blocked shots. Friday night the Royals went a bit further north and held off Boone County for a 56-54 win over a much improved Rebels club. Henry's 20 points & 9 rebounds on 9-11 FG shooting led the way, but Antwavon Williams scored 12 for the Royals, while Jake O'Mara and Ryan Johnson both tossed in 11 points.

 

Greene returns & helps keep GRC hot

 

After missing five games with an ankle injury, senior guard Braxton Greene returned to the George Rogers Clark lineup last week and helped the Cardinals go 3-0. On Tuesday, GRC bested Paris 71-48 on the road in a huge 40th District showdown. GRC's trademark defense kept the home-standing Grehounds frustrated all night long. Damion King led the Cards with 17 points, while Jyles Anderson contributed 16 points & 8 rebounds. Greene and sophomore Jordan Davis both had 10. Clark was back on the road Friday, upending Madison Southern 69-55. Greene topped the Cardinals in both points (21) and rebounds (6). King turned in another solid performance with 17 points. On Saturday, GRC hosted hapless Ashland and sent the Tomcats home 0-15 with an 81-62 win. Greene's 22 points led the Cards, while junior Jordan Menchen added 16 points, connecting on 5 3-point field goals.

 

Mustangs take 2

 

Bishop Brossart took care of business in both of their games last week, first defeating visiting Pendleton County 54-43 on Wednesday night. The Mustangs led the Wildcats 24-23 at the half, but took control in the 2nd half. Jonathan Zink led Brossart with 16 points & 10 rebounds, while Jackson Crawford had a nice night as well, finishing with 15 points & 7 boards. Brossart began its trek for a 6th straight 10th Region Class "A" championship by beating Nicholas County 77-42 in the Friday night Play-In game. Senior Spencer Hackworth was the hot man for the Stangs, scoring 22 points & hitting 6-6 3pt attempts. Zink had another double-double with 11 points & 10 rebounds. Brossart will face Silver Grove in Monday night's Quarterfinal round.

Slumping Camels lose 3

 

Campbell County lost all three of its games last week, including two at home. The Tuesday night 71-57 loss to visiting Mason County started the snowball's roll. Trent McGovney scored 15 for the Camels in defeat and Dre Jackson added 14, but shot 4-18. Matt Wilson grabbed 17 rebounds in the contest, but managed just 7 points on 3-14 shooting. The most surprising loss came on Friday night, when Montgomery County outlasted the Camels 69-62 in Alexandria. The Camels started the game off hot, hitting their first 6 shots, jumping out 14-4 and eventually to a 19-12 1st quarter lead. From there, the Indians scorched the nets with perimeter shooting, connecting on 11 of 26 long bombs. MoCo led by as many as 15 before the Camels closed the gap some at the end. Senior guard Blake Losey did his part in the loss, leading Campbell with 24 points, including 6-9 3pt. shooting. Saturday night, Aric Russell took his team on the road and the Camels lost a tight one to Lexington Christian 53-52. Jackson's 24 points led in defeat.

 

Augusta wins 2 more

 

Jason Hinson's Augusta Panthers hosted Western Brown (OH) on Tuesday night and came away with a 66-52 win. Junior forward Camryn Snapp had a monster night of 18 points & 18 rebounds. Connor Maddox's 21 points led Augusta and included 4-9 3pt. shooting. Owens Crawford chipped in with 11. On Saturday night, the Panthers traveled to Robertson County for the 10th Region Class "A" Quarterfinals. Augusta beat St. Patrick for the third time this season, but it was a struggle. The Saints controlled the favored Panthers for two-and-a-half quarters and led 35-26 midway through the 3rd. That's when St. Pat big man Andrew Sticklen went to the pine with foul trouble. Hinson's club seized the opportunity, and by quarter's end, took a lead it would not relinquish, winning 55-48.

 

Mixed results for Indians

 

Montgomery County's first of three games last week was a 74-68 OT win over visiting Franklin County. Sam Hodgsen scored 19 and Caswell Fuller 18 in the victory. Friday night was MoCo's best win of the year, a 69-62 road upset of Campbell County. The Indians drained 11 3-pointers in the contest, with Art Walker hitting 5 out of 9 and finishing with 19 points. Fuller also had 19 points for Montgomery. The week ended on a sour note, however, when Matt Daniel's bunch fell to Dunbar 75-39 at Frankfort. The Indians' trademark perimeter shooting failed them, hitting only 7-26 from beyond the arc. Hodgsen's 11 points and Cody Parsley's 10 points led the team.

 

D.J. Jenkins back with Harrison County

 

Perhaps the 10th Region's most noteworthy happening this past week was the news that superstar guard D.J. Jenkins would be returning to Harrison County. Jenkins had played a portion of the year with Scott County before being declared ineligible, and is now back with the Breds. Jenkins was not in the lineup on Friday night when the Thorobreds played host and fell to Woodford County 55-49. Trenton Thompson led Harrison with 24 points & 6 rebounds, but this is undoubtedly a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.

Hounds fall to GRC, but advance in Class "A"

 

Paris hosted George Rogers Clark in Tuesday night's 40th District matchup. As we have touched on, the Grehounds were frustrated all game long by GRC's stingy defense, falling 71-48. Koebe Garrard led Paris in a losing effort with 26 points. Garrard was even more dominant in Saturday's 67-57 win over Bracken County in the 10th Region Class "A" Quarterfinals. The 6'3" junior scored 25 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, & dished out 5 assists. Another strong performance came from sophomore Jekobi Wells, who totaled 18 points & 14 rebounds. Junior point guard James Clark added 12 points & 7 assists for the Greyhounds, who trailed 30-28 at halftime but pulled away late for the win.

 

Eagles Fall Twice

 

Scott began the week by losing a high-scoring affair to Holmes 96-92 at home on Tuesday. The two teams combined to drain 20 3-pointers, with the Eagles connecting on 11 bombs. Sophomore guard Jake Ohmer led the way with 23 points in a losing effort. Ohmer scored 26 three nights later and Blake Schneider added 19, but Simon Kenton proved too strong for Brad Carr's club in a 91-77 defeat.

 

#SamStrong Robertson County wins Class "A" game

 

Basketball took a backseat in Robertson County and the surrounding communites this past Monday when Samantha Bustos, a 17-year-old Robertson County senior, lost her 2-year battle with ovarian cancer. Several of Samantha's classmates started the hashtag #SamStrong on Twitter, hoping to remember this wonderful young woman, to honor her family members and loved ones, and to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

 

Understandablly, Samantha's passing has made it a tough week for the good folks in Robertson County, who began hosting the 10th Region Class "A" Tournament on Friday. In Saturday's first boys Quarterfinal, the host Black Devils mounted a strong 4th quarter to upend Calvary Christian 73-58. Senior guard Dawson Cooper was electrifying, scoring a whopping 39 points in the victory.

 

#SamStrong

 

Additional News & Notes

* Pendleton County's Michael Antrobus continues his strong play. The sophomore guard scored 20 points in the Wildcats' 54-43 loss to Bishop Brossart on Wednesday. On Saturday, Antrobus paced the Cats with 19 points in a 63-34 win at Burgin. Antrobus leads the 8-8 Wildcats in scoring at 14.1 ppg.

 

* Bourbon County played twice last week, with both games coming away from home on the weekend. The Colonels fell to Frankfort 87-65 on Friday and then lost to Mercer County 87-75 on Saturday. In the loss to the Titans, Austin Jones scored 21 points & Ameryon Blackburn had 19.

 

* It was another difficult week for Calvary Christian, who lost all 4 of its games. The Cougars lost to Bellevue on Monday 72-35, then 57-35 to Middletown Christian (OH) on Tuesday. Friday night saw Calvary lose at home to Eminence by a score of 81-47. Then came the Class "A" Tournament loss to host Robertson County, 73-58, on Saturday. A bright spot for the Cougars has been the play of sophomore Aikeem Riley, who netted 22 points against Eminence and 24 in the loss to the Black Devils.

 

* St. Patrick started the week with a 57-46 home win over Nicholas County. The Saints never trailed in the Monday night contest, and were led by point guard Brennan Bauer's 20 points. The next night, Conner overpowered the Saints 77-50 in Maysville, with Andrew Sticklen scoring 13 and freshman Ben Swolsky 12 in the loss. Matthew Taylor's team outplayed Augusta during much of Saturday's Class "A" Tournament Quarterfinal, but the Panthers proved too strong down the stretch, winning 55-48.

 

* Bracken County led at halftime in both of its games last week, but lost both. The Polar Bears led host Lewis County by 1 point at intermission on Tuesday and, despite getting 35 points from Austin Crawford and 20 points from Jacob Hamilton, lost 85-74. Bracken led Paris 30-28 at halftime of Saturday's Class "A" Quarterfinal, but fell 67-57. Crawford led the Bears with 27 points.

 

* It was 3 games and 3 losses for Nicholas County last week, as the Jackets lost 57-46 at St. Patrick on Monday, 62-47 at Model on Tuesday, & then 77-42 to Bishop Brossart in Friday's Class "A" Tournament. The 3 losses came on the heels of a 3-game winning streak for Roger Newton's squad.

 

* Silver Grove's only game last week came on Monday, as the Big Trains lost a competitive 50-47 game at Ludlow. Billy Miller paced the Grove with 15 points & 9 rebounds, while Randy Kuntz and Christian Pollitt both added 11.

 

10th Region Top 10 Rankings

 

1. Mason County (14-1)

2. George Rogers Clark (12-3)

3. Scott (9-8)

4. Campbell County (11-5)

5. Paris (10-3)

6. Montgomery County (7-7)

7. Harrison County (7-8)

8. Bishop Brossart (7-6)

9. Augusta (13-6)

10. Pendleton County (8-8)

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Amazing that we're debating exactly where a team whose most recent in-state wins have been against Silver Grove, St. Patrick, Ludlow, St. Patrick and Heritage Academy should be "ranked".

 

And I'm a big fan of Coach Hinson and the Panthers.

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Amazing that we're debating exactly where a team whose most recent in-state wins have been against Silver Grove, St. Patrick, Ludlow, St. Patrick and Heritage Academy should be "ranked".

 

And I'm a big fan of Coach Hinson and the Panthers.

 

Augusta has a better record than Scott and Harrison County and they defeated both teams head-to-head.

 

Seems like a no-brainer to me.

 

Oh wait, this is BGP.

 

I forgot.

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Harrison beat Montgomery who beat Campbell who beat Brossart who beat Pendleton who beat Augusta who beat Harrison....in other words good luck ranking the 10th.

 

True, but when the merry-go-round comes to a stop, you have to begin ranking from somewhere.

 

Scott (9-8) at 3rd and Augusta (13-6) at 9th is too big a gap since Augusta beat Scott.

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Augusta has played a much easier schedule than Scott or Harrison? Also, when the Panthers faced both teams, neither were full strength.

 

I love The Panthers, but the rankings are right. Remember, they're as these teams stand right now.

 

We will agree to disagree.

 

Rankings should not be based upon the ability, or inability, of athletes playing. It should be based upon performance of prior games - with, or without, certain players playing.

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High school basketball can be an unpredictable venture. Tangibles vs. intangibles. Harrison has deep talent and with the return of D.j. Jenkins has the horses to win the 10th. Do they have the heart and heads to succeed is a big question. Scott fully stocked has unlimited potential. Saw them lose to Augusta and Holmes and think they were a different team in the latter with Schneider's return. Hinson is a magician and can get his team's to perform above their talents. Concur with Scott and Harrison both being rated above Augusta in talent, experience, and schedules. Augusta gets the nod in heart and coaching.

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We will agree to disagree.

 

Rankings should not be based upon the ability, or inability, of athletes playing. It should be based upon performance of prior games - with, or without, certain players playing.

I don't have a dog in this fight,,but Augusta and Scott could play 3 games right now and Scott will win all 3....Just my thoughts....

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