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10th Region Boys Basketball Week 3 Review

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Our number one team keeps rolling, justifying their top-ten state ranking.  They remain the region's only undefeated squad.  A bit of a shakeup in the top half of the rankings; no changes in the bottom half.  One career-win coaching milestone this week. If the week 3 results don't line up with the original schedule; that's because a whole bunch of teams either missed games due to COVID or rescheduled them.  

1).  Clark County (8-0) Jan. 19, 87-62 win vs. Tates Creek; Jan. 22, 86-48 win vs. Pulaski County.

Previous rank - 1

This week - Jan. 26 vs. Bourbon County; Jan. 29 vs. Mason County; Jan. 30 at Scott County.

The Cardinals haven't let up; and it looks like Danville transfer PG Aden Slone has fit nicely into the rotation.  Jerone Morton led the team with 26 points, while Jared Wellman had a 17/13 double-double in the Tates Creek win.  Wellman led a balanced scoring attack in the win over Creek with 17.

2).  Montgomery County (2-2) - Jan. 23, 67-72 loss at Boyd County.

Previous rank - 2

This week - Jan. 25 at Bracken County; Jan. 27 vs. Mason County; Jan. 29 vs. Paris; Jan. 30 vs. Trimble County.

The Indians finally returned to the hardwood after being relegated to the COVID sidelines for four games; Ricky Lovette's big 31/13 effort wasn't quite enough in a road loss to 16th Region opponent Boyd County.  Busy week four, with four games scheduled in six days.  Nothing on the Scoreboard yet regarding the rescheduling of the second matchup with Clark County.

3).  Robertson County (4-1) - Jan. 18, 68-89 loss at Ashland.

Previous rank - 3

This week - Jan. 26 at Pendleton County; Jan. 29 at Nicholas County.

Robertson only got to play one game last week; a road contest against the top-ranked team in the 16th.  Ashland had their way with the Devils, jumping out to an early lead and staying comfortably ahead all game.  Justin Becker had a typical Justin Becker game, with 26 points and 11 boards.  The game scheduled for January 23 would have provided a nice measuring stick to see just how Coach Kelsch's squad stacks up.

4).  Scott (3-2) - Jan. 21, 86-50 win at North College Hill (OH); Jan. 23, 62-56 win vs. Harlan County.

Previous rank - 5

This week - Jan. 26 vs. Highlands; Jan. 29 vs. Campbell County; Jan. 30 at Oldham County.

Scott returned to the court after a ten-day hiatus with a convincing win against NCH; with Nolan Hunter and Grant Proffitt leading a quintet of Eagles reaching double figures; and followed up with a nice home win over previously undefeated Harlan County (no stats available for that one).  This week will prove to be more challenging; and the always-anticipated district matchup with Campbell County should be a good one.

5).  Mason County (5-2) - Jan. 19, 83-47 win vs. Nicholas County; Jan. 23, 58-61 loss to Frederick Douglass.

Previous rank - 6

This week - Jan. 27 at Montgomery County; Jan. 29 at Clark County.

Week 3 went nothing like originally scheduled (one game at Paris).  AP Perry led the Royals with 21 including 5-7 from behind the arc against Nicholas, with Terrell Henry recording a 12/10 double-double. Congratulations to Coach Chris Kirk on his 100th career win in this one.  Poor shooting was the Royals' Achilles heel  against Fred; 2-14 from distance and 16-43 overall.  Henry and Nate Mitchell led Mason County in scoring with 23 and 18, but only two other Royals scored.  Only two games grace the schedule this week, but they're on the road against the 10th's number one and number two.

6).  Campbell County (5-2) - Jan. 18, 64-70 loss at Walton-Verona; 64-46 win vs. Bishop Brossart.

Previous rank - 7

This week - Jan 26 at Boone County; Jan. 29th at Scott.

The Camels fell in a close one at W-V, with Dane Hegyi, Aydan Hamilton and Garrett Beiting notching 19, 18 and 16 respectively.  The Camels jumped out to a big halftime lead in the district matchup with Brossart; with Hamilton and Beiting pacing Campbell with 22 and 19.  The game at Scott on Friday could go a long way in establishing the number one seed in the 37th District.

7). Bishop Brossart (4-4) - Jan. 21, 56-69 loss at St. Henry; Jan. 23, 46-64 loss vs. Campbell County.

Previous rank - 4

This week - Jan. 27 vs. Calvary Christian; Jan. 29 vs. Augusta.

Coach Code's Mustangs drop a bit this week as the absence of Carson Schirmer continues to be felt.  The 'stangs battled back gamely from a 19-point deficit at halftime at Walton, with Stephen Verst and David Gohan leading the way with big second halves to keep the final score very respectable.  The sluggish first-half performance was repeated in the Campbell County Crosstown Classic.  Govan and Verst put up 20 and 18 in this one.  Week four kicks off four straight home games for Brossart.

8).  Bourbon County (2-5) - Jan.19, 47-65 loss to Scott County; Jan. 22, 68-78 loss at Bryan Station.

Previous rank - 8

This week - Jan. 26 at Clark County, Jan. 28 at Ashland; Jan. 30 at Paris.

A pair of losses to respectable 11th Region foes wasn't enough to drop Bourbon County out of the top half, but this week's games - all on the road - at Clark, Ashland and crosstown rival Paris will prove challenging.  

9). Harrison County (3-4) - Jan. 19, 82-31 win vs. Powell County; Jan. 22, 47-78 loss to Madison Southern.

Previous rank - 9

This week - Jan. 25 at St. Patrick; Jan. 28 at Fleming County; Jan. 30 vs. Lexington Catholic.

A dozen Breds cracked the scoring column against the outmanned Pirates from Powell County; while James Soard went for 20 and Clay Carpenter had 12 and 10 in the game with a pretty good Madison Southern squad from the 11th.  This week's two road games give Harrison a decent chance at hitting the .500 mark for the season.

10).  Augusta (4-2) - Jan. 19, 86-45 win at St. Patrick; Jan. 20, 73-65 win vs. Russell.

Previous rank - 10

This week - Jan. 26 vs. Nicholas County; Jan. 27 vs. Bracken County; Jan. 29 at Bishop Brossart; Jan. 30 at Fleming County.

The bench got a lot of playing time in the St. Pat game, with Kason Hinson leading a balanced scoring attack which saw twelve Panthers in the scoring column.  The Hinson brothers combined for 43 in a close one against Russell, with Riley Mastin adding 10 points and 10 boards.  Four games in five days grace this week's schedule; including the always-entertaining rematch with the Polar Bears of Bracken County.

11).  Bracken County (2-5) - Jan. 18, 53-65 loss at Harrison County. 

Previous rank - 11

This week - Jan. 25 vs. Montgomery County; Jan. 27 at Augusta; Jan. 29 at Pendleton County; Jan. 30 at Dayton.

COVID knocked out all but one of Bracken's week three scheduled games.  Brothers Blake and Cayden Reed accounted for 30 in the scrimmage game at Cynthiana.  Super frosh Blake Reed continues at a 24 points per game clip.  As noted above, the game at Augusta should be entertaining.

12).  Pendleton County (2-2) - All games canceled (a quick search reveals that an official in the January 12 game at Montgomery County may have had some bearing on this).

Previous rank - 12

This week - Jan. 26 vs. Robertson County; Jan. 29 vs. Bracken County; Jan. 30 vat Holmes.

With the last five games cancelled, it will be interesting to see how the Wildcats bounce back from the break.  All three games will be tough.

13).  Calvary Christian (4-3) - Jan. 18 72-74 loss at Ludlow; Jan. 21, 75-37 win at Heritage Academy; Jan. 23, 49-30 win vs. Highlands Latin.

Previous rank - 13

This week - Jan. 25 vs. Portland Christian; Jan. 27 at Bishop Brossart; Jan. 29 vs. Villa Madonna; Jan. 30 vs. Bellevue.

The Cougars went 19-21 at the charity stripe but fell just short at Ludlow on Monday.  The next two games proved much easier.  Luke Ruwe scored 27 on a 12-for-16 shooting night against Heritage; while four players reached double figures in the win over Highlands Latin (I've got to be honest here - I didn't know there was a Highlands Latin basketball team, but they played a half-dozen games last year).

14). Paris (0-3) - Both games last week cancelled, again.

Previous rank - 14

This week - Jan. 27 vs. Model; Jan. 29 at Montgomery County; Jan. 30 vs. Bourbon County

Things don't get any easier for Coach Baker's Greyhounds this week (again).

15).  Nicholas County (1-8) - Jan. 19, 47-83 loss at Mason County; Jan. 22, 55-77 loss to Frankfort; Jan. 23, 64-68 loss to Prestonsburg.

Previous rank - 15

This week - Jan. 26 at Augusta; Jan. 29 vs. Robertson County; Jan. 30 vs. Pineville.

The Jackets are currently on the wrong end of an 8-game streak.  Dalton Davenport had 19 against Mason County but Nicholas could only grab 20 rebounds as a team.  Davenport scored a team-high 24 in the Prestonsburg game, with Wyatt Clark and Brady Switzer combining for 30 more.

16).  St. Patrick (1-8) - Jan. 19, 45-86 loss to Augusta; Jan. 20, 34-96 loss at Felicity (OH); Jan. 23, 69-23 win at Covington Latin.

Previous rank - 16

This week - Jan. 25 vs. Harrison County; Jan. 26 at Fleming County; Jan. 29 vs. Fairview; Jan. 30 at Berea.

As boldly predicted by yours truly in last week's review, the Saints and Coach Moore earned their first victory of the season against Covington Latin.


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