8th Region Week 2 Review: Collins, Oldham County 1-2

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    8th Region Week 2 Review: Collins and Oldham County 1-2
    By Colonelmike


    Two weeks into the season, and there’s a little movement in the 8th Region rankings. The week wasn’t quite as successful for the top 7 ranked teams in the region (from last week) – South Oldham and Simon Kenton each lost their first game, Grant County scored only 28 points (??!!) in a loss to Anderson County, and Spencer County dropped three straight. In the end, however, only a few teams experienced significant moves up or down in the rankings. The top teams remain the top teams – at least, according to this week’s rankings.

    Ten teams moved in the 8th Region rankings this week, with three teams moving up by 2 or more spots. Walton-Verona had the biggest move upwards, advancing from 15th to 9th after a 2-1 week that featured a solid win over Gallatin County and fared well in an 8 point loss to #4 Simon Kenton.

    Woodford County and Henry County took the biggest tumbles, with each falling three slots.

    Three teams remain undefeated: Collins (6-0), Oldham County (5-0), and Anderson County (6-0). No teams remain winless, as North Oldham, Gallatin County, Carroll County, and Owen County all picked up their first victories this week.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to see several of the top teams already this season – Oldham County, Spencer County, South Oldham, North Oldham, and Grant County. I’ve also seen Trimble County and Henry County, so I’ve already been fortunate enough to watch 7 of the region’s 18 teams. I’ll be watching Walton-Verona this coming Friday.

    On to the rankings…

    1 - Collins (6-0) Last week: #1 – The Titans did nothing to change their status, winning three games to stay undefeated at 6-0. The Titans defeated Bullitt East, 71-66, Shelby County, 66-53, and Southridge (IN), 79-42. 8th Region Player of the Year frontrunner Dayvion McKnight did nothing to hurt his candidacy; the senior poured in 30 points and grabbed 11 boards against Bullitt East and followed that up with another 30 point effort against Shelby County. The Titans wrapped up the week by hitting 60% of their shots – and an unbelievable 16 of 17 (94.1%) at the line – in the 37 point win over Southridge.

    McKnight is averaging nearly a double-double: 20.7 ppg / 9.3 rebounds.

    Statistically, Collins is off to a fast start. The Titans are averaging 73.5 ppg in their first six contests, second-best in the region – while allowing just 52.3 ppg. They are hitting 50.3% of their shots and have shot over 50% from the field four times in six games. At the line, the Titans are shooting a deadly 78%.

    The King of the Bluegrass looms; the state’s #4-ranked team is going to get a chance to show everything it’s capable of on December’s biggest stage.

    Next up: 12/18/19 – King of the Bluegrass Tournament at Fairdale HS

    2 – Oldham County (5-0) Last week: #3 Oldham County started the season as a team recognized as one of the region’s most talented and deepest teams, but largely a question mark at the varsity level. The team, composed of players who have been successful at every level, was expected to ultimately be a contender, but Coy Zerhusen’s squad appears to be ahead of schedule.

    The Colonels played just two games this past week, dissecting Trimble County last Friday in a 29th district seeding game, 88-28. The Colonels led, 31-3 after one period, 56-10 at the half, and 73-17 after three quarters against the shocked Raiders. Even though Oldham was a heavy favorite over the rebuilding Raiders, the scope of the rout was stunning: Trimble managed just 33 shots, making only 9, and was able to grab a mere six rebounds in the game. Oldham hit 54.7% of their shots – including 14 of 27 threes – led by junior Tyler Slone’s 19 points.

    Oldham followed that performance up the next night with a convincing 74-59 victory over Spencer County. Again, Oldham shot lights out, hitting 56.2% of their shots, including 40% of their threes. At the line, Oldham was an efficient 14 of 18 (77.8%).

    Early impressions of Oldham County: This is a long, athletic team with a deep bench. Zerhusen’s pressure defense, which has been an Oldham trademark, perhaps hasn’t been this intimidating. Offensively, the Colonels boast an awful lot of shooters – four starters are averaging in double figures and Oldham is hitting 52% from the floor, including 41.7% beyond the arc.

    Deaton Oak leads the Oldham attack; the junior is averaging 18.2 ppg and has hit 15 of 35 threes.

    Oldham County leads the region in scoring at 80.4 ppg.

    Next up: 12/16 at Grant County 12/20 vs. Walton-Verona

    3 – South Oldham (4-1) Last week: #2 The Dragons drop a notch this week after falling in their last game against Waggener when the Wildcats rallied from an 11 point deficit to win on last second three, 64-63. The loss also dropped the Dragons out of the bluegrasspreps.com top 20; Waggener replaced them at the #18 spot.

    South went 1-1 last week, getting a gritty road win over Spencer County, 59-55, to start their week. Late free throws iced the victory in a game in which South trailed by a handful of points most of the contest, before hitting some big shots in the fourth period and sealing it at the line.

    The Dragons aren’t quite shooting the ball as well as they have in recent years, but that’s not to say that South is shooting it badly. The Dragons are hitting 46.8% from the floor, despite taking half their shots from beyond the arc. South has shot over 50% from the field in three of their five games.

    At the line, the Dragons are their usual selves, hitting 75.9% of their shots. All five starters are hitting 77% or better at the stripe; in the late moments of a ballgame, there is generally no Dragon on the court who is a “good player to foul.”

    Right now, South goes as Seth Johnson and Luke Morrison go. Johnson is averaging 19.2 ppg / 9 rebounds; Morrison is scoring 18.8 ppg and averaging 5.6 rebounds. The two are accounting for 54% of South’s shots and 55% of their points. The most improved Dragon appears to be point guard Jason King, averaging 8.6 ppg, while hitting 55% of his shots. King has also displayed an expanded range, hitting 7 of 17 threes for 41%.

    South is getting used to close games early….the Dragons’ last three games have been decided by 4, 4, and 1 point. They are 2-1 during that stretch.

    Upcoming games: 12/16 at Trimble County 12/18 – King of the Bluegrass, Fairdale HS

    4 - Simon Kenton (4-1) Last week: #4 The Pioneers continue to look solid in December, despite getting only part-time work from star guard Kelly Niece, who SK is giving games off as he continues to recover from last year’s injury.

    Simon opened the week with an 81-72 win over Walton-Verona, with Logan Schwarts scoring 24 points. The senior forward – overshadowed by SK’s powerful guard combo of Kelly Niece and Jeremy Davis in the preseason talk – continues to lead the way, averaging 17.5 ppg while hitting 60.4% of his field goals. Davis tossed in 16 points in the win and hit 3 threes.

    Davis is one of the pacesetting perimeter shooters in the region; he’s hit 15 of 33 threes for 45.5% from beyond the arc. Only two other 8th Region players – Deaton Oak of Oldham County and Cole Kightlinger of Williamstown – have hit as many threes.

    The Pioneers fell, for the first time this season, to Christian County, 66-61, to close out the week. Niece was on the sideline, but the Pioneers still competed favorably against a solid opponent.

    We knew coming into the season that shooting would be the key to SK’s season, and the Pioneers haven’t disappointed in that regard, hitting 53.9% of their shots on the season. Jeremy Davis has delivered on the outside, averaging 15.5 ppg; Niece, despite not yet being 100%, is averaging 14 ppg and hitting a whopping 65.8% of his shots. With the emergence of Schwartz as a strong offensive force on the inside – he’s essentially doubled his scoring average from the 8.5 ppg he averaged last year – Simon Kenton is putting a lot of scoring weapons on the floor for the defense to defend.

    This week: 12/20-22: Simon Kenton Invitational Tournament

    5 – North Oldham (3-1) Last week: #5 The Mustangs didn’t always put a pretty product on the court this past week, but they won all three games to improve to 3-1 on the season. Justin Powell’s first game on the court as a Mustang resulted in a 27 point night for him and an 81-48 win over Trimble County for North; he followed up that effort with a 30 point game the very next night against a powerful Spencer County squad.

    Powell once again led the Mustangs in scoring on Saturday, as he scored 24 points in a narrow 77-76 win over Moore.

    North still looks like a work in progress, which is a bit frightening for their opponents. The chemistry between Justin Powell, one of the most talented players in the 8th Region, and his teammates is still developing. Some of the players appear to still be learning their roles in the new lineup. Even Powell, as talented as he is, doesn’t quite seem to be at the top of his game yet. On the one hand, he leads North in scoring at 27 ppg and is second in rebounding at 6.7 rebounds per game. He’s hitting nearly 52% of his shots. But he’s just 4 of 17 beyond the arc and a pedestrian 63.9% at the line. Expect those numbers to improve.

    Two players who have clearly blossomed thanks to Powell’s pinpoint passing from the outside are the Higdon brothers. The Mustangs’ primary two post players are averaging 10.5 ppg / 7 rebounds (Tyler) and 9.8 ppg / 4.5 rebounds (Ian). More impressively, in part because the North guards are hitting them in great scoring position, and in part because both have unveiled a number of strong inside moves, freshman Ian has hit 88.9% of his field goals while Tyler – the senior starting center – is hitting 75% of his shots.

    North has some maturing as a team to reach their potential; particularly problematic early on is the Mustangs’ ongoing struggle at the charity stripe; North is hitting just 56.2% of their free throws.

    This week: 12/19-23 King of the Bluegrass at Fairdale HS First round opponent: Bardstown

    6 - Spencer County (2-3) Last week: #6 It was a rough week for the Bears, who embarked on the so-called “Oldham County Tour” and came up short, losing all three games. But the Bears should still be one of the region’s top teams, and despite the 2-3 mark, I still see them in the region’s top 6.

    Spencer started the week at home, against the South Oldham Dragons. After leading most of the game, Spencer faded late when South got hot from beyond the arc, and the Dragons iced the 59-55 win at the line. Sophomore Gage Mabry – an impressive young shooter – led the Bears with 21, while junior Sam Conley added 19 points and 7 boards. The big concern of the night was the shooting – normally one of the region’s better shooting teams, Spencer shot just 40% from the floor and made just 6 of 20 threes.

    Two nights later, the shooting malaise continued at North Oldham, where the Bears hung tough, only to fall, 69-66, on a night when they shot the three well (12 of 20), but still shot only 44.7% overall. Conley’s 26 points / 7 rebounds paced the Bears.

    On Saturday, Spencer traveled to Oldham County to complete three tough games in five days. Unfortunately for Spencer, Oldham’s strengths – depth and length – took advantage of Spencer’s shortcomings, and Oldham pulled away to a 74-59 victory, at one point leading by as much as 19. Spencer, led by Lucas Hornback with 14, hit just 41.7% against the Oldham pressure defense.

    I think this week’s shooting woes may be an anomaly for Spencer; this team is aggressive, blue-collar, and has four starters who can all put up twenty points on any given night. Even after the sub-par week shooting the ball, Spencer is hitting a reasonable 46.8% from the floor and nearly 40% from beyond the arc. Mabry is one of the most talented youngsters in the region; the sophomore is averaging 16.2 ppg and has hit 14 of 31 threes, among the region’s best. Sam Conley, the junior who has been playing varsity since 8th grade, leads the team at 20 ppg.

    This week: 12/19 vs. Bullitt East 12/21 vs. Conner at Woodford County in the Mark Calvert Classic

    7 – Anderson County (6-0) Last Week: #9 Bryan Hyatt thought the Bearcats were poised to get back into contention this year, and additionally, he put a lot of emphasis on returning the Bearcats to their long tradition of physical, unyielding defense.

    He appears to have been right on the money on both counts.

    The Bearcats are one of three undefeated teams remaining in the region, after topping Rockcastle County (49-30), Grant County (33-28), and defending 14th Region champ Perry County Central (68-59) this past week.

    Although Anderson is only scoring 52.8 points per game – just 14th-best in the 18 team 8th Region - the Bearcats are undefeated thanks to a defense that is allowing a mind-boggling 39.8 ppg in six contests. Three of six opponents have failed to reach 40 points; Perry County Central’s 59 points was the first time anyone had eclipsed 45.

    Holding Grant County – a team averaging over 67 points per game – to 28 was a feat that had basketball fans throughout the region thinking they were reading a misprint.

    Make no mistake; Anderson hasn’t played a difficult schedule to date. The Bearcats’ opponents are just 10-20 on the season as of this writing. But a 6-0 start demands attention, and Anderson County has served notice that maybe the 30th District isn’t going to simply be a battle between Collins, Spencer County, and Woodford County.

    Offensively, the Bearcats still have a ways to go. They are hitting just 41.3% from the floor, have hit just 26 threes (30.2% clip), and are just 58.5% at the line. No Bearcats are averaging in double figures; Hunter Rutherford (9.3 ppg) and Jagger Gillis (9.0 ppg / 7.8 rebounds) lead the way. But star guard Tyler Rice, expected to contend for All-Region honors, has only just come back from an injury, and by the time the season is over, he will likely have led this team in scoring, and his passing abilities will also likely elevate the scoring opportunities for people like Rutherford and Gillis.

    This week: 12/18 at Walton-Verona 12/20 at Collegiate 12/21 Bethlehem

    8 – Grant County (3-2) Last week: #7 The Braves fall a spot this week after a disappointing week 2. Grant opened the week with a 70-63 victory at Harrison County. Blake Robinson – who continues to impress – led the way with 17 points, with Jack Epperson tossing in 14. The Braves put 70 on the board despite shooting just 37.5% from the floor.

    But on Thursday, the wheels came off of the potent Grant offense. Playing against the suffocating Anderson County defense, Grant hit just 9 of 36 shots, missed all eleven of their three point attempts, and scored just 28 points.

    Despite the hiccup, this is a Grant County with lots of potential. Four Brave starter average in double figures, led by Ben Vickers (15.3 ppg). Luke Dawalt is toying with a double-double, averaging 13 ppg and 9.3 rebounds. Blake Robinson (12.2 ppg) and Jack Epperson (12 ppg / 6.5 rebounds) add to the defensive nightmare for opponents, who can’t afford to leave anyone open.

    Perimeter shooting remains a strength; Ben Vickers, Mason Guffey, and Blake Robinson have all made nine threes this season and are legitimate outside threats. Luke Dawalt is off to a slow start beyond the arc (2 of 13, 15.4%), but the senior forward hit 44 threes last year and hit nearly 33% of his shots. He’ll add another outside threat when he finds the range.

    This week: 12/16 Oldham County 12/20 Scott High at the Simon Kenton Invitational Tournament.

    9 – Walton-Verona (3-2) Last week: #15 Walton-Verona makes the biggest move this week, jumping from #15 all the way into the top ten at #9. Did we really underestimate the Bearcats that much? Perhaps.

    Walton had a strong week, winning 2 of 3 games, and playing well in a 9 point loss to Simon Kenton. This wasn’t expected from a team that graduated the overwhelming majority of the scoring and rebounding from last year’s region 8 champs. With a new coach and needing to find scorers, the Bearcats have found their groove earlier than expected, getting major scoring contributions from some unexpected sources and averaging 72.7 ppg – third best in the region behind Oldham County and Collins.

    Walton opened the week with an impressive 79-70 victory over 31st district favorite Gallatin County, then whipped Bellevue, 79-34. Brant Smithers led the way in both games, scoring 23 points against Gallatin – and hitting 5 of 7 threes – and following that with 20 points against Bellevue – hitting 6 of 7 threes.

    Smithers, the surprise of the season so far for Walton-Verona, leads the team in scoring at 18.5 ppg.

    Cameron Christy adds 12.8 ppg and freshman transfer (from Simon Kenton) Carter Krohman is scoring 9.8 ppg.

    Walton dropped its final game of the week against Simon Kenton, but the Bearcats acquitted themselves well, losing by just 9 at 81-72.

    First year coach Mike Hester has the Bearcats clicking on offense; W-V is hitting 49.4% from the field, and is bombing away from the outside, hitting 48 threes in their first five games at a 42.5% clip. At the line, Walton is clicking at 72.5%.

    Defense is still a work in progress; Walton-Verona is allowing 64.4 ppg. But the Bearcats are suddenly a team worth paying attention to. This week will reveal more; Walton-Verona faces two of the region’s best defenses in Anderson County and Oldham County.

    This week: 12/16 – Eminence 12/18 Anderson County 12/20 at Oldham County

    10 – Gallatin County (2-3) Last week: #10 Gallatin bounced back somewhat last week, but still remains something of an early-season project. Still, the Wildcats have won two in a row, and sits at 2-0 in district 31 play, giving them the inside track on the district #1 seed. With games against Owen County and Carroll County this week, Gallatin could seize the early control in the race for the district’s top tournament seed.

    After dropping a 79-70 decision to a surprising Walton-Verona team to start the week, the Wildcats won their next two, topping Eminence, 73-51, and defeating Henry County easily, 60-43.

    Jarin Rassman continues to lead Gallatin, averaging 16.2 points per game. Rassman is the only Wildcat in double figures, but he’s getting solid support from multiple sources. Hayden Dickerson averages 9.6 ppg, Noah St. Clair averages 9.4 ppg, Gage Ashcraft averages 9.2 ppg, and Devin McAlister averages 8.6 ppg.

    Rebounding continues to be a challenge for Gallatin, but so far, the Wildcats haven’t been able to overcome it with their typical good shooting. The 2019-20 Cats are hitting just 41.8% from the field, and only 54.5% at the line, which is highly unusual for a Jon Jones squad.

    If Rassman can start to hit his free throws, it will provide a huge boost; the Wildcats’ scoring leader has taken the most free throws (51 FTA), but has made only 23 (45.1%).

    This week: 12/17 at Owen County 12/20 Carroll County

    11 – Woodford County (1-5) Last week: #8 I can’t help but think Woodford may be better than this ranking. But the Yellowjackets have crashed and burned ever since that opening day upset of Paul L. Dunbar by 16 points, when it appeared that they just might be one of the two or three best teams in the region.

    That seems to be a mirage now. Five straight losses – albeit to some pretty good competition – has Woodford trending downward. The Yellowjackets fall three spots this week.

    Woodford competed against undefeated Frederick Douglass before falling by four, before getting defeated soundly by Madison Southern by 24 points. The Jackets had the opportunity to get back on the winning track when they finished the week against Bryan Station (2-5), but the Defenders got the one point win, 56-55, to keep the Jackets winless on the week.

    Woodford plays just two games this week, but will face two quality opponents.

    12/17 – Scott County 12/21 Oldham County in the Mark Calvert Classic

    12 – Carroll County (3-3), Last week: #14 After a disappointing week one, the Panthers bounced back by winning all three of their week two games. It’s been quite a turnaround. As a result, Carroll County moves up two spots this week.

    Carroll averaged 60 ppg as they went 0-3 the first week of the season; last week, the Panthers got the offense geared up, averaging 74.7 ppg in three games – and the increased offense yielded three wins as Carroll evened its record at 3-3.

    Last week, Carroll County opened up the week innocently enough, outlasting Frankfort, 72-68. Wyatt Supplee scored 33 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the way; Keishaun Mumphrey added 29 points. On a team that has struggled to shoot well, both lit it up as both hit 11 of 21 shots.

    Carroll followed that with a district 31 seeding win over Owen County, 65-52. Supplee and Mumphrey again led the way, with 17 and 14, respectively.

    The Panthers wrapped up the week in dramatic fashion. Supplee again rose to the occasion, tying a school record with 47 points, including the game winning three as Carroll won over Western, 87-86.

    Supplee averaged 32.3 ppg last week while hitting 56.9% of his shots.

    Carroll’s resurgence also extended to their free throw shooting. A team that shot just 64.5% at the stripe last year; Carroll hit 58 of 76 free throws last week (76.3%).

    This is still the Wyatt Supplee / Keishaun Mumphrey show. However, Carroll is getting more offensive support from the rest of the team; Justin Williams and Cole Supplee in particular are showing signs of being viable offensive role players capable of scoring in double digits.

    This doesn’t appear to be a strong three point shooting team, however, Wyatt Supplee has hit 14 of 29 threes (48.3%).

    Carroll is off to a 2-0 start in District 31 play; games against Henry County and Gallatin County this week give Carroll a big opportunity. If Gallatin and Carroll both take care of business, the 12/20 game in Warsaw will decide who takes the early lead in the battle for the district #1 seed.

    This week: 12/17 at Henry County 12/20 at Gallatin County

    13 – Shelby County (2-3) Last Week: #12 Shelby falls a spot this week. Shelby dropped two games last week, falling 80-44 to Christian Academy of Louisville and 66-53 to Collins.

    Averaging just 51.8 ppg (#15 in region 8), the Rockets still have the same dilemma that held them back last season – Shelby just doesn’t shoot the ball well.

    Hitting just 38.3% from the floor, 26.9% from beyond the arc, and 57.4% at the line, Shelby just hasn’t shown much punch yet. Austin Griffin leads the way at 13.8 ppg; Kaden Dugle leads Shelby on the glass with 10 rebounds per game.

    In the stacked 30th district, the Rockets are a real longshot to make the region tournament. There’s time to develop, but either the scoring needs to go up, or the scoring defense (the Rockets are giving up nearly 63 ppg) must improve.

    This week: 12/17 at Meade County 12/19 Harlan County at the Henry Clay Holiday Invitational

    14 – Henry County (1-3) Last week: #11 Henry dropped two games last week, falling 60-43 to Gallatin County and losing, 81-45, to Louisville Collegiate.

    Averaging just 49 ppg, next to last in the 8th region, Henry looks a little out of sync right now; a team that is still trying to find the players to fill roles occupied by players like Deandre Wright last year. Henry is not without players, though. Trevor Hardin and Ethan Lankford, last year’s top two scorers, are back. Rebounding, floor burns, and ballhandling are still points of concern.

    Henry has not yet posted any stats on Kentucky High School Athletic Association | KHSAA – Student-athletes of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow.

    There’s a lot of time left in the season, and coach Enoch Welch is one of the best at developing players. Looking at the roster, and knowing the track record of the Henry coaching staff, this team has plenty of time to take the next step and contend for a regional tournament berth.

    This week: 12/17 vs. Carroll County 12/20 at Owen County

    15 – Trimble County (2-4) Last week: #13 - Trimble went 1-2 last week, outlasting Owen County, 50-48, before dropping two district seeding games to North Oldham (81-48) and Oldham County (88-28).

    Right now, the Trimble offense is holding back first year coach Marcus Mumphrey’s squad.

    Trimble is averaging a region-worst 47.5 ppg, and is still looking for its identity. It may be a symptom of the new coach and learning the new coach’s methods / schemes. It may have been the competition. Regardless, the Raiders simply haven’t been able to put the points on the board.

    Reece Webster, back from an injury, is slowly regaining his all-region caliber form. He leads the team in scoring at 11.2 ppg; look for that number to go up as he gets back up to speed. Dylan Jennings is showing some promise as a scorer, averaging 8.8 ppg.

    Trimble, however, has only scored over 51 points once. The loss to Oldham was the low point; Oldham held Trimble to a season-low 28 points. Josh Petty led the Raiders with 7 points, but Trimble was just 9 of 33 shooting overall and grabbed just 6 rebounds.

    The good news in Bedford is the fact that the team will almost certainly show significant improvement as they grow under Mumphrey’s system. The bad news is that the Raiders upgraded the schedule this year; remaining ahead are games against South Oldham, Iroquois, Gallatin County, Newport, Spencer County, and Fern Creek.

    This week: 12/16 South Oldham 12/18 Montgomery County 12/21 at Franklin County

    16 - Williamstown (3-2) Last week: #16 Williamstown went 1-1 last week, topping Villa Madonna, 87-57, before losing to Ryle, 56-41.

    Caleb Tritschler had a monster game against the Vikings, tallying a double-double (30 points / 10 rebounds). Cole Kightlinger had 24 points, including 5 of 10 threes.

    Against the Raiders, Kightlinger led the way with ten points.

    Kightlinger leads the way this season, averaging 19.8 ppg. He has hit 15 of 40 threes – tied for the most made threes in the region – for 37.5%. Tritschler is toying with a double-double, averaging 17.4 ppg / 9.6 rebounds. Bryant Henson is averaging 10.4 ppg.

    Williamstown is facing a tall task this week against Newport on 12/20.

    17 - Owen County (1-4) Last week: #17 The odds are against Owen County this year, one of the youngest teams in the region. The Rebels are averaging just 49.4 ppg, third-lowest in region 8.

    Last week started poorly for Owen, as they lost a heartbreaker to Trimble County, 50-48, and fell to Carroll County, 65-52, before ending the week on an uptick, getting their first victory of the season, 61-44, over Eminence.

    Owen has not posted any stats this season.

    This week: 12/17 vs Gallatin County 12/20 vs St. Henry 12/21 St. Francis in the KY Bank Challenge at Rowan County

    18 - Eminence (2-7) Last week: #18 The Warriors have played a lot of basketball. Week two, however, was a frustrating one for the Warriors, as they dropped four consecutive games.

    After playing Carroll County close in a 72-68 loss, the Warriors were beaten by Gallatin County, 73-51. Lloyd Memorial slammed Eminence, 74-24, and Owen County made it an 0-4 week for the Warriors, defeating Eminence, 61-44.

    Eminence has only posted stats for three games this year.

    Eminence has four winnable games coming up over the next few weeks; we’ll see how new coach Gary Tuell is able to develop his team during that time.

    This week: 12/19 vs Jackson City at Berea in the Berea All A Holiday Classic

    8th Region Three Point Leaders (most three pointers made):
    15 made threes – Jeremy Davis, Simon Kenton 15 of 33 45.5%
    Deaton Oak, Oldham County 15 of 35 42.9%
    Cole Kightlinger, Williamstown 15 of 40 37.5%
    14 made threes – Gage Mabry, Spencer Co 14 of 31 45.2%
    Wyatt Supplee, Carroll County 14 of 29 48.3%
    Brant Smithers, Walton-Verona 14 of 25 56%
    11 made threes – Carter Krohman, Walton-Verona 11 of 21 52.4%

    Others:
    10 made threes: Hayden Dickerson, Gallatin County
    Seth Johnson, South Oldham
    Luke Morrison, South Oldham
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    Excellent work, as always.

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    I'll see Walton-Verona for the first time this Friday (against Oldham County in Buckner). Looking forward to seeing Mike Hester's squad.

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    Last Night: No major surprises as the higher-ranked team won each game in the 8th region last night.

    #2 Oldham County 74, #8 Grant County 60 Oldham becomes the third region team to move to 6-0 on the season

    #3 South Oldham 73 #15 Trimble County 30 Trimble on a three-game losing streak; all three games were district seeding games so the Raiders have now completed their district seeding in the first two weeks of the season. The Raiders' 0-3 district mark ensures that they will finish as District 29's #4 seed in the District tournament, to be held at Trimble County.

    #9 Walton-Verona 62, #18 Eminence 30 - W-V has now won 4 of their last 5 games.

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    It will be interesting to see how your rankings change after this week's King of the Bluegrass. Collins, South Oldham and North Oldham will all face three strong opponents - and possibly each other - between Thursday and Monday of next week.

    South Oldham has the toughest first round opponent in Male.

    Good luck to the 8th region teams!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConverseAllStar View Post
    It will be interesting to see how your rankings change after this week's King of the Bluegrass. Collins, South Oldham and North Oldham will all face three strong opponents - and possibly each other - between Thursday and Monday of next week.

    South Oldham has the toughest first round opponent in Male.

    Good luck to the 8th region teams!
    Yes, we'll learn a lot about some of the 8th's better teams...after years of being largely neglected by the KOB, the 8th Region got three in this year!

    It may be hard to decide, though, how some of those games affect the 8th Region representatives in this ranking....some seriously tough competition.

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    Very excited to watch the 8th region teams represent in the KOB!

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    KHSAA RPI rankings are significantly different than the Colonel's. Any thoughts?

    1. Collins
    2. Oldham Co.
    3. South Oldham
    4. Anderson Co.
    5. Simon Kenton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polar Bearcat View Post
    KHSAA RPI rankings are significantly different than the Colonel's. Any thoughts?

    1. Collins
    2. Oldham Co.
    3. South Oldham
    4. Anderson Co.
    5. Simon Kenton
    RPI is completely computer formula based, right? Who you’ve played, who they’ve played, how you fared, how they’ve fared.

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    Current RPI has Male at #37. That tells me all I need to know about the validity of the early-season RPI rankings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polar Bearcat View Post
    KHSAA RPI rankings are significantly different than the Colonel's. Any thoughts?

    1. Collins
    2. Oldham Co.
    3. South Oldham
    4. Anderson Co.
    5. Simon Kenton
    Actually, not significantly different....I have Collins - Oldham - South 1-2-3 as well, and I have SK 4th instead of 5th. The only real difference is where I have Anderson - I have AC three spots lower - and I have the Bearcats lower because, 1) they started lower in the poll and 2) even at 6-0 (as of the time of the writing), Anderson had just gotten their first solid win over a good team.

    Anderson is moving up....but they're also going to have to earn it with the six in front of them looking pretty darn good. Of course, the Bearcats will have plenty of opportunities - they have to play Spencer and Collins in their district....

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