Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 26, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Calling names and the games

MOREHEAD — I’m not sure if I want to risk being called a weenie again.

A local coach who shall go unnamed recently smacked me with that label.

The coach said this: “You had Boyd County ranked No. 1 for the past month and then you picked Ashland to beat them!”

He or she was referring to the 64th District girls championship game, and yes, I picked the Kittens. I was right, by the way, but that’s beside the point.

The coach jokingly called me a weenie for allegedly backing down from my Super Seven rankings. But, in truth, I was just calling what I deemed a slight upset.

After that game, though, I have the Kittens back on top (just barely, I might add) in the Super Seven. And I’ve predicted a back-to-back 16th Region titles for Ashland on a few occasions this season.

I’ve done the same with Fleming County, picking the Panthers to make the westward trip to Rupp Arena in March.

Will I stick with the Panthers and Kittens? Or will I give you a reason to roast this weenie?

Notes of Interest

Many of you may not know him, but the unsung Most Valuable Player at The Independent is local statistics/information guru Curtis Crye.

According to Crye, there are five schools entering the boys 16th Region Tournament with 20 or more wins this season, the most since 1973.

This year, they are: Ashland (22-9), Fleming County (25-6), Russell (25-7), Boyd County (21-11) and Morgan County (22-7).

In 1973: Ashland (20-4), Russell (20-7), Boyd County (23-6), Breckinridge (28-8) and Sandy Hook (21-9).

The record, said Crye, is six (1950, ’53).

Now, The Picks …

GIRLS

FIRST ROUND


I’m experiencing a case of double déjà vu. There are two first-round rematches from last season in this tournament — Fleming County-Boyd County and East Carter-Lewis County.

Saturday’s four-game slate tips off at noon. Semifinals are scheduled for Monday, while the championship game will be on Tuesday night at 7.

Fleming County-Boyd County: Boyd County coach Pete Fraley and company haven’t had a first-round exit since 2008.

Boyd County 56, Fleming County 48.

Russell-West Carter: It was a matchup both schools had hoped for in Saturday’s draw.

Russell simply has a more complete team, though, and I can’t see the Lady Devils faltering here.

Russell 50, West Carter 36.

East Carter-Lewis County: Time to zap those bitter memories, East Carter.

The Lady Raiders fell victim to the Lady Lions and suffered one of the poorest-shooting outings of the season in 2012.

In ’13, they get luckier.

East Carter 54, Lewis County 47.

Ashland-Rowan County: The Kittens and Lady Vikings have locked up in some classic duels in recent years, both in and out of the postseason.

Interestingly enough, they didn’t meet this year. I give that edge to the Kittens because not having faced this talented team yet is a clear disadvantage.

Ashland 70, Rowan Co. 51.

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