Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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January 22, 2014

Bates' Crazy 8

Jan. 22, 2014 — Boys

1. Fleming County (12-6)

2. Ashland (12-4)

3. Rowan County (11-7)

4. Elliott County (13-6)

5. Morgan County (10-6)

6. Boyd County (9-8)

7. Raceland (8-5)

8. Lewis County (8-9)

Believe it or not, but we are about a month away from the start of district tournaments to begin the march toward Rupp Arena.

In looking at the standings so far, things seem just about even. There are two teams from the 61st, two from the 62nd, two from the 63rd and the same for the 64th. Could this be the field that makes the 16th Region tournament in about six weeks?

Rowan County could be getting some help soon with sophomore Brandon Moore getting cleared for non-contact drills after suffering an injury at the start of the season.

Coach Shawn Thacker’s big man could be the missing cog to put the Vikings in position to contend for another 16th Region title. Lewis County returns to the rankings after winning three straight games. The Lions will square off with Boyd County and Raceland later this week.

Girls

1. East Carter (18-1)

2. Ashland (12-4)

3. Bath County (11-4)

4. Boyd County (11-6)

5. Fleming County (9-8)

6. Lewis County (9-7)

7. Rowan County (9-9)

8. Russell (13-6)

I know it’s like a broken record when it comes to the East Carter Lady Raiders but after two impressive wins on the road, how can we not talk about them.

A 25-point win at Fleming County (arguably one of the toughest places to play in the Region) and a 14-point win at Boyd County have East firmly placed as the top team in the Region. They play solid defensively and have the ability to score at will on teams justifies their No. 6 AP ranking in the state.

Rowan County makes the No. 7 spot after winning four out of their past five games, including a 21-point blowout of Russell, who falls a few spots after dropping three games.

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