Region: 12th Record: 27-7 Enrollment: 710
Rodney Woods has an overall record of 769-373 in 33 years, the last 27 at Wayne County, where his teams have won 562 games and eight region titles. He also coached at Powell Valley, Tenn., and Corbin. Woods was a high school star at Lone Jack (in Bell County) and played college ball at Tennessee.
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Player Height Class Points
Peyton Woods 6-2 So. 17.0
Corey Stearns 6-1 Fr. 15.8
Trey Blevins 6-0 Fr. 12.2
Jason Perkins 5-9 Jr. 7.8
Dagan Shelton 6-0 Sr. 8.0
With such a young team, Woods expected Wayne County to finish around .500, not win the region. "These kids have far exceeded what we expected," he said. Wayne County has done it with balanced scoring, sharp shooting (52 percent from the field) and terrific ball-handling. "It's really five guards out there for us; that's why don't turn it over much," he said. Rebounding is a challenge for the Cards. Woods also worries his team will get star-struck on Rupp Arena's big stage. "That's a huge concern with as many young guys as we have," he said.
Thoughts on merger
It appears Monticello, a small school with a rich basketball tradition, will merge with Wayne County. Woods thinks the "only negative to it is that some people will lose their teaching jobs." Otherwise, "I think it's all positive. I've felt for a long time our county was too small for two schools. I think it keeps the community torn apart. You go to church and the people in the pew in front of you don't want to turn and look at you because you beat them by 40 points the night before."
Player to watch
Woods said Shelton, a 230-pounder, "doesn't pass the look test, but he's our most valuable player. Every single game we lost this season, he fouled out." A four-year starter, he was a key player on Wayne County's 2011 Sweet Sixteen team. "He's just a calming influence for us," Woods said. "He never gets in a hurry. He's not going to panic." .
Wayne County is in the Sweet Sixteen for the ninth time. The Cards were runners-up to PRP in 1989.
Region: 11th Record: 28-5 Enrollment: 1,759
Allen Feldhaus Jr. is in his 27th season (505-298), the last 20 at Madison Central. He also coached at Green County and Clinton County. He played on Mason County's 1981 state runner-up team.
Player Height Class Points
Dominique Hawkins 6-1 Sr. 19.6
Ken-Jah Bosley 5-11 Sr. 19.1
Quan Taylor 6-4 Sr. 11.4
Daniel Parke 6-1 Sr. 5.6
Hunter Stocker 6-4 Sr. 4.7
Hawkins and Bosley are Madison Central's turbo-engines, averaging almost 40 points between them. Both can score off the dribble and from the perimeter. Both are deadly free-throw shooters. Both are quick and tenacious on defense. Taylor gets his points inside and can be ferocious on the boards. He's averaging 8 rebounds, but he tripled that with 24 against Henry Clay. Stocker can get hot from three-point range. Parke is a non-stop hustler. Madison Central gets a lift off the bench from George Walker and DeMarcus George. "I just want us to do what we've done the entire season," Feldhaus said. "I like my chances with my seniors."
First Family of Hoops
The Feldhauses have been busy of late. Allen Jr. has Madison Central in the Sweet Sixteen. His daughter Ashton helped Madison Central's girls to the region title. Allen was in Bowling Green on Sunday to watch his brother Willie coach Russell County in the 4th Region finals. (They lost to Warren Central). The family's basketball lineage also includes Allen's brother Deron, one of the "Unforgettables" at UK. Their dad, Allen Sr., starred on Boone County's 1956 state tournament team, played at UK for Adolph Rupp, then coached Mason County to multiple Sweet Sixteen appearances with his sons as players.
Player to watch
Feldhaus refers to Hawkins as "Mr. Basketball" because he firmly believes he's the best player in the state. "He can take over a game on offense and defense," Feldhaus said. Madison Central football coach Bert Browne thinks Hawkins could be a big-time college defensive back. He brings that same toughness to basketball. He showed his overall game in the region finals with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Hawkins rises to challenges: he averaged 30 points in four games against Ballard, Bullitt East and Trinity.
The Indians are in the tournament for the fourth time. They lost to eventual champ Clay County in the '87 semifinals. They're 3-0 in first-round games.
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Game 1 (Noon, Wed.): Wayne Co. vs. Madison Central
Game 2 (1:30 pm, Wed.): Holmes vs. PRP
Game 3 (6:30 pm, Wed.): Graves Co. vs. Ohio Co.
Game 4 (8 pm, Wed.): Hopkinsville vs. South Oldham
Game 5 (Noon, Thu.): Warren Central vs. Montgomery Co.
Game 6 (1:30 pm, Thu.): Fleming Co. vs. John Hardin
Game 7 (6:30 pm, Thu.): Johnson Central vs. Ballard
Game 8 (8 pm, Thu.): Knott Co. Central vs. Clay Co.
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