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16th Region Basketball Week in Review


Winter weather once again disrupted play in the 16th Region, but the sun came out long enough this weekend to see Ashland collect it’s first in region loss, and finally get the All A underway. Outside of a Tomcat loss, everything else seemed to stay to course, in that there is no course. Consistency in shooting, defense, toughness, and turnovers or lack thereof, has been elusive for all but a few in the region. Which leads unpredictable results, close games, and at times some ummmm…not so pretty basketball.

1. Ashland (15-2) – The Tomcats suffered their first in-region loss of the season, falling to Boyd County at home on Friday night by 4. Ashland, after falling behind by 17 points fought back in the fourth quarter to tie the game before eventually falling to the Lions. Boyd County used tough defense and multiple defenders to clamp down on Robinson. This was the only game for the Tomcats this week, who face East Carter and Fairview next week. Even in defeat, I still believe the Tomcats are the top team in the region.


2. Boyd County (12-5) — The Lions were able to defeat in-county rival Ashland for the first time this season. In victory, the Lions overcame early foul trouble by Stewart with a total team effort. Anderson is still trying to figure out the best way to play Short and Robinson together and maximize their efficiency, but it looked much better in this game. West and Taylor both contributed on both ends of the court. Riding a high, the Lions defeated Russell on Saturday night, in a close game. Robinson stepped up to lead the Lions in a game that saw early foul trouble for the entire starting five. The Lions have a busy week with a makeup game at Lewis County and home games with Spring Valley and Sheldon Clark.


3. Morgan County (16-3) —The Cougars picked up their second in-region loss this week dropping a semifinal All A game to Raceland after defeating Elliott County in the first round. Prater and Evans continue to lead the Cougars, but they are getting 4-5 players in double digit scoring consistently. Lapses in defense and intensity at times seem to be the downfall for Coach Perry’s team when they struggle. Morgan looks to bounce back with a rematch against Elliott County.


4. Bath County (11-6) –The Wildcats are now riding a 4-game win streak heading into the Championship game of the 16th Region All A. Bath County defeated Fairview and West Carter in route to a championship matchup against Raceland. Pergrem is proving to be worthy of the praise leading the Wildcats, along with Bryce Williams. When Bath County is shooting well and focused on defense pressure they are hard to beat. They will have their hands full with the size of Raceland, in what should prove to be an entertaining matchup.

5. Raceland (9-5) —The Rams picked up two good wins in the 16th Region All A this week, defeating Menifee County and Morgan County. The size and skill of Potter and Weaver, and the contributions of Octavious Hall is starting to show for Raceland. A championship matchup with Bath County will begin a busy week in which the Rams will face West Carter, Lewis County, and Menifee County.

6. Russell (7-11) — The Red Devils weather shortened week provided for only one game, which turned out to be a loss to Boyd County. Even in loss, though the Red Devils look much improved from the beginning of the season. The Devils were counting on and have gotten production from Bobby Hale, but the surge of production from Whitt and Jachimczuk is really starting to move Russell in the right direction.


7. Lewis County (10-9) —The Lions picked up a good win easily defeating a highly inconsistent Mason County. The Lions will need Offut and consistent play from the rest of the team as they face another Lion, Boyd County on Tuesday. Lewis County rounds out a difficult week with games against Fairview and Raceland.


8. Rowan County (10-8) – The Vikings, split their games this week losing by 36 to George Rogers Clark before defeating North Laurel in the Tim Short Classic. Even though the Vikings took a hard loss they are starting to look more cohesive with 4-5 solid contributors each game. Rowan will face West Carter, Russell and Fleming County this week.

9. Elliott County (7-8) – The up and down season for Elliott County continued this week with a loss to Morgan County. Shot selection and offensive organization make the Lions hard to figure out. The Lions have a chance to win every game, but I don’t see them putting together many wins in a row. The road won’t get any easier as Elliott County faces Morgan County again this week.

10. East Carter (7-10) — The Raiders were only able to play once this week picking up a win against East Carter. Justin Green and Jordan Brooks, are becoming more assertive as the season progresses to help Bush and Dyer lead the Raiders. The deliberate style of play really confuses teams that want to play at a quicker pace. East Carter will start off with a tough game against Ashland.


11. Greenup County (6-10) —The Musketeers only game of the week was an East Carter defeat. Gage Hughes is still putting up points but the deliberate play of East Carter caused him and the remainder of the Musketeers much frustration. Greenup’s lone game of the week will be a tough one, against in county rival Russell.

12. Menifee County (6-10) —Menifee County was defeated by Raceland in the opening round of the All A for their only game of the week. The Wildcats will face out of region opponents in Robertson and Powell County. Menifee County is in a slide that they need to correct, but are still 3-2 in their district.


13. West Carter (6-9) —West Carter’s played in the All A this week, picking up a win against host Rose Hill before dropping the semifinal game to Bath County. Coach Webb is getting the most he can out of his team, but they are young and prone to mistakes. The Comets have a full week with Rowan County, Raceland and East Carter on the schedule.


14. Fairview (6-10) —The Eagles lost badly to Bath County in the first round of the All A before picking up a win against in district foe Rose Hill. Fairview has played well at times this season but don’t seem to be making consistent progress. This week will not be any easier for the Eagles as they face Ashland at home.


15. Fleming County (4-14) — Fleming County split their two games, both out of region teams, this week with a victory over Augusta and a defeat at the hands of St Patrick. Coach Stapleton has had first year struggles with his team, but Josh Crump is starting to stand out as a leader and a capable scorer. Fleming has tough games with Bath County and Rowan County this week.

16. Rose Hill (6-10) —The Royals lost their only game this week to in region opponents West Carter and Fairview as they hosted the All A. The Royals leave regional opponents this week as they play their normal schedule.

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Ashland and Boyd County are a solid 1-2. The next ten or eleven teams are virtually interchangeable on a given night. In the grand scheme of the 16th Region, Morgan and Bath are a bit of a mystery. Neither team plays Ashland or Boyd in the regular season. I'm confident that there's some separation between 1-2 and 3-4, but I'm not sure how much. Tonight's All-A championship between Bath and Raceland could tell us more about the Wildcats.

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