Girls' Sweet Sixteen draw might give fans early look at No. 1 Marion Co.

mfields@herald-leader.comJanuary 25, 2013 

Makayla Epps, a 5-foot-10 senior, who helped guide Marion County to the state semifinals in 2010-2011 and the state finals last season, will be looking to cap her career with a state title.

  • Region favorites

    The top four teams in each region according to Dave Cantrall's Rating the State:

    1st: Murray, Paducah Tilghman, Marshall Co., Ballard Memorial

    2nd: Henderson Co., Webster Co., University Heights, Hopkinsville

    3rd: Owensboro Catholic, Muhlenberg Co., Meade Co, Ohio Co.

    4th: Monroe Co., Bowling Green, Glasgow, Allen Co.-Scottsville

    5th: Marion Co., Elizabethtown, Nelson Co., North Hardin

    6th: Mercy, Butler, Pleasure Ridge Park, Bullitt East

    7th: Manual, Ballard, Assumption, Sacred Heart

    8th: Anderson Co., Simon Kenton, Walton-Verona, Owen Co.

    9th: Highlands, Notre Dame, Conner, Newport Central Catholic

    10th: Montgomery Co., Bishop Brossart, Clark Co., Mason Co.

    11th: Madison Central, Paul Dunbar, Woodford Co., Bryan Station

    12th: Lincoln Co., Mercer Co., Danville, Southwestern

    13th: Clay Co., Whitley Co., Corbin, Harlan Co.

    14th: Perry Central, Letcher Central, Powell Co., Leslie Co.

    15th: Shelby Valley, Sheldon Clark, Magoffin Co., Lawrence Co.

    16th: Ashland Blazer, East Carter, Boyd Co., Lewis Co.

If nationally ranked Marion County wins the 5th Region as expected, the Knights will help raise the curtain on the Girls' Sweet Sixteen in Bowling Green this year.

The 5th Region will play the 4th Region in the opening game of the Houchens Industries/KHSAA State Tournament on March 13 in Western Kentucky University's Diddle Arena.

The pairings were determined by a draw conducted by the KHSAA on Friday.

Marion County, state runner-up last year, has been unbeatable so far this season. Led by Kentucky signees Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, the Knights are 22-0, and their closest wins have been by 15 points over defending champ Manual and 16 over Mercy.

The 4th Region's highest-rated teams are No. 13 Monroe County and No. 17 Bowling Green.

The 11th Region, home to No. 7 Madison Central, drew into the last game of the first round on March 14. The 11th Region is matched against the 9th Region, whose highest-rated teams are No. 8 Highlands and No. 9 Notre Dame.

The 6th and 7th regions, made up mostly of Louisville schools, are paired against each other in the first round. That could mean a showdown between No. 11 Mercy against either No. 4 Manual, No. 5 Ballard or No. 9 Assumption.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337 Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com

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