14th Region Wrap Up for Week Ending Sunday, January 12th!
January 13, 2020 – HAROLD BRASHEAR – Bluegrass Sports Nation
This week was a very big week in the 14th Region with the All-A Classic taking place. The tournament started on Monday at various sites across the region and culminated with the semifinals and finals at Breathitt County on Saturday and Sunday. It was a great tournament and may have set the table for several teams to make a run in February and March. Here is my look back at the week that was and my new weekly rankings.
CORDIA (7-10) – Cordia opened the week with a 74-68 win at Breathitt County in the All-A Classic quarterfinals. The Lions came up short in a back and forth 49-42 battle with the Hazard Bulldogs in the All-A semifinals at Breathitt County.
JUNE BUCHANAN (0-8) – June Buchanan lost in their opening All-A Classic game at Knott County Central 81-52. The struggles continued for the Crusaders with a 76-64 home loss to Lee County.
KNOTT CENTRAL (12-4) – Knott County Central opened the All-A Classic at home with an 81-52 win over June Buchanan. The Patriots remained at home for the quarterfinals, where they blew out Lee County 89-52. Knott Central made the trip to Breathitt County for the semifinals where they would take on Buckhorn. The Patriots were able to advance to the finals with a 61-51 win. In the championship game, Knott Central battled back, but fell short to Hazard 62-54.
LETCHER CENTRAL (3-9) – Letcher Central lost their only game of the week at Harlan County by a score of 55-50.
BUCKHORN (6-8) – Buckhorn opened the All-A Classic with a close 65-63 win over Jackson City. In the semifinals, Buckhorn go behind early, but battled back, before losing 61-51 to Knott County Central at Breathitt County.
HAZARD (12-2) – Hazard opened the All-A Classic with a 54-51 win at Wolfe County. In the semifinals at Breathitt Count, Hazard defeated Cordia 49-42 in a battle to the end. Hazard took a big lead over Knott Central in the championship game. Knott was able to battle back, but Hazard claimed the championship with a 62-54 win. Hazard claimed its 13th All-A Regional Championship, which is the most by any 14th Region team. Al Holland also set the record with his 5th title as coach. It was the 1st All-A title for Hazard since 2011.
LESLIE COUNTY (4-9) – Leslie County opened the All-A Classic with a home loss to Breathitt County 73-67 in their only game of the week.
PERRY CENTRAL (4-12) – Perry Central played all 3 games this week at home, but they were not able to come away with any wins. They started the week with a 73-67 loss to Knox Central. In their second game of the week, the Commodores lost 81-64 to Harlan County. Perry Central ended their week with an 80-64 loss to Wayne County.
BREATHITT COUNTY (5-8) – Breathitt County opened the All-A Classic on the road with a 73-67 win over Leslie County. Breathitt County played their quarterfinal game at home, but lost to Cordia 74-68.
JACKSON CITY (5-10) – Jackson City lost their first game of the All-A Classic to Buckhorn 65-63. The Tigers followed that with a 67-56 loss at St. Patrick to go winless on the week.
WOLFE COUNTY (11-3) – Wolfe County opened the All-A Classic with a home win over Owsley County 59-53. The Wolves stayed at home for the quarterfinal, where they lost to Hazard 54-51 in a tremendous high school game.
ESTILL COUNTY (10-5) – Estill County lost their only game of the week at Woodford County by a score of 50-46
LEE COUNTY (3-10) – Lee County lost their opening game of the All-A on the road to Knott County Central 89-52. Lee County was able to go .500 on the week with a 76-64 win at June Buchanan.
OWSLEY COUNTY (6-6) – Owsley County lost in the opening game of the All-A Classic at Wolfe County by a score of 59-53. The Owls finished the week with an 87-64 win at home over Burgin.
POWELL COUNTY (3-10) – It was a rough week for Powell County. First they traveled to George Rogers Clark and were defeated 84-29. Then they went to Anderson County and lost big again 55-19.
HAROLD’S REGION TOP FIVE (1/12/2020)
– Previous Week Ranking in Parentheses
1. Hazard (1)
2. Wolfe County (2)
3. Knott County Central (3)
4. Estill County (4)
5. Cordia (NR)
Dave Cantrall Rating the State
2. Knott County Central
3. Perry County Central
4. Estill County
5. Breathitt County
2. Knott County Central
3. Wolfe County
4. Estill County