The 3rd region is starting to become a 1 horse race. The Owensboro Red Devils have emerged now as the overwhelming favorite to rep the 3rd at Rupp Arena. Not only are they winning region games, they are blowing teams out. With the way they play, it would be hard to foresee them being upset in an elimination game. Its time to start looking at the Devils in the state polls.
1.Owensboro Red Devils (15-4) – SAME – The Devils continued to show their dominance inside the region with a 82-65 win at Daviess County on Saturday. The game was never in doubt. OHS was led by Cory Gardner’s 27. They put 3 other players in double figures. Deonte Douglas had 23, Lance Lewis had 13 and Jeron Tinsley had 12. The Devils beat Madisonville on Tuesday and will travel to Evansville, Indiana with a huge showdown with #1 in class 3A, Evansville Bosse on Friday.
2.Daviess County Panthers (14-7) – SAME – The Panthers split a pair of games this week, first losing at home to district rival Owensboro on Saturday, 82-65. The Panthers were only able to have 2 practices in a week prior to the big matchup due to school systems policy on weather. Last night, they bounced back with a big 75-38 win over Hancock County. Daviess County beat Henderson 76-55, on Tuesday and will travel to John Hardin on Saturday to take on Central Hardin on Saturday.
3.Owensboro Catholic Aces (13-7) – SAME – Since losing to OHS back on January 5th, the Aces have reeled off 6 straight wins. 3 of those wins came in the All-A tournament where the Aces won the regional title on Sunday 52-36 over Edmonson County. JD Marshall led the team with 13 points and 7 boards. They knocked of Hancock County in the semi finals on Saturday, 57-39. Ty Vincent had 13 points, 9 rebounds in the win. Friday night, the Aces got their 3rd win of the season over Apollo, 61-58. Luke Hayden had one of his best games of the season, leading Catholic with 16. The Aces went to Richmond to play Knott County Central in the All-A state tourney, but fell short 46-33.
4.Apollo Eagles (7-10) – SAME – Apollo is starting to turn things around, winning 3 of their last 4 games. Back on Friday night, the Eagles dropped a 61-58 district game to Owensboro Catholic. Apollo was playing with a disadvantage of having very limited practice time due to the weather. Saturday, they bounced back with a nice win over Evansville Central, 62-58. Hayden Shelton led all scorers with 22. Monday, they got a 77-43 road win at Mclean County. Nathan Boyle and Shelton led the way with 22 each. The Eagles host Muhlenberg County on Friday.
5.Meade County Greenwave (9-5) – SAME – Meade County faced a week of cancelations and did not play a game this past week. They play their first game in 2 weeks tonight at home against Louisville Valley. With only 13 games under their belt, they have only played about half as many games as everyone else in the region. On Friday, they host Breck County for a big game in the 11th district.
6.Muhlenberg County Mustangs (9-10) – SAME – The Mustangs continue to rise, as they have won 3 of their last 4. Muhlenberg won their lone game this past week, 61-53 over Ohio County. The win all but locks up the #1 seed in the district, meaning a bye into the 3rd region tournament. In the win Alex Van Hook led all scorers with 20 points. He also had 9 boards. The Stangs dropped a tough one to Bowling Green 55-50, but travel to Apollo on Friday.
7.Breckenridge County Tigers (11-6) – SAME – The Fighting Tigers havent played a game in 12 days due to weather. They got back in action, defeating Grayson County 49-39 on Tuesday. On Friday they travel to Meade for a big 11th district game.
8.Ohio County Eagles (8-9) – SAME – Ohio County saw its 3 game win streak snapped on Friday, with a district loss at Muhlenberg County. The loss means the Eagles will now have to play a 1st round elimination game against Mclean County. Monday night, they dropped a 84-43 decision to Hoptown. They have a pair of road games to round out the week at South Warren on Friday and Henderson on Saturday.
9.Whitesville Trinity Raiders (11-11) – SAME – The Raiders didnt get any games in, this week, due to the weather. They return to action with a pair of road games this week, Thursday at Mclean and Friday at Grayson.
10.Grayson County Cougars (8-12) – UP 1 – The Cougars split a pair of games this past weekend. On Friday, they got a nice district win over Butler County 56-41. Caleb Ray had 22 in the win, while Bailey Logsdon chipped in 16. On Saturday, they lost to Fairdale, 64-48. They lost to Breck County in Harned, but will look to rebound by hosting a big district matchup against Whitesville Trinity.
11.Hancock County Hornets (9-9) – DOWN 1 – The Hornets have been on the wrong some of some lopsided games lately, losing 3 straight by an average margin of 30 points per game. Monday night, Daviess County smacked the Hornets 75-38. On Saturday, Catholic eliminated Hancock from All-A action, 57-39. Hancock will try to get back on the right track this week with games Friday and Saturday against Cloverport and Mclean.
12.Butler County Bears (8-9) – SAME – The Bears split a pair of games this week, first losing to Grayson County 56-41 on Friday. They bounced back with a 92-45 win over Cloverport Monday night. Butler beat Caverna 93-80 and will have a district showdown against Edmonson County on Friday.
13.Edmonson County Wildcats (6-15) – SAME – The Cats had a nice showing in the All-A tournament, making a run to the championship game before falling to Catholic 52-36. Saturday they picked up a 66-36 win over Cloverport. Nick Clemmons had 12. They beat Metcalf County 66-48 and will travel to Butler County on Friday.
14.Mclean County Cougars (6-11) – SAME – The Cougars have hit a mid season skid, losing 5 straight. Last night, they were blown out by Apollo 77-43. They will try to get back on track with a pair of home games this week. On Thursday, they beat Trinity 70-67. Saturday, Hancock comes to town.
15.Cloverport Aces (2-16) – SAME – The Aces dropped a pair of regional games last week. 66-36 to Edmonson on Saturday and 92-45 to Butler County last night. They lost to Bethlehem 70-28 and will travel to Butler County Friday.
GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
FRIDAY – Muhlenberg at Apollo – this should be a good middle of the pack measuring stick game for both teams. Breck Co at Meade Co – big 11th district matchup. Breck needs a road win to keep their hopes for a district 1 seed alive. Meade clinches with a win.Owensboro at Evansville Bosse – great test for the Devils as they travel to Evansville to take on the #1 team in Indiana class 3A. The Bulldogs are 13-2 and played #2 Scott County tough, losing 89-77.