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This is the first entry of the year for rankings in the 5th Region. These will likely change quite a bit as the season progresses.

1.       Bardstown (4-0)

They’ve been the clear favorite of the region thru the first 2 weeks. Led by region player of the year candidate Andrew Mason and a strong supporting cast, the Tigers have been dominant after a close opening game. This week they have 2 district opponents in Washington County and Thomas Nelson. Bardstown should have the chance to separate themselves in the district this week.

2.       John Hardin (2-2)

John Hardin rebounded nicely after 2 straight losses to Doss & DeSales to pick up an important district win against Central Hardin. Seniors Jalen Tyus & Corey Brown are the heartbeat of the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have a busy schedule this week with games against St. X, and district matchups against North Hardin & Elizabethtown.

3.       Adair County (5-0)

Adair County has gotten off to a great start this season which is what causes them to land in the top 5 of the regional rankings. District wins over Marion County & Campbellsville in week 2, have the Indians looking to control their own destiny in the district. The Indians face off against district foe Taylor County on Tuesday, and then go outside of the region with games against Glasgow and Russellville.

 

4.       Larue County (3-0)

Larue County has been dominant so far in their early season games with an average win margin of 25 points. They are getting plenty of scoring from seemingly everyone on their roster so far. In their district win against Hart County, 5 players reached double digits. Larue squares off against district rivals Green County, and Caverna this week.

5.       Taylor County (4-1)

Montrelle Irvin’s squad rounds out the top 5 this week. Taylor has been impressive so far losing only to #6 Central Hardin. Taylor will depend on Junior Mason Guffey to lead them. Guffey had 23 points against district opponent Marion County. The Cardinals play fellow 20th district team Adair County at Adair on Tuesday and then travel to face off against Bethlehem on Friday.

6.       Central Hardin (4-2)

Central could have easily been in the top 5 this week but losses to John Hardin and St. X keep them just on the outside. Sandwiched in between those losses was a win against Etown by 3 that was nearly a loss as the Bruins blew a 20-point lead in the second half. They will need continued strong play from Sophomore Brett Decker while they wait for the return of injured Senior Hayden Ash. Central is off until Saturday when they travel to Louisville for the Beth Haven Holiday Classic.

7.        Green County (5-1)

Keith Young’s Dragons are off to an impressive 5-1 start with their only blemish coming from #3 Adair County. The Dragons had a nice 14-point win against district foe Caverna. Green County will be tested on Tuesday when they travel to Larue for a big 18th district matchup, followed by a Friday night home game against Hart County.

8.       Campbellsville (2-4)

This is where the rankings start to get a little harder to put into order. As none of the 8-18 teams except for Caverna have a winning record. Campbellsville has dropped 3 straight after winning 2 of their first 3, including 2 district losses to Taylor and Adair Counties. Keith Adkins’ Eagles will have plenty of opportunities to right the ship this week with home games against Marion County (district) Metcalfe County & Bethlehem.

9.       Bethlehem (2-2)

The Eagles head into week 3 with a 2-2 record. Other than a 33-point beatdown by Butler County, the Eagles have been in very competitive games, winning 2 of them, including a win over district rival Thomas Nelson. In the game against Thomas Nelson, juniors, Hayden Osborne, and Casey Steadman each contributed 22 points. If Bethlehem wants to stake their claim as the number 2 team in the 19th district, they will need that kind of contribution to be consistent. Bethlehem hosts Brown and then hits the road to Anderson County and Campbellsville this week.

10.   Thomas Nelson (2-2)

The Generals find themselves one spot below Bethlehem thanks to their loss to the Eagles on Friday night. Thomas Nelson’s 3-point shooting will be their hallmark throughout the season. The Generals will compete for the 2 seed in the 19th district. This week they will get an opportunity against district opponents Nelson County and host #1 Bardstown.

11.   Hart County (2-3)

Hart County enters week 3 on the heels of a 23-point loss to #4 Larue County. So far, Sophomore Jaxson Shoulders has been carrying most of the load and that will have to continue for them as the season progresses. Hart County will hit the hardwood this week against Elizabethtown, Russellville, and district rival Green County this week.

12.   North Hardin (2-4)

It’s been a disappointing start for the Trojans. The Trojans were talked about as a team that should be at the top of the region to begin the season but so far it seems to have been either all feast or all famine. North secured a 66-point win against Ft. Knox on Friday night, but so far that’s been one of only a few bright spots. North will get a chance to build off their district win on Friday as they play Meade County and then host #2 John Hardin.

13.   Caverna (3-2)

One could probably argue that with a 3-2 record the Colonels should be higher in the rankings. But Caverna’s 3 wins haven’t exactly come against stiff competition and their 2 losses come against district opponents Hart and Green County. For Caverna to compete in the 18th district, they will need steady play from point guard Tayden Logsdon, and more consistent play from big man Meek Ater. Caverna travels to Barren County and host Larue County this week.

14.   Washington County (2-2)

The Commanders find themselves at 2-2 after 2 weeks. The Commanders are going to be asking a lot from their sophomore duo of Beau Baker and Noah Reynolds. This week will show us where the Commanders really are in terms of the 19th district as they meet #1 Bardstown and then Nelson County.

15.   Nelson County (1-3)

If the Cardinals don’t like being ranked 15, they’ll get a chance to move up the rankings this week. They hold a 1-point win over #9 Bethlehem which will help them in the district standings but having lost 3 out of the first 4 makes it tough to rank them any higher. They’ll face off this week against district rivals Thomas Nelson and Washington County this week.

16.   Elizabethtown (0-5)

You would probably have to go back quite a way to find an Etown team that has gotten off to as bad a start as this year’s Panthers. Graduating 8 Seniors certainly doesn’t help. Their may not be a bigger ask of a player this year than Alandre Murphy, who so far has shown that he has Regional Player of the Year potential. Once Etown logs a few wins expect them to head north in the rankings. They’ll face off this week against Hart County and #2 John Hardin.

17.   Marion County (0-7)

Marion County is similar to Etown. They’ve played a tough schedule in the first 2 weeks and outside of 2 games, every loss has been single digits. James Jewell is going to be called on repeatedly for the Knights. Unfortunately, things don’t get any easier for the Knights. They travel to district opponent Campbellsville on Tuesday and then head to the King of the Bluegrass for the weekend.

18.   Fort Knox (0-4)

The Golden Eagles fall into an unfortunate familiar spot in the rankings. Led by Senior Xion Reynolds, the Eagles have just not had much go right for them so far, playing their closest game with Caverna that ended in a 20-point defeat. Fort Knox faces off against Southern in a road game this week, hoping to have better luck than they did against North Hardin on Friday night. A game that ended in a 66-point blowout.

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