Girls Top Five
1. Whitley Co. (6-0 overall, 3-0 vs. 13th Region foes)
What’s the scoop: The Whitley County Lady Colonels only played one game this past week, but they managed to remain unbeaten by going on the road to knock off Casey County, 49-35. It’s a big plus any time you can get a win on the road against a good team like Casey County.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Colonels have plenty of weapons on offense. Brandi Smith is capable of scoring more than 20 points a game at any time and Maria Johnson continues to be a threat from the outside. Taylor Bingess can score points in bunches and so can Bethany Powers.
What’s ahead: Whitley County will travel to Calloway County to participate in the Heritage Bank Hardwood Tournament. The Lady Colonels’ first opponent will be Northwest, Tenn., before playing Sacred Heart.
2. Harlan County (9-0, 5-0)
What’s the scoop: Anthony Nolan continues to do a great job coaching the Lady Black Bears. They are off to the program’s best start at 9-0.
Surprise, surprise: The Lady Black Bears continue to shine while handing upstart Bell County its first loss of the season this past week, 50-33. Lauren Lee and Kaitlyn Stittums came through in the clutch during the win by scoring 14 points apiece.
What’s ahead: Harlan County will travel to Gatlinburg, Tenn., today to participate in the Smoky Mountain Classic.
3. Clay County (5-1, 3-1)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers have recovered nicely since dropping a 58-55 decision to Whitley County almost two weeks ago.
Surprise, surprise: The loss to Whitley County hasn’t fazed Ivy Burchell’s squad. The Lady Tigers have outscored their opponents by 33 points a game during their current three-game win streak. Now that is pretty darn impressive.
What’s ahead: Clay County hits the road today and will play North Hardin in the Mustang Christmas Tournament at Muhlenberg County High School.
4. Bell County (7-1, 4-1)
What’s the scoop: Bell County received a loud wake-up call this past week, losing to Harlan County, 58-33. Many believed the Lady Bobcats were the region’s top team, but they’ve taken a step back with the loss.
Surprise, surprise: Don’t count out Bell County, though. Maci Morris is one of the top players in the state and will be a big key to the Lady Bobcats’ success the remainder of the season.
What’s ahead: Bell County will play Boyle County in Danville today while participating in the Danville Lady Ads Christmas Tournament.
5. Corbin (8-5, 5-2)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Redhounds turned in a big week by placing third in the Berea Invitational. Corbin only lost to eventual tournament champion Madison Central by only three points.
Surprise, surprise: Jennifer Parsons likes the way her team is playing right now and she should. Corbin has the talent to make some serious noise once postseason play begins.
What’s ahead: The Lady Redhounds are off this week before traveling to Orlando, Fla., to play in the KSA Events next week.
The Best of the rest
No. 6 South Laurel (4-6, 2-4)
What’s the scoop: This team is hard to figure out. The Lady Cardinals struggled to beat Knox Central at home and tuned in a nice showing in the Berea Invitational. The big key to South Laurel’s success is Taylor Arthur.
No. 7 Barbourville (8-1, 4-1)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Tigers suffered a setback after losing by 10 points to Corbin last week, but did manage to pick up a three-point win over 51st District rival Lynn Camp. Can this team surprise in the postseason? I believe so.
No. 8 Lynn Camp (7-2, 3-1)
What’s the scoop: Coach Richard Jones continues to work his magic on the sideline while Kayla Smith continues to show she’s one of the top players in the 13th Region. I’m really impressed with the way Lynn Camp has played so far this season.
No. 9 Pineville (7-4, 4-3)
What’s the scoop: The Lady Mountain Lions have a big game against Lynn Camp in the 17th Annual Bowman Memorial Classic. A win over the Lady Wildcats will move Pineville up in the rankings.
No. 10 Knox Central (4-3, 1-3)
What’s the scoop: I say this every week — The Lady Panthers continue to be one of the hardest teams to figure out. They lost to Clay County and South Laurel last week, but managed to beat Cumberland, Gap, Tenn. Knox Central played one of its best games a couple of days ago against the Lady Cardinals and actually had them down by eight points in the second half before losing.
A lot of the Lady Panthers success is because of the scoring efforts of Jenna Mills. Mills is one of the best shooters in the 13th Region.