Posted: Jan 8, 2013 11:19 AM
The first AP high school basketball polls came out Monday afternoon.
The initial rankings place Ballard on top of the boys' poll and undefeated Marion County No. 1 in the girls'.
Defending state champ Trinity followed Ballard in the boys' rankings, with UK commit Derek Willis led Bullitt East taking the third spot.
Henry Clay slid in at No. 4. with Scott County fifth. The Cardinals edged the Blue Devils 89-86 in overtime Friday, but Henry Clay played without senior center Darien Tichenor. The Blue Devils beat Scott County by 10 on Dec. 22. Henry Clay's only other loss came to 58-55 to Bullitt East in the second game of the season. Scott County has two losses to out of state team. Its only other in-state defeat came at the hands of top-ranked Ballard.
Madison Central came in at No. 6. The Indians record is also blemished by losses to Ballard and Bullitt East, along with a team from Texas. Madison Central picked up wins over No. 9 Fairdale and a tough Lafayette squad.
With two future Wildcats on the roster, Marion County was the undisputed No. 1 in the girls' poll. Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers have the Lady Knights rolling with an undefeated record. Marion County has outscored its opponents 1,144 to 565.
With just one loss on the season, Anderson County sits in the second spot. The sole blemish on the season was a 2-point loss to Bryan Station in the Republic Bank Classic on Dec. 22.
With a pair of losses to Marion County, Madison Central slid in at No. 4.
Here are the boys' and girls' polls.
1. Ballard (10-3)
2. Trinity (10-3)
3. Bullitt East (13-3)
4. Henry Clay (13-2)
5. Scott Co. (10-4)
6. Madison Central (12-3)
7. Pleasure Ridge Park (12-4)
8. Holmes (16-0)
9. Fairdale (8-4)
10. Hopkinsville (11-4)
Others receiving votes: Covington Catholic, Montgomery Co., Pulaski Co., Butler 5. Bishop Brossart, Newport Central Catholic, Knott Co. Central, Lafayette, Johnson Central, Pulaski Southwestern, Graves Co., Henderson Co., Russell Co.
1. Marion Co. (15-0)
2. Anderson Co. (15-1)
3. Mercy (9-3)
4. Madison Central (13-2)
5. Bowling Green (14-2)
6. Henderson Co. (11-1)
7. Sacred Heart (13-1)
8. Clay Co. (11-3)
T9. DuPont Manual (10-4)
T9. Ballard (14-2)
Others receiving votes: Glasgow, Elizabethtown, Butler, Harlan County, Monroe Co., Montgomery Co., Whitley Co., Lincoln Co., Ashland Blazer, Conner, Newport Central Catholic, Scott Co., Webster Co., Paul Dunbar, Assumption, Shelby Valley, Paducah Tilghman