Girls Top Five
1. Harlan Co. (18-1 overall, 9-0 vs. 13th Region foes)
What’s the scoop: This is the first time since the 2008 season boys and girls teams from the same school (South Laurel) were ranked No. 1 at the same time. That’s pretty impressive for the Bears and Lady Black Bears basketball teams.
Surprise, surprise: Harlan County finally got over the hump in the 13th Region by defeating Clay County for the first time in school history this past week in overtime, 59-49.Just how impressive have the Lady Black Bears been? Well they haven’t lost to an instate team yet.
What’s ahead: Harlan County will hit the road Saturday and face-off against Letcher Central before hosting McCreary Central Tuesday.
2. Whitley County (11-4, 4-0)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Colonels fall from the top spot while posting a 3-4 record during their last seven games. Whitley County has played some top-notch competition during the stretch, but needs to be a bit more consistent.
Surprise, surprise: Losing Kandace Craig for four to six weeks is a huge loss for Larry Anderson’s squad. The big key for Whitley County is to be able to get her back for the postseason, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
What’s ahead: The Lady Colonels will travel to play Corbin Friday in a 50th District matchup and will have a week to rest before their game against 50th District foe South Laurel.
3. Clay County (12-3, 4-2)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers suffered their second loss to a 13th Region opponent this season this past week against Harlan County. Just goes to show you how impressive their dominance had been before the season dating back to the 2005-06 campaign — they had only lost twice to regional opponents during that span.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Tigers’ post play has been solid this season with Cheyenne Madden averaging 17.7 points per game while Morgan Chestnut (14.7) and Sara Robinson (10.4) follow. It’s the perimeter play that has been a concern. Just goes to show you how important Alicia Mitchell has been to the team for the past four years.
What’s ahead: Clay County will be back in action Saturday on the road against 12th Region favorite Lincoln County before hitting the road again Monday against Corbin in a 13th Region matchup.
4. Bell County (13-3, 6-1)
What’s the scoop: Things have been silent over on Log Mountain the past couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean the Lady Bobcats aren’t a threat to win the 13th Region crown.
Surprise, surprise: Bell County has responded well since losing to Harlan County a couple of weeks ago. The Lady Bobcats have put together a 6-2 record since the loss with setbacks coming against Rockcastle County and Woodford County.
What’s ahead: Bell County will be in action today on the road against South Laurel while hosting McCreary Central on Friday. They’ll hit the road again Tuesday against Williamsburg.
5. Corbin (12-6, 7-2)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Redhounds continue to get better and better. Corbin has scored more than 60 points four games in a row.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Redhounds are winners of four straight and picked up their third win this season against 50th District rival South Laurel this past week.
What’s ahead: Corbin will host Whitley County Friday before hitting the road Saturday and play Assumption. The Lady Redhounds will host Clay County Monday in a big 13th Region matchup.
The Best of the rest
No. 6 Lynn Camp (13-3, 7-2)
What’s the scoop: This is the highest the Lady Wildcat basketball program has ever been ranked. Lynn Camp picked up a huge win over Barbourville this past Monday and is only two wins away from capturing the school’s first-ever 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic championship.
No. 7 Barbourville (12-4, 7-3)
What’s the scoop: Many had tagged the Lady Tigers as the team to beat in the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic Tournament, but it wasn’t meant to be, as Lynn Camp pulled off the 56-51 win. Now Barbourville will switch its focus on trying to win the 51st District championship.
No. 8 South Laurel (7-9, 4-6)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Cardinals just can’t seem to get anything going at all. South Laurel has lost two straight and fell to 0-3 against Corbin this season after falling to the Lady Redhounds this past Monday.
No. 9 Pineville (10-7, 6-6)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Mountain Lions remain a team to keep your eye on. No doubt about it, they are a dangerous team. Pineville has the talent to win the 13th Region All ‘A’ Classic if they can get past Jackson County. The Lady Mountain Lions are 0-2 against Lynn Camp, but 1-0 against Middlesboro.
No. 10 Knox Central (9-6, 4-3)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Panthers have picked up four wins in a row — with three of those coming against 13th Region teams. Knox Central has a chance to build on the momentum in the next couple of weeks.