Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


March 6, 2014

Region 4 hoop teams back among state's best

GLASGOW — The question was recently posed asking how long had it been since two Fourth Region girls’ basketball teams were ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 poll?

The answer, as it turns out, was 23 days shy of 18 years.

In the final poll of the 1995-96 season, Warren East was ranked first in the state, while Monroe County was No. 5. The poll was posted prior to the regional tournament because Monroe won the Fourth Region that season.

The question was prompted by Glasgow entering the Top 10 on Feb. 3 after winning the All “A” Classic state tournament the day before. Allen County-Scottsville had already been in the poll this season, but Glasgow had not until that day. There is some chance that poll was the first time the Lady Scotties had ever been ranked in the AP Top 10. They may have cracked the poll in the 1970s, but I couldn’t get a definitive answer on whether that was true. The electronic records for the poll only go back 20 years.

There is also some chance Glasgow, Barren County and Allen County could all have been in the polls in the late 1970s, but, again, the Associated Press could not confirm that hypothesis.

Glasgow, Barren and Allen are charter members of the girls’ 15th District, which included Edmonson County from 1975 until 2005.

While a Fourth Region girls’ team has won only one state title — that being Warren Central in 1983 — there have been five state runners-up. Barren County was runner up in 1975, the first year the Kentucky High School Athletics Association sanctioned a girls’ state tournament.

The Trojanettes’ run to the final game of the season was an indication of the type of girls’ basketball to be played in the 15th District. In that season, both Allen County and Glasgow also had good teams.

The 15th District owned the Fourth Region for the first five seasons of state-sanctioned girls’ basketball. Barren County won the regional tournament twice and Allen County won it three times. Allen won the region again in 1985, then won three-consecutive regional titles from 1999-2001. During the 3-peat run, they stunned Warren East in the regional title game in 1999. Then in 2000, the Lady Patriots entered the post season with a losing record. They beat Barren County in the district title game and in the Fourth Region championship game. In both of those seasons, they lost in the first round of the state tournament.

In the 2000-01 season, Allen County was one of the top teams in the region and won a game in the state tournament.

Meanwhile, Barren won the region in 1997, 2004 and 2007. Despite the recent lean years, the Trojanettes have been one of the consistently strong girls’ basketball programs in the Fourth Region. In 2004 and 2007, they won first-round state tournament games.

The 15th District became even more competitive when Monroe County was moved to the district beginning with the 2005-06 season. The Lady Falcons have won the Fourth Region only once, in 1996, but it was a monumental victory. That season was also the last time two girls’ teams from the region were ranked in the AP Top 10.

Glasgow captured its only regional title in 2012 and is likely the favorite this season because of the injury to Allen County’s Morgan Rich. The Lady Patriots proved in the district title game that they can compete even with Rich not on the floor.

Meanwhile, the newest school to the region, South Warren, is showing it is a rising power. The Spartans will face the Lady Scotties in the second round of the tournament Saturday afternoon at ACS. The other two first round games were to be played Thursday night. Bowling Green, which won the 14th District tournament, was to play Allen County and Clinton County, winner of the 16th District, was to play Franklin-Simpson.

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