With sports at a standstill, the Glasgow Daily Times will be releasing daily countdowns of the best teams, athletes and coaches over the past decade of prep sports in the area.
The qualifications are simple. We will be choosing from teams between the 2010-11 school year and the 2019-20 school year. Also, we will be picking from a pool of nine teams, which all span east of Bowling Green: Glasgow, Barren County, Allen County-Scottsville, Caverna, Monroe County, Metcalfe County, Cumberland County, Clinton County and Russell County.
Up first is a countdown of the top boys’ basketball teams of the past decade:
1. 2016 Barren County Trojans
This group of Trojans grabs the top spot because of one huge reason: No other team came closer in the last decade to dethroning Warren Central/Bowling Green as the champion of 4th Region boys’ basketball.
Barren County lost by just three points in the region championship to a very talented Bowling Green squad led by Terry Taylor, who was just crowned the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year.
These Trojans have a complete resume to back up the top spot. They finished 28-6 overall, which included a perfect 8-0 record in 15th District play. They also earned the rare distinction of beating Warren Central in the region tournament in a close 58-53 victory.
Barren County was led by three of the best players in the region in 2016: Wade Coomer, Gavin Driver and Nick Mabe. While there may have been more talented teams in the area during the past decade, there were none more successful as the 2016 Trojans who were a true, complete “team” in every sense of the word.
2. 2018 Glasgow Scotties
The most agonizing phrase every athlete dreads is “what if?” Unfortunately for the 2018 Scotties, they were the ultimate “what if” team of the decade.
After Glasgow led for the majority of three quarters in their matchup vs. Warren Central at region, star forward Dalvin Smith went down with a broken ankle just before the start of the fourth quarter. While the Scotties did what they could to keep the game close, they would eventually fall 68-63.
Make no mistake, this team was loaded with talent considering they had Kobe Brents, Nik Sorrell, Smith, Jaden Franklin, Peyton Mills and Tayshaun Bradley all on one roster. They finished 22-9 overall and as district champs, but if Smith doesn’t go down this might have been the team to dethrone the Dragons/Purples.
3. 2013 Barren County Trojans
The 2013 Trojans were the first truly great team of the Warren Cunningham era at Barren County. Yes, the 2012 team turned things around by upsetting Glasgow in the 15th District Championship. However, that team didn’t have a single senior, so consider this ranking a combination of both squads.
This team is eerily similar to the 2016 squad in that they had a dominant regular season (25-6 overall) and lost narrowly to Warren Central by just four points in the region tournament. Led by Dalton Bush, Jaucoby Poore, Clay Simmons, Charley McCoy, Barrett Billingsley, Matthew Bunnell and Bo Hubbard, this may have been Cunningham’s deepest team of the decade.
4. 2013 Russell County Lakers
After the 2016 Trojans, the 2013 Lakers were the next closest team to dethroning Warren Central/Bowling Green for the region title. They finished 25-6 as 16th District champions who reached the region title game after beating two very good teams in Greenwood and Russellville.
They would eventually fall to Warren Central 56-48 in the final. The only reason why they are ranked behind the 2013 Trojans from the same year is that Barren County won the regular season matchup. But make no mistake, Tyler Robertson, Nick Coffey and Barton Mann led one of the most feared teams of the decade.
5. 2015 Monroe County Falcons
If this ranking was just based on pure wins and losses, the 2015 Falcons would have grabbed the top spot. They finished 28-4 overall and 19-1 in region play. They also might have been the most convincing 15th District champion of the decade as well.
Led by Dillion Geralds, Gibril Summers, Skyler Geralds and Lincoln Arnett, this was easily the best Monroe County team of the century. The only reason why they are not ranked higher is because Warren Central convincingly beat them in the second round of the region tournament 68-51.
6. 2011 Glasgow Scotties
What a team full of big names this was. Quentin “Q” Ellis. Parker Cash. Jalen Sublett. Lajuan Smith. Hunter Bowles. Kerrington Bradley. Together, they finished 18-8 overall and fell to a Bowling Green team led by future Louisville Cardinal Chane Behanan by just one point at the region tournament.
7. 2019 Clinton County Bulldogs
It was hard to pick which Todd Messer-led team to put on this list, but the 2019 Bulldogs have the best case. Led by future WKU Hilltopper Jackson Harlan and fellow senior Seth Stockton, Clinton County finished 24-8 overall and as convincing 16th District champs.
They blew out a very good AC-S team in the region tournament before falling to Bowling Green 51-38.
8. 2015 Caverna Colonels
There was zero chance that I was going to leave off a team led by Mason Faulkner in this countdown.
I chose the Colonels in Faulkner’s junior season considering they finished 21-6 overall and as district champions. Arguably the best player in area basketball this decade, Faulkner led Caverna with an astounding 30.3 points per game.
9. 2020 Barren County Trojans
Of course, the 2020 Trojans are fresh on everyone’s minds. While I don’t believe they are one of the 10 most-talented teams of the decade, their mixture of chemistry and a smartly constructed roster earns them a spot. With Will Bandy and Aden Nyekan on the floor at the same time, Barren County (23-9 overall) was an absolute mismatch nightmare.
10. 2011 Metcalfe County Hornets
It may seem surprising to see a Metcalfe County team on this list, but anyone who remembers the 2011 season knows that the Hornets deserve this spot. Led by twin-tower twins Russell and Grant Kindred who were paired with sharp-shooter Dylan Harris, the 16-11 Hornets won the All-A Region Classic and preserved their spot in Metcalfe County lore.