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Last year I began publishing my top-five rankings of the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams in the 8th Region. So now that we’re in the new year, I thought that I would dust off my rankings once again. So without much ado, here are my first region rankings for the 2012-13 season.
1. Collins (9-3 through Wednesday) –The Titans, runners-up in the 8th Region last year, are 4-0 against regional foes so far this season. They should be tested tonight, though, when they play at Anderson County (9-1) in a key 30th District game. They also face a tall order Tuesday night, when they host defending state champion Trinity.
2. South Oldham (10-3) –The Dragons lost to the Titans in overtime on a last-second shot in early December, and that was without one of their best players (Jack Sherry). They have won eight of nine since then heading into tonight’s game at Oldham County.
3. Oldham County (10-4) –The two-time defending region champs have had a very busy early-season schedule, playing in a couple of tournaments, and have four losses by an average of 11.3 points. However the Colonels only lost by seven points (50-43) to highly-regarded Bullitt East on Dec. 11.
4. Grant County (12-3) –The Braves, who lost by 32 points to Oldham County in the first round of the 8th Region Tournament last season, are off to a good start (3-0 against 8th Region opponents) led by junior guard Tyler Carr (22.8 points per game).
5. Simon Kenton (8-5) –The Pioneers, who didn’t lose a player off last season’s 23-8 team, are 4-1 against region foes so far this season. Their lone 8th Region loss was a 69-65 setback to Grant County on Dec. 7.
1. Anderson County (14-1) –The Bearcats, who are one of the top teams in the state, have lost only to Bryan Station, 43-41. They will be a tough test for Collins tonight.
2. Simon Kenton (10-2) –The Pioneers are 6-0 against regional competition (including two victories over Shelby County last week in Bardstown’s Christmas Classic). Their lone losses were by five points to Bowling Green (12-2) and seven points to Monroe County (9-2) in late December in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic.
3. Walton-Verona (10-5) – The Bearcats are 4-1 against regional foes. Their lone loss was to Simon Kenton, 54-48, on Dec. 8. They play Owen County on Wednesday in the 8th Region All “A” Classic.
4. Owen County (10-3) – The Rebels, who opened their season with a 45-43 victory at Shelby County, are 6-1 against region foes so far. Their lone setback was a 55-36 loss to Walton-Verona on Dec. 3.
5. Gallatin County (10-2) –The Wildcats are 6-1 against regional competition, and their lone loss was against Owen County, 60-50. The rematch between the two was Thursday night in Owenton.