Henry County boys 11th in 8th Region's first Litkenhous Rankings of the season; Eminence High boys 16th

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By Tommie Kendall

In the first boys’ Litkenhous Ratings of the season that were released earlier this week, Henry County High School’s basketball team is ranked 11th in the 8th Region while Eminence High School is ranked 16th.

The Litkenhous is a computerized power ranking of each high school team in Kentucky based on a formula that includes record, strength of schedule and margin of victory. Games against out-of-state opponents are not included in the ratings.

After an impressive seven consecutive wins, Henry County brought a 9-2 overall record into this week and defeated Kentucky Country Day (44-41) Monday in the Sayre Tournament to extend that streak to eight games and improve to 10-2 on the season. The Wildcats will play again this Saturday when they travel to Gallatin County for their first game of the new year. The last time the two district opponents played Gallatin won 64-41 on Dec. 12.

Meanwhile, Eminence won its first game of the season against Kentucky School for the Deaf on Dec. 2, but then lost the next eight to start the season with a 1-8 overall record. The Warriors played Tuesday against Covington Latin and will play again next Tuesday at Spencer County after a seven-day break from games.

According to the Litkenhous, the 16 regional teams were ranked as follows: Anderson County (82.2 rating), South Oldham (75.5), North Oldham (73.7), Shelby County (73.2), Grant County (68.9), Simon Kenton (67.1), Gallatin County (66.4), Owen County (66.2), Oldham County (65.5), Carroll County (61.8), Henry (61.4), Trimble County (59.6), Walton-Verona (59.5), Williamstown (58.2), Spencer (40.1) and Eminence (27.5).

Among Henry’s 31st District opponents, Gallatin is first, Owen is second, Carroll is third and Henry is fourth in a tight race. In Eminence’s 30th District, Anderson is first, Shelby is second, Spencer is third and Eminence is fourth.

The top two teams from each district tournament will advance to the regional tournaments in February. The winner from each regional tournament will then advance to the Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena for the state finals.

Statewide, Elliot County is ranked first in Kentucky with a 103.9 rating, while Scott County is second at 98.4, Shelby Valley is third at 96.4, Jeffersontown is fourth at 94.5 and Holmes is fifth at 94.1. Anderson — the top team in the 8th Region — is just .4 away from being ranked in the top 20.

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