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  1. Well, it appears this job isn’t open after all. Coach Dawn is retiring as principal but not coach.
  2. In no order: Augusta CovCath Holmes GRC Valley Mason County Fieldhouse Wayne County Clay County Knott County Central Marion County Bullitt East
  3. That would put both right into the heart of the regional championship race.
  4. That tournament run was the greatest perimeter shooting display most likely in Kentucky high school postseason history. They had the best player in each game but ran into some teams that were arguably overall more talented. Felt like they just couldn’t miss and because of that shooting, players stepping up, and superb coaching, they got the job done.
  5. Highlands is both winning the “out of gas” game and keeping their shooting hot.
  6. I type this up as I patiently await the tip-off of the State Finals matchup. You might as well label this entry as the "Boyle County Praise Article," even if their season ended rather ugly at Rupp yesterday. Boyle County's Trip to Rupp The Rebels rightfully ended their season as one of the last 8 teams to be competing in the state. They got their one win of the trip with an opening round victory over Paintsville 70 to 56. Luke Sheperson led the way with 25 with Jagger Gillis getting 19 and Luke Imfeld 17. The Rebels did what they had to defensively, keeping all of the Paintsville shooters mostly in check and winning the game decisively inside. Friday was not so kind to Boyle County. The Rebel defense was futile on the perimeter against the hot-shooting Tomcats of Ashland. The final score was 80 to 44 in favor of Ashland. Top Players Player of the year has to go to Kade Grundy of Somerset who did some remarkable things and set records for the Briar Jumpers. DeAjuan Stepp finished up his career for West Jessamine in impressive style as well. Sheperson and Imfeld stood out for a crowded Boyle County group. And even though a top 5 in this region is tough to do, and it can be argued that's no necessarily what I'm doing, I would be disappointed in myself if I didn't include Jaxon Smith, the heart and soul of the Lincoln County Patriots, who, after a rough start and some delays, hit all cylinders at the end of the season to fall just short of a trip to Rupp. Dennie Webb Coach of the Year discussion this year really should begin and end with Dennie Webb of Boyle County. After an up and down debut season that showed flashes of incredible potential, Webb's 2nd year showed what the Rebels are truly capable of under his leadership. Looking to next year This part is the one I am sure there will be the most discussion on. With Smith back for Lincoln County, the Patriots are going to be just as dangerous as ever. Boyle returns Owen Barnes, Imfeld, and Hagan Webb but loses Gillis and Sheperson. West graduates Stepp but returns Daniel Waters and Gavin Salva. And don't sleep on Pulaski County, who returns Cayden Lancaster, Zach Travis, and Barek Williams. East Jessamine, Danville and Somerset will all have work to do to fill huge holes from graduation. Thanks for another great year. This is truly one of the most exciting regions to cover.
  7. I hold nothing against any out of region team losing at Clay County. That is one of the most difficult environments for a road team in the state. I will take Boyle 65 to 51.
  8. Well the Rebels of Boyle County, who have shown to be by far the most consistently performing team in the region, have cut down the nets at Lincoln County, defeating the hosting Patriots 54 to 48, powered by junior Luke Imfeld and his 20 points. The final four in the region consisted of Lincoln County, Pulaski County, East Jessamine and Boyle County. In the first semifinal game, hosting Lincoln County took down the Maroons of Pulaski County 52 to 47. Tramane Alcorn scored 18, Jaxon Smith scored 14 and as a team the Patriots went 8 for 19 from 3. Barek Williams had 12 for Pulaski and KJ Combs and Cayden Lancaster both had 11. In the second semifinal game, Boyle County decisively defeated the Jaguars of East Jessamine 57 to 41. Coach Webb would go on to get every player on his bench into the game. Luke Sheperson had 16, Hagan Webb had 13 and Luke Imfeld had 12. Owen Barnes also had 8 points and 10 boards. Ben McNew led the Jaguars with 12. The Rebels held East to shooting 14 of 54 from the floor. The championship game was a repeat of the 45th district tournament in which Lincoln County won 62 to 57. The only time Lincoln County has let up over 60 points to the opposition since February 9th was their 68 to 52 loss at Boyle County. Though the Patriots were able to keep Boyle's offense somewhat in check, Imfeld was able to put up a stellar performance and the Rebels decimated the Lincoln perimeter offense, holding them to just 2 of 17 from 3. Boyle now goes on to face 15th region champion Paintsville in the Sweet 16 5:00PM on April 1st. Paintsville is going to Rupp thanks to a two point win over district rival Johnson Central, a team they beat in double overtime to also win the district championship. The Rebels will look to contain sharpshooters Jaxon Watts (40.9% from 3, 8.6 points per game), Braxton Tharp (40% from 3 and 13.2 points per game) and Colby Fugate( 40.7% from 3, leading scorer at 21 points per game) as well as leading rebounder Connor Fugate (6.5 points per game, 10.9 points per game). The winner of that game will face the winner of Knox Central and Ashland Blazer. I will see you all next week as I recap Boyle County's trip to the Sweet 16 and tie up the season in the 12th region.
  9. After Rockcastle County pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year to end Somerset's season, the 12th Region really didn't see another although plenty of times threatened to upend a contender. We currently are down to the final four in the region. Let's take a look at how we got there. 45th District One of the first themes we will see is Lincoln County, after a somewhat inconsistent year, finding their best version of themselves as they rattle off close win after close win. That started with the district semifinal win over Danville, Patriots 57 Admirals 54. Tramaine Alcorn scored 20 and had 10 rebounds for the double-double. In the other semifinal Boyle County cruised to an 80 to 47 win over Garrard County. Jagger Gillis scored 21, including 12 on 4 made three pointers. In the finals Lincoln avenged an earlier loss to Boyle County by 16 with a five point victory lead by another stellar performance by Alcorn, who had 17 points and 6 rebounds, as well as Jaxon Smith who also scored 17. Lincoln as a team went 8 of 20 from three point range. Jagger Gillis was held under control with only 5 points though the Rebels were buoyed by 13 point performances by Owen Barnes and Hagan Webb. 46th District Mercer County nearly pulled off a mammoth upset of East Jessamine, a team who beat them 54 to 28 earlier in the year. Sam Baughman scored 17 and Evan Hart had 12 in the losing effort as East squeaked by 49 to 47, lead by Zion Thomas with 20 points. West Jessamine cruised to a 61 to 26 win over Burgin. In the finals West and East met for the third time and the Jaguars got the rubber match win at a score of 69 to 55. DeAjuan Stepp had 21 for the Colts, and both Ben McNew and Devin Johnson had 21 for East. The Jaguars went 9 for 19 from three point range. 47th District After the massive upset of Somerset in the district semifinals, Rockcastle County fell to Pulaski County in the finals 64 to 51. Barek Williams had 18, Zach Travis had 14, and KJ Combs had 14 in the win. 48th District The Cardinals of Wayne County had struggled all year, finding themselves near the bottom of the regional rankings. However, they came three points short of a trip to the regional tournament. Southwestern defeated Wayne 74 to 71. Gage Gregory scored 20 in the loss. One seed McCreary County Central won the championship game 79 to 69 over Southwestern. Three Raiders scored over 20 - Kyle Stephens with 24, Trent Conatser with 22 and Trey Davis with 21. Regional Tournament - First Round In an opening game that was back and forth and powered by scoring runs, the Patriots of Lincoln County survived the challenge of the West Jessamine Colts 52 to 50. Brady Weaver stepped up and scored 15 for the Patriots. Pulaski County defeated Southwestern 49 to 40 in the second game, much closer than their previous win over the Warriors 85 to 57. East Jessamine put an end to Rockcastle's run 61 to 54. Zion Thomas had 21 and Ben McNew had 20. Boyle County, coming off their district finals loss, returned to form, easily dispatching the McCreary Central Raiders in the first round's biggest scoring difference, 63 to 49. Regional Tournament - Semi-Finals - Preview Lincoln County takes on Pulaski County in the first game Tuesday on the Patriots' home court. The Patriots' first game of the year was a 67 to 55, also at home. The second semi-final, also at Lincoln County, sees the surging East Jessamine Jaguars square off against the mighty Boyle County Rebels. This is the first time this year that they will face off. The championship game is set for March 27th at Lincoln County.
  10. I think your only chance for an upset is Danville over Lincoln County.
  11. With the wrinkles of this modified season, district tournament play commenced last week after regular season games concluded. This includes an incredible upset that ended the high school career of one of the best players to have lace them up in the 12th. The final rankings are based only on regular season action. End of Regular Season Team Rankings 1. Boyle County – The Rebels finished the regular season with wins over Danville Christian and (narrowly) Garrard County. Hagan Webb scored 18 in the win over Garrard. Boyle faces Garrard again in the district semifinals. 2. Lincoln County - The Patriots picked the right time to get hot. They defeated Somerset 61 to 52. Jaxon Smith scored 15 in the win. They face off against Danville. Lincoln split the regular season series with the Ads, defeating them at home 59 to 51 in the most recent matchup, but losing the first game on the road 63 to 53. 3. East Jessamine – The Jaguars defeated Montgomery County by 7. Devin Johnson scored 29 points, going 7 out of 10 from three point range. East faces off against Mercer County, a team they beat 54 to 28 on February 4th. 4. Somerset – The Briar Jumpers fell to Lincoln County 61 – 52 to end the regular season then fell to Rockcastle County by 4 in the district semifinals to end their season. Mr. Basketball Finalist and Regional Player of the Year Kade Grundy ends the year with an average of 19.3 points per game. 5. West Jessamine – The Colts took the last week off. They face Burgin in the district semifinals. They defeated Burgin 93 to 44 on January 23. 6. Pulaski County - The Maroons ended up not playing last week so they went well rested into their district semifinal but still were almost nearly upset by Casey County. They now face Rockcastle County in the championship tilt. 7. Danville - The Admirals defeated Casey County at home 83 to 73. They face Lincoln County in a win or go home scenario in the district semifinal at Boyle County. They split the regular season series with the Pats. 8. Mercer County - The Titans had the week off. They face off against upstart regional contender East Jessamine in the district semifinals. They fell the first time around 54 to 28. 9. McCreary County Central - The Raiders had no games this last week. They ride the bye into the district finals where they will play the winner of Southwestern and Wayne County. 10. Southwestern – The Warriors fell to Barren County by 3. Their season hangs in the balance as they take on Wayne County in the district semifinals. They defeated the Cardinals 82 to 66 back in January. 11. Rockcastle County - The Rockets defeated Burgin by 22 to end the regular season. They then clinched a regional tournament berth since the 2016-2017 season by defeating Somerset. It is the first time Rockcastle will be in regional tournament play under hometown hero Coach Andrew Cash. There is also a chance Rockcastle could defeat Pulaski for the district title as the Rockets only lost the last matchup by seven. 12. Casey County – The Rebels defeated Foundation Christian before ending their season with a loss to Pulaski County by 5 in the district semifinals. Spencer Baird ends the year with 26.8 points per game (through the final regular season game). 13. Garrard County – The Golden Lions defeated Somerset Christian School before losing to Boyle County by 5, then finishing the regular season off with a 1 point victory over Wayne County. They defeated Danville Christian by 8 in the district first round game. Ethan Cooper had 23 in the postseason victory. They have a rematch against the mighty Rebels of Boyle County in the semifinals. 14. Wayne County - The Cardinals fell to both South Laurel and Garrard County, losing to the Golden Lions by 1. They face Southwestern in the district semifinals. 15. Somerset Christian – Somerset Christian fell to Garrard County, Clinton County, and Adair County. They are not participating in postseason play so their season is over. Luke Atwood finished the year with 15 points per game and Braydon Moore averaged 14.8. 16. Danville Christian - The Warriors fell to Boyle County before soundly defeating Berea 55 – 32. Titus Boyd has 23. Danville Christian’s season came to an end with a district first round loss to Garrard County. 17. Burgin - The Bulldogs fell to Eminence by 2, lost to Rockcastle by 22 and defeated Jackson City by 38. They face off against West Jessamine in the district semifinals. Postseason Schedule 45th District Garrard County defeated Danville Christian 60 to 52 on March 13th. March 15th – Boyle County versus Garrard County & Danville versus Lincoln County. Winners play in title game on March 17th. 46th District March 15th – West Jessamine versus Burgin & East Jessamine versus Mercer County. Winners play in title game on March 17th. 47th District On March 13th Pulaski County defeated Casey County 67 to 62 and Rockcastle County defeated Somerset 61 to 57. Pulaski and Rockcastle play in the title game on March 17th. 48th District March 15th – Southwestern and Wayne County play in the lone semifinal. March 17th – The winner takes on McCreary Central in the championship.
  12. With all the empty spaces on team’s schedules across the region, I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a couple last minute games thrown together for district preparation. I also hold the opinion that too much time in between the last game and the district tournament is not ideal.
  13. 7. Danville - The Admirals have continued to show two things: first, that on any given night they can beat any team in the region; secondly, that on any given night they can lose to any team in the region. Danville defeated both Taylor County and Boyle County last week, losing to Lincoln County in the middle. The Boyle County win is huge and shows just how talented this team is. However, this is still the same team that needed overtime to beat Garrard and fell to McCreary Central, albeit early in the year. 8. Mercer County - The Titans fell to Taylor County by 13. Evan Hart had 16 in the loss. They have no games remaining on the regular season schedule. 9. McCreary County Central - The Raiders fell to North Laurel 80 to 39 in their lone game last week. They face Barbourville on the road on Tuesday. McCreary is already locked into a regional tournament spot as they hold the 1 seed in their district. 10. Southwestern – The Warriors fell to Campbellsville before bouncing back to defeat Somerset Christian School. They face Perry County Central this week in their regular season finale. Their district tournament game is already set with their road to the regional tournament blocked by district host Wayne County. Southwestern won the first matchup 82 to 66. 11. Rockcastle County - The Rockets fell to Pulaski County last week before getting a home win against Lynn Camp. Daniel Mullins scored 29 in the loss to the Maroons. They finish the regular season by hosting Danville on Monday. 12. Wayne County - The Cardinals defeated Cumberland County and Russell County but fell to Pulaski County. Mason Burchett is averaging 17.1 points through 20 games. They face South Laurel and Garrard County this week before their district tournament game against Southwestern on the 15th. 13. Casey County – The Rebels had an exciting week with a double overtime win over Danville Christian followed by a buzzer beater victory over Anderson County. They finished the week with a blowout over Frankfort Christian. Spencer Baird’s average currently sits at 26.8. They end their regular season with road trips to Foundation Christian Academy and Danville. They are assured their first winning season since their 1993-1994 campaign. 14. Garrard County – The Golden Lions fell to Anderson County, East Jessamine and Madison Southern this past week. They face off against Somerset Christian School, Boyle County, and Wayne County this week. 15. Somerset Christian – Somerset Christian fell to Adair County and Southwestern this past week before defeating Foundation Christian. They face Garrard County, Clinton County, Adair County and Lincoln County this week. 16. Burgin - The Bulldogs had their first multi-win week of the Troy Lee Thomas era, defeating both Berea and Cloverport. They also fell twice, losing to Barbourville and Williamsburg. Jacob Qualls scored 17 in the win over Cloverport. 17. Danville Christian - The Warriors have not won in almost a full month. That being said, the almost defeated Casey County in double overtime before falling to Trinity Christian, Lynn Camp, and Lincoln County. Ryan Ridge had 23 in the loss to Casey County. They face Boyle County and Berea this week.
  14. The second-to-last week of the regular season featured its fair share of nail biters and standout performances. This was the last full week of games for most teams as they begin to prepare for their district tournaments. Team Rankings 1. Boyle County – The Rebels had two quality wins early in the week with victories against Lincoln County and Bardstown. However, after just defeating Danville by 24 on February 23rd, they fell to Danville 82 to 77 in double overtime. As we enter the final week of regular season play, Luke Imfeld’s average points per game sits at 21.1. They face Danville Christian and Garrard County this week. 2. Somerset – The Briar Jumpers fell to Evangel Christian by 2 in the All A Tournament before getting a road win at Marion County. Kade Grundy currently holds a 19.4 points per game average. Somerset finishes the regular season off Tuesday again Lincoln County. 3. East Jessamine – The Jaguars returned to action over the weekend with a pair of wins over Garrard County and Pike County Central in the Lee’s Famous Recipe Holiday Classic at Madison Southern. Their regular season finale is Monday against Montgomery County. 4. Lincoln County - The Patriots started off the week with a loss to Boyle County but bounced back to the tune of wins over both Danville and Danville Christian. Baylor Mattingly and Tramane Alcorn had 17 in the win over the admirals. They follow up their Danville double with a Somerset double this week, squaring off against both Somerset and Somerset Christian. 5. West Jessamine – The Colts defeated Tates Creek on the road 78 to 76. DeAjuan Stepp scored 25 in the victory. West has no more regular season games on the schedule. 6. Pulaski County - The Maroons had three wins last week, defeating Wayne County, Rockcastle County, and Madison Central. Barek Williams had 26 in the win over Wayne County. They have only one game on the schedule remaining, a home game against Clinton County.
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