The high school basketball season has slammed into the midway point. It’s time to evaluate where teams stand in the Fourth Region.
In boys’ basketball, Bowling Green clearly has the top team. With Terry Taylor leading the way and eighth-grader Zion Harmon – a transfer from Nashville – chipping in, BGHS has rolled to a 16-2 overall record. The Purples are 16-1 against teams from the Commonwealth. They lost to Covington Catholic during the King of the Bluegrass Tournament at Fairdale High School on Dec. 20. Their only other loss is to Berkmar, Georgia, which is a Class 6A school ranked No. 6 in the Peach State by Maxpreps.com.
Bowling Green has rifled through its competition in the Fourth Region, beating the No. 2 team in the region, Franklin-Simpson, 55-42, on Dec. 31. (Happy New Year, same as last year.) The Purples also walloped rival Warren Central, 70-48, on Jan. 13. BGHS seems to be invulnerable to the attacks of regional foes, but no team is unbeatable.
Tavin Lovan (25.4 points-per-game) at Franklin-Simpson, DeAndre Bradshaw (21.9) at Russellville, Trequon Patterson (25.0) at Warren East and Skyelar Potter (24.2) at Warren Central are players on any given night in a one-and-done situation that can wreck another team’s championship dreams. Potter and Patterson play on District 14 teams. They could meet the Purples prior to the regional tournament. The common refrain in Kentucky high school basketball is that the toughest game is the first one in the district tournament. If there is to be an upset of Bowling Green, it could happen there.
It’s easy to assume which team will represent the Fourth Region in the Boys’ Sweet 16 is a done deal. It’s not easy at-all to make such an assumption about the region in girls’ basketball.
Monroe County has the best record in the region at 17-2, but lost by 10 to Bowling Green during the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic on Dec. 23. The Lady Falcons have also beaten South Warren twice by a total of 5 points and Glasgow by 10.
Glasgow is 14-2 with losses to Monroe and Russell County. The Lady Scotties have an early-season win over Bowling Green, 57-50, and are on a nine-game winning streak.
South Warren is 12-5 with three of its losses coming during the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic before Christmas. The Lady Spartans’ only loss in region is twice to Monroe. They beat Bowling Green 52-36 on Jan. 10.
Russell County is 15-4 with losses in the Fourth Region to Monroe County (67-57) and South Warren (35-34) and come-from-behind, 2-point win at Glasgow on Dec. 9. (I think the Lady Scotties are a better team than they were then.) The Lady Lakers should be considered a scary team with a shot to win the regional title. Their other two losses were to DuPont Manual in overtime on Dec. 20 and to Mercy on Dec. 29.
Bowling Green is 12-5 with the win over Monroe County and the losses to Glasgow and South Warren.
Barring a stunning upset or two during district tournaments, each of these five teams will reach the Girls’ Fourth Region Tournament, and with no absolutely dominant team, that should make for a fantastic tournament to behold.
James Brown is digital director for Commonwealth Broadcasting. He spent 20 years covering high school sports in Kentucky and Mississippi. Follow him on Twitter @JbrownESPNKY.