Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

February 12, 2014

Bates' Crazy 8

By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
Journal-Times

Feb. 12, 2014 — Boys

1. Fleming County (17-8)

2. Ashland (17-6)

3. Rowan County (15-9)

4. Lewis County (13-11)

5. Boyd County (13-12)

6. East Carter (11-11)

7. Elliott County (14-8)

8. Morgan County (13-7)

Let the fun begin.

The Fleming County Panthers have been on a roll, and had not lost to a 16th Region opponent all season.

That was until Monday night when Lewis County went into Flemingsburg and escaped with an 86-84 lead in overtime.

While Fleming remains in the top spot in the boys rankings (they ran through Ashland and beat Rowan last week), maybe there is some dents in the armor of the Panthers as we head down the home stretch of the regular season.

With less than two weeks away from the start of postseason play, I cannot see into the future when it comes to the 62nd District. At first, it looked like Elliott County and Morgan County were going to battle it out for the two spots in the regional tournament, but a Lions 60-51 loss to West Carter and a Cougar 66-57 defeat by East Carter changes the outlook to become clear as mud.

Any of those teams can come out of the 62nd District. At this point, it is the most competitive district in the 16th Region.

Girls

1. Ashland (19-5)

2. East Carter (22-2)

3. Boyd County (15-7)

4. Lewis County (15-9)

5. Bath County (13-6)

6. Russell (17-8)

7. Fleming County (12-10)

8. Rowan County (10-11)

For the first time all season, the girls rankings has a new No. 1 team. The Boyd County Lady Lions avenged a 14-point home loss to East Carter on Saturday and defeated the Lady Raiders at their place 51-48. It is the first loss of the season inside the 16th Region for East Carter.

I am not discrediting what the Lady Raiders did last week (a 53-45 win on the road at Lewis County to go with the loss). Their run throughout the season has been impressive. Coaches never say losses are “good.” But like Hager Easterling told our friends at the Ashland Independent, “This has been coming for a while.”

The Kittens are red hot thanks to the shooting of Alexis Robinson. The Colorado commit scored a career-high 31 points against Madison Central on Saturday. Ashland has a favorable schedule the rest of the way, with three of their last four at home, including a season finale contest with East Carter.