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BluegrassPreps.com 15th Region Week 3 Review

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1. Johnson Central (6-1): Perennial 15th Region title contender Johnson Central continued to excel in Week 3, notching wins over crosstown rival Paintsville and much-improved East Ridge. Seniors Cory VanHoose, Isaiah May and John King are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Golden Eagles. Johnson Central is shooting nearly 50 percent (two-point and 3-point combined) from the field. The Golden Eagles are slated to host Betsy Layne on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
2. Pikeville (5-1): After dropping its season opener to surging North Laurel, Pikeville has reeled off five straight wins. In Week 3, Pikeville posted wins over 59th District rival Shelby Valley and Madison Central. Rylee Samons, Laithan Hall, Nick Robinson and Lukas Manns are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Panthers. Samons is averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds per game. Pikeville has upcoming games scheduled versus East Ridge (Jan. 28, away) and Harlan (Jan. 30, away). 
3. Shelby Valley (6-2): Following a 59th District loss to Pikeville, Shelby Valley bounced back to beat both Belfry and Cordia. The Wildcats are 6-2 after dropping back-to-back games to Pikeville. Kaden Robinson and Keian Worrix are each averaging over 17 points per game for the Wildcats. Shelby Valley is shooting 37.2 percent (74-of-199) from 3-point range. The Wildcats are slated to close out January with games versus Magoffin County (Jan. 25, home) and Paintsville (Jan. 28, away). 
4. Belfry (4-3): The Pirates dropped games to Danville and Shelby Valley in Week 3 and are currently on a three-game losing skid. Sal Dean, Tyler Chaffin, Bol Kuir and Ben McNamee are averaging double figures in scoring for the Pirates. Kuir is averaging a double-double and leads the 15th Region in rebounding. Belfry has games scheduled versus Hazard (Jan. 26, away), Phelps (Jan. 29, home) and Henry Clay (Jan. 30, away) in Week 4.
5. East Ridge (4-2): The Warriors defeated Phelps prior to dropping a game to Johnson Central in Week 3. Pacing East Ridge early in the 2020-21 boys' high school basketball season, Eli Rose, Braxton Stanley and Isaac Woods are each averaging double figures in scoring. East Ridge is slated to face 59th District rival Pikeville (Jan. 28, home) and Paintsville (Jan. 30, away) in Week 4.
6. Lawrence County (4-2): After being sidelined due to multiple COVID cancelations, Lawrence County defeated Chesapeake (Ohio) 82-71 in the Boyd County Roundball Classic on Saturday, Jan. 23. Trenton Adkins, Cody Maynard, Kaden Gillispie and Baden Gillispie are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Bulldogs. Lawrence County is scheduled to visit Martin County (Jan. 26), Floyd Central (Jan. 29) and Lewis County (Jan. 30) in Week 4.
7. Martin County (3-4): Reigning champion Martin County is showing improvement after dropping four of its first five games. Between a pair of canceled games, Martin County topped 57th District foe Paintsville 55-50 in Week 3. Brady Dingess, Luke Hale and Jacob Butcher are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Cardinals. Martin County is scheduled to face Prestonsburg (Jan. 26, home) and Magoffin County (Jan. 28, away) in Week 4.
8. Paintsville (2-4): The Tigers are on a three-game losing skid after falling to 57th District foes Johnson Central and Martin County in Week 3. Paintsville has dropped three straight games after opening the season 2-1. The duo of Colby Fugate and Braxton Tharp continues to lead Paintsville. Fugate and Tharp are combining to average over 35 points per game for the Tigers. Paintsville is due to host Phelps (Jan. 26), Shelby Valley (Jan. 28) and East Ridge (Jan. 30) in Week 3.
9. Betsy Layne (2-4): The Bobcats suffered a setback on the road at the start of Week 3 then missed games versus Lawrence County, Floyd Central and Pike County Central due to COVID. Brady Robinson, Jordan Frazier and Chase Mims, each of whom are averaging double figures in scoring, continue to lead the Bobcats. Betsy Layne has upcoming away games scheduled at Johnson Central (Jan. 27) and Prestonsburg (Jan. 29). 
10. Pike County Central (4-1): The Hawks notched wins over Wellspring (Richmond homeschool) and White Academy (Tenn.) during Week 3. Under new head coach Robert Amis, Pike County Central is off to a 4-1 start in the 2020-21 boys' high school basketball season. Jaylen Rigdon, Josh Du Toit and Kasope Lawrence are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Hawks. Currently, due to COVID, Pike County Central is sidelined through the end of Week 4. 
11. Magoffin County (2-3): The Hornets have been sidelined due to COVID. Magoffin County hasn't played since dropping a 57th District game on the road at Johnson Central on Thursday, Jan. 14. The Hornets are scheduled to face Shelby Valley (Jan. 25, away), Fairview (Jan. 26, away), Martin County (Jan. 28, home) and Letcher County Central (Jan. 30, away) in Week 4.
12. Floyd Central (1-3): The Jaguars have been sidelined due to COVID as well. After knocking off Phelps in a season opener, Floyd Central has dropped games to East Ridge, Shelby Valley and Magoffin County. The Jaguars are slated to face Cordia (Jan. 25, home), Lawrence County (Jan. 29, home) and Menifee County (Jan. 30, away) in Week 4. 
13. Prestonsburg (1-2): Following a layoff due to COVID, Prestonsburg upended Nicholas County for its first win. Prestonsburg outlasted Nicholas County 68-64 on the road in Carlisle on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Blackcats are scheduled to face 58th District rival Betsy Layne (Jan. 29, home) and Knox Central (Jan. 30, away) in Week 4.
14. Jenkins (1-3): The Cavaliers haven't competed in a game since defeating Riverside Christian 61-32 on Saturday, Jan. 16. Jenkins is slated to visit Lynn Camp (Jan. 30, away) in Week 4.
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I’m not complaining.  I’d put them a little higher but PCC beat Martin by 6 at Martin.  I guess there’s still a lot to prove but mark my words Pike Central is in the hunt to win the region this year.  Just my 2 cents.

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