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BluegrassPreps.com 9th Region Week 2 Review and Rankings:

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BluegrassPreps.com 9th Region Week 2 Review and Rankings:

The 2nd week of 9th Region hoops has passed, but not without some interesting points worth noting.

CovCath avenged their 2 losses to St. Henry last season by giving them quite a spanking with a 50 point victory, 82-32. 

Highlands held off this same St. Henry team who was at one point down by 23 in the first half just to charge back in the 2nd half to cut the Bird’s lead to 2, missing a 3 that would’ve given them the lead, then foul shots for Highlands took over to end the game 65-55. 

Holy Cross played 3 games at the famed Toyota Class at Scott County/Great Crossing, first losing to eventual tournament runner-up Frederick Douglas 69-67 then going on to beat Lexington Christian and Lafayette to round out their time in the tourney. The big news though for the Indians was Jacob Meyer breaking the previous individual scoring record for the tourney that was 101, to score an earth shattering 139 points. 42 in the first game. A Holy Cross single game scoring record of 53 points against Lexington Chritian, and then 44 points in the 3rd game. Meyer is currently averaging 43.5 points in his first 4 games of the season. 

Another noteworthy game was that Cooper beat Conner in 33rd district play 41-38 knocking the Cougars from the 5th spot in the rankings. 

There’s been much talk early on that the Lloyd Juggernauts are going to be a hot team this season. They didn’t play in the first week of the season, but jump started their season in the 2nd week going 3-0, but it’s still to be seen just what they are made of when they start facing stiffer competition. 

Last but not least, I’d like to give a shout out to the Ludlow Panthers for starting their season 4-0 with an average of 12 3’s per game. There’s 4, maybe 5 players for the Panthers that have been consistently knocking down their 3’s. Their last 2 seasons saw them with 18 wins respectively. 

With their fast start already this season, I’d bet that they’ve got a goal for their team to achieve a 20 win season. While they’re doing great so far, I still can’t quite justify placing them in the Top 10 in the rankings. 


  1. Covington Catholic - (4-1) 


The Colonels went the 2nd week continuing to show why they’re Number 1 in the rankings, and Number 2 in the state. They spanked the Crusaders of St. Henry pretty hard, and then turned around to commandingly beat an ever tough Cincinnati GCL team La Salle, 72-35. They saw their first loss of the season by the hands of a tough Cathedral team out of Indianapolis. Mitchell Rylee and Evan Ipsaro are both hanging around a scoring average of 20 ppg. 

The Colonels travel to Latonia to face Holy Cross in a 35th District matchup on Dec. 14th, then play in the King of the Bluegrass at Fairdale, first facing Trinity on Dec. 17th. 


  1. Dixie Heights - (3-1) 

The Red Colonels took care of business this past week first beating Campbell Co. 86-74, then dismantling the Bulldogs of Holmes, 76-45. 

Dixie travels to Newport to face the Thoroughbreds of Newport Central Catholic on Dec. 16th, then have a home game against Newport on Dec. 17th. 


  1. Highlands - (4-2)

The Bluebirds outlasted both Scott, 75-68, and St. Henry 65-55 in two very competitive games, then got an impressive win over Desales 85-80. 

The Birds travel to Campbell Co. Dec. 13th, then have a home game against Holmes on Dec. 17th. 


  1. Holy Cross - (3-1)

  Holy Cross made a decent showing in the Toyota Classic this weekend going 2-1 led by Jacob Meyer who scored a tournament record 139 points in 3 games, highlighting this surge by scoring a record 53 points in their game against Lexington Christian, breaking a Holy Cross single game individual scoring record. 

 The Indians will host the almighty CovCath Colonels in a 35th district seeding game on Dec. 14th, then travel to Ryle on Dec. 18th. 


  1. Cooper - (4-1) 

The Jaguars of Cooper jumped to the 5th spot in the rankings this week by merit of beating the previous Number 5 Conner Cougars in a 33rd district game, 41-38, then turning around an beating a very tough Walton Verona team, 69-56.  

The Jags travel to Ryle in another 33rd district game on Dec. 14th, then meet up with the Beechwood Tigers in Ft. Mitchell on Dec. 17th. 


      6. Conner - (4-1)

Conner dropped one spot to 6 in the rankings this week after losing a close one to 33rd district rival Cooper, 41-38. 

The Cougars have two away games this coming week, first at Simon Kenton on Dec. 14th, then Campbell Co. on Dec. 16th. 


  1. Lloyd Memorial - (3-0)

Judging by all of the rumors of the Juggs having a pretty nice team this season, and with them jumping out of the gate with a 3-0 start to the season, I’m going out on a limb and placing Lloyd at Number 7 in the rankings this week. We’ll see in the coming weeks if they are truely deserving. Their 3 victories this week were against Villa Madonna, 75-38, Ryle, 75-63, and Taylor (Cleves, Oh) 76-50.            

Lloyd travels to Newport on Dec. 14th, then to Bracken Co. on Dec. 18th. 


  1. Ryle - (4-2) 

 The Ryle Raiders commandingly beat Carroll Co. 90-43, but lost to Lloyd 75-63. 

 Ryle has a tough week ahead, first with two 33rd district games against Cooper at home on Dec. 14th, away at Boone Co. on Dec. 17th, then a home game with Holy Cross  Dec. 18th.  


  1. St. Henry - (2-3)  

The Crusaders lost a couple of tough ones this week against Covington Catholic 82-32, then to Highlands 65-55. While I dropped them to 9 this week in the rankings, I do believe that they’ve grown as a team this week, and mostly during their game against Highlands where they came back from being down by 23 in the first half to cutting it to 2 in the 4th quarter. 

St. Henry will travel to Rowan County to play in the Stock Yards Bank and Trust Challenge first playing Paintsville out of Region 15 on Dec. 17th, then Montgomery Co from Region 10 on Dec 18th. 


  1. Beechwood - (2-1)

The Tigers beat Bracken Co. 68-59, then impressively beat Scott 71-43. 

Beechwood has a busy week, first at Bishop Brossart on Dec. 13th, a home game against Cooper on Dec. 17th, then against Frankfort at Harrison Co. in the Huck Turner Classic on Dec. 18th. 


  1. Boone County - (3-2)

  2. Newport Central Catholic - (2-1)

  3. Ludlow - (4-0)

  4. Holmes - (1-3)

  5. Newport - (1-3)

  6. Dayton - (3-2)

  7. Villa Madonna - (1-4)

  8. Heritage Academy - (2-2)

  9. Bellevue - (1-4)

  10. Covington Latin - (0-4)

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