A large batch of high school basketball games got knocked out on Thursday because of severe weather in western Kentucky. That gave me a prime chance to offer some 9th District observations as KHSAA district tournaments get warmed up to go starting next week throughout the commonwealth.

A couple of results stood out to me going into the final Friday night of the high school basketball regular season.

Frankly, a blowout of some kind of scale was expected for Owensboro's boys when they traveled to Hopkinsville on Tuesday night.

No disrespect to OHS, but Hopkinsville is ranked No. 2 in the AP state top 10, and the Tigers are No. 4 in the Litkenhous ratings in the Courier-Journal.

Based on the Linkenhous numbers alone, Hopkinsville would have been a 16-point favorite.

Instead, OHS pushed Hopkinsville all through the game, and the Tigers finally were able to subdue OHS with a couple runs in the second and fourth quarter.

Hopkinsville won 83-76.

The home team had a tough time with OHS's Justin Miller, who scored 25 points before fouling out. Aric Holman was also a major factor with 17 points. The OHS big men also combined for 17 rebounds.

That kind of effort and performance shows how good Owensboro can be if it can be more consistent.

The other score that stood out was an overtime loss by Owensboro Catholic's girls on Wednesday night. The Lady Aces fell 63-62 at Sacred Heart in Louisville in overtime.

That game was also an impressive performance by Catholic, which had control of the game at several junctures, according to Catholic coaches. The consensus was that the Lady Aces played one of their best games of the season at Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart is also one of the top teams in the state, with a No. 6 Litkenhous rating and a No. 5 ranking in AP.

Catholic has proven at times during this season that it can play with most girls' teams in Kentucky on the way to a 23-6 record.

Catholic also skidded some down the stretch, taking a 3-game losing streak into the 9th District tournament matchup with Owensboro on Monday night. That string included an 81-53 beating at Henderson County, which is ranked No. 8 in AP.

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