Sixth Region Final Preview
If it is hard to beat a good team three times in a season, is it impossible to beat a good team four times in a season? We will find out Monday night when the Fern Creek Tigers (27-6) and the Jeffersontown Chargers (21-8) square off in the Sixth Region final at Valley High School.
Fern Creek has won the previous three games the teams have played this year by scores of 61-51 (12/20), 62-53 (1/7), and 49-43 in last week's 24th district championship game. Fern Creek will look at those results and see that they have won all three games, while J'Town will look at those results and see that the winning margin has decreased each time they have played.
It is no surprise that Fern Creek is playing in this final; the Tigers were expected to be good, and they have been. Fern Creek not only is 3-0 against J'Town this season, they are 16-0 against Sixth Region teams combined. The Tigers have won 14 straight games and 20 of their last 21, the only loss during that stretch being to Ballard.
Fern Creek is led by its strong junior class that includes Jaden Rogers (16.8 ppg, 86.4% free throw shooting); Zek Montgomery (14.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Darrius Washington (8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 59.2% field goal shooting); and King Warren (7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 62.2% field goal shooting). That quartet, plus Darian Lewis (7.4 ppg), give the Tigers offensive firepower from all over the floor.
J'Town comes into the championship game playing well. In addition to the loss to Fern Creek in the district final by a small margin, its last five games include two wins over Butler and wins over Bullitt East (62-47) and North Bullitt (73-61).
J'Town has four players averaging in double figures, led by sophomore Brandon Rayzer-Moore (13.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg), who has emerged as one of the top young players in the Region. Other double digit scorers for the Chargers are Travis Oglesvy (11.6 ppg, 7 rpg), Quinton Anderson (11.1 ppg), and Jalen Fairmen (10.7 ppg).
I think Monday's game will be a good one. In the end, I anticipate Fern Creek to again get it done and beat J-Town to claim the Sixth Region championship. Hope to see you there.