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January 24, 2013

Fear 'Les' 13th Region Basketball Rankings



Girls Top Five

1. Harlan Co. (19-3 overall, 10-1 vs. 13th Region foes)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Black Bears lost to a 13th Region foe for the first time this season when Bell County handed them a 52-47 loss. They managed to recover with a 54-40 win over Barbourville.

Surprise, surprise: The loss to the Lady Bobcats showed that Harlan County is not unbeatable when it comes to 13th Region foes. The fact Harlan County didn't hang their heads bodes well for the Lady Black Bears.

What’s ahead: Harlan County will host Whitley County Friday and will welcome Middlesboro to town on Monday.

2. Clay County (17-4, 5-3)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers jump three spots thanks to wins over Scott County and Bell County last week. Overall, Clay County has won four straight since dropping a 57-56 decision to Corbin back on Jan. 14.

Surprise, surprise: The Lady Tigers picked up three wins during the Toyota Classic, knocking off Woodford County, Bourbon County and Scott County.

What’s ahead: The Lady Tigers will hit the road to face Lexington Catholic Saturday. The Lady Knights are 8-10 this season.

3. Whitley County (13-5, 6-1)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Colonels drop a spot after last week's home loss to South Laurel. The loss was the first time this season a 13th Region opponent had gotten the best of Larry Anderson's squad. Williamsburg also played within six points of the Lady Colonels Tuesday night (68-62).

Surprise, surprise: Larry Anderson's teams have been known to hit a dry spell in January and after starting the month at 2-2, it looks as though history may be repeating. The Lady Colonels will be tested as the month goes on as well, so there's plenty of time to improve on the court.

What’s ahead: Whitley County will travel to Harlan County Friday and host Knox Central Monday.

4. Corbin (16-7, 10-3)

What’s the scoop: Corbin drops a spot this week, despite being the winners of four straight, including wins over North Laurel and Knox Central last week. The Lady Redhounds cruised to a 62-22 win over North Laurel and got past Knox Central, 52-43.

Surprise, surprise: The Lady Redhounds continue to play well against 13th Region teams, improving to 10-3 on the season. This obviously bodes well for Jennifer Parsons' should they advance to the 13th Region Tournament.

What’s ahead: The Lady Redhounds will face an up-and-coming Lynn Camp team Friday and will host WIlliamsburg Monday in a 50th District contest. A win over Williamsburg will assure at least a tie for first place in the district seeding situation.

5. Bell County (17-4, 9-2)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Bobcats drop a spot after a 47-42 loss to Clay County at home. Prior to the loss, Bell County had won seven straight and are now 6-1 in the month of January. Despite dropping to No. 5, Bell County is still one of the teams to beat when it comes to the 13th region.

Surprise, surprise: Even though Bell County lost to the Lady Tigers, they showed they can play with the best teams in the region and should be in the mix when postseason play begins..

What’s ahead: Bell County will hit the road for a pair of games as they head to Jackson County Friday, before traveling to Harlan Monday. After that, five of their final six games are at home.

The Best of the rest

No. 6 South Laurel (9-10, 6-7)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Cardinals moved up one spot this week after wins over North Laurel and Whitley County last week. If they continue to improve, South Laurel will be a tough out in postseason play.

No. 7 Barbourville (14-7, 9-5)

What’s the scoop: Barbourville also drops a spot this week after losses to Harlan and Harlan County.

No. 8 Pineville (14-8, 10-6)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Mountain Lions hold their ground after picking up a pair of wins over OBI and Jackson County. Pineville lost in the first round of the All 'A' Classic to Newport Central Catholic Wednesday.

No. 9 Lynn Camp (16-6, 11-5)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Wildcats continue to play well. They recovered nicely from a three-game skid to win three straight over 13th Region opponents.

No. 10 Knox Central (10-10, 5-6)

What’s the scoop: The Lady Panthers stand their ground despite dropping three games last week. Knox Central has now dropped four straight and will look to recover this week with games against Nelson County and Pineville.

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