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BluegrassPreps.com 9th Region Week 4 Review and Rankings:

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BluegrassPreps.com 9th Region Week 4 Review and Rankings:

Week 4 saw many teams playing in holiday classics all across the state with great results for the 9th Region. 

Covington Catholic won the prestigeous King of the Bluegrass held at 6th Region's Fairdale south of the Louisville Metropolitan Area in 4 games beating Trinity, the hosts Fairdale, Male, and ultimately the Reed Sheppard led North Laurel.

Cooper won the Legacy Nissan Dribble Drive Challenge at 13th Region's South Laurel beating 12th Region's Rockcastle County, South Laurel, and ultimately taking down another 9th region foe in a tight one 42-40 over Dixie Heights. 

The Swauger Holiday Classic at Bellevue saw Jacob Meyer of Holy Cross go on a tear scoring 58 against Robertson County, and 54 points against Bracken Co. only fattening up his season scoring average. In both of those game, Justin Becker of Robertson Co. scored 48 points, and Blake Reed of Bracken County scored 42 points. It certainly was a shooters classic, and in a field of 16 many 9th Region teams faired well against visting closeby regions, mostly from the 8th & 10th Regions. 

Let's look at the Rankings:

1). Covington Catholic - (9-1)

The Colonels made the 9th Region proud winning the pretegeous King of the Bluegrass held at Fairdale in 4 games beating Trinity 68-51, Fairdale 82-50, Male 68-56, and ultimately the Reed Sheppard led North Laurel 79-67. Evan Ispsaro had an incredible run throughout the tournament, but the awards committee saw fit to award Reed Sheppard of North Laurel the tournament MVP much to many Colonel faithful's chagrin. The Colonels will travel this week to the Villages of Florida as they do annually to play in their pretegeous 3 day tourney Dec 27-29, first playing Bartow, Fl in the 1st game on Dec. 27. 

2). Highlands - (7-3)

The Bluebirds lost to a very touch Huntington St. Joseph prep from Huntington, WV 89-61, then beat Cincinnati Taft 76-69. This coming week see the Birds hosting their own holiday classic, the Carespring Holiday Classic playing Vestavia from Alabama on Dec. 28, then Cincinnati Christain Hills Academy on Dec. 29

3). Cooper - (9-2) 

The Jaguars of Cooper are showing their worth by consistenly winning over other 9th Region teams with a balanced attack with multiple players contributing to being high scorer on any given night. After beating Dixie Heights in the Legacy Nissan Dribble Drive Challence this past week I had no other choice than to bump Cooper to the Number 3 spots in this week's rankings. They lost to the then undefeated Lincoln County Patriots out of the 12th Region 46-39, then beat Rockcastle County also out of Region 12 60-49, took down classic hosts South Laurel 45-39, and the ultimately winning the classic beating other 9th Region foe The Dixie Heights Colonels who was rated last week in the 9th Region rankings at number 2. This week Cooper will play in the Highlands hosted Carespring Holiday Classic facing first Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy on the Dec. 28, and then Vestavia from Alabama on Dec. 29. 

4). Dixie Heights - (7-2)

While I'm dropping Dixie to the 4th spot, they really didn't do much to deserve it but to lose to the new number 3 Cooper Jagsuars by 2 in the Legacy Nissan Dribble Drive Challenge at South Laurel 42-40. They're still pretty even in strengths, with both still on par with the Highlands Bluebirds. They will host Hurricane, WV on Dec. 28, then host Scott on Dec. 30th 

5) Holy Cross - (7-2)

The Indians really didn't do anything wrong this week to deserve slipping a spot in the rankings, but it's just because spots 2-5 has gotten rather crowded, and we can only rank things accordingly to satisfy trying to be as accurate as possible. The Jacob Meyer led Holy Cross Indians went on a tear this past week at the Swauger Holiday Classic at Bellevue beating first the Justin Becker led Robertson County Black Devils out of the 10th Region 111-74 seeing Meyer net and amazing classic record 58 points with Javier Ward also chipping in his 32 points. Ward is proving to be a very reliable 2nd scoring option for the Indians when Meyer is or isn't scoring 50+ points. In a running clock game they took down Carroll Co. 61-22, and against Bracken County Meyer again came to life scoring 54 points. In the Robertson Co. games Justin Becker of Robertson scored 48 points, and in the Bracken Couny win Black Reed scored 42 points. The Swauger sure was a shooters classic. This coming week see more holiday action games as the Indians travel to Middletown, OH to partake in the City of Middletown Holiday Classic Dec. 27-29 first facing Atherton out of the 7th Region. 

6). Conner - (7-3)

The Cougars beat Batavia, OH commandingly in their first game of the Scott Winter Classic 83-54, lost to Simon Kenton in a close one51-49, then lost to Oldham Co. in another close one 56-53. This week also sees the Cougars joining the Holy Cross Indians in the City of Middletown Holiday Classic Dec. 27-29 facing Seneca on Dec. 27 out of the 7th Region. 

7). Lloyd Memorial - (7-0)

The Juggernauts remain undefeated after winning 3 games in the Swauger Holiday Classic at Bellevue beating Williamstown 57-43, then Bishop Brossart 58-43, then Grant County 60-54. This coming week they travel to 11th Region's Lexington Christian to play in their Central Bank Jim Rose Classic Dec. 28-30 first facing off with Western Hills of Cincinnati, OH on Dec. 28th. On Dec. 31 the Juggs will host the Holmes Bulldogs which could tell us alot about the Lloyd. 

8). Ryle - (6-4) 

Ryle beat Beechwood at Beechwood 65-61. This coming week sees the Raiders travelling to Region 16 to play in the Dan Swartz Classic at Bath County on Dec. 28-30 first matching up with West Carter from the 16th Region. 

9). Boone County - (5-3)

Boone County has jumped to the 9th position in the rankings this week by merit of win over Whitefield Academy 85-25, and a commanding victory over Newport Central Catholic 80-52. This week sees them travel to the Region 10 Nicholas County Holiday Classic on Dec. 27-28 facing Region 8's Anderson County on the 27th, then 11th Region's Franklin County on the 28th. Then on the 29th they travel to St. Leon, IN to take on Eastern Central. 

10). Beechwood - (4-3)

Beechwood lost to Ryle at home 65-61. The Tigers will travel to Lexington Christian to be in the 11th Region's Central Bank Jim Rose Classic facing McCracken County from the 1st Region. The field also included the Lloyd Juggernauts. 

11). St. Henry - (4-5)

12). Holmes - (4-7)

13). Newport Central Catholic - (2-5)

14). Newport - (2-6)

15). Villa Madonna - (3-6)

16). Ludlow - (5-2)

17). Dayton - (4-4)

18). Heritage Academy - (3-6)

19). Bellevue - (2-10)

20). Covington Latin - (0-7)

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