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Lincoln County finally stumbled, and not just once but twice. Pulaski County is the only undefeated team left in the region. This week presented a lot of movement has many of the teams faced competition they were more unfamiliar with and really showed which teams have a deeper level of talent or are going to struggle as the season turns the corner into January. As we cap off December, many of the 12th region teams will stay close to home by playing in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops event.

 

Team Rankings

1.      Pulaski County – Pulaski remains undefeated by winning four games in four days in the Best in Hoops event at South Warren. The closest of those was a 3 point opening win over Doss where Gavin Stevens had 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Maroons help host the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops event this week where their journey starts with Fern Creek.

2.      Lincoln County – The Patriots picked up a win over Cooper in the Legacy Nissan Dribble Drive Challenge at South Laurel but dropped games to Dixie Heights and the host South Laurel. Lincoln County struggled mightily to score in the game against Dixie but Tramane Alcorn still managed to record 15 points and 4 rebounds. The Pats head to Ashland this week for the legendary Ashland Invitational where their road starts with Boyd County.

3.      Boyle County – The Rebels were idle last week. They play in the Central Kentucky Christmas Invitational at Marion County this week where their first scheduled matchup is with John Hardin.

4.        McCreary Central – The Raiders went 3 and 1 in the Arby’s/KFC Classic that they hosted. Their only loss was a one point defeat at the hands of Perry County Central. Kyle Stephens recorded 22 in that loss. They fell to host Lexington Catholic on the 26th in the opening round of that tournament.

5.      West Jessamine – The Colts went 2 and 1 in the Lee’s Famous Recipe Holiday Classic at Madison Southern with wins over Frankfort and Lexington Christian and a loss to Henry Clay. West also started another tournament on the 26th, losing to Simon Kenton by 9 in the opening round of the holiday tournament at Lexington Catholic. They will have two or three more games most likely in that event this week.

6.      Rockcastle County – The Rockets lost to Cooper and Harlan at South Laurel before leaving that event with a win on the final day over Rowan County. Rockcastle plays in the Magnolia Bank Holiday Classic at LaRue County, starting with Apollo.

7.      Garrard County – The Golden Lions played in the Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic, going one and two. Montavin Quisenberry scored 39 points in an overtime loss to Spencer County. They play in the Central Bank Jim Rose Classic at Lexington Christian this week.

8.      Danville – The Ads, after a disastrous start, are starting to get a little positive progress. They won twice and lost once, defeating Franklin County and Campbellsville but falling at Western Hills. Dante Hayden scored 28 in the win over the Franklin County Flyers. They play in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic this week.

9.  Somerset – The Briar Jumpers got two wins in the Arby’s/KFC Classic at McCreary County Central over Barbourville and Leslie County. Jack Harmon scored 22 and Ben Godby scored 21 in the overtime win over Barbourville. They play in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops event this week.

10.  Danville Christian – The Warriors had a somewhat rocky start to the year but have won their last six and won their holiday tournament, capping it off with a title game victory over Anderson County. Titus Boyd scored 24 in the championship. They play in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops event this week.

11.      Wayne County – The Cardinals went winless in the Arby’s/KFC Classic at McCreary. They host the Monticello Bank Classic this week and hope to reverse their fortunes with four games scheduled against Clay County (TN), Harlan, Clinton (TN), and Robertson County.  

12.  Mercer County – The Titans fell twice in the Smoky Mountain Christmas Classic before winning over Signal Mountain (TN). They host the Howard Carpenter Classic this week.

13.  Casey County – The Rebels had two solid wins in the Stuart Powell Ford Christmas Classic with victories over Somerset Christian and Middlesboro alongside a loss to Anderson County. They are idle this week.

14.  East Jessamine – The Jaguars went one and two in Sayre’s Jim Lankster Classic Turner Shouse scored 22 in their one win over Wolfe County. They play in the Central Bank Jim Rose Classic at Lexington Christian this week.

15.  Southwestern – The Warriors went 1 and 3 in the Twin Lakes Holiday Classic at Clinton County. The finale was an overtime loss to Monterey (TN) in which Eli Meece scored 26. Andrew Jones scored 18 in the one point win over Valley. They help host the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops event this week.

16. Somerset Christian – The Cougars were highly competitive in each of their games in the Stuart Powell Ford Christmas Classic at Danville Christian but were only able to best Trinity Christian. They compete in the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops event this week.

17.  Burgin – The Bulldogs sat out last week due to Covid again. They are scheduled to travel to Pineville this week to play the host Mountain Lions in the Chain Rock Classic.

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52 minutes ago, LethalPG said:

Mccreary only losing by 4 at Catholic is a great showing.  Their guard play is solid.  

We've almost all said the three best teams are Lincoln, Pulaski, and Boyle in some order. McCreary Central is definitely a team to keep an eye on to reach that top level. The close game with Catholic was impressive; they'll have another chance against a premier Kentucky team when they play either Trinity or Bardstown on Tuesday.

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2 minutes ago, se7ens said:

West won the region in 2019 when they were the best of the second tier and things worked out right for them.

This could 100 percent be the same situation for McCreary.

Excellent point. And I'll add, never count West Jessamine out of the 12th Region race either. Lots of solid clubs in the region this year.

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1 hour ago, gchs_uk9 said:

Excellent point. And I'll add, never count West Jessamine out of the 12th Region race either. Lots of solid clubs in the region this year.

McCreary, West, Rockcastle, Danville, Garrard and maybe DCA could all make noise in the regional. McCreary and West have great backcourt groups and Danville, Garrard and DCA all have incredible scorers. Heck, in that second category you could add Wayne but they have similar depth to DCA.

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McCreary has been in the spotlight for couple years. They have some solid players and are starting to learn how to play the entire game. I think the region is down a little this year with the exception of first 4 or 5 teams. 
right now it 1 Pulaski 2 Lincoln 3 Boyle 4 McCreary 5 W Jessamine 

Wayne, Rockcastle, Garrard, Danville, DCA in the middle of the pack. 
 

then you have Southwestern, Somerset, Mercer, Casey, Burgin, E Jessamine, who are trying to climb their way up the ladder. 

Here comes January and 2022. Who will step up their game as District play will start this New Year? 

 

 

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DCA is a team that can give a lot of teams problems with the size they got. Wouldn't be a surprise to me if DCA knocked off Garrard, Danville and maybe Boyle in their district. Danville is a team that has played a tough schedule early on. I only see one bad loss on there schedule and it's Mercer County. Like I said before, I wouldn't want to play Danville at Danville in the district tournament. I think we will see how good Boyle really is this week. I could see Lincoln losing one or two games this week in the Ashland  Invitational. When its all said and done I think we will see Lincoln and Pulaski battle it out for the regional championship. 

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