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14th Region Week 3 Review: Some Movements and a 700 win Legendary Coach

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We’re three weeks into the season and we have a lot left to desire. Outside of region opponents, the 14th region took a beating this past week. For the 14th region to make any noise at the state tournament, they are gonna have to start playing better, with that said, let’s take a look back at week 3.



1) Knott County Central (5-2): The Patriots remain at #1 this week despite a 30-point loss at the hands of Shelby Valley on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout at Pike County Central. ThePatriots were able to pick up two solid wins before the loss to Shelby Valley, however. The Patriots defeated Cordia 60-52 on Tuesday and followed that win up with a 68-55 win over the visiting Hazard Bulldogs.


The Patriots have two games this coming week before heading into Christmas break. The Patriots will host the Breathitt County Bobcats in a big region showdown on Tuesday night in Hindman. On Thursday,the Western Hills Wolverines will make the nearly 3 hour drive up the mountain parkway to Hindman to try and knock off the Knott County Central Patriots. Both game times are 7:30 PM.


2) Perry County Central (4-2): The Commodores leap frog the Hazard Bulldogs this week and come in at#2. Perry County Central had a fantastic week last week. Nothing sweeter than beating your crosstown rival except for beating your crosstown rival on their own home floor and that’s just exactly what the Commodores did on on Tuesday night. Perry Central and Hazard hooked up for the crosstown showdown and what a showdown it was. Perry Central would come out on top 61-56. Perry Central would return home for a Saturday game against Sheldon Clark and they wouldn’t have much of a problem getting past the Cardinals as they rolled to a 24 point, 74-47 victory.


Perry County Central heads to Prestonsburg this weekend for a holiday tournament. The Commodores will open up with Johnson Central on Thursday (8:15 PM), Shelby Valley on Friday (6:45 PM) (Same team that just throttled #1 Knott Central by 30) and Prestonsburg on Saturday (2:30 PM).



3) Hazard (6-2): Hazard falls to #3 this week after two consecutive losses to start the week last week. Hazard had two very big games last week against the #1 and #2 teams in the region. Hazard suffered a 61-56 heartbreaking loss to their crosstown rival, Perry Central. Hazard would make the trip up to Hindman looking to try and knock off the region favorites, Knott County Central, things didn’t go the way the Bulldogs had hoped for in a 68-55 loss. Stinging from two losses, Hazard made the trip up to Pike County Central on Saturday to participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings shootout and they would take some of that built up anger in a 64-45 win over Floyd Central.


The Bulldogs have just one lone game this week, Tuesday night as they travel to Hyden to take on district rival, Leslie County with a game time set for 7:30 PM.



4) Breathitt County (4-2): The Bobcats remain at #4 this week and have been playing better now than they did when the season first started. Breathitt won their lone game last week, defeating Wolfe County 81-68. Wolfe gave it everything they had and led 16-8 after 1 but that’s the only lead they would have as Breathitt County would come storming back to taket he lead and keep it for good. At one point, Breathitt had an 28 point lead on the Wolves. Wolfe County put up 29 points in the 4th quarter but it was little too late.


Bobcats have a big challenge this week as they travel to Hindman on Tuesday to take on the #1 team in the region, Knott County Central. Breathitt County will head to Rowan County this week for the KY Bank Challenge tournament. They will play West Carter on Saturday.


5) Letcher County Central (5-2): Letcher Central stays put this week as well. The Cougars started the season 3-0 but have since gone 2-2. Letcher Central played three games in a row, Dec. 13, 14 and 15. The Cougars picked up a 63-51 home win over Belfry on Dec. 13th. They turned around and throttled Jenkins 84-42 and on Saturday they participated in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout at Pike County Central and would end up falling to Magoffin County 64-53.


Letcher County Central will travel to Cordia to take on the Lions on Tuesday before returning home on Thursday and hosting Thomas Nelson out of Bardstown in their Pine Mountain classic.


6) Cordia (1-6): Remaining at #6 this week is the Cordia Lions. So far the Lions have struggled to get things going. Their lone win and one of their losses, Knott Central 60-52 both were in single digits. The other 5 losses were not so pretty as their closest game was a 17 point loss at Lexington Christian Academy. One thing is for sure, Cordia needs to get going or it could be a very long season for Coach Combs and the Lions.


The Lions have a busy week ahead of them as they will host district foe#5 Letcher County Central on Tuesday before heading to Prestonsbrug this weekend for a holiday tournament. Cordia will play Knox Central on Thursday at 3:30, Johnson Central on Friday at 5:30 and Shelby Valley on Saturday at 12 PM.


7) Buckhorn (4-3): The Wildcats momentum has took a turn for the wrong direction, starting the season out at 4-1 in their first 5 games, have dropped their previous 2, both coming last week. Buckhorn traveled up to Morehead to take on the Vikings of Rowan county. Buckhorn would give it everything they had but unfortunately would come up on the losing side of things in a 63-50 loss. Buckhorn would turn their attention to Pike County Central as they traveled up to Pikeville to participate in the Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout. Pike Central would get all they wanted and them some from Buckhorn in a 62-60 hard fought win for the Hawks.


Buckhorn will look to regroup this week as they travel to June Buchanan on Monday before heading to Gatlinburg TN for a holiday tournament this weekend. Can they regroup and get things turned around or will losses continue to pile up?


8) Powell County (2-5): Afteran ugly start to the season, the Pirates had more questions than answers but nothing more can answer a question other than two big district wins. Powell County would drop an 86-55 loss to Paintsville but the good news for Pirates fans is that the Pirates would start to get things turned around when they throttled district foe Lee County 91-51. Powell County would look to do the same to the defending 56th district and 14th region champs, Estill county. Powell County wouldn’t have much of a problem from Estill as they controlled the game and the inside on their way to a 72-51 win, derailing the Engineers.


Last week was a big week, not only for the Pirate basketball team and their fans but also for Legendary head coach, Dave Fraley as he picked up his 700th career win when the Pirates throttled the Lee County Bobcats.


Powell County will host their third district game in a row on Tuesday night when Owsley County comes to town. Powell County will head to Rowan County after that, this weekend to participate in the Rowan County KY Bank Challenge, their opponent? None other than the Vikings of Rowan County.


9) Leslie County (1-3): The Eagles didn’t participate in a game last week. Their last game coming on December 7th in a 76-57 blowout loss to North Laurel.


The Eagles will host both Hazard on Tuesday and Middlesboro on Wednesday. Leslie County will play Thomas Nelson on Friday in the Pine Mountain classic at Letcher County Central.


10) Wolfe County (2-4): No movement this week from the Wolves. They split both of their games last week, defeating Jackson City 88-60 before falling to Breathitt County 81-68. Game was not as close as the score predicts. Breathitt county had a 28 point lead at one point on the Wolves.


The Wolves will look to get things turned around this week as they travel to Irvine to take on the Engineers on recognition night on Monday and then will travel to Louisville Collegiate to participate in the Louisville Collegiate classic against St. Francis and Louisville Collegiate this weekend.


11) Estill County (1-5): Estill drops 3 spots to #11 this week after suffering more losses. The Engineers suffered a heart breaking loss to district foe, Powell County 72-51 on Friday night over in Stanton. Estill needs to get things turned around and in a hurry or else they might be watching the district and region tournaments from the stands. Sure it’s still a ways away but it’s gonna take Coach Bentley to fix this Engineer team.


12) June Buchanan (2-4): After picking up their 2nd win on the season in an 72-60 win over Owsley County, the Crusaders have dropped their previous two games. 62-60 on the road at Eminence and a 91-69 loss to Magoffin County.


13) Owsley County (3-2): The Owls have been played some good basketball here lately, picking up wins over Jackson City 76-60 and throttling Lee county 86-43 on the road. The Owls know what it takes to make it out of the 56th district alive and they are showing that.


14) Jackson City (2-6): Jackson city continues to struggle, losing all of their games by double digits to teams that they gave a run for their money to last year. Not a good start for the Tigers.


15) Lee County (2-7): Despite two wins, the Bobcats are still struggling to keep games close in range, as all of their losses have came by double digits. Lee County is a young team with a promising future ahead of them but it’s gonna take some time to get things back to the way they use to be in Beattyville.


16) Riverside Christian (0-0): No games scheduled for the Rams for the 2018/19 season.

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