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3rd Region Week 1 Review

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With all of the turnover in the rosters, it was interesting to watch the results come in from the first week of action. A few things really jumped out. Owensboro Catholic was expected to be pretty talented but they may be even better than anyone had thought. They have enough talent to maybe make a dent in the Bluegrass Preps top 20 if they can play to their potential. Daviess County turned some heads, pushing a very good Madisonville team late into the 4th quarter before falling short. Lastly, Whitesville Trinity may have one of its most talented rosters in school history. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders can continue to climb up these rankings as the season moves along.


1. Breckenridge County Tigers (2-0) - SAME

The Tigers handed their business in week 1, winning both games easily. Early last week they knocked off Edmonson County 75-47. Tanner Whitworth knocked down 4 3 pointers and finished with 18. Kobe Poole chipped in 14 of his own. On Friday, they picked up their first 11th district win with a 108-34 victory over Cloverport. Breckenridge wastes no time in taking on challenges this week as they head to Owensboro to take on Catholic tonight before heading to Hancock County on Friday.


2. Owensboro Catholic Aces (2-0) - SAME

Coach Tim Riley and the Aces turned a lot of heads in the opening week of the season. They opened on the road with a 103-36 win over South Spencer. They set a number of school records in the process. Most points in a game and biggest margin of victory records fell, as well as Andrew Riney setting the mark for the most steals in a game, with 7. Drew Hartz led the Aces in scoring with 15. Friday, they smashed Meade County 81-41. Catholic took a total team approach in the win. John Parker finished with 26 to lead the way. This Catholic team resembles one that you might have seen Riley coach at Warren Central in the mid 2000's. They bring aggressive defense and attack the rim. They will look to continue the onslaught this week with home games against Breckenridge, Grayson and Apollo.


3. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (2-1) - SAME

The Mustangs opened the season with a 53-48 win against Marshall County. Nash Devine led the way with 18 and Issac Rose chipped in 11 points and 6 boards. Thursday, the Stangs stormed from behind to steal one on the road in Grayson County. Landon Gunterman scored the final 5 points, including the game winner to finish with 15. Saturday, Madisonville got the better of them by a final of 73-58. Muhlenberg is obviously still a work in progress, but you can see that the team has several guys who can produce on any given night. This week they travel to Hopkins Central before returning home to take on Caldwell County.


4. Daviess County Panthers (1-1) - UP 4

The Panthers make a big jump this week, after an impressive start to the season. They opened the season with an impressive showing against Madisonville. They led the Maroons right up until the end before falling 70-64. Dakota Walden had a monster game, putting up 36 points. They came back on Saturday and convincingly defeated Mclean County 75-56. This week, DC has a pair of interesting matchups, at Butler on Tuesday and home against Owensboro on Friday.


5. Grayson County Cougars (2-1) - SAME

The Cougars had some last minute changes to their roster but it looks like the current group is settling in nicely. They opened the season getting a big 66-45 win at Apollo. McHenry scored 24 and senior Spencer Sharp put up 21. Thursday, the Cougars let one slip away with a turnover in the final seconds that cost them against Muhlenberg County. Nolan Shartzer scored 19 in the loss. Grayson bounced back on Saturday with a nice 12 point win over Fairdale. Shartzer was big once again, scoring 33 and pulling 9 boards. The Cougars have a pair of road games this week at Owensboro Catholic and Edmonson next week.


6. Owensboro Red Devils (1-1) - SAME

The Devils had an up and down opening week, but flashed some serious potential. On Tuesday, they scored an impressive road win at Union County, 72-56. Darrion Wimsatt had a monster game with 31. Issac Humphrey also hit double figures with 13. Saturday, Central Hardin took it to the Devils, winning 67-47. The size of the Bruins caused a lot of problems for the much smaller Devils. Coach Drake has some players nicked up to start the year, but should get them back within the next couple of weeks. Owensboro has a tough week ahead as they host Warren Central on Tuesday before traveling to Daviess County on Friday.


7. Ohio County Eagles (2-1) - SAME

Coach Tony Hopper and the Eagles got their season off to a strong start with a big win over Meade County, 63-56. They carried that momentum into a 44-37 victory over Hancock County on Thursday. On Saturday, the Eagles fell to a very good Graves County team, 70-42. This team is still finding its way early on, but they have a very solid rotation of guys that are contributing. They host Logan County on Tuesday before opening 10th district play on Friday at home against Mclean County.


8. Whitesville Trinity Raiders (2-1) - UP 1

The Raiders opened up the season with quite an impression. They got a 70-32 win over Cloverport to open the season but the biggest impressions of the week would come against Henderson and Apollo. On Tuesday, they battled the Colonels and nearly pulled the upset, losing 64-60. Brown finished with 16. Morris chipped in 14 and Wright was also in double figures with 12. Saturday, the Raiders got a huge 64-50 win over Apollo. I believe that is the first time in school history that Trinity has defeated Apollo. It was a total team effort as the Raiders used suffocating defense to generate their offense. They return home this week for 2 huge 12th district games against Edmonson and Butler County.


9. Meade County Greenwave (0-2) - DOWN 5

While the Waves are battling some injuries to open the season, they took a couple of really tough losses this week. After leading at halftime, they let one slip away against Ohio County to open the season. Then on Friday, the expected showdown with Catholic got ugly, as the Waves lost by 40. In their defense, a short bench really hurt them against Catholic who brought an intense full court defense for the entire game, while going about 10-11 players deep. Expect Meade to show better this season, than they did in the first week. They'll look to bounce back on the road against Providence, IN before returning home to open district play against Cloverport. They will close out the week at Campbellsville on Friday.


10. Butler County Bears (1-2) - UP 3

While Butler struggled a little to start the season with losses to Metcalfe and Glasgow, they bounced back with an impressive win at Lyon County on Friday. Parker Rice had a monster game with 29 points. He was 5 of 5 from beyond the arc and pulled down 12 boards. Jaden Hurt led the Bears in scoring with 31 points and 9 boards. Butler will look to stay hot as they host Daviess County on Tuesday before opening district play at Trinity on Friday.


11. Apollo Eagles (1-3) - SAME

While Apollo is in serious rebuild mode, they were able to go on the road and open the season with a 61-56 win at Hancock County. Cameron Frantz & Nathan Mewes had 15 points each in the win. The rest of the week was rough for the Eagles. They lost by double digits to Grayson County, Warren Central and Trinity. Thus far, Apollo is without its only player from last season with any varsity minutes in Malik Wilson. Its going to be a process for Coach Steve Barker and the Eagles this season. They have a tough week ahead at Webster County, Owensboro Catholic and Warren East.


12. Hancock County Hornets (0-2) - DOWN 2

The Hornets had a bit of a disappointing start to the season, dropping 2 winnable games last week. They opened with a loss to Apollo, 61-56. On Thursday, they fell to Ohio County 44-37. Coach Mike Orr is just looking for guys who can step up around team leader Jaxson Gray. They have a 3 game home stand this week against Mclean, Cloverport and Breckenridge County.


13. Mclean County Cougars (0-2) - DOWN 1

Mclean lost a heart breaker to open the season against Hopkins Central, 64-63. Logan Patterson had a monster night, with 29 points and 7 boards. Brady Dame added a double double with 10 points and 11 boards. Mclean will look for its first win of the season on the road this week, at Hancock and Ohio County.


14. Edmonson County Wildcats (1-3) - SAME

Edmonson opened the season with a couple of tough losses to Thomas Nelson and #1 Breckenridge County. They were able to break through on Friday against Warren East, 59-56. On Saturday Cumberland County knocked off the Cats, 73-62. The Wildcats have competed well considering the turnover in their roster. They open 12th district play at Trinity on Tuesday, before returning home Friday against Grayson. They close the week at South Warren.


15. Cloverport Aces (0-2) - SAME

The Aces had a tough week dropping games to Trinity and Breckenridge County. Both losses were by double digits. They have 3 straight road games this week against Hancock, Meade and Birgin.

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Breckenridge travels to Owensboro Catholic tonight. Early season battle between 2 of the top teams in the region. Both teams got to 2-0 pretty handily. Breck has outscored their opponents 183-81, while Catholic has outscored their's 184-77. The winner should take the top spot in the early season rankings.

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Possible preview of a 3rd region final last night with OCath topping Breck in a well played game 79-73. Catholic slowed it down in the second half for some reason and Breck got back in the game and even took the lead, but Cath made a couple more plays and hit free throws to pull it out.

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