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  1. The 2019-20 5th Region Boys' Basketball Tournament is set to tip off at Taylor County High School in Campbellsville. The field for the 2019-20 5th Region Boys' Basketball Tournament is made up of the following teams: Bardstown, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Hart County, John Hardin, LaRue County, Marion County and Nelson County. Bardstown enters the region tournament as the 19th District champion. The Tigers are 23-8. Campbellsville finished runner-up in the 20th District. The Tigers are 15-14. Elizabethtown finished runner-up in the 17th District. The Panthers are 24-3 and boast the second-best region among 5th Region boys' basketball teams. Hart County finished runner-up in the 18th District. The Raiders are 14-14. John Hardin captured the 17th District title. The Bulldogs are 29-3 and enter the region tournament as the favorite. LaRue County won the 18th District. The Hawks are 20-8. Marion County, a contender for the 5th Region title, claimed the 20th District title. The Knights are 22-7. Nelson County finished runner-up in the 19th District. The Cardinals are 12-20. John Hardin, which features player of the year Alex Matthews (17.5 ppg, 10.7 rpg), is the reigning 5th Region champion. Reigning champion John Hardin among the state's top boys' high school basketball teams. The schedule for the 5th Region Boys' Basketball Tournament follows. 5th Region Boys' Basketball Tournament at Taylor County High School Wednesday, March 4 Quarterfinals LaRue County vs. Nelson County, 6 p.m. Marion County vs. Elizabethtown, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 5 Quarterfinals Bardstown vs. Hart County, 6 p.m. John Hardin vs. Campbellsville, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 8 Semifinals 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 Championship Game 7 p.m.
  2. 1. John Hardin (27-3): The Bulldogs suffered a five-point loss to Marion County but hold on to the top spot in the 5th Region. John Hardin is set to face North Hardin in the semifinals of the 17th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 2. Elizabethtown (23-2): The Panthers are riding a five-game winning streak into the postseason. After defeating both LaRue County and Bullitt East during the final week of the regular-season, Elizabethtown will face Central Hardin in the semifinals of the 17th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 3. Marion County (20-7): The Knights are on an eight-game winning streak after knocking off East Jessamine and 5th Region frontrunner John Hardin during the final week of the regular-season. Marion County is slated to face Taylor County in the semifinals of the 20th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 4. Bardstown (21-8): Following two straight losses, Bardstown recovered to win back-to-back games over Taylor County and North Hardin. The Tigers will face the winner of a Bethlehem/Washington play-in game on during the semifinals of the 19th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 5. LaRue County (18-8): The Hawks suffered a pair of losses during the final week of the regular-season, falling to Elizabethtown and Warren Central. LaRue County is set to face Caverna in the semifinals of the 18th District Boys' basketball Tournament. 6. Central Hardin (13-14): The Bruins split games during the final week of the regular-season, beating Breckinridge County before falling to Meade County. Central Hardin is slated to face Elizabethtown in the semifinals of the 17th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 7. Campbellsville (14-13): The Eagles carried a five-game winning streak out of the regular-season after claiming victories over Green County and Nelson County. Campbellsville is poised to face Adair County in the semifinals of the 20th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 8. North Hardin (12-17): The Trojans ended an up-and-down regular-season by winning two of three games during the final week. North Hardin has the tough task of facing John Hardin in the 17th District Semifinals. 9. Taylor County (14-16): Following losses to Bardstown and Henry Clay, Taylor County managed to defeat Green County in a regular-season finale. Now, Taylor County must face Marion County in the 20th District Semifinals. 10. Hart County (13-14): Gaining momentum during the final week of the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball regular-season, Hart County defeated Edmonson County and Adair County for back-to-back wins. The Raiders will face Green County in the semifinals of the 18th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 11. Nelson County (11-19): On a five-game losing streak, Nelson County dropped matchups to Bullitt East and Campbellsville during the final week of the regular-season. The Cardinals are set to face Thomas Nelson in the 19th District Semifinals. 12. Adair County (13-17): During the final week of the regular-season, in between losses to Washington County and Hart County, Adair County defeated Caverna. Now, Adair County must face Campbellsville in the 20th District Semifinals. 13. Thomas Nelson (10-18): The Generals split a pair of games during the final week of the regular-season, topping Owen County prior to falling to Spencer County. Now, Thomas Nelson will look to pull off a win over nemesis Nelson County in the postseason. 14. Fort Knox (9-18): The Eagles' season ended with a loss to North Hardin in the play-in game of the 17th District Boys' Basketball Tournament at John Hardin High School on Sunday. 15. Bethlehem (10-19): The Eagles fell to Spencer County and Holy Cross (Louisville) during the final week of the regular-season following a victory over Brown. Bethlehem will face Washington County in the play-in game of the 19th District Boys' Basketball Tournament. 16. Washington County (5-25): Faring well in the final month of the regular-season, Washington County won two of its last three games, defeating both Adair County and Green County. 17. Green County (5-20): The Dragons exited the regular-season on a six-game losing skid following losses to Campbellsville, Washington County and Taylor County. 18. Caverna (5-22): Continuing to slide, Caverna dropped games to Warren East, Adair County and Metcalfe County during the final week of the 2019-20 regular-season. 17th District Boys' Basketball Tournament at John Hardin High School Sunday, Feb. 23 North Hardin 90, Fort Knox 33 Monday, Feb. 24 Semifinals North Hardin vs. John Hardin, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 Semifinals Elizabethtown vs Central hardin, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Championship game, 7 p.m. 18th District Boys' Basketball Tournament at Green County High School Tuesday, Feb. 25 Semifinals LaRue County vs. Caverna, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Semifinals Hart County vs. Green County, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Championship Game, 7 p.m. 19th District Boys' Basketball Tournament at Nelson County High School Monday, Feb. 24 Bethlehem vs. Washington County 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Feb. 25 Semifinals Bethlehem/Washington County winner vs. Bardstown, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Semifinals Nelson County vs. Thomas Nelson, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 Championship Game, 7 p.m. 20th District Boys' Basketball Tournament at Taylor County High School Wednesday, Feb. 26 Semifinals Taylor County vs. Marion County, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Semifinals Campbellsville vs. Adair County, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 Championship Game, 7 p.m.
  3. 1. John Hardin (27-2): Staying on top, John Hardin beat both Bardstown and Nelson County. One of the state's top players, Alex Matthews is averaging a double-double of 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Matthews has been named the 5th Region Player of the Year. 2. Elizabethtown (21-2): Remaining in the win column, Elizabethtown outlasted Taylor County in overtime and pulled away to beat Bardstown convincingly. Jaquais Franklin is averaging a team-high 21.7 points er game for the Panthers. 3. Bardstown (19-8): In a tough late-season stretch, Bardstown dropped games to both John Hardin and Elizabethtown. The Tigers pushed John Hardin but suffered a double digit loss to Elizabethtown in another matchup. JJ Traynor is averaging 19.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for the Tigers. 4. LaRue County (18-6): The Hawks recorded convincing wins over Nelson County and Taylor County. LaRue County has won 11 of its last 13 games. Mark Goode scored his 2,000th point for the Hawks in the victory over Nelson County. Goode is averaging 23.3 points per game for the LaRue County boys' basketball team. 5. Marion County (18-7): The Knights are on a six-game winning streak after defeating North Hardin and Taylor County. Continuing to lead Marion County, Jamison Epps is averaging a double-double of 18.6 points and 14 rebounds per game. 6. Central Hardin (12-13): Nearing the .500 mark, Central Hardin added wins over Owensboro Catholic and Green County. Currently, Central Hardin is on a five-game winning streak. Gavin George (13.3 ppg) and Deonco Wilkerson (12.2 ppg) are combining to lead the Bruins. 7. Campbellsville (12-13): Under the direction of head coach Anthony Epps, Campbellsville reeled off wins over Caverna, Washington County and Bethlehem. Malachi Corley is averaging a team-high 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for the Eagles. 8. North Hardin (10-16): The Trojans won back-to-back games over Hart County and Meade County before falling to Marion County. Naasir Johnson is leading North Hardin with a 15 points per game scoring average. 9. Taylor County (13-14): The Cardinals dropped three consecutive games, falling to Elizabethtown, LaRue County and Marion County. Prior to its current skid, Taylor County had won 9-of-11 games. Kybrin Smith is leading Taylor County in both scoring and rebounding. 10. Adair County (12-15): The Indians notched a win over Green County but fell to Russell County. Productive Russell County snapped Adair County's four-game winning streak, defeating the Indians 61-45. Lucas Pooler is leading Adair County, averaging a team-high 12.3 points per game. 11. Nelson County (11-17): The Cardinals dropped back-to-back games to LaRue County and John Hardin. Currently, Nelson County is on a three-game losing skid. 12. Hart County (11-14): In between losses to North Hardin and Fort Knox, Hart County notched a win over Thomas Nelson. Hart County has won five of its last nine games. 13. Thomas Nelson (9-17): After reeling off three straight wins, Thomas Nelson dropped back-to-back games to Hart County and Iroquois. The Generals suffered a double digit loss in each of the two games. 14. Fort Knox (7-16): Showing improvement, Fort Knox notched back-to-back wins over Bethlehem and Hart County before falling to Western, an opponent from Louisville. The Eagles won back-to-back games for only the second time in the 2019-20 season. 15. Bethlehem (10-17): The Eagles dropped games to Mercer County, Fort Knox and Campbellsville before beating Brown 56-42. Bethlehem's victory over Brown halted a six-game losing skid. 16. Green County (5-17): The Dragons opened February with losses to Adair County, Central Hardin and Somerset. Green County returned to the loss column after ending January with back-to-back wins. 17. Caverna (5-19): Remaining in the loss column, Caverna dropped games to Edmonson County, Campbellsville and Glasgow. The Colonels are currently on a five-game losing skid. 18. Washington County (3-24): After pushing Campbellsville, Washington County notched a win over Whitefield Academy. Washington County has won two of its last six games.
  4. 1. John Hardin (25-2): In an intriguing rematch, John Hardin defeated Elizabethtown 75-72. The Bulldogs beat Bowling Green but suffered a loss to Henry Clay on a neutral floor at Lafayette High School. Alex Mathews is averaging a double-double of 23.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. 2. Elizabethtown (19-2): Following a three-point loss to John Hardin, Elizabethtown rolled past Fort Knox 92-55. Elizabethtown has won three of its last four games. Jaquais Franklin is averaging 20.9 points per game for the Panthers. 3. Bardstown (19-6): The Tigers are on a 13-game winning streak. Bardstown claimed wins over Bethlehem, Nelson County and Greenwood during the first full week in February. One of the top players in the region, JJ Traynor is averaging a double-double of 19.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game for the Tigers. 4. LaRue County (16-6): The Hawks suffered a setback to Oldham County before defeating North Hardin. LaRue County has won nine of its last 11 games. A proven scorer, Mark Goode is averaging 23.1 points per game for the Hawks. 5. Marion County (16-7): The Knights edged rival Campbellsville 60-58. Marion County is on a four-game winning streak. Jamison Epps is averaging 18.1 points and 13 rebounds per game for the Marion County boys' basketball team. 6. Central Hardin (10-13): The Bruins posted wins over Fort Knox and Barren County to push a winning streak to three games. Gavin George is averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for Central Hardin in the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season. 7. Taylor County (13-11): Continuing to win, Taylor County topped Caverna and Christian County. The Cardinals are on a three-game winning streak and have won nine of their last 11 games. Kybrin Smith is averaging 17.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Cardinals. 8. Adair County (11-14): The Indians claimed back-to-back wins over Butler County and Campbellsville. Adair County carried a three-game winning streak into the week. Lucas Pooler is averaging 12.7 points per game for the Indians. 9. Campbellsville (9-13): The Eagles opened February with back-to-back losses, falling to Marion County and Adair County. Malachi Corley continues to lead Campbellsville, averaging 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. 10. North Hardin (8-15): Following a loss to LaRue County, the Trojans' losing streak extended to three games. North Hardin has lost four of its last five games. Through January, Naasir Johnson was averaging 15 points per game for the Trojans. 11. Nelson County (11-15): The Cardinals split games, beating Bethlehem before falling to Bardstown. Nelson County has lost five of its last eight games. 12. Hart County (10-12): The Raiders have not played since January 31. Hart County has won four of its last six games. 13. Thomas Nelson (9-15): Showing improvement, Thomas Nelson opened February with wins over Washington County and Bethlehem. The Generals are riding a three-game winning streak. 14. Bethlehem (9-14): Remaining in the loss column, Bethlehem dropped games to Nelson County, Bardstown and Thomas Nelson. 15. Fort Knox (5-15): The Eagles dropped three straight games, falling to Central Hardin, Elizabethtown and Kentucky Country Day. Fort Knox has won one of its last eight games. 16. Green County (5-14): The Dragons have not played since January 28. However, Green has won back-to-back games. 17. Caverna (5-16): Slipping back into the loss column, Caverna dropped games to Taylor County and Christian Academy-Louisville. 18. Washington County (2-23): Remaining in the loss column, Washington County lost games to Thomas Nelson and Henry County.
  5. 1. John Hardin (23-1): The Bulldogs exited January following a convincing victory over Fort Knox. Alex Matthews, who is averaging 23.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, remains the leader for the John Hardin boys' basketball team. 2. Elizabethtown (18-1): Bouncing back from a loss to Butler, Elizabethtown beat North Hardin and Christian Academy-Louisville. The Panthers have scored 90 or more points in each of their last two games. Jaquais Franklin is pacing Elizabethtown with a 20.5 points per game scoring average. 3. Marion County (15-7): The Knights are riding a three-game win streak after defeating Rockcastle County, Nelson County and Danville. Through the first 20 games in the current campaign, Jamison Epps was averaging a team-high 18.1 points for the Marion County boys' basketball team. 4. Bardstown (16-6): The Tigers are on a 10-game winning streak. From January 28-February 1, Bardstown notched wins over Washington County, Hart County and Christian Academy-Louisville. JJ Traynor is averaging a double-double of 19.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for the Bardstown boys' basketball tean. 5. LaRue County (15-5): The Hawks notched wins over Glasgow and Caverna. LaRue County is currently on a five-game winning streak. Mark Goode is leading the Hawks with a 23.2 points per game scoring average. 6. Taylor County (11-11): The Cardinals are at the .500 mark after defeating Washington County handily. For Taylor County, Week 9 of the season included a win over Adair County and a loss to Campbellsvile. Kybrin Smith (16.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg) continues to lead the Cardinals in both scoring and rebounding. 7. Central Hardin (8-13): After falling to Ohio County, Central Hardin knocked off longtime rival North Hardin 69-53. Gavin George continues to lead the Bruins in both scoring and rebounding. 8. North Hardin (8-14): The Trojans dropped back-to-back games, losing to Elizabethtown and Central Hardin. Through the first 20 games in the 2019-20 season, Naasir Johnson was averaging 15.1 points per game for the North Hardin boys' basketball team. 9. Hart County (10-12): The Raiders defeated Fort Knox in between losses to Barren County an Bardstown. Jordan Burden is leading Hart County, averaging 18.3 points per game for the Raiders. 10. Campbellsville (8-11): The Eagles lost to Clinton County before bouncing back to beat Taylor County. Malachi Corley is leading Campbellsville, averaging 16.1 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Eagles. 11. Nelson County (10-14): Remaining in the loss column, the Cardinals dropped games to Green County and Marion County. Nelson County has lost four of it last five games. 12. Thomas Nelson (7-15): The Generals have not played since January 25. Thomas Nelson has lost four of its last six games. 13: Bethlehem (9-11): Following back-to-back losses to Whitefield Academy and Louisville Collegiate, Bethlehem beat Sayre 64-60. The Eagles have won three of their last five games. 14. Adair County (9-14): The Indians dropped games to Taylor County and Monroe County but notched wins over Casey County and Whitley County. Over the weekend, Adair County defeated Whitley County 47-38 in the Lindsey Wilson College Classic. 15. Fort Knox (5-12): The Eagles absorbed losses against Valley, John Hardin and Hart County before beating Beth Haven 79-69. Fort Knox has lost four of its last five games. 16. Green County (5-14): The Dragons have posted back-to-back wins. Green County defeated Nelson County 55-46 for its latest victory. 17. Caverna (5-14): The Colonels dropped a game to LaRue County before pulling away to beat Russellville 58-48 in the Lindsey Wilson College Classic. Caverna has lost three of its last four games. 18. Washington County (2-21): After defeating Bluegrass United for its second win, Washington County suffered a loss to Taylor County. The victory over Bluegrass United, a homeschool team, allowed Washington County to halt a 20-game losing skid.
  6. 1. John Hardin (22-1): Despite suffering its first loss in the 2019-20 season to 5th Region rival Elizabethtown, John Hardin holds on to the top spot following the Panthers' setback against Butler. Recovering from the loss to Elizabethtown, John Hardin notched back-to-back wins over North Hardin and Tates Creek. Holding offers from multiple NCAA Division 1 programs, Alex Matthews is leading John Hardin with a double-double average of 23.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. 2. Elizabethtown (16-1): The Panthers pushed past John Hardin 81-74 but suffered a loss to Butler. An opponent from nearby Louisville, Butler beat Elizabethtown 89-68 in the Nathan McCurry Classic at John Hardin. Jaquais Franklin is averaging 20 points per game for the Panthers. 3. Marion County (12-7): After defeating both Adair County and Wayne County, Marion County dropped back-to-back games to Scott County and Lafayette. Jamison Epps is averaging a team-high double-double of 18.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Knights. 4. Bardstown (13-6): The Tigers are on a seven-game winning streak after claiming victories over Central Hardin and Lincoln County. Through Bardstown's first 18 games in the 2019-20 season, JJ Traynor was averaging a double-double of 18.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. 5. LaRue County (13-5): The Hawks are on a four-game winning streak after claiming additional victories over Green County, Adair County and Greenwood. Leading LaRue County, Mark Goode remains among the top scorers in the state as he's averages 23.1 points per game. 6. North Hardin (8-12): Following a seven-point loss to John Hardin, North Hardin defeated Southern 66-57 in the Nathan McCurry Classic. Naasir Johnson is averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game for the Trojans. 7. Taylor County (9-10): The Cardinals claimed back-to-back wins, defeating Hart County and Monroe County. Kybrin Smith is the Cardinals' top performer 19 games into the 2019-20 season, averaging 17.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Taylor County boys' basketball team. 8. Central Hardin (7-12): The Bruins beat Fort Knox in between losses to Bardstown and Oldham County. Gavin George (13.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg) remains the leading scorer and rebounder for the Central Hardin boys' basketball team. 9. Hart County (9-10): The Raiders dropped a game to Taylor County before reeling off three straight wins over Nelson County, Cumberland County and Washington County. Jordan Burden is leading Hart County with a 19.2 points per game scoring average. 10. Campbellsville (8-10): The Eagles fell to St. Henry in the opening round of the All 'A' Classic. Malachi Corley continues to pace Campbellsville, averaging 16.2 points per game for the Eagles. 11. Nelson County (10-12): The Cardinals defeated rival Thomas Nelson 58-44 before falling to Hart County. Bryce Riley is leading Nelson County in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. 12. Thomas Nelson (7-15): The Generals finished 1-2 in the Toyota Classic in Georgetown. Following losses to Frederick Douglass and Great Crossing, Thomas Nelson topped Christian Academy (Myrtle Beach, SC) 63-58. Andrew Mason is averaging 20 points per game to lead the Generals. 13: Bethlehem (8-9): The Eagles remained in the win column, leveling Frankfort Christian 72-20. Kruse Harned is averaging 14 points per game for Bethlehem, which claimed its second straight win. 14. Adair County (7-12): The Indians suffered losses to 5th Region rivals Marion County and LaRue County before edging Harrison County 54-52. Lucas Pooler is pacing Adair County, averaging 12.6 points per game for the Indians. 15. Fort Knox (4-9): The Eagles knocked off Frederick Fraize but slipped back into the loss column following a matchup versus Central Hardin. Chase Bellamy is leading the Fort Knox boys' basketball team with a 14.4 points per game scoring average. 16. Green County (4-14): Following the loss to LaRue County, Green County rolled past Caverna 67-43. Gunner Bush is averaging a team-high 17.1 points per game for the Dragons. 17. Caverna (4-13): The Colonels knocked off Washington County before dropping back-to-back games to Green County and Butler County. Deshante Richardson is averaging a team-high 17.2 points per game for the Caverna boys' basketball team. 18. Washington County (1-19): Remaining in the loss column, Washington County dropped games to Caverna and Hart County. Josh Burkhead leads Washington County with an 11.7 points per game scoring average.
  7. 1. John Hardin (22-1): Despite suffering its first loss in the 2019-20 season to 5th Region rival Elizabethtown, John Hardin holds on to the top spot following the Panthers' setback against Butler. Recovering from the loss to Elizabethtown, John Hardin notched back-to-back wins over North Hardin and Tates Creek. Holding offers from multiple NCAA Division 1 programs, Alex Matthews is leading John Hardin with a double-double average of 23.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. 2. Elizabethtown (16-1): The Panthers pushed past John Hardin 81-74 but suffered a loss to Butler. An opponent from nearby Louisville, Butler beat Elizabethtown 89-68 in the Nathan McCurry Classic at John Hardin. Jaquais Franklin is averaging 20 points per game for the Panthers. 3. Marion County (12-7): After defeating both Adair County and Wayne County, Marion County dropped back-to-back games to Scott County and Lafayette. Jamison Epps is averaging a team-high double-double of 18.3 points and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Knights. 4. Bardstown (13-6): The Tigers are on a seven-game winning streak after claiming victories over Central Hardin and Lincoln County. Through Bardstown's first 18 games in the 2019-20 season, JJ Traynor was averaging a double-double of 18.4 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. 5. LaRue County (13-5): The Hawks are on a four-game winning streak after claiming additional victories over Green County, Adair County and Greenwood. Leading LaRue County, Mark Goode remains among the top scorers in the state as he's averages 23.1 points per game. 6. North Hardin (8-12): Following a seven-point loss to John Hardin, North Hardin defeated Southern 66-57 in the Nathan McCurry Classic. Naasir Johnson is averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game for the Trojans. 7. Taylor County (9-10): The Cardinals claimed back-to-back wins, defeating Hart County and Monroe County. Kybrin Smith is the Cardinals' top performer 19 games into the 2019-20 season, averaging 17.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Taylor County boys' basketball team. 8. Central Hardin (7-12): The Bruins beat Fort Knox in between losses to Bardstown and Oldham County. Gavin George (13.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg) remains the leading scorer and rebounder for the Central Hardin boys' basketball team. 9. Hart County (9-10): The Raiders dropped a game to Taylor County before reeling off three straight wins over Nelson County, Cumberland County and Washington County. Jordan Burden is leading Hart County with a 19.2 points per game scoring average. 10. Campbellsville (8-10): The Eagles fell to St. Henry in the opening round of the All 'A' Classic. Malachi Corley continues to pace Campbellsville, averaging 16.2 points per game for the Eagles. 11. Nelson County (10-12): The Cardinals defeated rival Thomas Nelson 58-44 before falling to Hart County. Bryce Riley is leading Nelson County in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. 12. Thomas Nelson (7-15): The Generals finished 1-2 in the Toyota Classic in Georgetown. Following losses to Frederick Douglass and Great Crossing, Thomas Nelson topped Christian Academy (Myrtle Beach, SC) 63-58. Andrew Mason is averaging 20 points per game to lead the Generals. 13: Bethlehem (8-9): The Eagles remained in the win column, leveling Frankfort Christian 72-20. Kruse Harned is averaging 14 points per game for Bethlehem, which claimed its second straight win. 14. Adair County (7-12): The Indians suffered losses to 5th Region rivals Marion County and LaRue County before edging Harrison County 54-52. Lucas Pooler is pacing Adair County, averaging 12.6 points per game for the Indians. 15. Fort Knox (4-9): The Eagles knocked off Frederick Fraize but slipped back into the loss column following a matchup versus Central Hardin. Chase Bellamy is leading the Fort Knox boys' basketball team with a 14.4 points per game scoring average. 16. Green County (4-14): Following the loss to LaRue County, Green County rolled past Caverna 67-43. Gunner Bush is averaging a team-high 17.1 points per game for the Dragons. 17. Caverna (4-13): The Colonels knocked off Washington County before dropping back-to-back games to Green County and Butler County. Deshante Richardson is averaging a team-high 17.2 points per game for the Caverna boys' basketball team. 18. Washington County (1-19): Remaining in the loss column, Washington County dropped games to Caverna and Hart County. Josh Burkhead leads Washington County with an 11.7 points per game scoring average.
  8. 1. John Hardin (20-0): Continuing to remain on top, John Hardin rolled to the 2A title in Owensboro on Sunday. The Bulldogs are 20-0 after beating Bourbon County 73-53 in the 2A title game. The 2A MVP, Alex Matthews continues to lead the Bulldogs. Matthews is averaging 23 points per game for current 4th Region frontrunner John Hardin. Next, John Hardin will visit fellow unbeaten Elizabethtown for a 17th District showdown on Tuesday. 2. Elizabethtown (15-0): Remaining perfect, Elizabethtown notched wins over Hart County, North Hardin and Meade County. The Panthers outlasted North Hardin 77-71 in overtime. Jaquais Franklin is averaging a team-high 18.9 points per game for undefeated Elizabethtown. 3. Marion County (10-5): The Knights lost to Doss after falling to familiar foe John Hardin five days earlier. Doss defeated Marion County 66-52. Pacing the Knights, Jamison Epps is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds per game. 4. Bardstown (11-6): The Tigers are on a five-game winning streak after adding victories over Bethlehem and Thomas Nelson. Hitting triple digits, Bardstown beat Thomas Nelson 100-72. JJ Traynor is averaging a double-double of 18.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game for the Tigers. 5. LaRue County (10-5): The Hawks dominated Hart County 68-38 in a lone game since absorbing an 11-point loss to John Hardin on January 10. One of the state's top scorers, Mark Goode is averaging a team-high 24.5 points per game for the LaRue County boys' basketball team. 6. Taylor County (7-10): The Cardinals haven't played since falling to Marion County in the 2A Tournament on January 10. The trio of Nick Knifley, Kybrin Smith and Conner Wise is leading the Taylor County boys' basketball team. 7. North Hardin (7-11): Following a loss to Elizabethtown, North Hardin bounced back to beat Breckinridge County, an opponent from the neighboring 3rd Region, 68-54. Naasir Johnson is averaging 16 points per game for the Trojans. 8. Central Hardin (6-10): After suffering a 14-point loss to frontrunner John Hardin, Central Hardin rolled past Washington County 63-31. Gavin George and Deonco Wilkerson are combining to pace the Bruins. 9. Campbellsville (8-9): The Eagles are on a four-game winning streak after notching wins over Caverna, Bethlehem and Green County. Among the most underrated players in the state, Malachi Corley is averaging 15.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Campbellsville boys' basketball team. 10. Nelson County (9-11): The Cardinals split a pair of games, edging Washington County in overtime before falling to Bullitt Central. Bryce Riley is pacing Nelson County, averaging nearly 20 points per game for the Cardinals. 11. Adair County (6-10): Slipping back into the loss column, Adair County dropped games to Hancock County and Metcalfe County. Lucas Pooler is leading a balanced Adair County offensive attack, averaging 13.2 points per game for the Indians. 12. Thomas Nelson (6-12): The Generals pulled away to beat Meade County before suffering a loss to Bardstown. Andrew Mason is leading Thomas Nelson, averaging over 20 points per game for the Generals. 13. Bethlehem (7-9): After dropping back-to-back games to Bardstown and Campbellsville, Bethlehem beat Washington County 46-42. Kruse Harned is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game for the Eagles. 14. Hart County (6-9): Stumbling, Hart County dropped games to Elizabethtown, Edmonson County and LaRue County. Through 15 games, Jordan Burden is leading the Raiders with a 17.9 points per game scoring average. 15. Caverna (3-11): Remaining in the loss column, Caverna dropped its lone game to Campbellsville. The Colonels have won only one game since mid-December but boast wins over Fort Knox and Green County. 16. Green County (3-13): The Dragons split a pair of games in the 5th Region All 'A' Classic, defeating Fort Knox before falling to Campbellsville. Gunner Bush is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game for improving Green County. 17. Fort Knox (3-8): The Eagles couldn't carry any momentum from a win against Burgin over into the 5th Region All 'A' Classic. Fort Knox dropped the game to Green County in the region small-school tournament and has lost three of four matchups since posting back-to-back wins. 18. Washington County (1-17): The Commanders continued to slide, dropping games to Somerset, Nelson County, Central Hardin and Bethlehem. Washington County entered the week on a 17-game losing skid.
  9. 1. John Hardin (16-0): Flexing its muscle, John Hardin remained undefeated after notching wins over Campbellsville, LaRue County and Marion County. Region frontrunner John Hardin faced its toughest test against Marion County. John Hardin managed to defeat Marion County 57-51 to capture the 2A, Section 3 Championship. Alex Matthews is still the catalyst for the Bulldogs, averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. 2. Elizabethtown (12-0): Remaining unbeaten along with John Hardin, Elizabethtown notched wins over Bullitt Central and Central Hardin. Jaquais Franklin continues to lead the Panthers. Franklin is averaging 18 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Elizabethtown is due to host John Hardin in a showdown on January 21. 3. Marion County (10-4): The Knights eliminated Taylor County but then lost to John Hardin in the 2A, Section 3 Tournament. But Marion County managed to push John Hardin during the tournament matchup. Jamison Epps is averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds per game for the Knights. 4. Bardstown (9-6): The Tigers are on a three-game winning streak after claiming victories over Thomas Nelson and Nelson County. JJ Traynor is averaging a double-double of 18.6 points and 11.6 rebounds per game for the Bardstown boys' basketball team. 5. LaRue County (9-5): The Hawks topped Thomas Nelson before losing to John Hardin in the 2A, Section 3 Tournament. LaRue County has lost three of its last five games after opening the season 7-2. Delivering offensively, Mark Goode is averaging 25.2 points per game for the Hawks. 6. Taylor County (7-10): The Cardinals defeated Nelson County prior to falling to Marion County in the 2A, Section 3 Tournament. Nick Knifley and Kybrin Smith are combining to pace the Cardinals. The tandem of Knifley and Smith are teaming up to average 32 points per game for the Taylor County boys' basketball team. 7. North Hardin (6-10): The Trojans notched back-to-back wins, beating Central Hardin and Fort Knox. North Hardin managed to edge Central Hardin 61-60. Naasir Johnson entered the week averaging over 16 points per game for the Trojans. 8. Central Hardin (5-9): The Bruins dropped back-to-back games to North Hardin and Elizabethtown. Central Hardin slipped back into the loss column after opening 2020 with two straight wins. Gavin George is averaging 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for the Bruins. 9. Campbellsville (5-9): After suffering a lopsided loss to John Hardin, Campbellsville beat Washington County convincingly. Malachi Corley is leading the Campbellsville boys' basketball team in both scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). 10. Nelson County (8-10): The Cardinals have suffered five straight losses are dropping games to Taylor County, Spencer County and Bardstown. Bryce Riley continues to lead improving Nelson County. Riley is averaging nearly 20 points per game for the Cardinals. 11. Adair County (6-8): After stumbling in a matchup versus Barren County, Adair County upended Thomas Nelson 68-58. Through 14 games, Lucas Pooler is averaging a team-high 14.1 points per game for the Indians. 12. Thomas Nelson (5-11): Continuing to slide, Thomas Nelson dropped games to LaRue County, Bardstown and Adair County. The Generals entered the week on a seven-game losing skid. Through his first 10 games in the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season, Andrew Mason is averaging 20 points per game for the Generals. 13. Bethlehem (6-7): The Eagles suffered losses to non-region rivals North Bullitt and DeSales to slide to 6-7. Kruse Harned (15.6 ppg) and Lain Peake (12.1 ppg) are combining to lead the Bethlehem boys' basketball team in the 2019-20 season. 14. Hart County (6-6): Splitting games, Hart County bounced back to beat Caverna after falling to Franklin-Simpson in a 2A, Section 3 Tournament matchup. Jordan Burden is leading the Raiders with an 18.5 points per game scoring average. 15. Fort Knox (3-7): Following back-to-back losses to Elizabethtown and Burgin, Fort Knox beat Burgin 65-50. Chase Bellamy is leading Fort Knox with a 16 points per game scoring average. 16. Caverna (3-10): The Colonels defeated Russellville 73-64 before falling to Hart County. Pulling away to win convincingly, Hart County defeated Caverna 92-63. DeShante Richardson, Drew Rhodes and Jaxton Dunagan are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Colonels. 17. Green County (2-12): The Dragons lost to Metcalfe County and witnessed a losing skid extend to five games. Through 14 games, Gunner Bush and Braden Sluder are combing to average 30 points per game for the Dragons. Bush is averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game for the Green County boys' basketball team. 18. Washington County (1-13): Remaining in the loss column, Washington County fell to Campbellsville. Through 14 games, Josh Burkhead is averaging a team-high 13.2 points per game for the Commanders. Burkhead is the only Washington County player averaging double figures in the scoring column.
  10. 1. John Hardin (13-0): Frontrunner John Hardin knocked off Madisonville-North Hopkins 72-58 in the Raymond Reed Classic at South Laurel High School on Saturday. The Bulldogs and Maroons squared off in a battle between two of the state's top boys' high school basketball teams. Alex Matthews remains on a tear for John Hardin, averaging 23.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. 2. Elizabethtown (9-0): The only other undefeated boys' basketball team in the 5th Region, Elizabethtown notched wins over DeSales and Owensboro. Jaquais Franklin is leading the Panthers, averaging 19.2 points per game for the Panthers. 3. Marion County (9-3): The Knights are on a three-game winning streak. From Jan. 3-4, Marion County notched back-to-back wins over Campbellsville and Washington County. Jamison Epps is pacing Marion County, averaging 17.2 points and 13 rebounds per game for the Knights. 4. Bardstown (7-6): Following back-to-back losses, Bardstown beat Hopkinsville 79-67 on Saturday, Jan. 4. JJ Traynor is leading Bardstown, averaging 18.4 points per game for the Tigers. 5. LaRue County (8-4): The Hawks haven't played since December 30. Mark Goode, one of the state's most underrated boys' high school basketball players, leads LaRue County with a 25 points per game scoring average. 6. Taylor County (6-9): The Cardinals claimed another win on Friday, Jan. 3, defeating Adair County 58-51. Nick Knifley and Kybrin Smith are combining to average 32 points per game for Taylor County halfway through the 2019-20 season. 7. Campbellsville (4-8): The Eagles dropped early-2020 games to Marion County and Lincoln County. Malachi Corley continues to lead Campbellsville, averaging 14.6 points per game for the Eagles. 8. Central Hardin (5-7): Faring well early in 2020, Central Hardin claimed victories over Grayson County and Fairdale. A dozen games into the current campaign, Gavin George is averaging 12.8 points per game for the Bruins. 9. North Hardin (4-10): The Trojans split a pair of games in Week 5, defeating Southern before suffering a one-point loss to Doss. The victory over Southern allowed North Hardin to halt a six-game losing skid. 10. Nelson County (8-7): The Cardinals absorbed a loss in a 2020 debut, falling to Woodford County. However, Nelson County continues to show improvement. 11. Adair County (5-7): The Indians pushed Taylor County but eventually fell on Friday, Jan. 3. Lucas Pooler is averaging 14.5 points per game for Adair County through the Indians' first dozen matchups in the 2019-20 season. 12. Thomas Nelson (5-8): The Generals dropped three games in the City of Middletown Holiday Classic, losing to host Eastern, Atherton and Henderson County. Through 13 games, Andrew Mason is leading Thomas Nelson with a 20.3 points per game scoring average. 13. Bethlehem (6-5): The Eagles opened 2020 with back-to-back wins, beating both Washington County and Trimble County convincingly. Kruse Harned is leading Bethlehem in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game. 14. Hart County (5-5): Continuing to win in the new year, Hart County defeated visiting Green County 58-50 on Friday, Jan. 3. Jordan Burden is averaging nearly 18-plus points per game for the Raiders. 15. Fort Knox (2-5): Determined Fort Knox picked up its second straight win on Friday, Jan. 3, topping visiting Portland Christian 80-59. Chase Bellamy is averaging 15 points per game for the Eagles. 16. Caverna (2-9): The Colonels haven't played since December 27. Through 11 games, Deshante Richardson is averaging a team-best 16.2 points per game for the Caverna boys' basketball team. 17. Green County (2-11): The Dragons opened the new year with a pair of losses Hart County and Model in less than 24 hours. Gunner Bush is averaging team-highs of 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for Green County near the midway point of the 2019-20 season. 18. Washington County (1-12): Remaining in the loss column, Washington County dropped back-to-back games to Bethlehem and Marion County. The Commanders haven't won since defeating Adair County 80-69 in a season opener December 2.
  11. 1. John Hardin (10-0): Frontrunner John Hardin remained in the win column during the first two rounds of the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament, notching back-to-back wins over Broome (S.C.) and host Corbin. Through 10 games, undefeated John Hardin is averaging 82.3 points per game. 2. Elizabethtown (7-0): The 5th Region's only other undefeated team, Elizabethtown prevailed in the Campbellsvile High School Holiday Classic, claiming wins over East Jessamine, DuPont Manual and Pleasure Ridge Park. Jaquais Franklin is averaging a team-high 17.6 points per game for the Panthers. 3. Marion County (7-3): Splitting games, Marion County suffered a four-point loss to Aiken (Ohio) before bouncing back to edge Boyle County 73-72. Ten games into the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season, Jamison Epps is averaging a double-double of 17.6 points and 13.9 rebounds per game for the Knights. 4. Bardstown (6-6): The Tigers knocked off Cooper before falling to Frederick Douglas and Simon Kenton in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic High School. JJ Traynor and JaRel Montgomery continue to combine to lead the Tigers. Through Bardstown's first 10 games, Traynor and Montgomery were averaging 17 points apiece. 5. LaRue County (7-4): The Hawks rolled past Washington County before dropping back-to-back games in the Sunshine Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.. Mark Goode averaged a team-high 25.6 points through LaRue County's first nine games. 6. Campbellsville (4-6): The Eagles compiled a 1-2 record in the Campbellsville High School Holiday Classic, edging Lyon County 64-63 before absorbing back-to-back losses to Louisville opponents Pleasure Ridge Park and DuPont Manual. Malachi Corley is averaging 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for Campbellsville, a former region frontrunner. 7. Taylor County (5-9): Following two straight losses to DuPont Manual and East Jessamine in the Campbellsville High School Holiday Tournament, Taylor County notched a 20-point win to salvage its appearance in the event. Nick Knifley is averaging a team-high 16.5 points per game for the Cardinals. 8. North Hardin (3-8): The Trojans continued to slide, dropping back-to-back games to host Bowling Green and Glasgow in the Purples Holiday Classic. Naasir Johnson remains the leading scorer for North Hardin, which put together a three-game win streak earlier in the month. 9. Central Hardin (3-6): Splitting games in the King of the Smokies in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Central Hardin beat Cumberland County (Tenn.) before falling to Bearden. George Gavin is the only Bruin averaging double figures in scoring thus far in the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season. 10. Adair County (5-6): The Indians notched wins over host Williamstown and McCreary Central before falling to Breathitt County in a holiday event. Lucas Pooler is averaging 14.6 points per game for the Indians. 11. Nelson County (8-6): The Cardinals won two consecutive games in the Nelson County Classic, defeating Frankfort and Bullitt Central. Nelson County lost to Anderson County in the final round of its holiday event. Leading Nelson county, Bryce Riley is averaging 19 points per game for the Cardinals. 12. Thomas Nelson (5-5): The Generals dropped to 5-5 after falling to Letcher County Central. Through 10 games, Thomas Nelson boasts wins over Burgin, Washington County, Green County, Metcalfe County and Edmonson County. 13. Bethlehem (4-5): Moving one game closer to .500, Bethlehem beat Letcher County Central, a former 14th Region title contender, 66-60. Kruse Harned leads Bethlehem with a 15.1 points per game scoring average. 14. Hart County (4-5): Showing some improvement, Hart County won two of three games in the Roy's Bar-B-Que/1st Southern National Bank Classic, beating Beth Haven and Green County. Jordan Burden is averaging a team-high 18.4 points per game for the Raiders. 15. Caverna (2-9): The Colonels' losing skid continued with losses to Cumberland County, Hancock County and McLean County. Caverna lost games to host Hancock County and McLean County in the Hancock County Classic. 16. Green County (2-9): The Dragons won one of three games in the Roy's Bar-B-Que/1st Southern National Bank Classic, defeating Cumberland County before falling to East Robertson (Tenn.) and Hart County. 17. Washington County (1-10): The Commanders dropped four games over six days, losing to LaRue County, Pleasure Ridge Park, Lyon County and Taylor County. Washington County finished 0-3 in the Campbellsville High School Holiday Classic. 18. Fort Knox (1-5): The Eagles haven't played since defeating the Louisville Tigers, a home school team, 68-52 on December 17.
  12. 1. John Hardin (8-0): The Bulldogs continued to roll in Week 3, notching wins over Central Hardin, North Hardin and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Alex Matthews is averaging a team-high double-double of 23.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game for the John Hardin boys' basketball team. 2. Elizabethtown (4-0): The Panthers rolled past Grayson County to remain undefeated in the young 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season. Jaquais Franklin, Kam Sherrard and Kha Sherrard are each averaging double figures in scoring for the Panthers. 3. Marion County (6-2): After defeating Taylor County, Marion County split a pair of games in the Rowan County-hosted Kentucky Bank Challenge. The Knights suffered a three-point loss to Lincoln County before beating Montgomery County via the same margin. Jamison Epps is averaging 16.2 points per game for the Knights. 4. Bardstown (5-4): The Tigers finished 1-2 in the King of the Bluegrass, notching a win over Martin County in between losses to North Oldham and South Oldham. JaRel Montgomery and JJ Traynor are combining to lead the Tigers. 5. LaRue County (6-2): The Hawks opened the season 5-0 but dropped back-to-back games to McCracken County and South Oldham before beating Martin County. Mark Goode is averaging 26 points per game for LaRue County, which finished 1-2 in the King of the Bluegrass at Fairdale High School. 6. Campbellsville (3-4): Following a 3-0 start, Campbellsville stumbled in Week 3, dropping games to Adair County, Middlesboro, Pulaski County and Harvest Prep (Ohio). Malachi Corley is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game for the Eagles. 7. North Hardin (3-6): After opening the season 3-3, North Hardin has suffered a trio of losses to Bullitt Central, John Hardin and Greenwood. North Hardin absorbed a three-point loss to Greenwood in the South Warren Shootout. Proven playmaker Naasir Johnson continues to lead North Hardin in scoring. 8. Taylor County (4-7): The Cardinals finished 1-3 in the Clinton County-hosted Twin Lakes Classic. Taylor County topped Hopkins County Central but dropped games to Logan County, host Clinton County and Eastern. Nick Knifley and Kybrin Smith are combining to lead Taylor County in scoring. 9. Central Hardin (2-5): The Bruins upended host Hart County 55-49 to halt a five-game losing skid. George Gavin scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Central Hardin's victory over Hart County. 10. Adair County (3-5): The Indians defeated Campbellsville 8-52 to halt a three-game losing skid. Through eight games for Adair County, Lucas Pooler and Connor Loy are combining to average 25.9 points. 11. Nelson County (6-5): The Cardinals defeated Daviess County but dropped games to Hopkinsville and host Webster County in the Fuller Physical Therapy Holiday Classic. Bryce Riley is pacing Nelson County, averaging over 18 points per game. 12. Thomas Nelson (5-4): The General posted three straight wins in Week 3, defeating Green County, Metcalfe County and host Edmonson County in the Rafferty's/Doubledogs Caveland Classic. Torian Keene, Andrew Hogan and Braden Smith are combining to lead Thomas Nelson in the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season. 13. Bethlehem (3-5): The Eagles suffered back-to-back losses to Iroquois and Anderson County following a win over Caverna. Laine Peake and Kruse Harned are combining to average around 30 points per game for the Eagles. 14. Washington County (1-6): Following a setback to Nelson County, Washington County remained in the loss column. Currently, Josh Burkhead is leading Washington County with a 16.2 points per game scoring average. 15. Hart County (2-4): After opening the season 2-2, Hart County dropped games to Central Hardin and Carlisle County. Through the Raiders' first five games, Jordan Burden averaged 18 points per outing. 16. Caverna (2-6): The Colonels dropped four consecutive games in Week 3, falling to Bethlehem, Barren County, Ohio County and Warren East. Caverna entered the week set to wrap up a stint in the Warren East Holiday Hoops Classic. 17. Green County (1-7): Determined Green County edged Edmonson County 74-73 in the Rafferty's/Double Dogs Caveland Classic to notch its first win of the season. Through eight games, Gunner Bush and Braden Sluder are averaging 14 points apiece for the Dragons. 18. Fort Knox (1-5): After opening the season 0-5, Fort Knox defeated the Louisville Tigers (home school team) 68-52 for its first win. Jonah Butts scored 20 points to lead Fort Knox to the victory over the Louisville home school squad.
  13. 1. John Hardin (5-0): Frontrunner John Hardin continued to excel in the second week of the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season, defeating Fort Knox and former 3rd Region force Owensboro Catholic. Through five games, Alex Matthews is averaging a double-double of 22.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. John Hardin rolled past Owensboro Catholic 81-50 in the River City Roundup at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Saturday, Dec. 14. 2. Bardstown (4-2): After opening the 2019-20 season 1-2, Bardstown reeled off three straight weeks in the second week of the season, beating Washington County, Trinity (Louisville) and North Bullitt. JaRel Montgomery is averaging a team-high 18.7 points per game while teammate JJ Traynor is delivering a double-double (17.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg) for the Tigers. 3. Marion County (3-1): The Knights notched back-to-back wins in Week 2, knocking off Central Hardin and Adair County. Through four games, Marion County standout Jamison Epps is averaging 19.8 points and 17.8 rebounds per game. 4. Elizabethtown (3-0): The Panthers posted two more wins in the second week of the season, beating Nelson County and Central Hardin. Four different players are averaging 10-plus points per game for Elizabethtown thus far. 5. LaRue County (5-0): The Hawks continued to soar in the second week of the season, defeating Caverna and Hart County. Through five games, Mark Goode is averaging a team-high 28.2 points per game for offensive-heavy LaRue County. 6. Campbellsville (3-0): In an early-season 20th District boys' basketball battle, Campbellsville outlasted rival Taylor County 79-76 on Friday, Dec. 13. The win allowed Campbellsville to move to 3-0. Malachi Corley is averaging 21.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Anthony Epps-coached Eagles. 7. North Hardin (3-3): The Trojans showed much improvement in Week 2, reeling off wins over Warren East Fort Knox and Taylor County. North Hardin dominated in a matchup versus Taylor County on Saturday, Dec. 14, pulling away to win 80-52. 8. Taylor County (3-3): The Cardinals suffered back-to-back losses in Week 2, falling to rival Campbellsvile and North Hardin. Taylor County is on a two-game losing skid after putting together a three-game winning streak. 9. Central Hardin (1-4): The Bruins faced a tough road in Week 2, dropping games to Marion County and Elizabethtown. Following Central Hardin's challenging five-game stretch, Gavin George is averaging double figures in scoring for the Bruins. 10. Adair County (2-5): The Indians slid in Week 2, dropping games to Allen County-Scottsville Marion County and Whitefield Academy. Lucas Pooler and Connor Loy are combining to average 25.4 points per game for Adair County early in the 2019-20 season. 11. Nelson County (4-3): Faring better in the second week of the 2019-20 season, Nelson County won three of four games. The Cardinals notched wins over Grayson County, Bethlehem and Model while dropping a game to Elizabethtown. 12. Bethlehem (2-3): Week 2 ended in a split for the Eagles. Bethlehem beat Thomas Nelson before falling to Nelson County. Through five games, Lain Peake (15.6 ppg) and Kruse Harned (14.6 ppg) are pacing Bethlehem. 13. Thomas Nelson (2-4): The Generals lost two of three games in the second week of the season, falling to Bethlehem and Southwestern. In between the two losses, Thomas Nelson topped Washington County. Andrew Hogan and Torrian Keene rank as the Generals' top two scorers. 14. Washington County (1-5): The Commanders are on a five-game losing skid following losses to Bardstown and Thomas Nelson in the second week of the season. Washington County is sliding after knocking off Adair County in a season opener. 15. Hart County (2-2): The Raiders are still at the .500 mark after defeating Green County then falling to LaRue County. Jordan Burden (18.8 ppg) and Trevor Blair (18.0 ppg) are combining to lead the Raiders. 16. Caverna (2-2): Remaining even in Week 2, Caverna split a pair of games. The Colonels beat Green County after losing to LaRue County 17. Green County (0-4): The Dragons dropped games to Hart County and Caverna in Week 2. Currently, Gunner Bush is leading Green County in scoring (14.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.2 ppg). 18. Fort Knox (0-5): Remaining in the loss column, Fort Knox dropped back-to-back games to John Hardin and North Hardin during Week 2. Following a loss to North Hardin, Fort Knox fell to 0-5.
  14. 1. John Hardin (3-0): Preseason 5th Region favorite John Hardin opened the season 3-0, notching wins over Bryan Station, University Heights and Christian County. Through three games, Alex Matthews (24.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is averaging a double-double for the Bulldogs. His teammate, Trevon Harris (21.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg), is nearly averaging a double-double. 2. Bardstown (1-2): The Tigers managed to knock off Marion County 57-51 in a season opener but dropped back-to-back games to Scott County and Bowling Green. Scott County pulled away to beat Bardstown 57-49. Bowling Green won more comfortably over the Tigers, prevailing 63-46 on a neutral court at Muhlenberg County. 3. Marion County (1-1): The Knights split a pair of games in the first week of the season. Marion County dropped a six-point decision to Bardstown before pulling away to defeat Washington County 79-52. 4. Elizabethtown (1-0): The Panthers rolled in their lone game during the opening week of the season, leveling Washington County 98-31 in the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Central Hardin. Five different Elizabethtown players reached double figures in scoring as the Panthers pummeled Washington County. 5. Central Hardin (1-2): The Bruins are 1-2 following back-to-back losses. Central Hardin notched a win over Nelson County before suffering two straight losses to South Oldham and North Bullitt. South Oldham beat the Bruins 85-47. In another game played as part of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, North Bullitt beat Central Hardin 78-64. 6. LaRue County (2-0): The Hawks started out strong in the opening week of the season, claiming back-to-back wins over Breckinridge County and Allen County-Scottsville. LaRue County beat Breckinridge County 80-65 in its season opener. Then, remaining in the win column later in the week, LaRue County edged Allen County-Scottsville 78-76. 7. Campbellsville (2-0): First-year head coach Anthony Epps has Campbellsville winning early. The Eagles posted wins over Cumberland County and Glasgow (overtime) during the first week of the season. Through three games, Malachi Corley is averaging 20 points per game for the Eagles. Along with Corley, Arren Hash (18.5 ppg) and Kameron Smith (14.0 ppg) are averaging double figures in scoring for the Campbellsville boys' basketball team. 8. Taylor County (3-1): The Cardinals dropped a season opener to Bullitt Central in overtime but bounced back to beat Washington County, Fort Knox and Casey County in three consecutive games. Kybrin Smith and Nick Knifley combined to average over 40 points per game for Taylor County over the three wins. 9. Adair County (2-2): The Indians compiled a 2-2 record in the first week of the season. After dropping a game to Washington County, Adair County defeated Cumberland County and Green County. Russellville edged Adair County 56-54 over the weekend to send the Indians back into the loss column. 10. Nelson County (1-2): The Cardinals compiled a 1-2 record during the first week of the season. In between losses to Central Hardin and Franklin County, Nelson County topped rival Thomas Nelson 61-50. 11. North Hardin (0-3): The Trojans struggled during the first week of the season. Opening the season 0-3, North Hardin dropped games to Oldham County, Moore and Clinton County. Following a lopsided setback to Oldham County, North Hardin suffered 10-point losses to both Moore and Clinton County. 12. Thomas Nelson (1-2): The Generals claimed a win over Burgin in between losses to Anderson County and Nelson County during the first week of the season. Thomas Nelson topped Burgin 93-64 for its first win. 13. Washington County (1-3): Another active boys' high school basketball teams in the state during the first week of the season, Washington County defeated Adair County in its debut before dropping games to Taylor County, Marion County and Elizabethtown. 14. Bethlehem (1-2): Following a busy first week of the season, Bethlehem is 1-2. The Eagles rolled past Hart County 81-48 before dropping games to Bullitt Central and Grayson County. 15. Hart County (1-1): After suffering the lopsided loss to Bethlehem, Hart County bounced back to beat Caverna. Trevor Blair and Jordan Burden scored 25 points apiece as Hart County handled Caverna 80-66. 16. Caverna (1-1): The Colonels split their first two games, defeating Fort Knox 67-59 in a season opener. However, Hart County dealt Caverna its first loss, beating the Colonels 80-66. 17. Green County (0-2): The Dragons are 0-2 after losing back-to-back games during the first week of the season. Green County opened the 2019 season with consecutive losses to Barren County and Adair County. 18. Fort Knox (0-3): The Eagles opened the season 0-3 following losses to Caverna, Taylor County and Louisville Collegiate during the first week. Fort Knox pushed Caverna for a win before suffering lopsided losses to Taylor County and Louisville Collegiate.
  15. 1. John Hardin (35-1): Despite losing two starters to graduation, reigning champion John Hardin is favored to repeat in the 5th Region. Senior guard/forward Alex Matthews (18 ppg, 11 rpg) is the top player back for the Bulldogs. Matthews averaged a double-double for John Hardin during the 2018-19 boys' high school basketball season. Along with Matthews, senior guard Trevon Harris (6-4) and senior center Preston Murrell (6-9) are back for the Bulldogs. 2. Marion County (22-9): With a senior-heavy lineup, Marion County is a 5th Region title contender. First-year head coach Maze Stallworth is set to guide the Knights. Tyshay Epps (16.3 ppg) is the leading player back for the veteran-laden Marion County team. Additional seniors who will excel for Marion County are John Adams, Mason Sullivan and Jamison Epps. 3. Elizabethtown (13-14): The Panthers will look to push 17th District nemesis John Hardin for the top spot in the 5th Region. Elizabethtown will be much-improved after concluding the 2018-19 season 13-14. All five starters are back for the Panthers. Junior guard JaQuias Franklin (20.5 ppg) is the top returnee for Elizabethtown. Along with Franklin, Elizabethtown features junior forward Camden Williams (17.6 ppg). Senior Myles Fields and juniors Kam Sherrard and Khia Sherrard are also returning players for the Panthers. 4. Bardstown (15-16): With 6-8 senior swingman J.J. Traynor (11.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3 bpg) leading the way, Bardstown will push teams throughout the 5th Region. But Traynor isn't the only talented player back for the Tigers. Senior guard JaRel Montgomery (14 ppg, 4.6 rpg) is another leader for 19th District frontrunner Bardstown. 5. Central Hardin (19-10): After winning nearly 20 games during the 2018-19 season, Central Hardin returns a pair of players who averaged double figures in scoring. Seniors Gavin George and Deonco Wilkerson are poised to lead the Bulldogs. A veteran-laden team, Central Hardin will also feature seniors Chase Elmore and Shaun Hay. 6. LaRue County (26-5): After reaching the 5th Region Semifinals, LaRue County must replace three starters. A 6-6 senior, Mark Goode (14.5, 9 rpg) is the top player back for the Hawks. Junior guard Jeremiah Belton and seniors Warner Bryan and Chase Childress also return for 18th District favorite LaRue County. 7. Campbellsville (18-13): Former University of Kentucky star player Anthony Epps is set to guide Campbellsville in his first season as the Eagles' head coach. Senior point guard Malachi Corley is poised to lead the Eagles on the floor. Corley averaged 19.9 points and 8 rebounds per game for Campbellsville during the 2018-19 season. To compliment Corley, junior guard Arren Hash (9.0 ppg) is back for the Eagles. 8. Taylor County (23-8): The Cardinals will be under the direction of first-year head coach Montrelle Irvin. Taylor County excelled throughout the 2018-19 season but must replace some key players. Senior guards Nick Knifley (13.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg) and Kybrin Smith (9.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg) are back for the Cardinals. 9. Thomas Nelson (18-13): Junior Andrew Mason (9.5 ppg) will be expected to help lead Thomas Nelson as he's the team's top returning scorer. Additional players set to deliver for Thomas Nelson are senior Austin Burba and sophomores Braden Smith, Andrew Hogan and Garrett Downs. 10. North Hardin (12-19): A trio of guards are prepared to lead North Hardin after the Trojans' football team made a postseason run that included an appearance in the Class 6A State Semifinals, eSophomore Queshaun Davis (10 ppg), junior Jalen Sharps Jr. and senior Naasir Johnson are all back on the hardwood for the Trojans. 11. Adair County (12-19): The Indians face the tough task of replacing four starters from the 2018-19 season. Sophomore guard Lucas Pooler is the lone returning starter for former region title contender Adair County. In addition to Pooler, Adair County will feature senior D.J. Brown and junior Brice Starks. 12. Green County (10-18): Graduation didn't spare the Green County boys' basketball program. The Dragons will be minus multiple experienced players. But Green County returns junior Gunner Bush (15.4 ppg). Along with Bush, seniors Bryce Blakeman and Braeden Sluder and junior Jackson Johnson return for the Dragons. 13. Hart County (10-19): The Raiders will be under the direction of first-year head coach Justin Line. Five seniors are set to contribute for Hart County in the 2019-20 season. Swingman Jordan Burden (11.7 ppg) is the top player back for the Raiders. In addition to Burden, Hart County returns guard Braydon Bell (10.5 ppg), who connected on 45 3-point field goals last season as well. 14. Washington County (19-13): The Commanders face the chore of rebuilding after the majority of the scorers from last season graduated. Junior point guard Josh Burkhead is poised to pace Washington County from one of the Commanders' five starting positions. Washington County flirted with 20 wins last season. 15. Nelson County (3-28): Sophomore forward/guard Bryce Riley is back to lead Nelson County after excelling for the Cardinals as a freshman. During his freshman season, Riley averaged 12.6 points per game and drained 63 3-point field goals. Nelson County will look to show a vast amount of improvement early in the 2019-20 season. 16. Bethlehem (8-20): Two scorers who averaged double figures during the 2018-19 season are back for the Eagles. Bethlehem returns seniors Kruse Harned (11.3 ppg) and Lain Peake (10 ppg). Ranking as Bethlehem's top long range shooter last season, Peake drained 32 3-point field goals. 17. Fort Knox (2-24): The Eagles are expected to show improvement with the return of sophomore Corey Brown (9.5 ppg). While averaging nearly 10 points per game for Fort Knox, Brown connected on 54 3-point field goals during the 2018-19 boys' high school basketball season. 18. Caverna (1-26): The Colonels will enter the 2019-20 boys' high school basketball season on a 26-game losing skid. However, Caverna returns four senior starters. After nearly averaging a double-double last season, 6-8 Jaxton Dunagan (12.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg) is back to lead the Colonels. Top 10 Players 1. Alex Matthews, John Hardin, Sr., F 2. J.J. Traynor, Bardstown, Sr., F 3. Tyshay Epps, Marion County, Sr., G 4. Mark Goode, LaRue County, Sr., F 5. Trevon Harris, John Hardin, Sr., G 6. Malachi Corley, Campbellsville, Sr., G 7. JaQuias Franklin, Elizabethtown, Jr., G 8. Gavin George, Central Hardin, Sr., F 9. Camden Williams, Elizabethtown, Jr., F 10. JaRel Montgomery, Bardstown, Sr., G
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