Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 26, 2014

Bates' Crazy 8

Feb. 26, 2014 — Boys

1. Fleming County (19-9)

2. Rowan County (20-9)

3. Ashland (20-8)

4. Boyd County (17-13)

5. Lewis County (15-12)

6. Elliott County (17-8)

7. East Carter (13-13)

8. Raceland (14-12)

The postseason is finally here.

This time of year is what everyone looks forward to the most. The predictions. The upsets. The dark horses.

All of the time spent practicing and games played lead up to these “one game seasons” for the right to represent the 16th Region at Rupp Arena for the state tournament.

Will it be Fleming County? The defending champions are playing at a much higher level since the return of Darion Burns. Or will it be Rowan County, vying for its third regional title in four years, creating a dynasty that hasn’t been done since Elliott County won three straight in the mid 2000s?

Can Ashland win its first regional championship since 2002? With Nick Miller coming back this week, it looks like the Tomcats are at full strength at the right time. Or can Lewis County put together three straight wins to win their first ever championship?

All of these questions will be answered in the next two weeks. I cannot wait to see what happens.


1. East Carter (27-2)

2. Ashland (20-7)

3. Boyd County (21-8)

4. Lewis County (18-10)

5. Fleming County (17-10)

6. Bath County (15-8)

7. Russell (19-10)

8. Rowan County (12-13)

As I mentioned on Twitter late Thursday night, I am a big enough of man to admit when I am wrong. For two weeks, Ashland held onto the top spot in the girls rankings after East Carter lost to Boyd County 51-48 back on Feb. 8. A few people in Grayson made it a point to grumble at me for the Kittens leapfrogging the Lady Raiders.

While I know it was all in good fun, they said after Thursday’s rematch with Ashland I would have to revisit my No. 1 team. They were right as East Carter went into Ashland and earned their biggest win of the year, a 71-60 decision that puts Hager Easterling’s ball club back in the drivers seat as the postseason began on Monday.

Remember, it’s not about how you start, but how you finish. Right now, the top five teams since Feb. 1 are a combined 32-7 heading into district tournaments. Fleming is 6-0 in that run and Boyd County, who is playing their best basketball of the year, is 8-2.

It’s anyone’s ball game now folks. Good luck to all that are entering the postseason.

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