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December 12, 2013

13th Region Prep Hoops Power Poll

Corbin ranked second in the 13th Region Prep Hoops Power Poll

CORBIN — Boys Top Five

1. Clay Co. (3-0 overall, 3-0 vs. 13th Region foes)

What’s the scoop: The Tigers are off to a red-hot start with three straight wins, while averaging 76 points per game. Robert Marcum's squad fought off a spirited Corbin team at home Monday to stay undefeated.

Surprise, surprise: Senior Jake Allen has had an immediate impact for the Tigers. Through three games Allen has averaged 10 points and eight rebounds and is shooting 76 percent from the free throw line.

What’s ahead: Clay County will face district rival North Laurel on the road before hosting the Bobby Keith Classic this weekend where they'll face Marion County. A showdown with Harlan County awaits Tuesday as well.  

2. Knox Central (1-1, 0-0)

What’s the scoop: The Panthers haven't faced a 13th Region foe to this point, but a lot of people believe Brian Evans' squad can compete with any team in the region, including me.

Surprise, surprise: Knox Central played tough against a Perry County Central team that is unbeaten on the season.

What’s ahead: The Panthers will host Boyle County today as they look to hand the Rebels their first loss of the season. After that, they'll travel to Mercer County to take part in the Farmers National Bank Showcase.

3. Corbin (2-1, 1-1)

What’s the scoop: The Redhounds got in the win column in their season opener against Jackson County last week, which was a big confidence boost for the young team.

Surprise, surprise: Tony Pietrowski's squad gave Clay County a bit of a scare Tuesday, but couldn't pull out the win. A lot of people were worried that the Redhounds would be a bit down this season, but they look poised to prove those people wrong in the early going.

What’s ahead: After today's road game at Jellico, Tenn., Corbin will host Trinity Friday. Last year's game was nearly a 50-point loss, but hopefully the Redhounds can give the Shamrocks a test at home.

4. Jackson County (3-1, 2-1)

What’s the scoop: The General are fourth, but if they can put up a good showing over the next few weeks, they could move up. The early loss to Corbin dampened the spirits of some who were high on this team in the preseason.

Surprise, surprise: The loss to Corbin coupled with a pair of easy wins over Bell County and Middlesboro speak for themselves. After not playing very well against Corbin, Mark Parrett's squad beat the Bobcats and Yellow Jackets with ease.

What’s ahead: Jackson County will be on the road for a while with games against Wolfe County and Scott County before playing in holiday tournaments in Berea and Corbin.

5. Harlan County (2-0, 1-0)

What’s the scoop: The Black Bears are off to a 2-0 start after wins over Letcher Central and Pineville.

Surprise, surprise: Harlan County allowed Letcher Central to stay in the game before picking up the four-point win.

What’s ahead: The Black Bears will host Middlesboro before tipping off their Black Bear Classic this weekend and traveling to Clay County Tuesday.

The Best of the rest

No. 6 North Laurel (3-1, 2-0)

What’s the scoop: The Jaguars are off to a solid start, despite a loss to Harlan in the season opener. They've won three straight coming off the loss.

No. 7 South Laurel (2-2, 1-1)

What’s the scoop: The Cardinals are at .500 for the season, but a win over district foe Whitley County and a good effort against Wayne County has them in the seven spot. Jeff Davis' squad will be tested next week when they travel to Corbin for their second district game of the season. The good news for them is they have until Tuesday to rest up.

No. 8 Barbourville (3-0, 1-0)

What’s the scoop: Dinky Phipps has his Tigers playing well as they jump out to a 3-0 start with wins over Jellico, Middlesboro and Rockcastle County. One more home game against Whitley County awaits before the team hits the road for a while.

No. 9 Williamsburg (1-0, 1-0)

What’s the scoop: Sure the Yellow Jackets have only played one game this season, but they have the potential to be a contender this season.

No. 10 Harlan (1-1, 1-1)

What’s the scoop: A 68-66 win over North Laurel to start the season may have surprised a few people, but the Green Dragons dropped a 40-39 loss to Bell County Tuesday.

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