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8th Region Week 3 Review

By:  Colonelmike


So sorry for the delayed review this week…I’m just back in the house for the first time since Friday….had two broadcasts Friday night….was gone all day Saturday doing two more broadcasts….was out of the house Sunday for a family celebration…had meetings tonight until just now returning home ….at 9:45 pm.

So….today’s review will be a little shorter than usual…

The final undefeated teams in the 8th Region all took it on the chin last week, as Oldham County fell to Top 10 Highlands, North Oldham dropped one at the hands of Jeffersonville (IN), and a shorthanded Henry County squad fell twice, to Owen County and then to South Oldham.  

After Week Three, here’s where we stand  (all upcoming games shown are 7:30 pm starts, unless otherwise noted):

1 - Oldham County – (2-1) – Last Week: #1   Oldham County played two highly-regarded teams last week, falling to #10-ranked Highlands at home in just the Colonels’ second game of the season, 73-63, before bouncing 29th district rival North Oldham – the number two ranked team in this week’s ranking – 81-72 on the road.

The Colonels, still wiping off the rust in just their second game of the season, got a big early lead against Highlands at home on Tuesday, but failed to hold the advantage as Highlands recorded a second-half comeback to secure the win.    Oldham rebounded to beat North Oldham, 81-72, on Friday night in a key game that secured the #1 seed in the 29th district tournament for OC.    In a three-team district, this means Oldham has a bye in the first round of the district, which translates into the Colonels being the first region 8 team to qualify for the 8th Region tournament.

The game between Oldham and North was the most intense, energetic game I’ve seen so far in the region this year.   The play was that of two teams trying to avoid tournament elimination, and I was impressed with the overall quality of play so soon in the season.   Oldham won in a large part due to their dominance on the glass; the Colonels outrebounded North, 36-15.  

Senior forward Tyler Slone continues to lead Oldham County, posting a 23 point / 10 rebound game against the Bluebirds, and a 24 point effort against the Mustangs.    Slone, averaging team highs in points (22.0 ppg) and rebounds (6.7), is hitting 58% of his shots from the floor.

This Week –  Saturday 1/30/21 vs. Scott High 2 pm ET


2 – North Oldham (1-2) – Last week:  #2  North Oldham stays at number two despite dropping two games last week against highly regarded teams from Jeffersonville (IN) and #11 ranked Oldham County.

The Mustangs are looking like perhaps the most purely athletic team, top to bottom, in the region.   North has speed to burn, and depth on the bench to keep the energy going on the court.  In addition, they are showing multiple offensive weapons to score with.

Against Jeffersonville last week, it was “Rico” Carr-Cole leading the way, scoring 30 points.    Against Oldham County, it Dallas Roberts who took center stage, scoring 23 points on everything from deep, deep threes to thundering drives for layups.

Roberts is incredibly impressive.   I’ve watched him since he emerged on the varsity scene two years ago as an 8th grader, leading North Oldham in scoring that season at just under 14 ppg.   He was solid last year.   But his physical development in the off-season is impressive, and it’s a more confident, powerful, and fast Dallas Roberts that is challenging the region this year.   Despite being just a sophomore, he’s a worthy name in consideration for the Player of the Year award.

At this point, I see no reason to drop the Mustangs despite the two losses.   They were impressive in defeat last week, and have contributors on the inside and outside.   North showed exceptional quickness against a Oldham County, forcing a veteran Colonel squad into several turnovers (unofficially, 9 in the first half). 

The Mustangs are a veteran bunch, and they show a lot of confidence on the court.   The murderers’ row schedule will undoubtedly hand the Mustangs a few extra losses, but make no mistake, this team will be there at the end.

This week:  no games scheduled


3 – Simon Kenton (5-1) – Last Week:  #3     SK played just one game last week, throttling the Williamstown Demons in a District 32 matchup, 74-34.   Isaac Miller led the way with 28 points, and the Pioneers hit 53.8% of their shots.   It was the fourth time this season that SK had shot over 50% - and the fourth time in a row.

The Pioneers are riding the region’s longest winning streak at 5, but SK will have their hands full this week on the road against a 5-2 Dixie Heights team that lost to Highlands by just 7 in double overtime, before coming home as favorites against Gallatin County.

This week:  1/29/21 at Dixie Heights     1/30/21 vs. Gallatin County


4 – South Oldham (3-1)   Last week:  #5   After being held to a paltry 51 points – a point total South hasn’t been held to in a couple of years – the Dragons seem to have gotten their offense back on track, averaging 70 ppg in their last three contests – all wins – while scoring a minimum of 60 points in the three contests.

The Dragons – despite putting some points on the board – still struggled to put away two Bullitt County schools, outlasting North Bullitt, 69-59, before salvaging a 60-54 overtime win over Bullitt East in a game that South nearly blew in the fourth quarter.    But the Dragons seemingly put everything together against a 6-1 Henry County team on Saturday night in New Castle, as the South Oldham team we expect to see arrived and rained 15 three pointers on the Wildcats en route to an 81-55 victory.

The South Oldham perimeter attack certainly seems to be alive and well.   After hitting 349 threes last season – the third most in state history, behind South’s own records at #1 and #2 in the record books – the Dragons seem ready to make a lot more three pointers this season.   South has made 44 threes in four games, making at least 9 threes in each game.  

The Dragons – who are hitting 50% of their shots overall – have made 43.1% of their threes.   The Dragons are shooting 53.7% of their shots behind the arc.   Against Henry County, Ben Michel and Cayden Brown both made four three pointers.

South coach Steve Simpson had to be smiling as his bench contributed solid minutes and solid points against Henry County; the Dragon bench contributed 26 points against the Wildcats.

This week:   1/26/21 vs. Trimble County (www.pegasussportsky.com)    


5 – Collins (5-3)   Last week:   #4   Collins split two last week, defeating Woodford County, 52-44, before losing to top-5 ranked Lexington Catholic, 71-40.

The win over Woodford makes the Titans 2-1 in District 30 seeding play, tied with Woodford County at 2-1, with the Titans owning the tiebreaker due to head-to-head competition.   Anderson County and Spencer County sit at 1-1 in seeding games, with Shelby bringing up the rear at 0-2.

The Titans actually started well against Lexington Catholic, playing tight for the first period, before the Knights’ superior experience, talent, and depth took over.  By the fourth quarter, there was a running clock and the Knights’ bench was emptied.

Collins, led by a pair of young (sophomores) guards, has now lost three of their last four games, during which the Titans have shot just 37.6% from the floor and 19% (12 of 63) from beyond the arc.    The guard-oriented team has also struggled to rebound, particularly against upper-level competition such as LexCath, and the team has averaged just 18 rebounds over the last four contests.

Dawson Eden (16 points against Woodford) and Austin Thompson (9 points vs. LexCath) have led the team in scoring in the last two games as the veterans have stood up to help out the youngsters in the backcourt.   

Chris Gaither’s team is definitely talented, but it will take a little time to develop over the course of the season.   

This week:  1/26/21 at Henry County     1/29 vs. St. Xavier


6 – Walton-Verona (7-1)   Last week:  #6 -  Walton just keeps rolling along.   The Bearcats won two last week, including a 70-64 victory over a solid Campbell County squad (5-2) and an 83-62 victory over Gallatin County, both at home.   

The Cats have now won three in a row and are the winningest team in the region with a 7-1 record.    Offensively, Mike Hester’s bunch is beginning to resemble the “unstoppable force”, having scored 63 points or more in 7 of their 8 games – all wins.   Their only loss, so far, has come to 7th region power St. X.   The Cats have cracked the 80 point mark twice in just eight games.

Walton has had at least four players scoring in double figures in four of their eight games.   The team is hitting 47.6% of their shots overall, and has already connected on 79 (of 178) three point attempts for 44.4%.   The Bearcats are making nearly 10 threes a game.

Against Campbell, it was Cameron Christy that led the way with 18 points; Carter Krohman led the team in scoring against Gallatin with 19 points.   Four players reached double figures against Campbell (Christy, Krohman, Brant Smithers, and Conner Davis), and five reached that milestone against Gallatin (the above four, plus Julian Dixon, who had 10 points).

Nobody may be hotter than Krohman right now; the sophomore is averaging 14.1 ppg (second only to Brant Smithers’ 18 ppg), while hitting an incredible 26 of 40 threes (65%!) and 75% at the line.

Julian Dixon is an 8th Region up-and-comer that bears watching.   I was impressed with his energetic play in the All-A; he’s starting to find his way into the scorebook now despite playing on a team with tons of scorers.

Walton-Verona will have a chance to make a statement this week as they face some stiff opposition.

This week:  1/25 at Anderson County       1/27 vs. Covington Catholic or Newport Central Catholic


7 – Spencer County (6-3)  Last week:  #9   With Sam Conley already back in the Spencer County lineup, things are already looking up for the Bears, who have now won three straight sinc their star’s return, and who move up two spots to number seven in the rankings this week.

Spencer, who went 3-3 to start the year with Conley on the sideline with a hand injury, rebounded nicely this week, albeit against competition they were expected to handle, with or without Conley.

Conley seems to have recovered nicely; the senior slowly amped up his game through last week’s three contests, scoring 8 points and grabbing two boards against Bullitt Central in a 65-41 victory, then scoring 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds against Gallatin County in a 43-38 win.

He wrapped up the week with a typical “Conley” game; 28 points and 6 rebounds against Grant County in a 63-47 victory, while hitting 7 of 13 from the floor and 13 of 13 at the line.

For the week, Conley averaged 17.3 ppg, 5 rebounds, while hitting 61.9% of his shots from the floor and 85% of his free throws.  He led the team in scoring against Gallatin and Grant.

Jake Whitlock carried the load against Bullitt Central with 24 points.

Spencer County looks ready to pursue the region title as one of the favorites, as expected in the pre-season.

The competition gets tougher this week, though Spencer should be favored in both games.

This week:   1/26 vs. Washington County (7-2)     1/29 at Anderson County


8 – Woodford County (5-4)  Last week:  #7   Woodford had a rough week last week, dropping two of three games.

It all started with a heartbreaker of a loss to East Jessamine, 66-65.   Woodford followed that with a 52-44 loss to Collins before righting the ship – sort of – with a surprisingly narrow, 77-70, win over Trimble County.

The East Jessamine loss was a painful one, as Woodford hit nearly 58% of their shots from the floor – including 11 of 20 threes – led by Hunter Penn and Logan Taylor, who each had 19 points.    But East Jessamine pounded the Jackets on the glass, 26-16, and the win got away from Woodford.

The loss to Collins gave the Titans the upper-hand in the battle for the #1 district seed; both Woodford and Collins are 2-1 in district seeding games, with one game to play, but if they remain tied, Collins gets the tiebreaker by virtue of the head to head competition.    Woodford still has to play Shelby County; Collins must face off against Spencer County in their final seeding game.

Hunter Penn is leading the Yellowjackets at 17.6 ppg / 10.6 rebounds per game, and the Jackets are hitting 52.6% of their shots.   Woodford is hitting a tremendous 47.5% of their threes (48 of 101), and averaging nearly 7 made threes per contest.   But so far, they haven’t been able to consistently translate these stats to victories.

Woodford County will be solid favorites this week to extend their winning streak to three games.

This week:  1/28 vs. Sayre       1/29 at Shelby County


9 – Owen County (4-3)   Last week:  #11   Owen moves up two spots this week after beating Henry County by 9 points last week, before losing to Franklin County by 12 in a bit of a surprise.

The Rebels are still inconsistent, but this is a talented, young team that is beginning to show signs of breaking through.   The victory over Henry County has established the Rebels as the team to beat in the 31st District.

Sophomore guard Teagan Moore hung 27 points / 9 rebounds on Henry County, then scored 19 points and grabbed 8 boards against Franklin.    

The two games revolved around the Rebels’ shooting; Owen connected on 23 of 46 shots against Henry for 50%, and was 10 of 12 at the line (83.3%).   Against Franklin, the Rebels could just manage 39.1% shooting and hit just 6 of 12 free throws (50%)

Owen has a favorable schedule this coming week and will be favored in all three games.

This Week:   1/25 at Grant County     1/27 vs. Eminence     1/29 at Williamstown


10 – Henry County (6-2)   Last week:  #8 – The Wildcats dropped two of three games last week, falling to District 30 rival Owen County, 65-56, beating Williamstown by 21, then dropping a big game at home on Saturday, 81-55, to South Oldham.

Trevor Hardin continues to impress, recording double-doubles against Owen (16 points / 12 rebounds) and Williamstown (23 points / 16 rebounds), and leading all scorers in the South game with 26 points.    Hardin has led Henry in scoring in 7 of 8 games, and has recorded 6 double doubles.   He’s averaging 23.1 ppg / 12.8 rebounds.

Henry definitely misses Will Peyton at this point of the season.     The Cats’ lack of depth showed Saturday against South, as Henry County really got no production off the bench (6 points from the four reserves who played).   

The Wildcats could use a “bounceback” week; the Collins game on Tuesday presents an interesting matchup of Henry’s bigs (Hardin, Sam Royalty) versus the Collins backcourt (Quinton Simmons, Kenyon Goodin).

This week:   1/26 vs. Collins     1/30 at Ludlow   2:30 pm


11 – Anderson County (2-3)   Last week:  #10 – Anderson County doesn’t lose by large margins often, which is why it’s so surprising when they do.

Last week, the Bearcats’ only game went terribly wrong for Anderson County as Lexington Christian hammered the Cats, 75-38.  Anderson County hit just 14 of 57 overall for just 24.6%, including a woeful 3 of 31 from beyond the arc (9.7%).    Even the free throw line wasn’t kind to them, where the Cats went just 7 of 12 for 58.3%.

It was just that kind of night.

Anderson will try to regroup with two games this week.

This Week:   1/26 at Western Hills     1/29 vs. Spencer County


12 – Shelby County (1-3)   Last week: #12     Shelby County hasn’t played since January 12th.

This week:   1/26 vs. Evangel     1/29 vs. Woodford C0ounty


13 – Grant County (3-6)   Last week:   #14 –  Grant County is still muddling along, trying to find its identity, but the Braves did get a 60-45 win over Trimble County last week, before falling by 40 to Dixie Heights and by 16 to a newly-rejuvenated Spencer County squad, with Sam Conley back in the lineup.

Dylan Hammonds led the Braves in all three games.   He had a double-double against Trimble (29 points / 15 rebounds), and averaged 21 points and 9.3 rebounds in the three games.

This week:   1/25 vs. Owen County    1/27 at Cooper     1/30 vs. Great Crossing


14 - Gallatin County (1-2)  Last week:  #13    Gallatin County has now lost five in a row after losing three times last week.   Losses to Walton-Verona (83-62) and Spencer County (43-38) were no surprise, but a 76-75 heartbreaker of a loss to Ludlow on Saturday was.

Despite the upset loss, the Wildcats saw some good things happen.   Three players hit double figures as Gallatin scored its season-high in points.    Blake Skidmore had 18 points, Hayden Dickerson had 15, and Noah Brinker 11 in the loss, and the team hit 11 of 24 threes (45.8%).   Dickerson was 4 of 7 beyond the arc.

Gallatin was outrebounded in all three games;

This Week:   1/26 vs. Williamstown    1/29 at Eminence       1/30 at Simon Kenton


15 – Williamstown (3-4)  Last week:  #15 – Williamstown had the opportunity to make some noise against some of the region’s better teams last week, but came up a little short.

Simon Kenton held the Demons to 24.5% shooting in a district 32 matchup won by the Pioneers, 74-34.  Gunner Feagan led the Demons in scoring with 9 points, but Williamstown simply couldn’t shoot straight, hitting 12 of 49 overall, 3 of 19 beyond the arc, and 7 of 17 (41.2%) at the line.

Williamstown then faced one of the top District 31 teams, Henry County, only to lose, 63-42.   Feagan again led the way, this time with 14 points, but Williamstown again struggled from the floor, hitting just 15 of 58 (25.9%).

The Demons wound up the week with a victory, though, defeating Dayton, 70-66.   The team found its shooting eye (52.9% from the floor), with Caleb Tritschler (28 points) and Feagan (20 points) leading the way.

Williamstown will tangle with a pair of District 31 teams this week as the Demons try to build on their Dayton win.

This Week:   1/26 at Gallatin County      1/29 vs. Owen County


16 – Trimble County (1-6) Last week:  #16 – Trimble got in three games last week, and posted their first victory of the season.

The Raiders opened the week with a 15 point loss to Grant County, but rebounded to defeat Eminence, 68-53, on the road.    J.T. Wilcoxson had 21 points in the win, and Tate Ogburn grabbed 15 rebounds to pace the Raiders.

Trimble seemed to gain some momentum from the win.   Though they lost to Woodford County in their final game of the week, the Raiders played it close in a 77-70 loss to the Yellow Jackets.

Trimble may be getting set to make a run.   After failing to score more than 58 points in their first three games, the Raiders have scored scored 68 points or more in 3 of their last 4 games, including 81 against North Oldham and 70 against Woodford County.

This week:    1/28 vs. Dayton      1/30 at Montgomery County


17 – Carroll County (0-2)  Last week:  #17 – The Panthers would just like to play a game.   They finally got in a game – only their second of the season – last week, falling to Ryle by a final score of 73-53.  Keishaun Mumphrey had 20 points and 7 rebounds to pace the Panthers.

This Week:   No games scheduled


18 – Eminence (0-3)   Last week:  #18 – Eminence had two home games last week, falling to Trimble County, 68-53, before losing a nail-biter to Nelson County, 37-29.

The Warriors have not posted any stats from either game.

This week:   1/27 at Owen County     1/28 at Burgin     1/29 vs. Gallatin County

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New game added to the schedule for this Week:

Walton-Verona at South Oldham 

Game starts at 7:30 pm; this one will be covered by Pegasus Sports.   Free live video coverage will begin at 7 pm on www.pegasussportsky.com

Should be a fun game between two very similar teams that like to run and gun.   Expect the bombs to fall like rain from the outside, as both teams like the three.

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11 hours ago, ColonelMike said:

New game added to the schedule for this Week:

Walton-Verona at South Oldham 

Game starts at 7:30 pm; this one will be covered by Pegasus Sports.   Free live video coverage will begin at 7 pm on www.pegasussportsky.com

Should be a fun game between two very similar teams that like to run and gun.   Expect the bombs to fall like rain from the outside, as both teams like the three.

Game cancelled / postponed due to COVID restrictions.


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