TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
Boys Top Five
1. Clay Co. (6-0 overall, 5-0 vs. 13th Region foes)
What’s the scoop: The Tigers are still unbeaten overall and have won five straight over 13th region foes. How good have they been? Their wins over regional opponents have been by an average of 15.8 points per game.
Surprise, surprise: There really have been no surprises so far this season for Clay County. They were expected to dominate the 13th Region coming into the season and they have done just that so far.
What’s ahead: Clay County will get its fill of holiday action as the Tigers travel to Leslie County for the Citizens Bank Shootout and then to Dayton Beach, Fla. for the Sunshine Classic.
2. Corbin (4-2, 2-1)
What’s the scoop: The Redhounds only have two losses on the season, both of which came to teams that were expected to win. Tony Pietrowski's team has progressed nicely and will most likely continue to do so as the season goes along.
Surprise, surprise: Most people expected Kevin Goins to lead the way for the Redhounds this season, but Corbin continues to get big points from several players. If they continue to do so, they'll be very dangerous all season.
What’s ahead: The Redhounds play in the Smokey Mountain Classic today in Gatlinburg, Tenn. before hosting the Cumberland Falls Invitational next week.
3. Harlan County (5-1, 2-1)
What’s the scoop: Clay County continues to be a thorn in the side of the Black Bears, handing Mike Jones' squad their lone loss on the season last week.
Surprise, surprise: The Black Bears are averaging 73 ppg so far this season, with a season-high of 100 points against Community, Tenn.
What’s ahead: Harlan County will spend the next two weeks in tournament play as they travel to the Berea Holiday Classic and the TECO Coal Commodore Classic at Perry Central.
4. Knox Central (2-3, 0-0)
What’s the scoop: The Panthers' tour of the 12th Region continued last week as Brian Evans' squad is now 2-3 overall with wins over East Jessamine and Danville. Four of the team's first five games have been against 12th Region teams.
Surprise, surprise: Knox Central is yet to face a 13th Region opponent and won't do so in a regularly scheduled game until January 3, when the Panthers travel to Pineville for the first of eight straight regional contests.
What’s ahead: The Panthers head to Clinton County for the Twin Lakes Classic before playing in the CFIT next week.
5. Jackson County (3-3, 2-1)
What’s the scoop: After a loss to Corbin to open the season, the Generals rattled off three straight wins before dropping a pair to Wolfe County and Scott County.
Surprise, surprise: Jackson County has averaged 79.6 ppg, but has played some stiff competition this season, including Billy Hicks' Scott County Cardinals.
What’s ahead: The Generals will travel to the Berea Holiday Classic this weekend and will play in the CFIT at Corbin High School starting next Thursday.
The Best of the rest
No. 6 North Laurel (4-3, 1-2)
What’s the scoop: The Jaguars have dropped two of their last three games, but picked up a good win over Rockcastle County Tuesday.
No. 7 Bell County (6-2, 5-2)
What’s the scoop: The Bobcats would most likely be ranked higher if five of the team's six wins hadn't come against Williamsburg, Harlan, Pineville and Lynn Camp in a six-game span.
No. 8 Williamsburg (2-3, 1-1)
What’s the scoop: The Yellow Jackets are struggling right now, having dropped three straight. Patrick Robinson's squad is trying to survive until everyone is healthy. If they can do so, they'll be tough to beat by season's end.
No. 9 South Laurel (2-3, 1-2)
What’s the scoop: The Cardinals lost an all-important home district game to Corbin Tuesday, dropping them to 1-1 in district play.
No. 10 Whitley County (3-2, 2-1)
What’s the scoop: The Colonels lost a pair of players in Devin and Zach Rutherford last week, which makes what was a young team even younger. Whether or not Jerry Overbey's squad can compete with such a young team remains to be seen. If the Colonels want to be considered a threat in the 13th Region, they'll have to make due.
Girls Top Five
1. Bell County (5-0 overall, 4-0 vs. 13th Region foes)
What’s the scoop: The Bell County Lady Bobcats continue to dominate against 13th Region foes with all but one win coming against region competition.
Surprise, surprise: No surprise here, but it's worth pointing out that Maci Morris has turned in a solid effort so far this season, accounting for 26 points per game (40 percent of the offense) for Bell County.
What’s ahead: Bell County will travel to play in holiday tournaments at Danville and Greeneville, Tenn. over the next two weeks.
2. Corbin (4-2, 3-1)
What’s the scoop: After back-to-back losses to Bell County and Casey County, the Lady Redhounds have knocked off Barbourville and Knox Central, pouring in 102 points against the Lady Tigers on the road.
Surprise, surprise: Corbin is one of the top scoring teams in the 13th Region, averaging 89.6 ppg on the season and have surpassed 80 points on three occasions.
What’s ahead: Corbin will travel to the Berea Holiday Classic before taking a trip to the Destin, Fla. for the Destin Holiday Classic.
3. Whitley County (5-2, 4-1)
What’s the scoop: Whitley County has been strong this season with losses to Bell County and Southwestern so far. Wins over Harlan, South Laurel (2) and North Laurel have shown they are one of the top teams in the 13th Region.
Surprise, surprise: Donnie Jones has the Lady Colonels playing well in the early stages of the season, which is a bit of a surprise considering the coaching change in the offseason.
What’s ahead: The Lady Colonels will travel to holiday tournaments at Berea and Mercer County to close out the 2013 portion of the season.
4. Harlan County (6-0, 4-0)
What’s the scoop: Harlan County is off to a 6-0 start with three of the six wins coming on the road and home wins over Pineville, Middlesboro and Hazard.
Surprise, surprise: A lot of people expected the Lady Black Bears to play well to start the season, but I'm not sure how many expected them to get off to a 6-0 start.
What’s ahead: Harlan County will hit the road as they take part in the Berea Holiday Classic and the Appalachian Christmas Connection at Shelby Valley over the next two weeks.
5. Harlan (4-4, 4-3)
What’s the scoop: After starting the season 0-3, Harlan has now won four of its last five. Three of the Lady Dragons' four losses have come against teams ranked at No. 1, 2 and 3 in this publication.
Surprise, surprise: A pair of wins over South Laurel and a two-point win over Clay County shows that this team can be a contender if things continue to progress this season.
What’s ahead: Harlan will hit the road for the Citizen's Bank Shootout at Leslie County and the Rafferty's Double Dogs Classic at Edmonson County.
The Best of the rest
No. 6 Clay County (2-3, 2-2)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers continue to be inconsistent. James Burchell's squad hasn't been able to put together consecutive wins so far this season.
No. 7 Lynn Camp (7-0, 5-0)
What’s the scoop: Thanks to early tournament action, the Lady Wildcats have the best record in the 13th Region after bringing home the championship of the Bowman Memorial Classic.
No. 8 Barbourville (4-1, 2-1)
What’s the scoop: Barbourville's lone loss of the season came at the hands of the Corbin Lady Redhounds. Expect the Lady Tigers to get better as the season moves on.
No. 9 Middlesboro (2-2, 2-1)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Jackets started the season with a loss to Perry Central, but have won two of the last three, including wins over Williamsburg and Knox Central.
No. 10 Pineville (5-4, 2-3)
What’s the scoop: Pineville started the season slow, losing three of the first five games, but has recovered to win three of the last four games.