3 Up, 3 Down – Week 1

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Posted On: 12/3/17 8:25 PM

Introducing a (hopefully) weekly feature where I provide players, teams or trends on the way up and some that are currently in a nose dive.

Stock Up: 2020 Trinity Guard Justin Powell. Powell started his season off by going 3-0 with 3 double digit wins for the week and adding an offer from Cincinnati to join his offers from Xavier and Auburn. A pretty good week for the top sophomore in Kentucky.

Stock Down: Taylor County. The 3 time reigning champion of the 5th region, the Cardinals have stumbled early. It took 45 points from junior Tre’Von Smith and a buzzer beater from his sophomore brother Kybrin Smith to win at Washington County and then lost by 20 at Spencer County on Saturday. It’s only been a week but Coach Stallworth will need to rally the troops before they face Campbellsville Tuesday night.

Stock Up: The 2019 class. Beyond Smith, several members of the 2019 class have been putting up big numbers. David Johnson, KyKy Tandy, Michael Moreno and Dontaie Allen all had huge games in the opening week.  The class has long been talked about for it’s firepower and that is showing itself early this year.

Stock Down: North Hardin. The traditional powerhouse of the 5th region, the Trojans appear to be in full on rebuilding mode. They started the season 1-2 with 2 ugly losses. They fell to Oldham County 64-48 and to Paducah Tilghman 79-47. North could be in for a long season.

Stock Up: Scott County. The Cardinals exercised the Ballard demon on Friday. Scott County traveled to Louisville and beat the Bruins for the first time since December 4th, 2008. After trailing by double figures early in the game, Scott County rallied back to win 69-63. Junior Michael Moreno led them with 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Stock Down: Cordia. It appears that when Roderick Rhodes left Cordia, most of the basketball talent did too. The Lions have started 0-3 with losses of 25, 17 and 7 points. Senior Oumar Keita is still roaming around but most of the talented wings and guards are no longer there and it’s showing in the early season results.