As we near the midway point of the high school basketball season, it’s time to take a breather and catch up with each talented team in the 15th District.
The Scotties’ season has been filled with adversity thus far, but Coach James Willett’s team has proved to be the best team in the district as of now.
Not only are they a perfect 3-0 against district opponents, but they have held all three of those teams to under 50 points scoring in each game.
While length and athleticism power Glasgow on defense, seniors Nik Sorrell and Jaden Franklin have had great seasons on offense. They have solidified their selves as two of the best players in the fourth region.
Tucker Kirkpatrick’s recent return from an injury is a huge storyline to watch moving forward. His absence caused several role players to step up for the Scotties. With him back in the fold, Glasgow now has a deep roster that wants to make a run at a region title.
Barren County (7-6)
Coach Warren Cunningham’s Trojans are not only talented, but they are one of the deepest teams in the entire region as 10-11 players can step on the court on any given night and provide solid minutes.
However, the biggest obstacle for Barren County to overcome is finishing close games against talented teams. Every game the Trojans have lost thus far has been by no more than nine points.
Sophomore Aden Nyekan has burst onto the scene as one of the best players in the region as he leads the Trojans in points and rebounds.
Depth isn’t the issue moving forward, nor is a lack of talent. Instead, the Trojans need their other top players like Will Bandy and Jacob Shaw to score at a more consistent rate.
This team is already the squad best suited to challenge Glasgow for the district championship. If the offense gets going late in games then the Trojans will hoist that trophy in February.
Allen County-Scottsville (7-7)
While the Patriots do have a very nice win over Greenwood under their belts, they have had a very rough showing in district play thus far falling to the Trojans and the Scotties by more than 15 points in each contest.
It’s true that Mason Shirley, Owen Stamper, and Jax Cooper form a formidable trio on offense, but the depth of Coach Brad Bonds’ team is severely lacking.
As of press time, only four players score more than five points per game on the team. Not only do the Patriots need to start hitting more shots on offense, but players outside of their star-trio need to step up if they want to make it to the region tournament.
Thankfully for ACS, having a playmaker like Shirley will give the Patriots a chance at improving further down the stretch.
Monroe County (5-7)
Things seem to finally be coming together for the Falcons who had a rough start to the season. Coach Ashley Geralds’ team has reeled off three wins in a row and will go into Friday night’s game against ACS full of steam.
Their 3-7 start to the season was a bit deceptive. They only fell to Glasgow by six points and their loss to Barren County on the road was a close game for the vast majority of the contest.
Led by one of the most underrated players in the region in senior point guard Grayson Rich (18.4 ppg) the Falcons will not be an easy out from this point forward.
Their biggest weakness is their outside shooting. Only Rich has hit more then 10 three-pointers on the season out of the whole team. If Monroe County starts shooting the ball more with more confidence then the Falcons could surprise come February.
Barren County (11-4)
Coach Piper Lindsey’s Trojanettes have been the class of the 15th District thus far. They have the best player in the region in guard Elizabeth Bertram, and a talented supporting cast as good as any team in the region.
Their large victory against Glasgow last week proved that they are still the favorites to win the district. However, there is certainly room for improvement. Bowling Green is the dominant favorite to win the region, and Barren County has lost to the Lady Purples by double digits in two different games.
If the Trojanettes can figure out how to win the war in the paint against Bowling Green despite their height then a trip back to Rupp Arena could be in their future.
Make no mistake, the Lady Scotties will give the Trojanettes a very good run at the district championship this season. They have two of the best players in the region in Ashanti Gore and Anzley Adwell and a coach who has had great success in Justin Stinson.
Their blowout loss to Barren County last week is a bit misleading considering Glasgow only hit two out of fourteen shots from beyond the arc.
If their best shooters Nina McMurtrey and Dynasti Page have big games against the Trojanettes, then there is a great chance that the Lady Scotties will take the district in 2020.
Monroe County (5-8)
Coach Clifton Hamilton’s team has a large mountain to climb if they want to make it to the region tournament. They were easily beaten in their two district games thus far against Barren County and Glasgow.
However, there is plenty of youthful talent with the Lady Falcons. Their top three leading scorers and rebounders this season are all either sophomores or freshmen.
It’s true that there is currently a big gap between Monroe County and the top two teams in the district. However, that could change if Hamilton’s young team matures even further down the stretch.
Allen County-Scottsville (2-11)
It’s been an extremely tough season for the Lady Patriots. First the bad news: Their 516 points scored on the season is the second lowest of any team in the region.
But there is some good news. They have only given up 663 points on defense which is one of the better totals in the region.
Things are pretty bad for Greg Dunn’s team on offense, but they have a competitive defense which frustrates teams. If more jump shots start falling then the Lady Patriots will be the third seed in the district tournament.